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Why do cats eat grass? Why do dogs eat grass?

While dogs are considered omnivores and cats carnivores, both are able to digest plants and utilize their nutrients. One theory suggests that dogs and cats used to get greens in the wild when hunting smaller grass-eating prey, but lack this green nutrition in domesticated diets. To satisfy their attraction to greens, cats and dogs may be tempted to eat harmful houseplants or chemically-treated outside grasses. A safer, healthier solution is a container of fresh, nutritious, 100% certified organic Pet Greens® live cereal grasses. You may choose to grow your own with Pet Greens® Garden self-grow wheat grass kits, or purchase conveniently packaged Pet Greens® Treats made with organic wheat grass.

Why is wheat grass good for pets?

Wheat grass is packed with chlorophyll, carotene, antioxidant vitamins and minerals and other nutrients known to support development of healthy blood and muscle tissue. Wheat grass provides a safe alternative to potentially harmful household plants and chemically-treated outside grasses. According to a report by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), eating small amounts of plants or grass is normal for cats, and as many as one in three house cats regularly munches on veggies. This powerful leafy green adds valuable fiber to help support healthy digestion. Wheat grass is commonly used as a healthy dietary addition for cats, dogs, birds, reptiles and other small animals.

Does wheat grass contain wheat gluten?

No. Wheat grass is a leafy green vegetable harvested before it develops the gluten-forming grain.

How much wheat grass should I feed my pet?

Pets love wheat grass and may devour it quickly, but they should only ingest a small amount of this nutrient-rich treat at a time. Rabbits, guinea pigs, or other smaller animals should be served wheat grass in moderation. Give small clippings per serving or remove the wheat grass after a few nibbles. Consult a veterinarian for advice on proper feeding amounts for each of your pets.

How can I introduce live wheat grass to my pet?

Many pets eat wheat grass straight from the container. However, some cats and dogs may not know how tasty these greens can be at first glance. If your cat or dog doesn’t take to wheat grass right away, try misting it with water. Your cat or dog will lick the water and realize the greens are a tasty treat. If water doesn’t work, try adding clippings to your pet’s food. Pet Greens® Treats can also serve as a great way to introduce pets to the delicious green nutrients found in wheat grass. Your veterinarian may have other helpful suggestions for introducing wheat grass to your pets.

Pet Greens® Live Pet Grass

What is live pet grass?

Live Pet Grass is Certified Organic Cereal Grass: Pet Greens® Original is 100% wheat grass and Pet Greens® House Blend is a mixture of oat, rye and barley grasses. The “grass” is actually the sprout of these seeds – sort of like a bean sprout or alfalfa sprout, but from cereal grass seeds. Live Pet Grass is GLUTEN FREE.

Cereal grasses provide green nutrients for pets:

  • High in protein (contains more protein than meat or eggs!)
  • Great source of valuable fiber to help support healthy digestion
  • One of the richest sources of chlorophyll on the planet!
  • Loaded with antioxidant vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes

How do I care for my live pet grass?

The main things to keep in mind are water (using watering trays or a saucer, allow pots to sit in water for about an hour, twice a week) and light (indirect sunlight only, please – they burn easily!) Plants may also be refrigerated to extend their life. Live Pet Grass will live for several days under refrigeration – but don’t forget to water twice a week!

How long will my live pet grass last?

The average life span of cereal grass is 2-3 weeks, depending on the environment it’s kept in. Keep in mind that light and heat promote faster growth. Trimming the grass when it gets too long is recommended.

There are gnats buzzing around the plants. What should I do?

Gnats are everywhere and are naturally attracted by the moisture in the plants. They are a harmless nuisance but please do not spray any insecticide on the Live Grass or Live Catnip. They can be easily removed by taking the plants outside and giving them a few brisk shakes. Once the gnats have flown off, you can place the plants in a refrigerator briefly which will help prevent the gnats from returning.

Also, make sure you’re not over-watering or allowing the Live Pet Grass to remain in standing water, as that will only attract more gnats. Remember, soaking the pot in an inch of water for about an hour twice per week should suffice.

There's mold on my live pet grass. What is it and how did it get there?

This is another humidity issue. The type of mold that grows on cereal grass, usually seen at the bottom of the blades close to the roots, is completely harmless. One often sees this type of mold on organic produce – and you can just rinse it off under the tap, then allow the plant to get some fresh air and all will be well.

Occasionally, if not noticed right away, the mold can turn from white or gray to black. This black mold is harder to rinse off, and it can start to smell bad, when this happens it’s best to just dispose of the effected pots.

Why is my live pet grass turning yellow?

The first (and most common) cause of yellowing relates to watering: if you’re looking at limp, slightly brownish-around-the edges yellow blades, most likely the plant is getting too much water and heat and it’s simply rotting. Depending on the severity, you may be able to salvage the Live Grass by setting it someplace it can get fresh, dry air to allow it to dry out. It’s worth a try, but it may be too late if the roots are rotted.

The second most common cause of yellowing is lack of light. If you’re seeing a bright yellow starting down by the roots, that’s the problem. This is easily remedied by setting the plant in good, strong (indirect) sunlight for a few hours.

The third possibility is that your Live Grass is reaching the end of its life and should be replaced.

Pet Greens® Live Catnip

What is live catnip?

The species we grow is Nepeta cataria, a member of the mint family. Live Catnip is the strongest, most potent form of catnip available.

How do I care for my catnip?

All it needs is a bit of water twice a week and moderate sunlight. If the stems start to look a bit leggy, just pinch them off and they will grow back fuller and lusher than ever. Remember, too much water can be just as harmful to the plants as too little water, so don’t let them sit in water longer than one hour twice a week.

How long will my catniplive?

As a member of the mint family, Live Catnip can be transplanted into a larger pot, or even outdoors once your customer takes it home.

Is it safe for cats to eat catnip?

Yes, it’s fine. Cats get most of the “thrill” from the scent of catnip, but some cats like to eat it as well. We don’t use any harmful chemicals on our Live Catnip so it’s perfectly safe to eat.

Do all cats like live catnip?

Roughly 80% of cats respond to Catnip. Most of the time young kittens don’t seem to care about it – you won’t usually see a cat take an interest in catnip until they’re about four or five months old.

Pet Greens® Self Grow

What is Pet Greens® Self Grow?

We offer our 100% Certified Organic Pet Grass in a self-grow kit as well, containing the same seed and custom soil mixture we use to grow the Pet Grass. Pet Greens® Garden is wheat grass and Pet Greens® Medley is a mixture of oat, rye and barley grasses. It can be grown right out of the bag or customers can choose to plant it in their own container.

What is the shelf life of the product?

Self-Grow Pet Grass kits are best used within 18 months of the manufacturer’s date, which can be found on a sticker on the back of the bag. They don’t have an expiration date, but after 18 months some of the seeds may not germinate.

Growing Instructions

  1. Preferably before tearing open the bag, turn it over and carefully
    make about 10 small holes in the bottom with a ballpoint pen, large
    paper clip or other sharpish, poker-type thing. PLEASE be careful not
    to poke your fingers or other body parts!
  2. Tear open the bag at the top, where there’s a conveniently-provided
    notch for this purpose. (Note: we’re not at the cutting-the-bag-withscissors
    part yet – that comes in step 4)
  3. Remove the small foil packet of seeds and the laminated growing
    instructions card from the bag. Oh! Maybe you don’t have the little
    card, which is why you’re reading this instead. Makes sense.
  4. Now you can cut the bag along the dotted line where the little
    scissors symbol appears (about halfway down the bag.)
  5. Open the foil packet and spread the seeds evenly across the top of
    the soil. Then lightly mix the seeds into the top 1/4 inch of soil – just
    enough so that they are covered, but not too deep.
  6. Place the bag on a saucer or in a shallow bowl. An aluminum pie pan
    works great, too. CAREFULLY pour about 1 cup of water into the bag,
    trying not to disturb the seeds as much as possible. Once the water
    soaks in, if there are a lot of seeds resting on top of the soil you can
    just poke them down a bit with your finger.
  7. Place the bag and saucer/tray in a warm, out-of-the-way place that
    does not get a lot of light. Check the bag daily to make sure the soil
    stays moist, and water as needed.
  8. Your seeds should start to sprout in about 3 days. Once you see the
    little sprouts poking up out of the soil, move the bag and saucer to a
    bright, well-ventilated location (although not in direct sunlight). At
    this point you want to water about every 3 days, or more frequently if
    necessary to prevent the soil from drying out completely.

That’s it! Your Pet Greens Garden is ready to be enjoyed by your pets when
the grass reaches about 2 inches in height. It can grow up to 7” high, but
should be trimmed at about the 5” point to keep it fresh and healthy. For
more information and tips on keeping your grass fresher longer, please see
“Pet Grass care Instructions” on this website.

Pet Greens® Treats

Are there any preservatives in Pet Greens® Treats?

Yes – we do use a small amount of preservative to keep the treats fresh and prevent mold growth. We use very small amounts of phosphoric acid, sorbic acid and mixed tocopherols.

What makes Pet Greens® Treats different from other treats on the market?

All of our cat and dog treats contain wheat grass for added fiber and other nutritional benefits.

Can Pet Greens® Treats help with hairballs?

Because the wheat grass in the treats adds fiber to the diet, they can be helpful to cats with hairball issues.

Do Pet Greens® Treats contain wheat gluten?

No, you won’t find any wheat gluten in any of our treats.

Where are Pet Greens® Treats manufactured?

All of our treats are manufactured in either the US or Canada.