Live ‘cat grass’ – Avena sativa – cats like to chew on the seedlings

One thing a cat owner can do to brighten up the life of an indoor cat is to provide him with a pot of live cat grass.

A lot of cats like to chew on oat seedlings, Avena sativa, which is called ‘cat grass’.

Oat sprouts
Oat sprouts. Cats like to chew them.
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There is a lot of discussion on why cats like to eat grass. The best answer I have is that it contains folic acid which is good for red blood cell development and DNA synthesis. The only other good suggestion is that grass makes cats vomit to remove hairballs.

As I understand it oats are one of many types of grass (a plant). They are grain crops such as barley and maize. The flowers of oats are green. The seeds are rolled to create oats which are used in porridge.

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