Growing cat grass is fun and it is easy to have success.
It is a great activity for the kids. This makes an excellent Science project and children of all ages can work at their own level to record the results. For younger children, drawing is an excellent method to record results.
We have always grown cat grass for our cat. Because we grow it ourselves we know that it has zero chemicals and apart from water, very little care.
That is not to say it is neglected but you don't have to have green thumbs to grow cat grass.
Different Types Of Pet Grass
Different types of seeds are used to produce cat grass. Popular types include wheat, rye, barley, and oats.
Growing Cat Grass - Reviews
1. Gimborn Cat Grass - Economical Option
Everything comes included including the soil, the seeds and the container.
All you need to do is add water and place in a sunny or warm place.
Follow the directions as stated to ensure success. Resist any temptation to add more water as this may result in mold. This package is 5.25 oz
2. Pet Greens Cat Grass Wheat-Grass, Pk 6
Convenience Multi Pack
Pet Greens Cat Grass is 100% Certified Organic for purity and safety.
The mixture contains oat, rye and barley.
The grass is a good source of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes and protein.
Great for indoor cats and stops them away from eyeing off houseplants as a tasty snack. The Multi Pack is a convenient option.
3. Catit Senses 2.0 Grass Planter Cat
Decor Container - Stylish & Reusable
One of the great thing about this cat grass container is that it is stable. Please note that the seeds and the sowing medium, vermiculite are sold separately.
The grate can tend to lift once the grass really takes off so a gentle regular push back into place will solve this. If you have trouble working out how to plant the seeds follow the advice set out in the FAQ section.
Love the appearance of this planter and that it can be reused to plant more grass.
Here is a link to the seed mix.
Why Do Cats Like Cat Grass?
As with many things related to cats, the exact answer is not known except to say that it is probably an evolutionary thing.
Some people believe the cat will expel hairballs or vomit after eating cat grass. This may or may not be coincidence. That being said, if cat grass aids in digestion that is a good thing.
Cats certainly love it. We all know that eating our greens is good for us in the form of vitamins, minerals and fiber so these are also positive benefits for the cat.
Note: Cat grass is not the same as lawn or what we commonly call grass.
FAQ Growing Cat Grass
Growing cat grass is basically the same as growing anything from seed. Most of the kits that can be bought online come packaged with everything you will need, including the soil, the seeds and the container. All you need to do is follow the instructions given.
How to grow from seed. Use these directions if you have seeds but no instructions.
Choose a container with drainage. Place a saucer underneath the container to protect surfaces. Fill with a good quality potting mix. We always have a compost pile going so adding a small amount of compost is something I almost always do when doing any planting. It does not matter if you do not have compost.
Dampen the mix but do not saturate. Sprinkle some seeds across the surface. Cover with a light sprinkling of soil. Give a light water. Using a spray bottle will help to not over water the seeds.
Keep the soil moist and within days you should see the shoots appear.
Once the shoots are a reasonable height kitty will be knocking you over to get to the grass.
Well not necessarily but then cats do change their minds too so even if you have had cat grass refuser in the past it doesn’t mean that is forever.
A good idea is to have a couple of pots of cat grass on the go so that when one is more or less finished, you have the 'one you prepared earlier' and the cat will be impressed.
You can grow the seeds inside or outside. It will depend on the climate where you live. For the seeds to sprout, some warmth or a sunny spot is needed. Just follow the procedure for growing seeds of any type in your area.
A regular doggie visitor to our house liked the cat grass as much as the cat. We did not ever have to offer it to the dog or encourage him to eat it, he just seems to know it was okay for him to eat. Neither the cat or the dog ate other household plants (well not while we were watching anyway) The cat didn’t ever eat too much. Just a few nibbles and he would be on his way.
Cat grass is safe to give to your cat. If you have grown it you know exactly what has gone into the preparation. However as with anything else, always observe your cat after eating anything that varies from the usual diet and this includes cat grass, for any unusual symptoms and of course visit a vet if you have any doubts.
Due to increased popularity, seeds, containers, and sprouting kits are readily available online and at pet stores.
Mold can be an indication that the pot is too wet. The pot may need to move to an area that has more ventilation or moved outside if the weather is warm. As with any gardening and growing a certain amount of experimentation may need to happen if you don’t have success the first time. Don’t give up. Have another go. It will make you happy and your cat happy, guaranteed!
I initially bought our pet grass from a pet stall at a fair. BTW, this is a really good little money earner for fetes/fairs as the grass can be planted out in containers several weeks before the date required, so that it is nice and healthy by the time the fair/fete comes around. If you have a pet it is impossible to not buy a pot of pet grass.
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