2 Easy Ways to Grow Cat Grass Indoors
Updated: Feb 5
For those who don’t know, I have three black cats - the oldest one is my adventurer and normally when the weather is nice, we’ll take him outside for a walk and let him munch on the grass. The issue is that he doesn’t quite understand winter (do any of us though?) and gets very disappointed by the presence of snow and lack of grass. One of my favorite distraction techniques is to grow cat grass indoors to keep him occupied in the winter months - or any other time of year.
Not only do my cats love it, but it also makes a pretty accent plant that adds a *pop* of color to any room. There are tons of ways to grow cat grass, but here are two of the methods I use - the setup is really easy, it only takes a couple of days and you can literally sit back and watch the grass grow.
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Getting started, the first thing you'll need to do is purchase yourself some good quality grass seeds (hint: not the kind you grow in the yard). There are a few varieties of grass seeds to choose from, like rye, barley, and wheatgrass and each have different benefits. I've always used food-grade wheatgrass seeds - they are great for cat grass, but also for human consumption like sprouting and juicing. You can purchase the brand I use here - I love these because they are organic and also come in a one-pound bag which lasts quite awhile.
The next part depends on your style and space - you can go full tray "mini-yard", or more of a "potted plant" look. If you want to plant a tray, you'll need a container to lay it out. I've used a lot of different containers over the years, but I usually use a litter pan (clean of course!) because its the right shape and holds dirt well. For a potted plant look, you'll obviously need a flower pot and planter base to catch excess water. **Optional: for extra drainage, I like to add a couple handfuls of rocks to the base of my flower pot. Also optional, I use a water bottle with a misting capability to water the grass.**
Now that you have your grass seeds and your growing pan or pot, we're ready to start. The first step is to soak your grass seeds - I usually do about 1/2 a cup depending on the pan size I'm using. Fill a bowl or container with water and soak them overnight (or about 8 hours). After they have soaked, give them a good rinse with fresh water, cover with a paper towel, and put them somewhere away from sunlight to give them time to sprout. I usually put mine on top of the fridge, because it's away from the window and my cats *for the most part* won't get up there. Sprouting can take up to 3 days, but mine usually sprout early - in the photos below, you'll see them soaking and then what they should look like before planting.
For a Grass Tray: Fill the pan of your choice about halfway with soil and water it thoroughly - you'll want the dirt to be very wet - then spread a layer of grass seeds, trying to cover as much area as possible. Gently press the seeds into the dirt so they can take root, mist lightly with water, and set aside to watch the seeds grow. See photos below for step by step of what the growth process looks like - it usually only takes up to 5 days for full, luscious grass that your cat can nom on without destroying it.
For a Grass Flower Pot: If you decided to put rocks as a base to your flower pot, add a few handfuls of those first - then add dirt, filling until there is about an inch or two of space left at the top. Water the dirt thoroughly, making sure it is very wet - then spread a layer of grass seeds, filling the entire area. Gently press the seeds into the dirt so they can take root, mist lightly with water, and set aside to watch the seeds grow. See photos below for step by step of what the growth process looks like - it usually only takes up to 5 days for full, luscious grass that your cat can nom on without destroying it.
Sit back and enjoy watching your cat go crazy over the new edible accent piece. As you can see, both methods of growing cat grass are very similar and easy to put together - you can customize almost any container to fit your style and space. The possibilities are endless!
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