reading your article made me realize I s/h been looking for wheat, rye, oat or barley seed. Frustrated at not finding the elusive cat grass, I settled for catnip. The seeds I sowed in a pot are just sprouting. I hope it doesn't make my sweet, easygoing kitty aggressive. Glad this article was rerun, lots of good info.
I bought a kit fo rgrowing Oat grass in the pet store and it grew, but the cats wouldn't have anything to do with it. She had eaten half of a large Spider Plant already. The dog grabbed the grass out of the bowl and ran threw the house with it. Out it went. So much for grass. My sister gave me a plant of cat nip. I will try that.
update. My darling kitty never even looked at the catnip I planted for him. He does like my pennisetum "Fireworks" and daylily foliage. I don't mind him chewing on them but if I remember I will spray a dog/cat repellent on the plant. They have capsicum in the formula and I guess that is what keeps them away. Effective but must be done every 15 days until pet loses interest.
Want to tell you this for those of you who have had the problem I did with my cats digging in my houseplants to do their thing. My friend said "well, what was it you put on your hands that Hobo didn't like? Why don't you put some of that on cotton balls and put them in your plants?" So, I did, figured it couldn't hurt, it was Jergens hand lotion. So, I took some cotton balls and just smeared a bit on each one and placed them in some of the pots.
Well, the cats haven't been in there since. Now that was about 2 or maybe 3 weeks ago.