You probably remember the farmer’s market treat our furballs (read: children) got last week. Welp, after seven (+) days, the grass still stands. We almost can’t believe it. In the past, the kitties have dined on the quick, last-minute-checkout-lane PetSmart grass, and it’s usually long gone before the next morning. And not because Maddie and Libby had their fill. Rather, the leafy stems quickly turn brown and go kaput before you have a chance to water it again.
And while the grass has survived over a week of kitty noshing, we’ll admit that it’d seen better days. So I pulled our half-eaten grass out of it’s plastic container, plopped the cube of roots into a small glass vase we had on hand, and gave it a new home. Quick, easy, and free. A little trim using regular ol’ office scissors brought the grass back in full force.
We’re thinking this new treat might have to be a regular purchase in the Vargo household. With the sheer joy in Libby’s face, how could it not? Not only does it look fresh and pretty on a windowsill, but it was only 2 dollars. 2 dollars, people. You could find that in quarters between the couch cushions. It’s a done deal.
I am not surprised your cats like catgrass. My cat, seen on the videos on my site, love it. It is best to start a crop every 3 weeks or so, so you keep having a fresh crop. It is good for them when it is new and green and young, but not good if it gets too old. It is also good to try oats, barly, wheatgrass or a mix to change things up a little.
Diane, thank you for this information! Our kitties are so picky, it’s always surprising when they want to try something that’s not their normal every day dry food. We’ll keep all this in mind when treating our furballs to new foods.
i was totally hoping this update would be all about maddie and libs rolling some catgrass doobies.
Jill, not that I know of!
Forgive me if this is a really dumb question (I’m a total beginner at gardening), but how do you keep the soil from rotting if there are no drainage holes in the vase?
CT, no worries. We actually consider ourselves “black thumbs” since no plant seems to survive once we get our hands on it, but this cat grass has really thrived! Because there are no drainage holes, we only water it when we notice that it’s almost dry, but still the tiniest bit damp. I had been giving it trims with regular ol’ scissors twice a week, but we actually just tossed the grass today. It finally went kaput, but I have to say that it was a real record for us for it to last that long! We’ll be scooping it up from the same vendor again before summer’s over…