CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of the most highly-debated compounds in the cannabis plant today.
Although it doesn’t have the psychoactive effects that THC does.
CBD has been known to alleviate symptoms related to pain, inflammation, and anxiety, among other conditions.
As more and more research has proven the benefits of CBD oil, more pet owners are turning to it as an alternative to other treatment options.
If you’re looking into introducing CBD to your cat, take a look at some of these key benefits that can help your feline friend lead a healthier and happier life.
What is CBD?
What is CBD, you ask? Well, you’re not alone.
Cannabidiol—or just CBD—is a compound found in hemp, aka Cannabis sativa L.
It’s one of many chemical compounds called cannabinoids that occur naturally in cannabis plants (both marijuana and hemp).
Unlike THC, which is well known for producing cannabis’ psychoactive effects, CBD has no psychotropic effect; it doesn’t get you high.
In fact, it’s legal in all 50 states because it’s non-intoxicating.
But what does CBD do?
Both humans and animals have an endocannabinoid system–a natural system of neurotransmitters produced by the brain and central nervous system.
That binds with the cannabinoids we consume or make on our own. CBD influences this system indirectly.
By supporting its overall balance while also promoting homeostasis.
When your pet takes CBD, they feel relaxed and at ease thanks to the anti-anxiety properties it offers.
If your pet suffers from inflammation, arthritis, seizures, or other chronic pain disorders then CBD may help them as well!
How does it help my cat?
Some pet owners are interested in giving their furry friends a healthy and natural alternative medicine.
If you’re in favor of organic treatments, then consider introducing your cat to cannabidiol (CBD).
Cannabidiol is an anti-inflammatory compound with fewer side effects than traditional over-the-counter medications and prescription drugs.
Unlike THC, which is the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis that produces a high sensation for humans. CBD does not have any intoxicating effect on animals.
For this reason, it can be given to pets without the worry of possible toxic reactions that could happen when THC enters the bloodstream.
CBD has been shown to reduce inflammation and chronic pain. Help relieve anxiety or stress, improve moods, and fight cancer cells.
Aid with epileptic seizures, reduce nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy treatment, relieve insomnia from stress or pain as well as slow down neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease.
One study even found that CBD oil helped some cats suffering from gastrointestinal issues recover quickly by easing their stomach discomfort and calming their GI tract so they could eat again.
Most people find that mixing small amounts of CBD oil into food is enough to help manage symptoms and others just give their animals oral doses with a dropper or syringe.
You should consult your veterinarian before starting any new medication routine.
But if you decide to give your kitty some CBD, there are plenty of ways to do it.
Is CBD safe for cats?
Hemp-derived CBD products are relatively new to the pet market.
Since your cat may not have been exposed much to cannabinoids.
It’s a good idea to research what interactions your feline might have with hemp-derived cannabidiol before starting him or her on it.
All animals and pets react differently, so even if something is safe for humans.
It could potentially cause harm to cats if you don’t do your homework first. You can find more information about cannabinoid safety here.
If you are still unsure, consult your veterinarian who will be able to answer any of your questions regarding CBD use with cats.
As always, we recommend consulting a vet before introducing any new supplement or medication into your cat’s diet.
Cats have higher levels of lipids than most other mammals which means they metabolize CBD at a slower rate.
To avoid issues, start out by administering very small doses until you know how your cat reacts to it.
There are also many types of CBD products available like supplements, topical ointments, food additives, and treats that make getting started easier!
Where can I buy it?
Even though most local shops only carry one or two different brands of CBD oil, it’s still better than ordering online.
You can ask the store employees questions about the quality and whether it’s made from pure hemp.
I’ve found that stores in big cities like New York City are less likely to sell low-quality products because they have more competition from other vendors.
In a small town, you may not have as many options and you might end up buying something with a lot of fillers in it just because you don’t know any better.
One thing to watch out for is CBD isolate.
It means that the CBD was extracted from its natural source (like cannabis) and then isolated so it can be put into a capsule or bottle.
When I’m choosing an oil, I prefer whole plant extract oils instead of isolate. Isolate doesn’t offer any benefits over other extracts besides convenience (ease of travel).
But whole plant extracts offer a variety of natural compounds such as terpenes which provide aromatherapy benefits too!
How do I introduce it to my cat?
It’s important that your cat’s stomach is empty when you introduce CBD oil.
Place a few drops in a bowl of tuna or another treat, and don’t feed her for another hour.
If she eats any other food within an hour of ingesting the oil, it could throw off results.
Monitor her closely afterward to make sure she’s not showing signs of nausea or discomfort.
And remember, even if there are no side effects, do not give your cat more than 2-3 mg per kg of body weight each day as high doses can lead to liver damage.
Always consult with your veterinarian before adding any supplement to your pet’s diet.
What are the most common uses for cats?
It’s always best to start with a small amount of any supplement, as it can take a while for your cat’s body to get used to new things.
It also never hurts to ask your vet if there are any specific supplements they recommend or don’t recommend.
Here are some of our most common uses for cats with CBD oil
– Helping joint pain and arthritis
– Decreasing inflammation and pain associated with arthritis
– Allowing you to sleep at night because your pet is more relaxed and not yowling all night
– Making feeding time easier on both you and your cat by making their appetite increase (helping them gain weight)
– Reducing the stress level in a household where multiple pets live together
– Reducing anxiety when traveling in the car (or just staying home alone)
– Relieving constipation
– Improving gastrointestinal function
– Stopping vomiting episodes caused by motion sickness
– Lowering blood pressure
– Protecting liver cells from toxins
– Supporting urinary tract health
– Supporting healthy heart rate and circulation
– Preventing kidney stones
– Diminishing behavioral problems like aggression, depression, and hyperactivity
– Increasing focus and concentration
– Diminishing the effects of aging
– Better quality of life for your beloved feline friend!
These are just a few of the benefits that CBD has to offer.