Pet Greens® Product Information
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.
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
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
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!
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.
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.
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
The species we grow is Nepeta cataria, a member of the mint family. Live Catnip is the strongest, most potent form of catnip available.
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.
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.
- 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!
- 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)
- 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.
- Now you can cut the bag along the dotted line where the little
scissors symbol appears (about halfway down the bag.)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
All of our cat and dog treats contain wheat grass for added fiber and other nutritional benefits.
Because the wheat grass in the treats adds fiber to the diet, they can be helpful to cats with hairball issues.