Cats seem to love grass, and chances are if your cat is outdoors then they will take time during the day to go and nibble some outside. For those cats that are mainly indoors it is a great idea to provide them with a pot of tasty cat grass for them to munch on.
The grass can typically be found in your local pet store, either already grown or in a kit containing seeds. We recommend offering this to your cat as an alternative to outdoor grasses that may contain some nasty pesticides that can be toxic to your pet. The grass itself tends to be grown from rye, barley, oat or wheat in a pot that you can fit practically anywhere indoors. All it needs is some sunlight and water to grow into a healthy plant.
BENEFITS OF CAT GRASS
Cat grass is great for promoting a healthy digestion tract, and has even proven to aid in expelling nasty hairballs. Wild cats typically munch on grass after they have eaten to help their bodies digest the meal. It is a natural instinct for our domesticated cats to do the same.
The benefits of eating cat grass include vitamins A and D, as well as fibre, folic acid and chlorophyll (which is a fantastic natural remedy for pain, infection, skin diseases, anemia and bad breath). While cat grass is completely safe, we always recommend that you consult your vet before you bring any new flowers or plants into your household.
PLEASE NOTE: Cat grass and Catnip are not the same plant. Catnip tends to be a part of the mint family.
CARING FOR YOUR CAT GRASS
• If you are using seeds we recommend you keep them damp, but not drenched. Sprouting should occur from 3 – 7 days and water should be reduced. The grass will then be ready from 2 weeks after sprouting.
• Cat ready grass is typically 10cm high and should last from 10 – 21 days.
• Keep in natural light and use a spray bottle to wet down daily (do not water too much as mold can occur)
• Keep the container in a place when your cat feels comfortable frequenting.
• After a few weeks the grass will start to change colour or wilt. This is time to replace it with a new batch.