Cats are meat eaters, true enough, but there are times when domestic cats seem to crave some greens.
Their cousins in the wild consume greens and roughage when they eat the stomach contents of their prey.
Cat grass helps prevent hairballs
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Eating grass or greens (including catnip) can also cause your cat to regurgitate (or throw up) the undigested contents of his stomach, such as cat hair.
This seems like nature’s way of preventing hairballs.
A bit messy perhaps … but then again so are discarded hairballs.
Both indoor cats and outdoor cats benefit from an offering of organic cat grass
Outdoor cats have plenty of opportunity to nibble on grass. On the down side, the velvety green grass in your neighborhood may have been treated with weed killers, pesticides and other poisonous substances.
Perhaps all is quiet in your living space – a little too quiet for anyone with an indoor cat. Suddenly a large fern seems to have a life of its own and when inspected more closely the culprit is a fuzzy body daintily nibbling fern fronds …
Some pet stores offer affordable containers of growing cat grass ready to buy and use.
I find these containers of grass last about ten days or so. The grass then begins to die off. Cat grass does not need much water. If you over water it mildew begins to grow.
My cats love it and so does my daughter’s dog.
Grow your own cat grass
You can purchase seed packs at pet stores and gardening centers. Common cat grass seeds are wheat, oats and rye. Organic soil is preferable.
Choose a planter that is quite heavy and won’t tip … or put a plastic container of grass inside a heavier container.
Chia Pet for Cats
Cat grass gets dressed up with a Chia Planter.
This is an inexpensive way of giving your cat organic grass with little effort on your part. Here’s a link!
This kit contains a blend of wheat grass and oat grass seeds, soil and a handmade, attractive planter.
Within a few days the grass is ready to eat … a healthy snack for “cats, dogs, birds and other pets.”
Whether your cat’s yen for cat grass stems from his craving for a little variety in its diet … or the need for a little assistance with elimination … it’s a healthy treat … and we all know the benefits of having a happy, healthy cat.