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post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 
I was wondering what the benefits are to cat grass. Is there any kind of grass seed I should stay away from? I know some seed packs have more them one kind in them.

I have planted some on our porch for my two fur balls and one eats it all the time and the other just looks at it and walks away. I have seen an article that said you should cut it up and put it on top of there food.

Thanks for your thoughts
Stephenie
post #2 of 28
Well, in my experience cats eat grass when they either have fur-balls or something they should´nt have eaten, and need to get rid off . The grass promptly makes them sick, normally within hours of eating the grass. Not heard of the cutting it up business, sounds a bit strange but hey what ever !!
If not provided, cats will forage for any type of grass, as you know they are clever little fellows and wont eat anything nasty.
Some cats like the little self-grow grass trays you can get from the pet-shops and some arent so bothered, again with cats its all a matter of taste.........and being awkward of course !!
post #3 of 28
We just buy a flat of weat grass from a grocery store. The cats love it, and it isn't too expensive.
post #4 of 28
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Originally Posted by lookingglass
We just buy a flat of weat grass from a grocery store. The cats love it, and it isn't too expensive.
Oh ? ? they eat this weat grass for enjoyment then ?? never heard of that product over here ? and what would humans use it for salad ? (bet that sounds really stupid !
post #5 of 28
LOL! I suppose that you could put it in your salad if you wanted to. Mostly it's used to flush impurities out of the body.
post #6 of 28
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Originally Posted by lookingglass
LOL! I suppose that you could put it in your salad if you wanted to. Mostly it's used to flush impurities out of the body.
Oh heck, I knew once that was posted it was gonna be some strange thing that made me look really freaky ! but well you learn something everyday eh !! thanks for the update.......
post #7 of 28
Usually you can buy grass advertised as "cat grass", either in pots, as "instant planters". or as seeds. It's often oat grass, but there are all sorts of varieties. I keep a pot on the coffee table, since Jamie is an indoor cat, and he chews a little bit every day. It's a good source of folic acid, so there are benefits other than making it easier to spit up hairballs.
post #8 of 28
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Leona never gets sick from eating. I would have taken it away from her (as she eats it every time she gets a chance.)

This package says it is white winter wheat and that it is good for digestion and saves your house plants (she did stop eating the bell pepper plants once it grew.)

Does any one know of any other plants that I can plant for them? The Catnip is a given and started.
post #9 of 28
I keep a pot of cat grass for Reilly to munch on all the time, besides the health benefits I find that it keeps him out of my other plants.
post #10 of 28
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Originally Posted by Stephenie
Leona never gets sick from eating. I would have taken it away from her (as she eats it every time she gets a chance.)

This package says it is white winter wheat and that it is good for digestion and saves your house plants (she did stop eating the bell pepper plants once it grew.)

Does any one know of any other plants that I can plant for them? The Catnip is a given and started.
I know some cat guardians who plant bamboo for their cats - I guess the latter are sort of like Panda bears! We have cranberries in our front garden, and the neighborhood cats munch on the berries all the time. Between the cats and the birds, we never manage to harvest enough for us.
post #11 of 28
Do you find that the grass yellows and dies quickly? I'm having to buy a new pot of it every month. I figured that I overwatered the first two... but I'm watering the third only when the soil is dry and it yellowed after a day. This would be in full sun. It's really odd, since I'm good with plants and a range of them are growing well in the same window. I even bought a different type of cat grass from a different store... same results.
post #12 of 28
Sierra and Serenity adore their kitty grass! They keep one to munch on while another is sprouting in the window. Theirs is wheat or oat grass which I plant in terra cotta pots.
post #13 of 28
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Originally Posted by emmylou
Do you find that the grass yellows and dies quickly? I'm having to buy a new pot of it every month. I figured that I overwatered the first two... but I'm watering the third only when the soil is dry and it yellowed after a day. This would be in full sun. It's really odd, since I'm good with plants and a range of them are growing well in the same window. I even bought a different type of cat grass from a different store... same results.
I've had the same problem, so you aren't alone in experiencing that!
post #14 of 28
Same here - Miss Kitty loves it but they only last a few weeks and to be honest I forget to keep buying them.

I'd love to give her more of a patch of grass instead of those little plastic containers; does anyone know of an internet shop that sells such things? She goes nuts over it and really loves it, so I'd really be keen to find a way to keep it growing for much longer.

MKD
post #15 of 28
Glad it isn't something I'm doing wrong. Maybe grass just doesn't grow well indoors. It's a problem with mine, since my cat eats a large amount of grass daily (he never gets sick from it), but then once it starts to go yellow and withery, he eats it anyway and that's when it starts to cause digestive problems.

If you want a whole flat of it, the only thing I can think of is to buy seed and grow your own.
post #16 of 28
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Originally Posted by emmylou
If you want a whole flat of it, the only thing I can think of is to buy seed and grow your own.
Actually, that's what I'd like to do, but I just haven't been sure of what kind of grass to use.

MKD
post #17 of 28
My grass yellowed after a few weeks as well. Mittens nibbled a bit for the first few days, but then after that all he really did was rub his face into it.
post #18 of 28
We buy "cat grass" seeds at the pet store and just plant them in potting soil. A pot usually lasts at least a month, and we start a second pot about two or three weeks after the first is put out. We've had even more luck with Cyprus grass. That can't easily be grown from seeds, though - you have to divide the plant and put the pieces in fresh pots of soil. A pot of Cyprus grass usually lasts 4 or 5 months around here.
post #19 of 28
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I bought a 16 x 16 inch pot and put in on the balcony of my apartment. The girls love it! I love walking out there and seeing them lay in it. I did plant one kind of wheat grass and then about 2 weeks later added another kind of seed with a little dirt over that and it is just about an inch now.
I have put plant food in there to help keep it going and cut of the top to bring in. (I just started cutting it over there food to. My seed package says that “when the plant turns yellow the chlorophyll is gone and it is time to replant.â€
I do not have any yellow yet. I hope I am not jinxing myself.
post #20 of 28
I bought that cat nip from Petco and let me tell you something. The day I got it I put it ontop of the fridge thinking nothing about it, (I would give it to Princess when I got back home, had to go back out) Well when I got home the cat nip was on the floor.... Dirt was every where........ cat nip here and there all over my kitchen I hope she enjoyed it because I will never buy that stuff again she goes to crazy for it, lol
post #21 of 28
We are in the midst of our first cat grass experience here, and it isn't going so well. I got it to grow, and Nathan likes it--the problem is he can't get it out of the potting soil. It's only about an inch and a half to two inches tall, and it's planted in a little plastic container (I bought one of those kits at my pet supply store). Well, when Nathan starts biting and pulling on the grass, he actually ends up lifting up the whole container (and making a huge mess in the process). A few minutes ago I was holding it down for him thinking he'd be able to pull the grass out then, but then the whole thing of dirt just lifted right out of the container. Am I a dope? Is there something I'm missing here? Should I just let it grow longer and hope Nathan will be able to bite off the ends? I tried pulling a little bit out and giving it to him, but he's not interested in it that way. He thinks he's a cow--he wants to graze.
post #22 of 28
Does your local pet store have heavy pots that the plastic trays fit into? I've got a flat "white cat" pot made especially for the trays. If not, you'll probably have to let the grass grow longer before giving it to him, or switch to seeds and potting soil in a heavy pot.
post #23 of 28
I'll have to check the store for a pot to put the container into. There's no taking it away from him now to let it grow longer--I have yet to find a spot in the apartment he can't get to, and he is really intent on eating it now that he knows it's here.
post #24 of 28
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Originally Posted by emmylou
Do you find that the grass yellows and dies quickly? I'm having to buy a new pot of it every month. I figured that I overwatered the first two... but I'm watering the third only when the soil is dry and it yellowed after a day. This would be in full sun. It's really odd, since I'm good with plants and a range of them are growing well in the same window. I even bought a different type of cat grass from a different store... same results.
What I've found through experience is that wheat grass can last almost up to a month if you keep it in the refrigerator for several hours each day. The grass does NOT need to be kept in the full sun, but the dirt does need to be kept moist. I don't know why refrigerating it works so well, but it does. This particular kind of grass seems to prefer less light, and thrives in the cold darkness of the fridge.

Currently, I keep the little square pot of grass on the floor near Ginger's food dish. It usually winds up lying on its side, and she munches to her hearts content. I just rotate the container so she doesn't eat it all just from one side.

I've had pretty good luck with the cat grass that I buy that is already grown - it seems to last longer than the pots of it that I grow myself. I buy two, and one is in the fridge while the other is out.

I also keep it trimmed so that it continues to grow - I "mow" the pots of grass by trimming the tops down an inch or so. This seems to also help it to last longer before going yellow.

Also, it isn't like a lawn - you can't expect that it will continue to last indefinitely. The grass is quite root heavy, and quickly uses up the nutrients in the soil within the small pot. Buying or growing one fresh pot of grass a month is completely normal. The best you can do is take care of it to keep it alive and viable as long as possible. Then buy or grow another, and understand that grass is also a living thing that has a cycle.
post #25 of 28
That's interesting about the fridge. My current pot is a mix of oats, wheat and barley, but I might try it.

Mowing isn't an issue... that cat takes care of that.
post #26 of 28
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Originally Posted by emmylou
Mowing isn't an issue... that cat takes care of that.
LOL, I have to - Ginger eats an entire strand at a time, rather than nibble off the top.
post #27 of 28
Just found this on a site that sells wheatgrass growing kits for human consumption:

Whether you buy or grow your own flat of wheatgrass, if you don’t use the grass fast enough it begins to turn yellow and wilt (because it has used all the minerals from the soil.) Right as it begins to tinge yellow, cut all the rest of the grass off of the flat and put it in a plastic bag in your refrigerator. The grass will last for about one week after it is cut.

If it is too cold outside (50 degrees and below) where you are growing your grass, the wheatgrass will grow very slowly. If you let it get below 32 degrees, it will freeze. Anything above about 75-80 degrees and your wheatgrass will not thrive. Under the hot conditions you will experience more mold, and the roots will go sour and sometimes cause the grass to wilt. The ideal conditions for wheatgrass and barleygrass are 1) indirect sunlight, and 2) moderate weather (70 degrees)

Therefore, I guess it lasts longer in the fridge because it grows more slowly at that temperature. Makes sense to me now!
post #28 of 28
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Originally Posted by GingersMom
LOL, I have to - Ginger eats an entire strand at a time, rather than nibble off the top.
Leona likes the strand at a time too! If cut some to bring I have to hold it up for her to eat. One flat on the floor just will not do!
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