Domestic cats often raid their owners’ flower pots. This is not surprising, because unlike their wild counterparts, they are unable to chew grass. You can solve the problem if you have a special cat “garden”, because the grass picked on the street can harm the pet.
Benefits of grass for cats
Cats eat grass and gnaw green stalks for a reason. Their instinct tells them about the benefits of this meal. Therefore, it is worth introducing grass into the cat’s diet for at least three reasons:
- it will benefit digestion – Pets tend to swallow lumps of wool, caring for it, and thanks to eating fresh herbs, these lumps will leave the body faster;
- cleans the intestines from toxins and fecal stones – the herb will work as a natural laxative;
- replenish the supply of vitamins and trace elements – magnesium, folic acid, zinc, sulfur, Biotin, etc.
From the fact that the pet is chewing on houseplants, can be damaged not only the mood of the owner. Certain plants are harmful to cats – at least they will harm the body, and at most they will pose a threat to life. Growing grass on the windowsill is very easy, the first shoots will appear in a couple of days, and after about a week, offer the cat a healthy green treat. It is especially useful to eat grass in winter.
Three ways to grow grass at home
In order not to risk the safety of your pet, you should not buy seed material on the market. There is no guarantee that it was not treated with toxic substances. Buy a few bags of special herbs at a pet store.
Experienced cat owners know three ways to grow grass for a pet on the windowsill.
- The first way allows you not to buy the soil and not to plant at home the dirt. You should not expect a large harvest, but if you want to offer grass to a cat for the first time, you can try this method. You will need two plastic plates of different diameters, cotton wool, large-cell gauze and plastic wrap. At the bottom of a wider plate, after making several punctures in it, spread cotton wool, pour water and spread the seeds, cover with gauze, top with another plate and wrap with polyethylene.
- The second method already involves the use of soil, which is sold in any flower shop. The earth is poured into any suitable container – a pot, pot, tray or box. The seeds are soaked in water for about 50 minutes, slightly moistened the soil to speed up germination and sown. From above, you need to sprinkle the seeds with earth and cover them with plastic wrap – this will create a greenhouse effect. In about three days, there will be shoots and the film is removed.
- Instead of soil, you can use vermiculite or cat litter – this is the third method. Planted similarly to the second method. The filler must first be soaked with water to a mushy state.
When the grass rises, it should be watered periodically – a little water 1-2 times a day daily. Remember that you don’t need to grow an entire plantation. Only young shoots are useful for cats, plant greens as needed.
If the cat likes the grass, then use the method of conveyor seeding. After planting the first batch, wait until they hatch, and a week later plant the second, and a week later the third. The cat will be provided with fresh grass.
What else can you grow
Cats love not only grass, but also plants, and they can appear on the cat bed at your home. They will not harm the animal, although you need to keep your pet’s appetite under control.
So you can grow:
- Lemongrass – cats like its smell, and the plant itself is useful to eat. Lemongrass is a natural antiseptic, antibiotic and sedative in one bottle, and also helps the animal’s digestion. The plant will switch the cat’s attention from other indoor flowers to itself.
- Melissa – also like cats, but you need to eat it in a strictly dosed manner, otherwise the animal is threatened with digestive problems.
- Parsley – curly greens are loved by many fluffy gourmets. It is both delicious and useful, as it contains many trace elements and generally has a positive effect on the cat’s body.
You can also grow cereals at home – wheat, oats, rye.
If the cat doesn’t eat grass
Perhaps all the efforts of the owner to grow a garden for a mustachioed pet will be in vain. Then teach the pet to the greens gradually, adding to the food. If you put a pot of grass near a bowl of food, perhaps the green bed will interest the cat, and he will be happy to “graze” in his garden. Otherwise, cat owners are advised to periodically offer the pet grass, perhaps one day the animal will appreciate such care of its owner.
If the cat absolutely does not want to eat grass, you do not need to force the animal. But if he, on the contrary, shows excessive interest in vegetation, then this is an occasion to consult with a veterinarian. Perhaps the animal has health problems that you need to pay attention to.
Hi, my name is Mike Fletcher. I am 36 years old and I’m a veterinarian at a veterinary clinic in Granby Colorado. And this is my blog about Pets. I hope I can answer your questions here.