If you are a cat parent, consider growing cat grass in your house. As we know, cats are carnivores animals and are almost fully dependent on meat for their diet but they sometimes also feels craving for green plants. Some like catnip, some like to nibble and some like munching flowers or grass. Reasons are different, discussed in this blog later. Keeping in mind this behavior you may consider growing your own organic cat grass inside your home which is a non toxic grass unlike the normal lawn grass. It is not a required ingredient for your cat’s diet but many cats enjoy munching this grass.
What is Cat Grass?
If you are not familiar with it, Cat Grass is not a particular type of grass species but it is a mixture of grass grown from different seeds such as oats, wheat, rye, orchard or barley. Don’t confuse this grass with catnip or with the grass in your lawn, it is grown indoors. You just need an airy and sunny window to grow your own organic cat grass. Lawn grass may contain toxic pesticides but as the cat grass is grown indoors and organically, this is not harmful for your pets and also adds goodness in the ambiance.
How to Grow Cat Grass?
It is very easy to grow your own grass, as the cat grass self-growing kits are more popular than ever these days. A variety of these kits are easily available at your nearest pet store, online or at your veterinarian’s office which contains the perfect material for the growth of your grass, like soil, seeds, container, etc. You just need to put it at a sunny & airy spot in your home and give it some water and that’s it!
Or you can also use your gardening skills and try growing this from scratch, that too is also very easy. To start your DIY garden, you need to sow some seeds of wheat berry (recommended) into a soil container and put it at a place inside your house where it will get some sunshine and regular water. Within days, a nice crop will be there ready for your cat.
Here are few basic but important tips for you to grow cat grass inside your home:
- When you sow the seeds in the container, give it water regularly and gently, it will help in sprouting properly.
- Do not over-water the seeds.
- Within few days you can see the sprouts coming out and use lesser water after that.
- Keep it in a spot where sunlight and air comes easily.
- Within a week or two, it will gain a good height of 4-5 inches.
- Now the grass is ready to satisfy your cat’s craving for greenery.
- You don’t need to cut the grass and serve it to your cat, they enjoy to eat their green snack directly from the container.
- Keep the grass container separated from other plants because there are some of the indoor plants which are toxic or may cause irritation to your pet.
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Is it safe?
You must be having this question in your mind about your pet’s health. Let me make it very clear that cat grass is not at all harmful for your pet, even it is beneficial in some ways. There is a myth we commonly hear about cat’s eating, that cats are purely non-vegetarian and eat veg only when they are not well. It’s not true, cats do feel craving for green grass as well as scientific researches also reported that cat grass contains acids and vitamins which are beneficial to cats.
It is also a perfect way to enhance the indoor beauty and add some natural touch to it. It is purely organically grown grass with no use of pesticides, hence it proves to be a good & healthy alternative to outsider lawn grass. But if you observe any abnormal behavior of your cat towards the grass, contact your veterinarian and check for the reason.
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Benefits of Cat Grass?
Now it must be clear to you that cat grass is not harmful. It is somehow beneficial in many ways. Firstly a plant add a great value to our indoor ambiance which make us feel fresh and spread positive vibes.
Many pets, specially cats are attracted towards grass/green plant. Their craving for munching green grass can be easily satisfied if you have your own cat grass inside your home.
Cat grass is better than the outside grass in many ways, as it is grown organically inside the home without the use of any toxic pesticides and it is also away from the purview of many harmful bacteria.
Mostly, cats face hairball problem when they engaged in grooming themselves and swallow hair. Eating cat grass helps in preventing the build up of hairball in stomach. Cats used to vomit in getting rid of hairball naturally without having any blockage in digestive system. Cats also eat grass to induce vomit when they eat something which is not digestive or harmful to health.
Cat grass also adds value to your cat’s diet by adding minerals and vitamins. It is a source of folic acid, vitamin A and D. Grass play the role of fiber in the cat’s food, just like the salad in our food. Which improves the digestion system of pets. It is also scientifically proven that eating cat grass improves pet’s digestion.
It is also believed that chlorophyll inside the grass is a pain reliever for cat and helps them in several problems. It is also a natural laxative as well as helps in improving mental stimulation of cats.
From where to get it?
To add a natural atmospheric effect to your home ambiance and to satisfy the cravings of your cat, you may consider growing your own organic cat grass inside your home. It is not difficult to grow your own pet salad, as a variety of cat grass kits are easily available at your nearest pet store, online or at your veterinarian’s office which contains the perfect material. Or you may also try it from scratch on your own. I have mentioned some tips above in this blog which needed to be kept in mind while cultivating.
After growing your crop and your cat starts to eat it, keep a close eye on your cat’s behavior. Overeating may cause vomiting or diarrhea to your pet. If you observe any issues/behavioral changes, immediately consult your vet.
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