The Pitch: "Grow a healthy, pesticide-free snack for your cat right at home!"
April 2009. Many cats like to eat grass or plants, either for nutrition or to cleanse their digestive tracts, but some greenery can be toxic to felines. Pet owners looking for a way to satisfy their cats (and discourage them from munching the houseplants) have several options, one of the most well known being the Chia Cat Grass Planter, made by the same company that sells the iconic Chia Pet. The Chia Cat Grass Planter has a different formulation than other Chia products: it grows an edible mixture of sweet oats and wheatgrass that's designed to appeal especially to cats. In a few days, the grass grows to height of three or four inches, at which point it's ready to be served to your cat.
The reviews we've found of the Chia Cat Grass Planter are overwhelmingly positive. Users say the setup is easy, the grass grows quickly, and most cats love to eat it. (There's an amusing clip on YouTube showing a fat tabby chowing down on his Chia Grass.) The downside, which Chia doesn't mention on its website, is that cats invariably throw up after eating grass. This doesn't mean the grass is bad for them, but it does entail a little more vigilance on the part of cat owners. On the upside, there's anecdotal evidence that cats will refrain from eating grass or house plants if they have their very own plant to feast on.
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This site has the largest number of user reviews for the Chia Cat Grass Planter. The majority of users say they love the design, which features Sylvester the Cat and Tweety Bird, and that the grass is easy to grow. Zootoo.com advertises the Chia Cat Grass Planter as a remedy for hairballs -- presumably because cats tend to vomit after eating the grass, thus clearing their digestive tracts. One user sums this up succinctly, saying the product is great except for the resulting mess you'll likely find. A few pet owners say they couldn't get the grass to grow, or that their cats wouldn't eat it.
Review: Cat care - Chia Cat Grass Planter Hairball Remedy, Contributors to Zootoo.com
This apparently on-the-level review describes the anonymous author's experiences with the Chia Cat Grass Planter, describing in detail the product and growing process. She is quite pleased with the results and recommends the Chia planter: "My female cat took to the Chia Cat Grass immediately, and she would snack on it several times a day. My male cat took more time, and he still prefers his wet cat food and moist treats."
Review: Product Review: Chia Cat Grass Planter, "Autumn Skies", April 9, 2007
3. Stefanie's Stories
This 20-something blogger says her cat loves to eat the grass grown in the Chia Cat Grass Planter; her cat behaves like "a little lawn mower." A few readers chime in with their own experiences and questions, including one who expresses concern that her cat vomits after munching the Cat Grass. Another reader assures her that her cat does the same thing.
Review: Chia Cat Grass, "Stefanie K.", Feb. 18, 2009
There are a handful of similar videos on YouTube like this one, all of them showing cats contentedly munching away at Chia Cat Grass. From the looks of this video and others, it's safe to assume that these well-fed felines love their Cat Grass.
Review: Chia Cat Grass 1, "Radchk1", Mar. 21, 2009
Only a handful of owners post comments here about the Chia Cat Grass Planter, but they all have good things to say. Raves one user, "The grass grows so quickly. I felt like I was watching it sprout up. And the cats love it."
Review: Chia Cat Grass Planter, Contributors to Amazon.com