When it comes to spoiling kitties, giving them fresh catgrass is up on the list of most cat parents. It’s easy to purchase those all ready growing squares of grass at the checkout in your pet store, but do you realize you can give them a lot more for the price? Catgrass is actually wheat or a blend of wheat and oat seeds. While pricey when purchased in small quantities, you can source organic wheatgrass much cheaper when purchasing in bulk and can provide your cat(s) with year round grass and even grow an indoor lawn.
For example, a quick search on the internet found a wheat and oat grass blend being sold as catgrass for $3.99 for 2 oz. Let’s break that down.
- 2 ounces = 0.125 pound
- 16 ounces in a pound
- $4 @ 2 ounces = $32 for 1 pound – just for seeds.
Organic wheatgrass seeds and kits are marketed primarily to people for juicing or grinding up and using them in shakes, baking and more. You might even be able to find them in your local health food or organic grocery store. You can find an organic wheatgrass kit that comes with trays, 5 lbs of organic seeds, soil and an instruction page for around $33 including shipping (I don’t get any kickbacks from purchases, just here for reference). You can also make your own. Your local garden store will have the soil and trays. Seeds can be purchased in bulk online at decent prices or at your local organic food store. If you purchase 5 lbs of organic wheatgrass seeds in bulk, you’ll pay around $15. That’s $3 a pound – 10 x less than what you would pay at the pet store.
Growing an indoor catgrass lawn
Items you need
- 2 – 20″ x 10″ growing trays: 1 with drain holes, one without (2 trays @ $5)
- organic potting soil (1 bag @ $10)
- organic wheatgrass seeds (5lbs @ $15)
- squirt bottle ($1 – $3)
Day 1 – Soak Seeds
We need to jump start our seeds so we will soak them for 24 hours and let sprout. Optimally, start your soak in the PM or just before bed.
- Measure 1 cup of seeds – or 1 & 3/4 cup for thicker growth. I used 1 cup in these pictures.
- Place in container that can hold at least 3 cups water. Fill with room temperature water so all seeds are covered. Seeds will expand, so make sure there’s plenty of water coverage.
- Place out of direct sunlight (and reach of kitties), let soak overnight.
Day 2 – Drain, Rinse & Sprout
- Rinse seeds thoroughly in AM. Do not fill back up with water. Place damp towel over seeds, still away from sunlight, let sit until PM.
- Rinse seeds in PM. After 24 hours seeds should look like they are just sprouting.
Day 3 – Planting
Check seeds in morning. Seeds should now look like this and ready to plant. If not, check in PM.
- Prep the tray by adding about 1″ of soil in the tray.
- Dampen (not drown) entire soil contents with water, let drain if necessary.
- Add seeds evenly across the top.
- Gently hand mix seeds into soil. Don’t worry if some seeds are still on top.
- Place in greenhouse or somewhere out of the way of cats that is well lit.
- In PM, water with mist spray bottle to keep soil damp.
Day 4 & 5 – Water in AM & PM
For the next two to three days, mist the soil in AM and PM so that the soil stays evenly damp. You can water like normal if soil is too dry.
Day 6/7 – Serve!
Once the shoots are around 4″ high, it’s ready to be enjoyed by your felines.
- Keep watering or misting every day. Continuing to water daily will allow your grass to live for weeks.
- Place in well lit area.
- Keep the grass around 6″ high.
- It might seem like a lot of work, but it’s only a few minutes a day worth of maintenance. Totally worth it!