How to Grow Grass in an Apartment for a Pet

Overview

Cats and dogs are naturally attracted to grass. Outdoor pets may have easy access to grass to eat, but this grass could contain harmful chemicals, pesticides or fertilizers. Pets living in apartments may not get any access to this nutritional treat, but you can easily grow your own grass. Choose varieties of grass seed sold especially for pet consumption, such as wheatgrass, oat, rye, barley or combinations of these. Provide the right conditions for growing grass indoors and soon your pet can graze on its very own.

Step 1

Use containers or pots to grow pet grass in your apartment that provide drainage holes. Cut a piece of screen to place on the bottom to prevent the soil from coming out.

Step 2

Fill the pots with good quality soil. Spread a thin layer of the grass seed on top of the soil.

Step 3

Cover the grass seed with soil. Water the newly planted grass seeds thoroughly.

Step 4

Put a piece of plastic wrap over the planted grass seed. Place the pot in a warm, sunny location where it is safe from your cat or dog.

Step 5

Check the pot daily for signs of the grass sprouting. Remove the plastic wrap when the grass blades reach it.

Step 6

Use a spray bottle to mist the growing grass on a daily basis. Put the grass in a sunny spot out of your pets reach to allow it to grow.

Step 7

Give the grass to your dog or cat to eat, after it reaches a minimum height of three or four inches.

Step 8

Water the grass again and place it out of your pet's reach in a sunny location. This will permit the grass to grow for a second time.

Step 9

The grass will naturally wither away after a month or two. Reseed the pot at this time to grow more pet grass.

Things You'll Need

  • Pot(s)
  • Screen
  • Scissors
  • Hand trowel
  • Soil
  • Plastic wrap
  • Water
  • Spray bottle

References

  • Bonnie Plants: How to Grow Pet Grass
  • Cat Channel: How to Grow Cat Grass
  • Pet Place: How Do You Grow Cat Grass?

Who Can Help

  • Doctor Foster and Smith: Cat Grass
  • Google Shopping: Cat Grass Seeds
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About this Author

Diane Dilov-Schultheis has been writing professionally since 2000. She is a food and travel writer who also specializes in gaming, satellites, RV repair, gardening, finances and electronics. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and has been published on Yahoo!, the Travel Channel and Intel.