Thursday, February 7, 2013

Sprouting for Cats

Believe it or not, animals can benefit from sprouting just as much as humans.  In fact, most animals love vegetables!  Here's a hint, if  your cat is eating your house plants or is practicing to be an escape artist to the great outdoors - they probably crying out for some grass.

Grass is very beneficial to cats.  "The juices in grass contain folic acid. This is an essential vitamin for a cat's bodily functions and assists in the production of hemoglobin, the protein that moves oxygen in the blood."  Cats are actually designed to eat grass and therefore can eat all they want without issue.  That being said, one of the main reasons cats eat grass is because of hair balls or digestion issues, as the grass can help the cat throw up.  Not pretty, but it is a fact of life for us cat owners.

I have been sprouting kitty grass for Morticia, my 16 year old kitty for a few months now. She loves having her own private supply!

After receiving veterinary treatment for heart failure, I noticed that Morticia's cravings for grass increased ten fold.  I don't know if there's a direct correlation, but I tend to trust an animal's instinct over man's, so I began growing pesticide-free, chemical-free grass for her to chow down on.  According to the vet, Morticia should have died over a year ago - she's still meowing, so I'm still sprouting!

Miss Morticia & her grass
Cat grass has the shelf life of about a week.  So it's no surprise that the stuff you buy at the store is looking a little peaked before you even get it home.  It's actually more beneficial and economical for you to sprout your own. I have found that I am able to keep my home grown cat grass around for about 2 weeks, before things start going south.

What I love most about sprouting grass - it's super simple & requires no dirt!  You sprout cat grass just as you would regular sprouts.  The only difference is that you start the seeds (1-2 days) and then spread them out on a contained water absorbing surface to promote growth & continue to water daily - that's it!  I've been successful growing grass on a folded up paper towel in a plastic sushi container.  Or you can get fancy with a Baby Blanket and  plastic Tray.  Within about 3 days, your grass is off and growing and ready for your cat!

I get my Kat Grass seeds & supplies through, which just happens to be a certified organic sprouts supplier.  Currently, they have a winter package, which contains all the supplies needed to be your own kitty grass farmer for up to 6 months! They also have sprout seeds available for dogs, birds and smaller animals such as bunnies, hamsters, turtles and iguanas.

Check out this video for more info & step by step instructions on growing grass:

Keep Our Pets Healthy!
The Hoff

P.S. Cat grass doesn't do it for every cat, Hawkeye, my son won't touch the!

Sources: Why Do Cats Eat Grass?

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