Cat Grass – Why Do Cats Eat Grass?
Eating grass is a natural behaviour for cats. If your kitty has access to an outdoor garden you would have seen this behaviour many times! On the other hand, if your cat spends all its time indoors, maybe you might consider growing some cat grass at home. Providing cat grass as a supplement to your cat’s diet has a number of benefits. In addition, cat grass is very easy to grow! Read on to know more.
What is Cat Grass?
Do not confuse cat grass with Catnip! It is a totally different plant! Cat grass refers to a number of types of long leaf grass which are popular with your feline pet. It is a mixture of rye, barley, oat or wheat seeds. You can find it at the pet shop as a packet of seeds or even a complete kit which will include seeds, soil and container. All you need to do is water the seeds and provide sunlight. Your cat will have its own organic greens within a week!
Why does my cat eat grass?
The diet of any cat is primarily carnivorous. Animal behaviourists often observe wild cats eat grass right after they eat their prey. In many occasions, this makes the wild cat vomit. This is thought to help them get rid of the indigestible parts of the prey. In the case of a domestic cat, nibbling on grass is considered an instinctive behaviour. Just like the wild cats, domestic cats will eat grass to help them remove any accumulated hairballs.
How to grow Cat Grass
Most cat grass kits will have detailed instructions on the packet. But here are the basics of growing it.
- Fill a low pot or tray with about 5 cm of soil.
- Scatter some seeds and put a thin layer of soil on top (about 1/2 cm).
- Use a spray bottle to make the soil moist but not too wet.
- Set the container aside in a cool and dark place to help the seeds germinate.
- Check every now and then to make sure the soil is still moist.
The seeds will start to germinate in 2 to 3 days!
- Take the container out in the light. Avoid places which get a full day of hot direct sunlight. A cool window sill should be perfect.
- Once the grass becomes 8 – 10 cm high place it in your cat’s favourite area.
Let your cat enjoy some fresh greens!
- Keep the soil moist and spray water as necessary.
- When the grass starts to become old and turns brow it is time to start another cat grass container!
Benefits of growing cat grass
Growing cat grass at home offers several benefits to your cat. Firstly, it provides additional fibre in your cat’s diet that will help your cat eliminate hairballs. In addition, you are making sure that this grass is safe for your cat! You will be sure it is the right type and also pesticide and pollution free! Some animal experts also have the theory that cats may eat grass for some trace minerals and the vitamin A and D. Grass also contains chlorophyll which acts to freshen your cat’s breath.
Cat grass is beneficial for your cat and you should definitely consider growing some. It is also a safer alternative to outdoor grass that might be contaminated with weed killer or pollution. It can also help to avoid your cat eat any of your house plants! You do not want your plants to be ruined and most importantly, they can be toxic for your cat! As always, talk to your vet before you bring in any plants, including cat grass, into your home.