For animals of all types (including humans), wheat grass is considered a super food. And while outside cats usually get the opportunity to munch on as much of the green blades as they want, inside cats may not have the same opportunity, which is why many cat owners choose to grow their own indoors.
Organic wheat grass is a great treat for your furry felines. For my cats (I have two small to average size cats), I provide a small pot of grass for them every few weeks to a month. In addition to some of the health benefits, I’ll also briefly go over the steps involved with growing the grass in this post.
The juices in grass contain folic acid. This is an essential vitamin for a cat’s bodily functions and assists in the production of hemoglobin, the protein that moves oxygen in the blood. Think of it as a wheat grass shake for your kitty.
–PetMD, which also states that grass acts as a natural laxative, counteracting cases of indigestion
Cats will sometimes vomit the grass after they’ve eaten it. This is more common with outdoor cats, who might consume toxic grass or grass with insects living in or on the grass. In my experience, neither of my two cats have ever vomited after consuming wheat grass. And if they did, it most likely wouldn’t be anything to worry about.
According to PetMD, cats regurgitate when they eat grass because they lack the necessary enzymes to break down vegetable matter. This process may eliminate all indigestible matter from the cat’s digestive tract, which is important because cats eat both the edible and inedible parts of their prey.
For my cats, I use Petlinks Nibble-Licious Cat Grass (buy it here). The bag pictured to the right is the one I purchased. You may also purchase it as a kit, which also comes with its own pot to plant it in. With a 5 oz. bag, you could plant the seeds ten times– as only one tablespoon is required for one growth.
Aside from the grass seeds, you’ll need a small pot and a small bag of potting soil. Both of which can be found at your local landscaping store or any major home maintenance store such as Lowes or Home Depot.
The directions are simple. Even with minimal indoor sunlight, a small pot can thrive indoors. Simply add 1-2 tablespoons of seeds to a small pot full of potting soil. Cover the seeds with just a little bit of soil, completely moisten with water and place in a warm dark location. Water once a day to keep soil moist until you see the grass begin to sprout, then move to a location near an open window but do not let your cats access it yet.
Continue watering every day. Place the pot out for your cats when the sprouts are about 4 inches high. After the sprouts begin to wither, mix up the dirt in the pot and start the process over again in a few weeks. Not all cats will devour the grass right away. One of my cats (pictured in the main photo above) loves the wheat and gobbles it up as soon as I put it down. My other cats will only occasionally stop by the pot to nibble on it.
Growing your own organic wheat grass in a pot indoors is still the best way to ensure that your cats enjoy the nutritional benefits of wheat grass without having to risk exposing them to the harmful chemicals or bugs that may be attached to some of the grass outdoors. Pick up a pack of organic wheat grass by ordering it here.