Many people have been hearing about cat grass. When I worked at the pet store, many customers would ask if cats really like it. There are a few other questions. Is cat grass good for cats. What draws cats to eat cat grass? These are some of the questions that I was asked, and often ones you will hear from others. So Let me take a few moments to answer these the best I can.
Do Cats really like it?
In a short answer, yes. It is much better for you to grow your cat a patch of pet grass, instead of the cat chewing on your house plants. When I had a cat, I also had a Boston Fern. My cat would chew on that plant all of the time. A little bit of pet grass would have helped prevent this. Also if I were to have hung the plant, I am sure I could prevent this too. Cats do like grass for a variety of reasons, it is always nice to keep you furry friend happy. Did you know that even Tigers and Lions eat grass?
What is cat grass, and why do cats like it.
Cat grass found in pet stores and on the internet is generally wheat grass, rye, barley or oats. These young grain grasses contain fiber, an abundant level of vitamin B, and niacin. There is fiber in the daily food intake of a cat, but plant fiber Cats are carnivores, but some people say that cats will eat the grass to help them pass hair balls. This can have a double edged effect however. Some cats will be able to pass the hairball with out throwing up, and other cats will throw up hairballs with the introduction of pet grass. Another reason why a cat will eat grass is that grass helps many of animals calm their stomachs.
Where you can find Pet Grass, and a warning.
Many pet stores sell pet grass. Often times you will find the pet grass or cat grass by the register area. They usually keep the already growing plants there. If you can not find pet grass by the register area, look around the cat treat area. You can find kits to grow your own pet grass.
*Warning* When looking for pet grass, inspect the grass for insects. Many bugs will lay eggs in the bushy bottom of the grass. Also as the grass matures it will develop awns. If you start to see bristles on the top of the grass, remove it, cut it down, or start a new patch of grass. The awn can make holes in your cats GI tract. Keep your grass safe for your cat, keep your cat healthy and safe, and avoid a nasty vet bill. Also make sure that the grass you are giving to you cat is free of pesticides, and chemicals.*Warning*
I hope this answers some questions about pet grass. Many opinions circle cat grass, to be safe, ask you vet if giving grass to your cat is a good idea. If you want to give your cat a fun present for Christmas this year, check out cat grass at your local pet store. The other part of this post is a blog hop that I am entered in. If you participate in the blog hop you can win a $50 prize. So that is always cool. If you want a chance to win, participate in the blog hop, and follow the guide for the rafflecopter. Check out other great blogs like mine, and win some holiday cheer.
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The Growing Patch Feed