Cat Got Your Grass?

By Melaina Juntti

Maybe they need a fiber fix. Maybe they’re just bored. Vets aren’t exactly sure why cats like to chomp on grass and houseplants, but the fact is many felines do. To protect your peace lilies and keep kitty from getting sick from ingesting poisonous plants, grow him a patch of organic cat grass. If these fast-sprouting wheat, oat, and barley grasses don’t tousle his tummy like they do for some, they’ll satisfy a cat’s grazing desires—and keep him out of trouble. “Cats can be very happy (and much safer) indoors if the living areas are set up to accommodate their needs,” says Rebecca Ruch-Gallie, DVM, of Colorado State University’s James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital. “However, many people don’t do this, and cats then end up obese or with behavioral problems due to boredom and overeating.” A few organic cat-grass kits to try: SmartCat Kitty’s Garden ($9.99; esmartcat.com), Lucy’s Oat Grass Seed Kit ($8.29; catgrass.net), and Pet Greens Garden ($3.99; bellrockgrowers.com).