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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2017 4:26 am 
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One of my girls had her first hairball today. It was quite distressing for her but she's perfectly fine. I had always heard that "cat grass" can help them pass hair more easily and it's a lot less mess than some of those oil-based treatments. So I was looking around for a cat grass planter and saw a kit for growing your own fresh catnip. I can see the appeal in this. Do you ever really know what's in that little packet or jar of catnip? I just wonder if the smell of the freshly sprouting plants will drive them to try and find the planter and I'll end up with soil everywhere and uprooted seedlings. What do you all think? Have you or would you try growing your own catnip?

A caveat, I seem to have a remarkable green thumb, and my co-workers bring me their sad plants to revive. I have orchids, African violets, and some other "difficult" plants that I keep in my office so the actual growing part will be simple. I also have a balcony where I could keep the plants outside and just bring in cuttings for the girls. Just an impulse and I wonder if any of you guys have tried? I know my girls really like the dried stuff but that seems to lose its potency after a few minutes.

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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2017 5:49 am 
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Catnip grows really well in my garden. Back when I had elderly cats that were allowed to go out into the backyard, they loved both the grass and catnip. Sure enough, one of them would always make a b-line for the grass, chew it, and urp, then with that business over she'd enjoy the sun (and catnip).

I've tried many times to grow the cat grass and catnip indoors over the years, and have always failed... until now :biggrin: I've actually got one of those little pots of catnip growing on my window sill, which I've had there for a couple of months. It has nice southern exposure, and I need to water it about every other day. But if I do that, it does fine. In fact it's probably doubled in size since I got it :biggrin:

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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2017 4:17 pm 
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I've grown catnip from seed for Raiden and he doesn't care for it! Then again, my bengal doesn't care for much. Growing it should be fine. I've also picked up "cat" grass at the pet store -- no luck there either. I do not have a green thumb and admire those who do!


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PostPosted: Tue May 30, 2017 11:33 pm 
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I grow catnip on our patio - and Diesel knows it's there. You can't go out on the patio without him telling you to bring some back :lol:

I have brought it in a few times when we've expected hail or a freeze and I can't keep the cats out of it so it has to go in the garage or in a room I can close off.

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PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2017 12:35 am 
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Fred&Ginger wrote:
One of my girls had her first hairball today. It was quite distressing for her but she's perfectly fine. I had always heard that "cat grass" can help them pass hair more easily and it's a lot less mess than some of those oil-based treatments. So I was looking around for a cat grass planter and saw a kit for growing your own fresh catnip. I can see the appeal in this. Do you ever really know what's in that little packet or jar of catnip? I just wonder if the smell of the freshly sprouting plants will drive them to try and find the planter and I'll end up with soil everywhere and uprooted seedlings. What do you all think? Have you or would you try growing your own catnip?

A caveat, I seem to have a remarkable green thumb, and my co-workers bring me their sad plants to revive. I have orchids, African violets, and some other "difficult" plants that I keep in my office so the actual growing part will be simple. I also have a balcony where I could keep the plants outside and just bring in cuttings for the girls. Just an impulse and I wonder if any of you guys have tried? I know my girls really like the dried stuff but that seems to lose its potency after a few minutes.


I grow catnip, catgrass, lemon grass and mint... all in doors. Snickers enjoy playing, breaking and biting the plants along with scattering the soil everywhere on the counter. I don't mind the broken pieces or scattered soil on the counter... much. After all I brought these plants for her. But I don't add any of these plants to her food, since I see her bite and chew the plants as she plays.

You can buy these as plants to avoid waiting for the seeds to grow or not. That's what I do.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 12:29 pm 
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Zooplus are presently offering a Cat Grass growing package for under £10.
I've just got some in a tray and it's growing nicely already being chewed happily - I have ordered this as the set up is much better....!

Cat Senses Grass growing kit - On offer!

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 10:57 am 
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Ooh, I'd forgotten about growing my own catnip, might try again

About twenty years ago we planted a small patch in the garden, it must have been a strong variety because overnight (we brought our two in at night) there was a cat-drug induced party for all the local cats and all that was last left in the morning was a scar of bare soil!

We live somewhere different now, much more rural.

If I grow catnip on a window cill indoors, will my two let it grow or chew the lot and get high straight away?

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