You’ve probably seen little square cartons of cat grass at pet stores or even grocery stores. Have you ever wondered what cat grass is? If you never had any experience with it, then it might sound strange to buy your cat their own personal houseplant. This post will clear up the confusion surrounding this plant.
Cat Grass is Not Catnip
It can be easy to assume that cat grass is just another word for catnip, but these are two very different plants. Cat grass comes from a cereal grain such as wheat or barley. If you’ve ever heard of wheatgrass superfood powders then it’s the same exact plant. You will always find cat grass growing fresh in stores, unless you grow your own, whereas catnip is usually sold dried. The biggest difference between cat grass and catnip is that cat grass does not have any affect on your cat, while the scent of catnip can make your cat either calm or hyperactive.
What is Cat Grass for?
Cat grass is a simple and fun way to add some health to your cat’s routine. Some of the health benefits of cat grass include adding vitamins like folic acid which your cat wouldn’t otherwise get from their all meat diet. It’s the same reason why those trendy wheatgrass smoothies are popular for us humans. Also, cat grass provides fiber which can help your cat if they have digestive issues. However, if your cat is known for a hairball problem then keep an eye on their cat grass consumption because it could encourage vomiting. Cat grass is a safe alternative if your cat likes to try eating your other houseplants, which could be poisonous.
How to Use Cat Grass
If you’re ready to give cat grass a try, then you have to do nothing more than pick up some at the store and set it in an area accessible to your cat. Most cats will quickly become interested and give it a nibble, since eating grass is part of their instincts in the wild. Make sure to check on your cat grass and water it a little if it becomes dry, as long as you don’t over-water it. It should last between one and three weeks before it yellows and dries out and it’s time to buy a new one. If you want to grow your own, you can buy seeds in a pet store or online. Then just plant them in a plastic flower pot in a sunny area and water it just enough to keep it from drying out. Once it grows to about two or three inches long, then it is ready for your cat.
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