Wheatgrass is a kind of grass known for its high content of enzymes, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and chlorophyll. It has several health benefits which range from having special curative properties to providing supplemental nutrition.
It is dried and powdered, or freshly juiced, for consumption among animals and humans alike. The seeds of this grass are equally popular and many times pets can be seen chewing on them to get nutrients that are absent in their diet.
Most mammals, including cats, look out for grass to keep themselves healthy or recuperate from an injury. If your cat takes to weeds and wild grass, you should always exercise caution. This grass may cause your cat to contract some harmful disease.
At times, it may even take to eating houseplants, which may also be harmful for it. At such times, it is better to go for home-grown wheatgrass, which is more nutritional than other grass varieties.
Wheatgrass bought from an open market may contain high quantities of chemicals, thereby doing more harm than good. Today, several people are opting for the organic variety.
For growing it at home, you need to soak about 500 g of the seeds in water for roughly eight hours. Once soaked, the seeds should be drained and rinsed thoroughly. Prepare a tray of 20 by 10 inches and add 1½ inches of potting mix and moist compost.
Spread the seeds evenly over this mixture. Add an inch of soil on top and water it. Remember to keep the soil moist. Within the next three to four days, it will start growing. Keep the tray in a place where the grass receives ample sunshine, making sure that the sun does not dry the leaves and soil.
When the grass is around seven inches in length, it is ready to be harvested. You can trim it a couple of centimeters above the surface of the soil. Rinse it before putting it through the juicer.
These seeds are a favored source of much-needed nutrients among pets. Though unfamiliar, dogs and cats eat grass at times so that their bodies get those minerals which may not be found in whole foods. Usually, it is found that pets eat some amount of grass that grows in your garden, but it may not be helpful.
Your lawn may have been treated with pesticides and chemical fertilizers, which may be harmful for your pets. So, instead of letting your pets eat grass growing in the garden, you can give them wheatgrass grown within the confines of your home.
It may so happen that your pets do not eat it. In such a case, you can try spritzing it with water or chopping and adding it to their food.
This grass is available in any health store, but you may also opt to buy it online.