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Does your cat eat grass outside? Is your cat trying to eat plants inside your home that aren’t safe? Make your own cat grass garden with herbs that cats can eat safely.
Oh cats. They bring joy, cuddles, and fluffiness into our lives but they also bring… mischief. I’ve never met a cat that isn’t curious, which I guess is why that saying has stuck when it comes to felines. But with mischievousness also sometimes comes a bit of danger.
We have two cats inside, one who likes to go outside as much as possible, and he always goes straight for patches of grass to nibble. While this isn’t always dangerous outside, it can be inside because some plants are harmful to cats and his outside nibbling habit sometimes translates to inside, which is no bueno!
Why do cats eat grass?
There are a few different answers to this question, but it most often is attributed to the fact that the cat knows it’s stomach needs purging at times. Cats lack the necessary enzyme to break down lots grass or vegetable matter so it often makes them sick. In turn, they expel other yucky things like hairballs or little toys that your children may have left on the floor [speaking from experience here].
Some grass also contains different nutrients that your cat may not be getting in their food, so they’re doing their diet a favor by chowing down on the green stuff.
They also may eat grass just because they like it. My observation of Frosty is that he just eats a small amount at a time, which does no harm to him and doesn’t make him sick at all.
What grasses and herbs are safe for cats to eat?
So instead of discouraging your cat from this potentially healthy habit, create your own cat grass garden with herbs that your cat can safely eat! The first step is to determine what herbs and grasses are safe. I created a cat grass personal planeter with a few of our favorites: Cat Grass, Rosemary, and Mint. Some others that are safe for cats include Parsley, Catnip, Lemongrass, and Thyme.
How to Make a Cat Grass Garden
You’ll need potting soil, a container, and all your cat-safe herbs and grasses. You can plant a mixture of seeds and herb plants as they’ll mature at different times. If your cats are like my Bella and Frosty, they’ll gladly help you as you plant.
Be sure to keep your cat garden in a well lit area with lots of water. You’ll be surprised at just how fast cat grass seeds will sprout – in about 4-5 days. You can find cat grass at Walmart. I found this package of cat grass seeds, also sometimes called wheat grass, in the Garden center, but there are also options in the pet aisles.
Speaking of pet aisles at Walmart, I have been so impressed with some of the products I’ve been finding at my local store lately, including our new favorite cat litter from LitterMaid, made from walnut shells!
It’s the one area of owning an indoor cat that most cat owners don’t like… cleaning the cat litter box, but it’s a daily activity that you just have to embrace and with this new litter, I’m finding it’s much easier and cleaner.
This cat litter is one that is virtually dust free, fragrance free, and clumps just as well as clay-based litters. It’s also much less messy as far as tracking goes!
I slowly transitioned Bella and Frosty over to the LitterMaid® Premium Walnut litter and haven’t looked back. I don’t miss the horrible dust cloud rising up each time I scoop or fill the litter box and I definitely don’t miss the feel of litter between my toes around our litter box cabinet.
While the brand is new to me and Walmart shelves, it’s been around for over 20 years, and is excited to bring premium pet specialty items to everyday pet owners!
If your cats are important members of the family, just like Frosty and Bella are to ours, you definitely treat them as such. That’s why I love making special projects for them, like this Cat Grass Garden, and using the best products for them and myself like this walnut shells litter.
Be sure to pick up all the supplies and cat grass seeds you need to make your own cat planter and LitterMaid Premium Walnut litter at your local Walmart on your next shopping trip!