Cat grass is the feline equivalent of a healthy high-fiber cereal, fortified with vitamins and minerals, except that it doesn’t come in chocolate and strawberry flavors, nor with advertising promos featuring glamorous kitties in beautiful homes tucking into their daily serving of oats, wheat and rye.
The Latin name for cat grass is Avena sativa, an oat grass. However, this is just one variety of grass that kitties enjoy. Most pet stores offer a combination of oat, wheat and rye seeds. Place the seeds in a planter containing organic soil and within around a week, Kitty will have fresh, organic grass to nibble on.
Because cats like to nibble on a little lawn salad, cat grass is ideal for indoor kitties and discourages them from nibbling on your plants. It’s best to keep plants and cut flowers out of Mittens’ reach, because some are toxic to felines.
Grass grown specifically for felines is healthier because it is organic. Lawn grass is sometimes sprayed with pesticides, and even if your own garden is a chemical-free zone, felines have a habit of wandering into neighboring gardens to sample the attractions. If you do decide to grow your own grass for your pet, place the container in an accessible sunny spot, and praise him each time he takes a nibble. This will help to discourage him from dining out.
While felines are mainly carnivorous, there may be an evolutionary reason why they still require a small serving of greens. Sheba’s wild ancestors liked their prey with all the trimmings because they devoured animals whole, thus consuming the grass and plants in the animals’ stomachs. Grass contains niacin and B vitamins, while the juice from grass is rich in folic acid, which aids the production of hemoglobin in your pet’s blood, the PetMd website notes.
Grass helps kitties to deal with those dreaded hairballs. Because grass contains fiber, fur ingested while grooming passes through your pet’s digestive tract more easily. Grass also helps cats to cough of hairballs, according to the VetInfo website. The fiber content in grass speeds up the digestive process, and helps to prevent constipation.