Many cat owners like to grow cat grass for their cats. This adds essential fiber to your cat’s diet, which can help prevent the formation of hairballs and help your cat’s digestive system function at its best.
The types of grasses that you’ll find will vary depending on the brand that you buy, but they’ll typically include barley, flax, oats, wheat, and rye.
You might like the sound of cat grass but be less keen on having pots of soil around the house that your cat might try to dig into and make a mess. The good news is that you can grow cat grass without any soil at all!
There are two main methods that you can use to grow cat grass at home without soil, and we’ve outlined them in these step-by-step guides.
Method 1: Using grow stones
Grow stones are made from natural clay and offer a suitable soil-free surface for your cat grass to grow on.
Place two paper towels or one coffee filter on top of the grow stones, cutting these to fit the size of your jar if necessary.
Sprinkle a thin layer of the cat grass seeds on the top of the paper towel or coffee filter.
Fill the jar with filtered water until the top layer of the water is touching the paper towel or filter, making the seeds damp but not waterlogged.
Top up the level of the water each day.
After 3-5 days, you should start to notice the seeds beginning to sprout. By day 10, the cat grass should be ready for your cat to eat! At this point, you can allow the water level to drop a little, as the roots of the grass should be established. Make sure the water touches the roots.
Refresh that water once per week, and as your cat starts to eat all the grass, plant a new jar and start the cycle again!
Method 2: Using water beads
Water beads absorb and hold water, with the added benefit that they come in all sorts of colors and sizes. You can create an eye-catching display while offering yummy cat grass for your felines to enjoy.
Fill your glass jar ¾ full with water beads. We like to vary the colors to match the seasons. Black and orange look great together for Halloween. Green, yellow, and pink look fresh for spring, and of course, use red and green for Christmas!
Fill the jar with filtered water until the top layer of the water is at the top of the water beads.
Place two paper towels or one coffee filter on top of the water beads. You can cut these to fit the size of your jar.
On the top of the paper towel or coffee filter, sprinkle a thin layer of the cat grass seeds.
Every day, top up the level of the water.
You should start to notice the seeds beginning to sprout after 3-5 days. The cat grass should be ready for your cat to eat around day 10. You can allow the water level to drop a little at this point, as the roots of the grass should be established. Ensure that the water still touches the roots.
Refresh the water once a week, and plant a new jar and start the cycle again when your cat starts to eat all the grass.
Emma is a freelance writer, specializing in writing about pets, outdoor pursuits, and the environment. Originally from the UK, she has lived in Costa Rica and New Zealand before moving to a smallholding in Spain with her husband, their 4-year-old daughter, and their dogs, cats, horses, and poultry. When she’s not writing, Emma can be found taking her dogs for walks in the rolling fields around their home…and usually, at least some of the cats come along, too! Emma is passionate about rescuing animals and providing them with a new life after being abandoned or abused. As well as their own four rescue dogs, she also fosters dogs for re-homing, providing them with love and training while searching for their forever homes.