Keeping Kitty Healthy With Cat Grass And Catnip
Cats love to eat grass, but they also need to be eating the right grass. While cat grass and catnip are different, they're both great for your cat. Cat grass is typically a mix of grasses that may be grown indoors - usually rye, barley, oat, or wheat grass. Catnip, on the other hand, is actually a member of the mint family. eBay has a range of products for both, from set up kits through to maintenance.
If you're not sure which is the best option for your cat, you could try both and see which your kitty prefers.
Cat grass is a healthier and safer option than allowing your cat to eat the grass that grows outside. For maintenance, you generally just need to give the plant water and sunlight. Cat grass has many benefits, including increased fibre in their diets, which aids in bowel regulation; constipation relief by functioning as a laxative; and it can cause your cat to vomit, which may be beneficial if they ingest anything that causes digestive problems. Cat grass also contains many vitamins, including folic acid, which helps move oxygen through the blood.
Catnip is a plant with over 250 recognised species, and it contains aromatic oils, mainly nepetalactone, which can cause behavioural changes when cats are exposed to it. It can be used fresh or dry, and benefits include enhancing your cat's activity levels and stimulating their natural hunting habits. Catnip can give cats a feeling of ecstasy and it helps to relax them, which could be useful if your kitty suffers from anxiety. It can also be used as a positive reinforcement for training and grooming.