Indoor cats can have an “outdoor” experience with fresh herbs and grasses grown especially for them. Treats for your cat can be grown in a sunny window providing your cat with their own inside garden.
Cat Grass: Outdoors, cats chew on grass. It provides them with natural vitamins and acts as a remedy to help with digestion. Cat Grass can be grown on a sunny windowsill for a treat your indoor cats will love. Cat Grass seeds can be purchased on-line or pet retail stores and are easy to grow:
You will need:
- Flower Pot
- Indoor Potting Soil
- Cat Grass Seeds
- Plastic Wrap
Fill pot with soil and sprinkle with the cat grass seeds. Cover with a coating of soil so the seeds are not exposed. Water to moisten the soil and cover with the plastic wrap. Place the pot in an area that is not in direct sun light. Once sprouts appear, remove the plastic wrap and put in a sunny window. Keep the soil moist by watering every few days or when the soil appears dry.
Cats should be allowed to chew on the grass as a treat (as they would in the outdoors) but be sure they don’t have constant access that may lead to overindulgence.
Cat Nip: Cat nip is a herb that cats love. It can be grown indoors on a sunny windowsill but requires an abundance of direct sunlight, frequent watering, and good drainage. With an indoor pot of catnip you can allow your cat to rub and chew on the plant as a treat.
Cat nip can also be grown outdoors and branches can be brought inside for a cat treat. It’s leaves can be dried by bundling and hanging stalks of the plant in a cool, dry place. When the leaves are brittle, and crumble when rubbed between your fingers, it is ready. Dried catnip can be sprinkled on surfaces for your cat to enjoy or can be used as a filling for homemade cat toys.
Outdoor plants and a sunny window with a view will allow your kitty to enjoy a little bit of outdoors in the safety of their home. Do you grow an indoor garden for your cats?
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