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Green Goodness: Growing Cat Grass at Home

Oppdatert: 12. okt. 2023

If you're a proud cat owner, you've probably noticed your feline friend's fascination with grass. Cats often nibble on grass to aid digestion, provide extra nutrients, and even as a form of entertainment.

To keep your furry companion happy and healthy, you can grow cat grass at home. It's a straightforward and rewarding project that both you and your cat will enjoy.

A cat looking out the window
You can easily grow cat grass at home

Cat grass typically consists of wheat, oat, barley, or rye grass seeds that are safe for cats to consume. These grasses are different from outdoor grasses, which may contain pesticides or other chemicals harmful to your cat. Cat grass serves as a natural source of fiber and can help prevent hairballs and digestive issues.

You can find cat grass seeds at pet stores, garden centers, or online. Wheatgrass is a popular choice for cat grass, but oats and barley are also great options. Ensure the seeds are labeled as safe for pets and free from any pesticides or chemicals.

Choose a shallow container or pot for planting the grass. It should be wide enough for your cat to comfortably graze but not too deep, as cat grass has shallow roots. A plastic or ceramic dish works well, or you can get creative with decorative containers.

Use potting soil or a seed-starting mix to fill the container. Leave about half an inch of space at the top to allow room for the grass to grow. Press the soil down gently to ensure it's compact but not too dense.

Sprinkle the cat grass seeds evenly over the soil surface. Don't bury them; instead, press them lightly into the soil with your fingers. You want the seeds to make good contact with the soil for proper germination.

Thoroughly water the soil to moisten it. Place a plastic wrap or a clear plastic lid over the container to create a mini greenhouse effect. This helps retain moisture and encourages germination. Keep the container in a warm, well-lit area, but avoid direct sunlight, which can scorch the grass.

Check the soil moisture daily. You want it to remain consistently moist but not waterlogged. If you notice any mold or mildew, remove the cover temporarily to allow for better air circulation.

In just a few days to a week, you should start to see the grass sprouting. Once it reaches a height of 3 to 4 inches, remove the cover and place the container in an accessible spot for your cat.

Cat grass is relatively low-maintenance, but to keep it healthy and appealing to your feline friend you should trim the grass periodically to encourage new growth and prevent it from becoming too tall and unmanageable.

The grass should also be watered when the soil surface feels dry to the touch.

If the grass starts to look tired or yellow, consider planting a new batch. Cat grass has a finite lifespan, and refreshing it ensures your cat always has access to lush, green blades.

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