What is Cat Grass?
Cat grass is everywhere nowadays. Sold in pet stores and flower shops, pots of bright green cat grass blanket our modern landscape. The truth is, many pet parents know very little about cat grass or its benefits. What is cat grass? Should you get some for your cat? And most importantly, is cat grass safe for your furry friend?
Let’s cut through the hype and discover all the ways cat grass can be good for your kitty's health.
What is Cat Grass Made of?
Cat grass comes from cereal grains like oat, rye, barley or wheat grass. It contains helpful vitamins like folic acid and can be beneficial for your kitty’s digestive system. Cat grass is a low-maintenance plant that’s easy to grow, making it possible for both indoor and outdoor cats to enjoy.
Is Cat Grass Safe?
Yes! Cat grass is non-toxic and safe for kitties. For outdoor cats, a pot of cat grass outside decreases the chance he will munch on the neighbor’s pesticide-sprayed lawn. Indoor cats will love having a plant they can call their own. The best part—cat grass is harmless, easy to grow and a great way to add enrichment to a cat’s environment. Not to mention enhancing our own windowsill!
What is Cat Grass Used for?
Cat grass can induce vomiting, so it’s believed that cats naturally eat it to help treat furballs. When chewed, cat grass may also help get rid of your cat’s stinky breath! The added fiber in cat grass can also naturally aid digestion. So, can cats eat cat grass? Yes. But watch out—eating too much grass can cause intestinal blockages. Overeating of cat grass can also be a sign that your kitty is sick. If you think your cat is eating their cat grass in excess, it’s a good idea to take them to the vet.
Does My Cat Need It?
Cats are carnivores and require very little plant matter in their diet. The lack of scientific research on cat grass and cat health makes it hard to back up any purported health claims. Despite this, many pet parents believe cat grass to be a positive addition to their cat’s daily diet. If you’re not sure about whether cat grass would be right for your cat, don’t hesitate to talk with your vet!
There’s still much to learn about cat grass, but the positive benefits seem clear. Cat grass helps stinky breath and is safe for indoor and outdoor cats. Check with your veterinarian before adding cat grass to your cat’s diet to see if it would enrich your kitty’s life. Once you get the all-clear, let your cat be the judge!
Even if your kitty turns out to not be a fan of cat grass, there are still plenty of ways to treat them. Check out all the fun and tasty options available from the line of Rachael Ray® Nutrish® cat treats!