Last Updated on February 16, 2021
Wheatgrass has been gaining popularity over the last few years and it is no surprise why. This super-rich antioxidant is packed with many minerals and vitamins making it the perfect natural supplement not only for humans but also for cats! Below we will answer common questions cat owners may have about wheatgrass and share the amazing 9 benefits your cat can gain from simply consuming it.
Can Cats Eat Wheatgrass?
Yes! Wheatgrass is actually marketed as “cat grass” or “pet grass” in pet stores and sold in small tubs, usually by the checkout area. This is just standard wheatgrass that is clean, fresh, and free from parasites. In most cases, pet stores will get shipments from local farmers and markets that sell it for humans and repackage it to be more appealing for pet owners. It is perfectly safe and beneficial for cats and dogs alike. It is much safer than allowing your cat to eat the grass in your yard as well since it is free from pesticides, parasites, and other toxins that can be harmful to your cat.
How Much Wheatgrass Can Cats Eat?
If you are offering wheatgrass in its natural form, your cat will eat as much as it needs or wants to. Most cats only nibble a little bit at a time while some will eat a pretty large amount. Even if you cat enjoys eating a lot of wheatgrass in one sitting, it is perfectly safe. When it comes to juice or powder, you will want to limit these amounts as they are more concentrated versions and too much of a vitamin or mineral can be bad for your cat.
Can Cats Become Sick From Wheatgrass?
If you noticed your cat puking after eating wheatgrass, this is nothing to worry about. In the wild, cats will use grass and vegetation as a means to regurgitate feathers, fur, and bones from their pray. If your cat has a stomach ache, gas, or is having trouble digesting its food, it may look to wheatgrass as a means to expel the food for discomfort relief. Cats can however become sick from eating wheatgrass that is grown outdoors from parasites so be sure to thoroughly clean this grass before offering it to your cat.
How Can Wheatgrass Benefit My Cat?
Wheat grass is loaded with powerful anti-oxidants, minerals, and vitamins that can lead to wonderful benefits for your cat. These benefits range from weight loss and management, fertility (for breeding), pain relief, detoxification, and more! We have listed 9 of the best benefits wheatgrass can provide for your cat.
Wheatgrass Benefits for Cats
Wheatgrass contains an amazing amount of chlorophyll, up to 70%! Chlorophyll is a natural blood-booster which not only cleanses the blood but helps to keep it healthy! It also slows down the aging process making it a great addition to an older cat’s diet.
Because wheatgrass as a juice is so condensed, it naturally turns off the appestat in the brain thus, causing your cat to eat less. In one ounce of this powerful juice, the nutritional value is that of 2 pounds of produce!
This is good for cats that are being bred regularly or one who is currently pregnant. The high counts of magnesium in wheatgrass produces enzymes that help bind and heal sex hormones.
Since wheatgrass naturally eases and helps the digestion process, it can help control or even eliminate hairballs in most cats. This is good news for your feet!
If your kitty suffers from dry skin or flaking, most of the time this is due to issues in the gut. Wheatgrass naturally eliminates bad bacteria whilst helping good bacteria in the gut flourish! This will leave your cat with soft skin and a beautiful coat!
Just like in humans, wheatgrass helps ease the pains of arthritis by restoring the bones and muscle tissue with rich amounts of minerals in cats. It is also said to act as a nerve tonic for older cats who have pains from general mobility.
Wheatgrass naturally binds and removes heavy metals from the body of any living organism and also removes fluoride, even from the water! It only takes one ounce to the gallon as well. This is not only good news for your kitty but you too!
Since wheatgrass is loaded with vitamins A, E, and C, it makes for the perfect supplement for cats with eye troubles or just elderly cats in general.
Wheatgrass is said to not only cure issues in the teeth and gums but even prevent tooth decay! This is good news for felines with grain sensitivities which is known to cause tooth loss in cats.
How Do You Give Wheatgrass to a Cat?
The simplest way to give your cat wheatgrass is to grow it in a small pot or container indoors. Leaving it on a sunny counter or a space on the floor where sun shines in is the perfect spot. Lightly watering every few days will keep it growing back. You can also buy pregrown grass or wheatgrass kits online and in pet stores. The wonderful thing about wheatgrass is that it can be provided and grown year-round indoors so your cat can always have access to this wonderful healthy treat!
Wheatgrass may attract fruit flies which will look to lay eggs in the soil but they are not harmful to your or your cat.
Not all cats will find wheatgrass appealing however so if you want to allow your cat to gain some of the benefits from consuming it, you will have to try wheatgrass juice or power.
Is Wheatgrass Juice Safe For Cats?
Much like wheatgrass in its natural form, wheatgrass juice is perfectly safe for cats to consume. This form is fairly concentrated so you will want to limit the amount your kitty takes in on a day to day basis. For every 5 pounds of weight, allow your cat to have half a tablespoon worth of juice a day. So a 10 pound cat can have one full tablespoon. This can be mixed in water, food, or drank straight if your cat prefers the taste.
Is Wheatgrass Powder Safe For Cats?
Wheatgrass powder is safe for cats so long as the only ingredient is wheatgrass and the powder is limited. Much like wheatgrass juice, this is a concentrated form so you will want to give this to your cat sparingly. Sprinkling a tiny bit of the powder in wet food is a great way to allow your cat to enjoy the benefits or you can mix it in water and allow them to drink it. Follow the mixing amounts on the container and serve it to your cat just like the juice.
Where to Buy Wheatgrass
In most cases, wheatgrass can be found fresh and labeled as “cat grass” in pet stores. This means you can easily get a small pot of it and have live grass all year round in your home for your kitty! If you are looking for the powder option to add to your cat’s food, it can be found at most general health food stores. I recommend NOW Foods as it is the one I use myself for both me and my kitties. If you are going to buy wheatgrass juice, be sure to check the ingredients to make sure nothing else is added before giving it to your cat.