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Decorative Cat Grass Tabletop Garden

One of my many hobbies includes gardening, although it’s often one of those things I keep up optimistically by shuffling dead plants away and replacing them with nice live ones from the store.  But after I adopted Otoro and discovered one of his bad habits is ALWAYS jumping on the table to see what is up there, I got a lot more paranoid about accidentally poisoning my cat through household greenery. At the same time, I really wanted to continue to enjoy having plants inside.

The ASPCA has a good list of what plants are toxic to dogs and cats (and horses) that I look at before I buy any flowers for myself or for anyone who has a cat.  Sadly, lilies (my favorite flower) are like #1 deadly toxic to cats and so I’ll never have them in the house again.  Even some of the non-toxic ones are kind of barf-inducing, as I discovered Otoro going after the Alstroemeria (a lily-like plant but not toxic to cats)  like it was a salad bar and finding barf spots all over the carpet for 2 days.

I’m starting simple now with a cat grass garden.  Like, hey, if he’s going to eat it, it might as well be good for him, right?  And, having cat grass available can* encourage him to stay away from more dangerous variety of plants.

*Really? I keep reading this, but would you think it was safe to put poison next to something that was OK to eat on the theory that your pet or child will eat the safe thing and then not be interested in the poison? Yeah, I wouldn’t risk it either.
tabletop catgrass garden

tabletop catgrass garden

So, key factors in mind for an indoor garden:
1) non-toxic
2) solid enough so a curious paw won’t knock it over
3) visually attractive

Here I’ve got my little container going.  I went to IKEA and got a glass planter.  Ross, TJ Maxx, and stores like that are fantastic places for glass vases for cheap.  Of course, any planter would work, but I just happen to love glass ones.

I filled up the bottom with rocks for drainage and weight, because there are no drainage holes at the bottom of this thing.  (Rocks also from IKEA, get the undyed ones if you get them from there – after all, your cat will eat this grass and you probably ought not grow a food in dye-rich rocks.)  I put in about an inch of dirt at the top and scattered in cat grass seeds from my local PetCo.  I wasn’t sure how much dirt I would need and if all the dirt would just filter through the holes in the gravel as I watered, but it seems to be doing fine so far!  You can see the roots extend all the way to the bottom of the container so I water it lightly every few days to prevent too much stagnant water from drowning the roots.

This is my first attempt at this cat grass thing. so I will have to do a follow up with the long term sustainability of this thing.  Does cat grass keep growing if you mow it, or do you have to to throw down new seeds every few weeks?  Anyhow, it all did grow in about a week so it is at least an easy and (to my mind) attractive way to get some green in the house.

Anyone else have cats and indoor plants?  What do you do?

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Posted by on July 6, 2012 in Informational, Tutorials

 

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