Cat Grass?

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Cat Grass?
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Wed, 09-04-2013 - 7:02pm

Do you give your cat cat grass? Do you buy it, or grow your own? If you grow it yourself, what kind of grass and what do you use for a planting medium?

I always have some kind of cat grass for Coco (and often had it for Grandcat when he visited). If I don't have it, she chews on the houseplants. One of the local grocery stores sells little pots of it, it seems to be a blend of oats, alfalfa, and maybe some other seeds. But its ~$5-6 per pot. The kind they sell at Petsmart is even a little more expensive. In the winter it lasts for a couple of months but as the weather warmed up it barely lasted 2 weeks....and I don't want to spend $10 per month on cat grass. Somebody told me to get wheat grass. I found it at Whole Foods and at another sort of natural foods store where I shop regularly. They sell it for $2 per pot. It also lasts 2 wks but at least its more affordable. Then I bought a packet of cat grass seeds at the nursery. These are only oats. I started them a few days ago using "seed starter" potting soil---it seems heavier than the medium used for the commercial cat grass and wheat grass, but its working. Some of the seeds have germinated and are growing fast. I'll wait until the grass is taller and hopefully more of it sprouts, then I'll see how Coco likes it.

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Registered: 07-02-1999
In reply to: elc11
Thu, 09-05-2013 - 3:01pm

I don't have cat grass around my house - wouldn' t last long. :)  I have one house plant and that lives WAY up on a shelf during the winter. I think most cat grass is a oat/wheat mix...if you can get it to grow from seed, that would be much cheaper...I don't think there is much difference (other than the markup).

 

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Registered: 03-24-2000
In reply to: elc11
Sat, 09-07-2013 - 1:18pm

I occasionally grow cat grass for my cats. I usually use oat or wheat seeds or a combination of them both.   I just use some kind of potting soil to grow it.   These kinds of grasses only last a few weeks before turning brown and needing replacing.   I used to have one pot growing for them while they worked on another, but I've been bad lately and haven't grown them any lately.

 

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Registered: 04-11-2012
In reply to: elc11
Wed, 09-11-2013 - 10:09am

I am not familiar with cat grass. Is this something that cats like and is it easily grown?

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Registered: 07-02-1999
In reply to: elc11
Wed, 09-11-2013 - 12:38pm
most cats will eat/chew on it if made available. they don't NEED it, and honestly, some will eat it and then hork it back up (lovely image - sorry). If you want to grow some to try, you can get it at most pet stores...but it can be expensive that way if you want to continue growing it.
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Registered: 06-16-1998
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Wed, 09-11-2013 - 4:34pm

I'm not sure that Coco actually swallows it, she may just chew on it. I do have to clean up some blades of it around the pot, and I've never seen it "reappear" in the litter box or in catbarf. Grandcat definitely swallowed it, he had hairball issues and I think his objective was to barf it back up.

Owaitress, I used to buy it at a pet store or at one local grocery store that had a little display of it in the pet food section. But like I said in the first post, that was getting really expensive. The batch that I started at home grew quickly into a full pot---we were having hot weather so it germinated fast. Coco seems to prefer it to the wheat grass. I got a packet of cat grass seeds at the nursery for about $2 and it will be enough for several pots worth. At that grocery store display they sell a different blend of seeds for about $5-6, probably comes to 1/4 of the cost of buying it pregrown. I don't remember if Petsmart sells seeds but they sell the grass (I think theirs is wheat grass) for about $5 per pot. I was buying her wheat grass (for humans) at the health food store for $2 per pot.