How to Grow Rye Oats for Cats

Houseplants can be dangerous for cats.

Houseplants can be dangerous for cats.

Some cats just love to munch on plants and can destroy houseplants and flowers in their owners' homes. Since not all plants are safe for cats it is best to grow a plant just for them, such as rye oat grass.

Items you will need

  • Wide shallow pot
  • Soil
  • Rye oat seeds
  • Water
  • Plastic wrap

Step 1

Fill a wide, shallow pot with potting soil, stopping about an inch from the top rim.

Step 2

Scatter rye seeds, found at most pet stores, across the top of the dirt. Sprinkle a thin coating of soil over the seeds, about a quarter inch or so.

Step 3

Water the seeds lightly and cover the pot with plastic wrap.

Step 4

Put the pot where your cat cannot get to it and check on the seeds daily. Make sure to keep the soil moist but not very wet. The sprouts should appear in a few days.

Step 5

Remove the plastic when the sprouts get to be about an inch tall. Keep the sprouts in an area where they are out of your cat's reach, but still in the sunlight.

Step 6

Give your cat access to the pot when the grass is about 4 inches tall.


  • If your cat eats too much of the grass it may result in vomiting or diarrhea. To avoid overeating, you may have to limit your cat's access to the grass.

About the Author

Janine Logue has been a professional writer for daily, weekly and monthly print publications since 2005. She is a contributing writer for several informational websites as well as a freelance SEO writer for various private websites. Logue holds an Associate of Arts in journalism from Bucks County Community College.

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