Both cats and dogs need a little grass in their diets, especially if they do not spend a lot of time outdoors. This grass is also called intermediate wheatgrass, but it is not the wheat from which bread flour is made. This is originally an Asian pasture grass that was introduced to the US many years ago for pasture and fodder. You can grow it in pots for your indoor pets, or plant it in beds outdoors for animals that spend time outside.
In the Garden
Some dogs and cats seem to crave a “salad”! Pets actually get nutrition from their grazing, not to mention the breath cleansing chlorophyll and a good cleansing of their digestive system.
To satisfy your pets’ cravings without the danger of parasites or pesticides that might be found in the garden, plant pet grass in a container for them to enjoy. If your pet lives primarily indoors, plant two containers, one to have indoors while the other goes back out into the sun to regain its vigor. Use a container that is the right height for your pet, so they don’t have to strain to reach the grass.
Soil, Planting, and Care
Pet grass is easy to grow. Like other grasses, pet grass prefers full sun and well-drained soil. However, for best growth, keep the potting mix evenly moist. Use care when fertilizing. If grass yellows or growth declines, water with Bonnie Herb & Vegetable Plant Food. It is made from soybean oilseed extract and should not be offputting to a pet, nor will it have a fishy or animal smell as do some organic formulas.
Avoid overwatering. If the soil is kept too soggy, the roots could rot.
Harvest and Storage
Allow your pet to eat the plant right from the container (or garden area) in which it’s being grown. When the plant begins to show signs of age or begins to fail, simply pull it and plant a new one.
What is pet grass exactly?
Why do pets need grass?
Can I just use any grass for my pets?
How do I teach my dog the difference between eating pet grass in a pot and eating a houseplant in a pot?