If you tell most cat owners that they should let their cats have some grass in their diet, you will hear two probable responses.
“My cat is not a cow.”
“You must be out of your mind.”
Well, your cat is definitely not a cow and I’m definitely not out of my mind.
There is a growing number of cat owners that are supplementing some greens in their cat’s diet. Not just any kind of plant or vegetable but those that are safe for cat consumption.
The most popular one is cat grass.
And we are showing you how can easily grow it at home.
What Is Cat Grass?
Cat grass is used to describe a certain type of grass that is grown using flax seeds, wheat seeds, barley and rye.
Don’t confuse cat grass as the kind of grass you would find along the sidewalk or in a field. That kind of grass can contain toxic pesticides that are poisonous.
Cat grass is commercially or privately grown at home for the consumption of household pets.
Is Cat Grass Safe?
It is a lot safer than letting your cat consume wild plants in your garden. Cats are known to chew and consume cat grass when they are feeling sick or just for wellness purposes.
Cat grass contains many health benefits for cats as it is rich in vitamins and minerals.
As cats don’t have the necessary enzymes to digest plant matter, they will have to expel the cat grass which helps to get rid of hairballs as well.
Chewing and eating on cat grass can also be a fun and entertaining activity for cats.
How To Grow Cat Grass At Home?
Let’s get started on how to go about growing this type of grass at home. It is simple and doesn’t require a lot of work.
Plus it is something that you can do together with your kids and inquisitive pets.
What Do You Need?
There is a couple of stuff that you need before embarking on your cat grass growing journey.
Can’t grow anything with the seeds. There are different types of seeds that belong to the cat grass family.
Wheatgrass is usually the most popular when it comes to growing cat grass. It has also made a commercial name for itself in the health and fitness industry.
Many health-conscious people drink wheatgrass juice daily for its high vitamin and anti0xidant content.
Not all cats may like wheatgrass so it might be a good idea to get a sample set of the different cat grass to test your cat’s preference.
If you grow plants at home then you should have a few unused pots at home. For cat owners that have a few cats at home, you can use a separate pot for each cat to space it out.
You can also get a long rectangular pot that is large enough to accommodate a few cats.
Take a small cupful of seeds and soak them in water for 3-5 hours. This helps to hydrate the seeds and make them germinate better.
Fill the pot or tray almost to the brim with soil and even it out.
Once the seeds are nicely hydrated, spread them out evenly on top of the soil. There’s no need to cover the seeds with soil as it grows well on the surface.
Lightly water the soil to make sure it’s damp.
Lastly, loosely cover the top of the soil with food wrap to keep the soil from drying out. Don’t forget to poke a few holes for ventilation.
Keep the pot in a dark place that has some warmth but away from direct sunlight. Make sure to water the soil a few times a day to keep it moist.
Once you see the roots emerging in a few days, you can remove the cover and place the pot in the sun for the grass to grow nicely.
How Can I Grow Cat Grass Without Soil?
If you don’t keep plants at home and want to do away with the hassle of using soil, you can actually grow cat grass without soil.
The only difference with this method is instead of using a pot, you can use a jar or tray. Pad the bottom of the jar or tray with cotton wool or tissue paper till about an inch thick.
After placing the hydrated seeds on top, slowly pour in water until the cotton wool or tissue paper is slightly submerged in water.
Make sure to not pour in too much water till the seeds start to float.
Cover up the seeds with wrap and keep them in a dark warm place. Continue to wet the base a few times a day until the roots start to sprout.
You can then move the seeds out to the sun.
Does Cat Grass Grow Quickly?
Yes, cat grass can grow very quickly under the right conditions. As long as the seeds start to grow healthily, you should have a batch that is good for your cats to eat within 7-10 days.
How Long Can Cat Grass Stray Fresh For?
If you grow your cat grass indoors then it should remain good for a week or so. But if you have a patio where you can place the grass under direct sunlight, it can stay fresh for up to 3 weeks with constant watering and trimming.
It might be a good idea to start planting a new batch every 2 weeks so that your cats have a fresh batch once the previous batch dies off or have gone stale.
Where Else Can I Buy Cat Grass From?
If plating and growing plants aren’t your cup of tea, you can easily get pre-grown cat grass from pet stores or supermarkets.
There are also very convenient DIY cat grass kits being sold that just requires you to add water.
Are Cat Grass And Catnip The Same Plants?
There are very different species of plants that have very different effects on cats. Cat grass is good for maintaining the overall health and wellness of cats. Catnip, which is closely related to mint leaves, has a rather calming or sometimes weird effect on cats.
Some cats get sleepy after eating catnip. However, studies have reflected that up to 50% of cats are not affected by catnip.
If your cat has never been exposed to cat grass before, it might be planting a small batch at home to test out your cat’s preference.
Given the proven health benefits that cat grass can give your cat, it is definitely something worth trying.