Cat Care 101: Grow Cat Grass in 4 Easy Steps

Jerry WalchStarred Page By Jerry Walch, 18th Mar 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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If you have indoor cats, then you need to provide them with their own indoor patch of grass, Cat Grass, to graze on, because grass plays an essential role in their digestive processes. Providing them with Cat Grass to graze on will also keep them from nibbling on your houseplants and the leaves on your indoor trees if you have them, and Cat Grass is easy to grow indoors.

Step 1: Gathering your Supplies

  • A sturdy plastic tray, for your cat’s garden of eating. You can use a heavy based clay pot, many people do, but I prefer seed trays, like the 1020 Trays without holes, which are 11" W x 21.37" L x 2.44" D and cost about $1.50 each online. These trays are made of heavy polystyrene plastic and will last for year; I use five of them, seeded one week apart because it takes Cat Grass 40 to 60 days to mature, that way I always have one tray of grass ready to put out for my fur babies. Mature Cat Grass is three to four feet tall and it takes them about two or three weeks to graze their way through a dense patch of Cat Grass.
  • Organic Potting Soil. Use organic potting soil because it’s free of fertilizers and insecticides, which will make your fur babies sick, besides the health considerations, the Cat Gras won’t last long enough to need all that fertilizer and insecticides.
  • Cat Grass Seed. Cat Grass seed is available online or at most larger pet stores, stores like Pet Smart, I buy mine online from Burpees for $3.96 per pack plus S&H, one pack contains 150 seeds which are enough seeds for one tray. Don’t be afraid to stock up on the seed when you run across a good sale because Cat Grass seeds have an endless shelf life, as long as they are stored in a dry place.
  • Pot or Tray Covering Material. People who us pots generally use a Plastic Wrap like Saran Wrap, but, since I use trays instead of pots, I use Clear Humidity Domes, the ones designed for use with 1050 trays cost less than $3 each. Another good reason to use humidity dome covers over plastic wrap is that they give the seedlings room to grow freely.
  • Garden Watering Pot

Step 2: Planting the Garden of Eating


  • Fill your trays to within 1 inch of the top with the organic potting soil, and then scatter one layer of Cat Grass seed over the soil. I like to scatter one even layer of Cat Seed over the potting soil while other people scatter several layers, one atop another, but, in my opinion, that’s a waste of seed.
  • Cover the seeds with one-quarter inch of potting soil; this is another one of those times when more is definitely not better.

Step Three: Water and Cover

  • Using the water pot, sprinkle water over the covering soil until it’s nice and moist, then place the humidity domes over the trays, or loosely wrap your pots with plastic wrap, the wrap needs to allow air to flow freely over the moist soil.
  • Place the pots or trays in a warm, dark location; I put mine in the basement utility room next to the furnace and hot water heater.

Step Four: The Waiting Game


  • Now is the time to remember that patience really is a virtue, after a few days, usually two or three days, you should see the blades of Cat Grass pushing up through the soil. Check the soil every other day to make sure the soil is still moist, sprinkle the soil with more water when needed to keep it nice and moist, but don’t overwater the soil or the roots will rot off.
  • Once the Cat Grass reaches one or two inches in height, remove the domes and move the trays to a sunny location, I keep mine on my glassed in back porch, which faces east, so they get plenty of sun and my kitties aren’t tempted to start eating it before it has had time to mature.
  • Once the Cat Grass has reached 4 to 6 inches tall, you can put it out for your little furry faces to have a go at it, it will continue to grow until it reaches three or 4 feet, that is if your little companions don’t devour all of it before that.
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    Jerry Walch is a 71 year old freelance writer for hire living in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has been writing since the late 1970s, and writes for both the print and online media. He specializes in

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    author avatar Utah Jay
    19th Mar 2015 (#)

    We have four semi-indoor cats, but we have an fenced off area for them to run and set in the sun. We plant grasses and catnip for them. I thought this was an excellent article from one cat lover to another.

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    author avatar Jerry Walch
    19th Mar 2015 (#)

    Thank you for reading and for commenting Utah Jay.

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    author avatar Carol Roach
    19th Mar 2015 (#)

    thanks for the article, I want to try it for my cats

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    author avatar Jerry Walch
    19th Mar 2015 (#)

    They'll love it and they'll love you for growing it for them.

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