Your furry friend loves cat grass, doesn’t she? No wonder:
With all its benefits for feline health and feline nutrition (better digestion and freedom from toxins are just a few), many pet owners think of growing cat grass indoors so their kitties could get extra treats whenever they want.
In this article, we’ll reveal the secrets of growing grass for cats at home.
What you will need
Before jumping into steps on how to plant cat grass, let’s see what you’ll need for the process:
- The seeds of wheat (this one is the most popular option), oak, barley, or rye. Also, feel free to choose the blend of all four. You never know what a cat will like more, don’t you agree? All the options are available on Amazon, any other online retailer of pet goods, or at local pet stores. Actually, we have a separate guide with the best cat grass available on the net.
- A few planter pots with holes. Consider medium-sized ones, those with grid covers to prevent knock-overs and digging the soil.
- You may want to consider decorative pots without holes too. Wooden or cement ones, they are also functional and good-looking to decorate your home. Plus, they are hard to knock over by active cats. Or, you can plant cat grass in handy-dandy pots – and then insert them to more beautiful, design ones to decorate the house.
- Planter saucers for pots with holes. If you choose planter pots without holes, you won’t need saucers for them.
- Potting soil. You can find it in cat grass growing kits or buy it as a separate option.
- A spray bottle with water.
- Paper towels or plastic wraps to cover the seeds for faster sprouting.
Now it’s time to grow cat grass indoors! Please follow these steps:
Step 1: Prepare the seeds
Depending on the size and quantity of your planter pots, divide all the seeds accordingly. For instance, if you plan growing three 7.5″ diameter pots, take half a cup of seeds and cover them with water for about 4-5 hours. Some specialists say it’s unnecessary, but such a pre-soaking speeds up germination, helping the roots grow faster.
After soaking, rinse the seeds carefully. Now they are ready to sow in planter pots.
Step 2: Get your pots ready
While the seeds soak, prepare the pots. Put a piece of paper towel or napkin to the bottom of every pot (you can also use coffee filters for that), and fill them with pre-moistened potting soil. Look to about 1″ from the top.
Step 3: Sprinkle the seeds over the soil
Some bloggers advise covering the seeds with extra soil and putting them deeper into the pot, but we find it unnecessary. Both covered and uncovered seeds grow evenly, so feel free to sprinkle the seeds over the soil in your planter pots – it saves time and is more comfortable as it keeps your hands clean.
Step 4: Water the seeds with a spray bottle
Take a spray bottle or a watering can and water the seeds thoroughly. Ensure you don’t pour them over: The seeds are pre-soaked, and the soil is pre-moistened; so, both have enough moisture already to get things going.
Step 5: Cover the planter pots
After the seeds are in the pots, cover each with paper towels or plastic wraps (with holes). Moisture is essential for cat grass seeds to germinate, and such a “coating” will prevent them from drying out.
Please ensure there are enough holes in your wraps for air circulation. You can use plastic plant saucers for that goal too. And make sure you cover the pots loosely; it shouldn’t be airtight.
Step 6: Place it in a dark area
Now cat grass is ready for growing. The ideal conditions for this are warmth, enough moisture, and indirect light; so, do your best to place the pots with seeds in some dark area, away from sunlight and your curious furry friends!
Moisten the pots three times per day (use a water sprayer for it) and keep them covered. After two or three days, you’ll notice some roots – now it’s time to remove the lid and move your pots to a sunny location.
Step 7: Reward your feline with cat grass care
Wait for three or four more days (please remember to water the roots!) – and your growing grass for cats will be ready to consume. It’s time to reward your feline with this yummy (well, we hope though didn’t try) treat. You can serve it the way it is or insert pots into some decorative potties you might prepare beforehand.
If growing cat grass indoors in hot summer with high humidity, there’s a risk of mold development in the pots if kept in too humid and dark rooms. So, if that’s the case and you notice the traces of mold in planter pots, uncover and place them outside but still in a shaded area. Then, as already mentioned, move the pots to a sunny location once you see small grass sprouts. As a rule, it happens by the second or third day after seeding.
At the end of the day
Cat grass is a mixture of greens grown from wheat, oats, barley, or rye seeds that serves as a dietary supplement for felines. It’s safe and beneficial for cats to consume: Eating cat grass from time to time, they get better digestion, struggle with hairballs in stomachs, and eliminate toxins from their bodies.
Growing cat grass indoors won’t take much time and energy from you. Seeds, soil, and planter pots are available at local pet stores or online retailers, and now you know how to grow cat grass indoors. More than that, you can purchase a ready-made cat grass kit to treat your furry friend with some new tasty thing. So, let’s get the most out of this natural supplement today!