Cat Grass

Cat Grass

My cat Lisa is an indoor cat who enjoys her daily trips outside, mainly to keep an eye on the birds but also to eat - what appears to be - her body weight in grass.  I’d never really questioned why as she’s always been healthy, but then I thought I’d find out why.

 One of the first reasons cat enjoy eating grass is to do with their diet. Cats are carnivores, meaning that their digestive system is adapted to eating meat-based proteins and fats. They can survive on this type of diet but do not thrive on it because they need other nutrients as well. Cats can get the majority of their additional vitamins from eating grass and other plants.

 Secondly but helps to eliminate hairballs. A cat who is trying to rid themselves or a hairball is likely to try and eat grass. The hairball is caused by swallowed hair combined with saliva buildup in the gut. Their digestive system struggles to break this down and it will pass as vomit (or diarrhoea) Easting fresh grass can help a cat regurgitate those sticky balls without causing long term discomfort.

 With all this in mind I thought it might be a fun idea to purchase on of those “grow your own cat grass” kits and see what she thought of it. That way, she wouldn’t have to wait for one of her daily trips outside to get her grass fix.

A box of grown your own cat grass by VitakraftA black and white cat sat next to a box of grow your own cat grassA black and white cat sniffing a box of grow your own cat grass

I purchased this one from the Range for £2.59. I’d love to say I spent hours researching which one to get, but I’d be lying.

Once I got it home and opened, the instructions were pretty straightforward. All I had to do was poke a few holes in the bottom of the plastic tray, mix the grass seed with the soil mixture and add some water. The lid was useful as a tray for underneath to capture any excess water as it drained off.

A tray of grow your own cat grass waiting to grow!

Now to wait...

A tray of grow your own cat grass which hasn't grown yet

Here is the mixture after 24 hours. No change, no sign of life, no surprise.

A tray of grow your own cat grass with a few shoots.

Still no sign of life, topped it up with some water so it didn’t dry out.

A tray of grow your own cat grass with a few shoots

Finally signs of life. A few shoots of grass were now appearing.

A tray of grow your own cat grass with some obvious grass growing

What a difference a day makes! Lots of grass is now showing and yesterday’s growth is really starting to show.

A tray of grow your own cat grass with some obvious grass growing

This was two days later and it’s really stating to look like real grass now. Still seems a bit too short to give to the cat.

A tray of grow your own cat grass with some grass.A tray of grow your own cat grass with some grass.

We are nearly there.

A tray of grow your own cat grass with some grass. A black and white cat is sniffing it.

Finally letting Lisa have a look at her new grass. To be honest, to begin with she didn’t seem overly impressed but by the next day I noticed her taking the odd nibble at it. Unfortunately I then managed to drop and smash a glass right next to it meaning it was covered in shattered bits of glass. Obviously this meant that I couldn’t leave it for the cat and had to remove and bin. 

 

In conclusion I would say that the grass was a success but ruined by my clumsiness. I am obviously going to have to take another trip down to the Range and buy another set or two. I’m curious as to how long it lasts once fully grown. 

Lisa the cat sat next to her newly grown grass.

 

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