Saturday, November 13, 2010

Bringing Up Cats 102 - Cat Grass

Greetings cat lovers of the world!
Today, Professor Dr Angelina will give a lecture on cat grass or Dactylis glomerata. It is also known as cocksfoot and has been used as food for cattle and sheep in some parts of Australia.

Prof Dr Angelina giving a lecture on cat grass in her Garden in the Sky. 
Why is cat grass good for cats?

The young shoots of cat grass supply cats with a ready supply of essential vitamins and minerals often missing from the diet of cats who spend a lot of time indoors. (you know...felines like yours truly and the Three Mousecateers - Brad, Pingu and Ginger)

All cats should seek out and eat this grass for its nutritional properties. As well as a dietary supplement, cat grass is also a natural aid for hairball removal. If you have loads of hair ball in your tummy, eating the grass will induce vomit and voila...all the hair balls will come out. (... my Mama can save some money, not having to buy Laxatone for me)

Our pot of cat grass took a beating during winter but it looks OK now.
We bought this at the pet shop - the whole caboodle. 
I was told that the grass is also good for dogs, guinea pigs and rabbits. Best grown in a pot in a position protected from frost. Keep the soil moist but not wet.

Attentive students. They don't have a garden back home and are so enjoying ours now.
Until the next lecture, tata! purrr....meow!

38 comments:

sI tEDI said...

pernah kucing saya termakan rmput yg baru di racun oleh jiran sebelah rumah. nasib baik saya perasan. org tua2 kata beri minum air kelapa.
jenuh juga bg di aminum. nasib baik tak apa2.

dan seekor kucing saya juga pernah mati tiba-tiba tanpa di ketahui puncanya dan di jumpai di rumah jiran yg sama. =((

Cheqna said...

Something new that I learnt today, thank you for the lecture Prof!

muah!

:-)

masterwordsmith said...

I *heart* this post for its creative approach, content and fantastic pics!!!

Hip hip hurray for Angelina!!

Salam

Naz said...

TQ, Prof! :)

Did you go to Catbridge for your doctorate?

Nur Misnan said...

salam CAt..
nowonder ur cats look superb..
makan cat grass rupanyer.... =)

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Si Tedi,
One of Mama's friend has a nasty neighbour who poisoned her cats. Nasty people are everywhere. That's why Mama keeps us all indoors. purrr....meow!

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Cheqna,
Glad you find the information useful, Ma'am. purrrr....meow!

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Aunty Paula,
Hip! Hip! Hurray! (2,000x)
Sorry...got tired after 3x. purrr....meow!

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Aunty Naz,
Catbridge? Oh yes. At the Kuching campus. purrr....meow!

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Aunty Nur,
Yeah...the grass makes us healthy. Awet muda too, OK? purrr...meow!

I amsterdam said...

Thank you professor, now i know why my cat ate grass when i was small :))

Ahh.. your students are so cute !!

Nana said...

Thank you for the wonderful lecture.
Now I know the scientific name for the grass. Also why my cats seemed to love eating grass at this particular corner in our backyard. Mystery solved! :)

Mr Puddy said...

It's Yakkk !!! but it's great for us, my mom got those cat grass for me too.But my mom have to make a wish " No throw up indoor " : )

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Mother of Ilham,
Now you know. Glad to be of service, Ma'am. purrr....meow!

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Aunty Nana,
So next time you see the cats munch grass, don't panic, OK? purrr....meow!

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Mr Puddy,
My Mama would be so annoyed when we head straight for the grass first thing in the morning, before we even have breakfast. Puke on the floor? Oh, that's a no-no too over here but good excuse for Mama to clean the floor often, eh? purrr....meow!

Pi Bani said...

Hello Prof, your doctorate ni betul punya ke, tipu punya like that Malaysian singer? ;)

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Aunty Pi,
Buat apa nak tipu...dosa tau! Mine is honorary. Kucing je yang layak. purrr....meow!

Pat said...

It's good for dogs, too? I must get me some!

And, as usual I am a bit late, and so missed your 200th post) but let me first to wish you 'Congrats' on your 201st post ;)

Andrea Wh@tever said...

Hello Prof, doctorate nih dapat dari mana ya? *evil laugh*

Anyway, thanks for the info. Very very useful. I would like to love to see Miss Kate eat grass. *evil laugh*

Do you know if I can get these in KL?

TK said...

Looks like lemongrass la..hehe
I love the last photo..tiutnya dorang.

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Toffee beware! Aunty Pat wants to feed you grass! purrr....meow!

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Andrea dear,
The doctorate is an honorary one from Catbridge Uni, Kuching campus. Oh, my Mama once asked staff of a fairly large pet shop in KL if they sell cat grass. The "very knowledgeable" staff's response: Cats don't eat grass. Will be awhile before you see Ms Kate eat grass. purrrr....meow!

Cat-in-Sydney said...

TK Sensei,
Cats love lemongrass too. My bro Tom would sometimes forage in Mama's fridge or shopping bag to find lemongrass. Mama grew the cat grass to actually stop me from attacking her lemongrass clump. purrr....meow!

Angie, Catladyland/Katt Food said...

My cats love the cat grass! Yummy!!!

Monyet King said...

now cats think they are cows ! Leave some grass for the cattle, pls.

Lady of Leisure said...

hehe my cat suka betul kalau nampak i bawak grass ni untuk dorang.. tapi tak tahu kenapa tanam tak banyak sangat yang hidup.. i beli from pet shop dia kasi instruction in language yang i tak boleh baca, japanese if im not mistaken..
btw, salam kenal...
nice blog u have here.. :)

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Angie dear,
Cosmo, Phoebe and Saffy are my kind of felines.... purrr....meow!

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Lady of Leisure,
Hey...welcome to my crazy world. Hmmm....my Mama said maybe she should start this cat grass business. At least ours come with instructions in English. purrr....meow!

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Your Royal Monyetness,
What we're having are leftovers from the cows. purrr....meow!

We love steaks,
Angelina, Brad, Pingu & Ginger

wawa said...

i just noticed u hv feline family in malaysia. hw r they doing?

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Aunty Wawa,
They are doing fine especially as Dad spoilt them rotten. Wait till we all live under one roof....purrr....meow!

meowwmania said...

thanks Dr Angelina ;)

tp kan aunty meow tanam cat grass ni tak penah hidup hahaha...

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Aunty Meoww,
Maybe you don't have 'green' thumb. Hmmm....OK, paint your thumb green (use anything - paint, marker, food colouring) and then replant. Should work. purrr....meow!

Sandy said...

wow ! I didn't know we can plant this ! Hmm... *business ideas popping up* I could be cat grass farmer ! And I'll plant catnips too, so I can sell cat grass and become cats' drugs dealer at the same time Mwahaha ...

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Tante Sandy,
We've planted catnip and catmint too but somehow they're harder to cultivate. purrr...meow!

~Covert_Operations'78~ said...

Thank you for the lesson, dear Dr Angelina! My Rowdies would love some but I can't find the seeds here. I grew them a pot of wheatgrass for Christmas 3-4 years ago. Within hours, they munched the poor plant down to its roots. Chloe loved the gift best of all. She knocked the pot over and rolled in the soil. It was a Messy Christmas.

Maz said...

Thanks to Prof Dr Angelina. Now I know the scientific name the cat grass.

Sekarang Aunty faham kenapa arwah nenek Aunty kata kuching makan rumput untuk menjaga kesihatannya.... kat sini tak payah tanam rumput tu!!! Tumbuh sendiri kat halaman rumah ...