Homegrown cat grass is a delicious treat with healthful benefits.
The main types of grasses are:
Together, these varieties are referred to as cereal grasses. They take just a few days to sprout from seed. Growing grass indoors means Kitty will not be exposed to pesticides.
Wheat grass is high in anti-oxidants, vitamins, and minerals. It has a higher concentration of minerals than other types of grass. Sweet oat grass is a common choice because it is not as bitter as other plants.
Cat nip is a popular treat given to kitties because of its ability to enhance feline moods. Cats will rub it, roll on it, play in it and eat it. After a few minutes, they act intoxicated. It is not harmful nor is it addictive.
There are many reported benefits of cat grass:
One belief is that by nibbling on greens, cats are less likely to develop hairballs. And, if they do have fur balls, eating grass helps move them through the cat's digestive system.
A word about hairballs: they are common because of the way cats groom. The feline tongue has grooves for trapping loose hairs. These loose pieces of fur make their way into Kitty's digestive tract. One way or another, the hair has to be eliminated. Besides grasses, there are other products on the market to assist with hairball elimination.
Grass is also a good source of fiber. However, there is limited scientific proof that cats need more fiber. Felines get fiber in their regular diet of kitty food. Research is being done to determine if more fiber is actually necessary.
Freshen up breath
Chewing grass may freshen up Kitty's breath, too. However, if a cat is prone to bad breath, there may be underlying health problems. A trip to the vet for consultation is recommended.
It may be beneficial for felines to eat cat grass. If health issues are suspected, consult with a veterinarian. Like people, not all cats are alike and their nutritional needs vary depending on age, breed, and genetics.