How to Grow Cat Grass


Cats get the necessary roughage as well as the nutrients from cat grass, which is also referred to as pet grass or intermediate wheatgrass. Orchard grass (Dactylis glomerata L., plant hardiness zones 4 through 9 according to the United States Department of Agriculture) and oat grass are both common species of grass that are used for cat grass (Avena sativa, USDA zones 5 through 10). Your cat will be less likely to eat other houseplants if you grow cat grass in your home, and it will also give a source of fresh nourishment that is essential to their health. It only needs the right amount of water, some new potting mix, and a bright location to thrive. Growing it isn’t that difficult.

Planting and Germination

Because just a tiny quantity of cat grass is required, it is best to cultivate it inside in pots using potting soil of a high-quality. You may get the seeds of cat grass from garden centres, hardware shops, and even some pet stores. To plant, just spread the seeds out in a thin layer over the potting mix and pat them down gently into the soil that has been moistened. As long as the seeds are exposed to direct sunshine and the soil is wet, it shouldn’t be difficult for them to germinate. The germination process usually takes between five and seven days.

Water and Light Needs

Any kind of cat grass requires full sunshine and soil that retains moisture but is also porous enough to allow excess water to drain away quickly. Use a container that has drainage holes at the bottom of it and set a tray under the container to maintain the roots at an equal moisture level. This will also limit the amount of nutrients that are lost due to excess water. In this manner, excess water is able to drain away, so avoiding excessively wet soil, which may lead to rotten roots.

Multiple Plants and Nutrition

If you notice that your cat grass is not growing as rapidly as usual or is becoming yellow, transplant it to some new soil that has compost added to it. Fertilizers made from fish may be repulsive to cats, and grass grown with nonorganic fertilisers might not be healthy for pets to eat directly. Because of this, you should avoid using fertilisers and instead depend on compost and soil that is rich in nutrients.

Grow cat grass in two different pots at the same time so that you always have a steady supply on hand. Grow the catnip in separate pots and space their plantings out by a couple of weeks to ensure a constant supply. One should be brought inside for your cat to play with, while the other should be sent outdoors or to some other inaccessible location where it may relax and recharge without being disturbed.

Harvest and Use

When grass is cultivated inside, there is less of a need to worry about harmful chemicals and parasites. Snip off blades of grass from the base of the plant and give them straight to your cat, adding tiny, chopped pieces into her food. You may also feed your cat grass that has been cut into smaller pieces. When the plant shows signs of slowing down its production, just pluck it out of the ground and restart the process all over again from the seed.