Growing Cat Grass


At the end of March I was in my least favorite store that may or may not start with a “W.” Anyway, I noticed a package of cat grass as I was heading toward the register and I thought it was something I should get for the cats.

My past experience with cat grass has not been good, mostly because the cats would tip it over and make a big mess. It also was expensive and wouldn’t last long. My plan this time was to buy a pot that would be the right size and difficult to tip over. I found that in the same store as well as a small bag of potting soil. I don’t remember what I paid but I think it was all under $20.

Six days after planting the seeds the grass was coming up quite nicely.

Two days later Chris was outside and he stumbled upon the cat grass. I let him eat a little but encouraged him to leave after a minute or two because the grass wasn’t ready yet.

Three days later I thought it was long enough to bring it in the house.

All the cats seemed to enjoy the grass, especially Chris and Frankie. I left it out for them for a few hours and then brought it back outside. After a few days I brought it inside for a few more hours and then put it back outside again. I think I will repeat that cycle about twice a week and see how long this lasts. Hopefully I can keep it indefinitely.

What do you think? Have you had success with cat grass?

29 thoughts on “Growing Cat Grass

  1. onespoiledcat

    Haven’t tried cat grass on Ted but Sam ignored it. LOL That was smart though to get a heavy planter and to not just leave it for them ALL the time. Good luck!

    Hugs, Pam

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      1. onespoiledcat

        Yes he likes the outside type of grass – and I’m not sure what type of seed it is that we can buy for cats in those kits but it didn’t appeal to Sam and Ted isn’t interested either!

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  2. KDKH

    I have not tried cat grass but I bought a catnip plant once. Years later, its all around the back yard, in the front yard, and in several neighbors’ yards. It’s pretty prolific!

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      1. KDKH

        I don’t have a green thumb, either. I planted it, let the automatic sprinklers water it, and walked away. It tolerated high neglect and thrived. Your cat grass looks really good, though. Maybe you’re better with plants than you thought!

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        1. Charles Huss Post author

          I failed with sweet potatoes, onions, lettuce, cabbage, tomatoes, peppers and probably others. I have had some success with basil, mint and aloe vera but so far my record is pretty poor.

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          1. KDKH

            Catnip is a type of mint, so you might have luck with it! Like you, I’m more of an animal person rather than a plant person. Nothing wrong with that!

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  3. Brian

    None of us really care for cat grass for some reason. The Dad tried several times and once when he put it outside and brought it back in it had filled up with ants. The ants were fun!

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  4. Doug Thomas

    I’ve some growing now. Like Summer’s comment, I get tired of the cat vomit that follows, though it seems it’s not inevitable. It never seems to last long, though I’m surprised the current batch looks like it might. The big difference: I keep the container practically floating in water. Only one of my cats really enjoys grass, but it’s worth keeping some growing if only for him.

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      1. Doug Thomas

        Especially in the cold seasons when it isn’t available to pick outside. (I pull a few blades from time to time from the lawn and give it the the kitty boys if they want it.}

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  5. Doug Thomas

    The grass in this video is grass I dug out at the edge of the lawn. I thought it might last longer than cat grass, but it apparently didn’t as it died off fairly soon after I shot this video.

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    1. Charles Huss Post author

      We don’t have good grass near my house because there’s too much shade. I think catnip is more attractive but I have tried growing a catnip plant a couple of times and they destroy it right away.

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