- What is Cat Grass?
- What is Catnip?
- Frequently Asked Questions about Cat Grass
What is Cat Grass?
Cat grass is a general term used to describe various grasses.
And yes, it is different from Catnip which is a plant.
Unlike catnip, which usually refers to one plant species, cat grass is a more general term. You might have heard it referred to as wheatgrass too – this is one type of cat grass.
Other common types that might be sold as cat grass include other grains like barley, oats and rye.
You can easily grow cat grass from seeds, and it’s an excellent thing to have for indoor cats in particular, who don’t get to access the naturally growing grass outdoors.
Good cat grass will grow in pots and bowls, which you just place on the floor once the grass has sprouted up, and let your cats access at their own will!
Cat grass kits are available which contain everything you need – the seeds, a container and even potting mix. Or, you can buy the seeds on their own and use whatever gardening accessories you already have at home.
Organic seeds are, of course, the safest and healthiest seeds to buy.
Once the seeds start to germinate and sprout up to a couple of inches in height, that’s the time you can provide it to your cat.
Why do cats want to eat grass? Anyone who has an outdoor cat run would be well aware of most cat’s tendency, and even enthusiasm, in munching on the grass. It’s believed to help with digestion, thanks to the fiber content. It can also help with hairball elimination.
The benefit of growing grass for cats in a pot is that you have full control over what’s growing. You’ll know it’s totally safe, and that there’s no potentially harmful plants in there. It also allows you to rotate pots when your cat has trimmed one down, and of course, you can place them inside in any spot that’s convenient for your cat.
What Are The Best Seeds For Cat Grass?
At the most basic level, this is what I look for when choosing cat grass seeds:
- They need to be organic
- They need to be non-GMO (not genetically modified)
Although our cats are unlikely to ever eat enough grass to be affected by the undesirable aspects of non-organic or GMO based seeds, I see no reason not to just stick with the healthier and safer option whenever I can. Thankfully these are widely available, and in fact have become the most sought after and thus, easily obtainable types of cat grass seeds and kits.
The next choice to make is: do you need a complete grass growing kit, or do you just require the seeds? If you already have pots, potting mix or another plan in place ready for planting the seeds, you can just get a big pack of seeds and start planting.
Cat grass kits are however a fantastic way to get started and usually include a planter, soil, and of course, the seeds.