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Humans do not know why cats eat grass. Many cat owners do not like it when their feline friend or friends eat grass because it makes for a nasty mess. A popular theory is that cats eat grass because it helps them throw up indigestible parts of prey and get rid of hairballs. Grass also contains a lot of fiber which can aid them in digestion. Grass also contains chlorophyll which serves a variety of uses like alleviating pain, infection, anemia and skin disease. The folic acid in grass is also known to improve circulation.
While we may not find out why cats like eating grass in the near future, we do know one thing and that is that they like it. It causes no real known harm other than an occasional spill. So why not grow some for them to eat once in a while?
Here are 5 types of grass to grow for your cat.
- Oat – Many cats prefer oat grass to other types of grass because oat grass is slightly sweeter than other types of grass. If your cat is a picky eater, oat is a great choice because they’ll most likely love it. To be on the safer side, it’s better to test it out by offering them some oat grass and seeing if they eat it. Better to find out they like oat grass before committing to growing grass and find out they don’t like oat grass.
- Wheat – Wheat is jam-packed with minerals and contains 70% chlorophyll. Many humans eat a lot of wheat because it is very healthy. Wheat makes a great addition to your cats’ diet because it helps fight inflammation as well as boosts their overall health.
- Rye – Cats love to roll on grass. It is pure bliss for them. Ryegrass is shorter and is famous for being more durable than other grass. This makes it perfect to grow if your cat loves rolling in grass.
- Barley – Barley is much taller than Rye. It regularly reaches heights of over 14” and as a bonus, it is quick to grow. If your cat is a habitual “weed puller”, barley is a great choice because of how quickly it grows.
- Dactylis glomerate – This one is quite literally a mouthful. It is known by many names such as cook’s foot and orchard grass. It can grow in a variety of places and is very versatile. It contains a lot more sugar than other types of grasses and is perfect for your cat if they don’t like oat but want something sweet.