How to Successfully Grow Cat Grass for Kitty

by dlstewart

My cat will mow through the houseplants if I don’t provide him “greens” to eat. Here are step-by-step instructions for growing cat grass. It’s easy, and your cat will thank you.

My cat is an indoor pet, so it is up to me to grow grass for him to chomp. If I don’t provide Cat Grass, he samples the houseplant buffet – not that there are many more plants left in the house after his munch-fest!

Cat Grass is not the same as lawn grass. Cat Grass is usually comprised of several types of grasses and oats. The seeds are large, which makes for easy planting. Cat Grass grows for between two to three months and then dies. The cat can keep nibbling the grass to within a few inches of the soil, and the grass will grow back. However, the grass/oat seed combination will not reproduce. It will die, and the container will need to be replanted.

Cat Grass seed can be purchased in seed packets or in kits.  The kits usually consist of a container, dirt, and the seed.  Often the containers provided are cheap plastic tubs, though sometimes a decorative ceramic container is included. 

 After experimenting with several methods of growing Cat Grass, this is what works best for me.

 1.  Find a small to medium size planter.  It is best if the planter has some weight to it so that when the cat eats from it, the planter won’t tip over or move too much around the floor.  The planter sides need to be low enough so the cat can easily eat from it.  Holes in the bottom of the pot are not necessary since the grass is minimally watered.

 2.  Even if a kit comes with dirt, that soil is probably not the best quality.  If you have planting soil at home, mix some of the nutrient rich planting soil with the dirt provided.  This will give the seed a good growing medium.

 3.  Fill the planter most of the way with the planting soil.

4.  Sprinkle the Cat Grass seed liberally across the top of the earth.  Make sure the seed you use is pesticide free.  Since the seed is large, you will easily be able to see how much seed has landed on the soil.

 5.  Cover the grass seed with a sparse amount of dirt.  The seed prefers to be close to the surface, so don’t cover it too deep.

 6.  Water the seeds in the planter.  You don’t need a lot of water.  I take my cupped hands and fill them with water from the faucet, and then I sprinkle the water over the soil.  This method does not disturb the seed too much.

 7.  After planting and watering the seed, take a piece of clear plastic wrap and loosely drape it over the container.  This helps trap the moisture and warmth, encouraging germination.  I place the planter atop the refrigerator in my sunny kitchen.  That way the cat stays out of the germinating grass.

 8.  In about three days, you will notice the grass beginning to grow.  Remove the plastic wrap.  Keep the grass sparsely watered.  It does not need a lot of moisture.  Keeping the earth damp is fine, but don’t let the container fill with water.

 9.  Cat Grass is quick to grow.  I let it achieve a height of about three to four inches before setting the container on the floor for the cat to graze.  Pull the container of grass away from the when the grass is mowed to about an inch or two from the ground.  Since the grass rapidly grows, it will be ready for munching again the next day.

 10.  For me, the cat grass lasts anywhere from two to three months before it begins to die.  Then I replant the grass, starting another container.

 Cat Grass is very easy to grow.  The cat loves the treat, and it fills a nutritional need.  Cat Grass seed and kits are available online and at many pet stores.

Enjoy the day,

Copyright 2015 Dawn L. Stewart

Updated: 01/21/2015, dlstewart
Thank you! Would you like to post a comment now?


dlstewart on 01/22/2015

If your cat is like mine, she will love the fresh greens. Enjoy a terrific day!

jptanabe on 01/22/2015

My cat stays indoors in the winter so I really should grow cat grass for her. You make it sound so easy!

You might also like

Is Milk Really Bad for Cats?

My parents always used to say that I was born with the word “Why?” on my lips...

How to Potty Train Your Cat on the Toilet - Cat Toilet Trainin...

Ditch the litter box forever. If I can potty train my kitty to use the toilet...

Disclosure: This page generates income for authors based on affiliate relationships with our partners, including Amazon, Google and others.
Loading ...