One of the easiest ways you can keep your cat healthier is to offer them Cat Grass along with their food. I’m excited to share with you How to Grow Cat Grass without Dirt and why it’s important.
We have 2 cats, or should I say there are 2 cats that live in this house and we’re grateful that they allow us to live with them?! In complete seriousness, I love my cats (Lainey 14 and Baloney 10) even though I’m not really a cat person, I totally prefer dogs, but after all these years these 2 felines have definitely found a place in my heart.
Cats really do their own thing and as long as their human slaves keep up with food/water/litterbox cleaning they are relatively peaceful to live with. At least our very aloof girls are. Neither of our cats wants to snuggle or cuddle. Weeks can go by before I realize I haven’t even forced myself upon them by unwelcomely hugging-squeezing-loving them.
While our girls are welcome to go outside whenever they want (most often at 3:30 am) they still really enjoy having a little cat grass available to nibble on indoors.
What is Cat Grass?
Not to be confused with catnip, which is a member of the mint family, cat grass is typically grown from rye, barley, oat or wheat seeds. Nibbling on grass is a natural behavior for all cats. If you have an outdoor cat, chances are it’s part of your kitty’s daily routine.
If your pet spends all or most of its time indoors (like most domestic cats), you may want to consider growing cat grass in your home.
Cat Grass also gives your cat a healthy alternative to nibbling on houseplants and flowers, many of which are toxic to cats!
Why do Cats Eat Grass?
“Research has not yet shown why cats eat grass, but we have several ideas,” said Carlo Siracusa, animal behaviorist of University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. “In the wild, cats eat grass after they have eaten their prey. In many cases, the grass causes the cat to vomit. We believe this is nature’s way of helping the cat expel the parts of their prey that are indigestible.”
Even if your indoor cat has never caught a mouse or bird, she will instinctively be attracted to cat grass. Why? “It’s a behavioral instinct,” Siracusa says. “Grass is also a form of fiber that helps cats either throw up hairballs or digest them by acting as a laxative.”
Another theory is that cats may eat grass for some trace minerals and the vitamins A and D. Grass also contains chlorophyll, which, before the discovery of antibiotics, was a remedy for pain, infection, ulcers, skin diseases and anemia. Grass also contains folic acid, which helps with the production of hemoglobin, the protein that moves oxygen into the blood to help kitty’s circulation. Plus, there’s the benefit of breath cleansing chlorophyll.
How to Easily Grow Cat Grass without Dirt!
Growing Cat Grass is super easy and don’t worry if you don’t have a bright window – it will grow in even low light situations. I’ve grown cat grass many different ways over the years for our girls and think I finally nailed the perfect way, that looks beautiful and doesn’t make a huge mess!
Here’s what you’ll need to grow your own Cat Grass:
- Low-wide glass jar or bowl – I use a Weck 744 1/2L Tulip Jar because they are beautiful & functional!
- Grow Stones
- Unbleached Paper towel or coffee filter
- Organic Wheat Grass Seeds
- Water, preferably filtered
Fill your jar roughly 2/3 full with grow stones.
Arrange a thin layer of wheat grass seeds on top of the paper towel. You can pre-soak your seeds in water over-night to speed up the process, if desired.
Add water to fill the jar up to the paper towel, you will want to maintain this level while your grass is growing.
After a couple days your seeds will sprout and in 7-10 days it will be ready for your kitty to feast on! Be sure to keep your cat grass watered, after the roots grow down into the stones/water are it’s not necessary to keep the level as high as when your seeds were just sprouting – just be sure it doesn’t dry out!
Just look at that healthy root system! That’s some really healthy cat grass!
AND… in perfect cat-like-behavior… Lainey refused to nibble on the freshly grown grass for her photoshoot! #BadKitty (no wonder why I’m always sharing photos of Hercules and not Lainey! #gooddog)
Yours in Health,