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Easy Guide to Growing Cat Grass
The exact science behind your pets desire to consume the occasional meal of plant material isn't entirely known.
It's thought that it might aid in an animals digestion or could be a throw back from the early ancestors of your pet who would eat grasses and plants to supplement their diets. As a result parasites in their intestines would be control making them over all more healthy, this trait would be passed down to ensure the survival of the species.
Whatever the reason for some plant munching, there are definitely some great health benefits for your pet which include:
- More fiber in your pets diet which aids in digestion and bowel movements
- It aids in the break up of hair balls
- The chlorophyll helps with bad breath
- It will prevent your pet from potentially eating a harmful plant in your collection
- It may help supplement a pets diet with folic acid
Growing your very own cat grass is easy, just read through this simple guide and give it a try. Let me know how it went in the comments.
Step One - Prep Your Materials
You will firstly need to gather up your materials, luckily you won't need to much to get your cat grass patch started.
What you will need:
- Soil - regular potting soil works fine but use a brand with no fertilizer to avoid making your pet sick.
- A shallow stable pot or container - Shallow and heavy is preferred because it allows easy access for your pet, it won't tip over and grass seeds don't root very deep.
- Cat grass seed - It's easiest to use a mix you can find at a pet food supplier, though you can find great deals online.
- A spray bottle - Use it to moisten your soil with out displacing it.
- A Cover - Something to cover your container while the seeds sprout to prevent moisture loss like a piece of glass, sandwich bag, or plastic dome. This helps to prevent water loss through evaporation which would dry the seeds out stopping germination.
Make sure you have an area you can work, outside is ideal but you can easily put some old newspaper on the kitchen counter and work there.
Do you grow grass for your pet?
Some people report better growing results by starting their cat grass seeds in water. You can do this too by soaking the seeds in a container of water until they begin to show signs of a white root tip. You will need to change the water frequently and it is recommended to use bottled or tap water that has a chance to sit overnight.
I have never found it necessary to soak my seeds or that it provided a better harvest but it may depend on the type of seed you have purchased.
Step Two - Fill Your Container With Soil
Fill your container with your potting soil about 3/4 of the way full packing it loosely. Use your spray bottle to mist the top of the soil thoroughly, allow it to puddle and seep it's way down.
The reason to use the spray bottle is to avoid disturbing the soil the way you would if you were just to pour water directly on it.
Step Three - Place Your Seeds on Top of the Soil
Sprinkle the seeds on the top of the soil, use what is needed to accommodate the container you chose. You will find the perfect amount to use after a few batches, sometimes more is not always best especially if your pet is just a nibbler.
Gently press the seed into the soil using your fingers or the back of a tablespoon. Cover the seeds with a thin top coat of soil making sure there are no big chunks or debris that will get in the way of sprouting seeds.
Step Four - Cover and Place By A Window
What size container do you use?
Place a cover on top of the container you used, it could be a simple sandwich bag or a piece of glass placed on the container. The idea is to prevent moisture loss while the seeds germinate in your pot.
Small containers with clear lids can be purchased at your local greenhouse or hardware store and are a real asset when making cat grass.
Step Five - Let Your Pets Enjoy Your Creation
When your sprouts have reached a considerable size remove the cover and let them grow for another day or two. When they seem stable enough introduce it to your pet by placing it in a place near their food or in their favorite hang out spot.
Watch as your pet devours their new grass patch with joy!
Growing Cat Grass
Tips for Growing Cat Grass
- When the grass gets too long it can be trimmed with regular scissors, this can be done at least once during it's growing cycle
- Water it every couple of days but avoid over-watering as the roots can rot
- A batch will only last 2 to 3 weeks and it will need to be replaced
- Cat grass is actually oat, wheat, barley or a combination of all three
- Many people find soaking the seeds over night produce a better quality grass