The Facts About CBD For Cats
Updated: Mar 30
As a cat owner, you are naturally invested in the health and well-being of your favorite feline. While cats are relatively easy to care for, over the years, they can develop medical and psychological issues just as humans do.
There is a time and place for veterinary pharmaceuticals, but many people are looking for more holistic options. In this article, we will talk about how your cat may benefit from CBD oil.
Cannabis has been used for centuries by humans as a natural medicine to treat both body and soul. In the past several years, researchers have isolated one of the main cannabinoids in the plant—Cannabidiol (CBD). Cannabis has historically been known to contain high amounts of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), a naturally occurring chemical that has many therapeutic benefits. However, THC is also responsible for the euphoria and mind-altering effects users get from smoking or ingesting cannabis.
CBD is not psychoactive, and by isolating this compound, people and their pets can take advantage of the wonderful beneficial properties of cannabis without the accompanying high. While CBD can be found in many strains of marijuana, it is found in large concentrations in the hemp plant. As of Dec 2018, hemp and products derived from hemp are federally legal to grow, manufacture and consume.
How Can CBD Help Your Cat?
Cats have fairly predictable behavior. They act on primitive instinct, and if you have a cat, you already know that each develops their own personality traits and quirks. Some cats may be very cuddly and vocal while others are shyer and quieter. Some felines may be quite playful and entertaining, while others seem to sleep a lot and are more standoffish.
No matter what traits your cat exhibits, if out-of-the-ordinary behaviors like digestive problems, lethargy, and over-vocalization occur, it may be a cause for concern. A trip to the vet may be in order, or you may want to try your own remedies at home first. This is where CBD oil comes in.
While the compound has been widely studied for its use in humans and even in canines, studies on CBD for cats are only just beginning. However, Anecdotal evidence points to its effectiveness in cats, and the research that has been conducted thus far is solid. Additionally, CBD's high safety profile makes it ideal as a gentle supplement that can work wonders.
CBD has many health benefits for humans and animals alike and has been shown to help a wide range of conditions. We’ve listed three of the most common ones below.
Like humans, cats can become anxious too. Sometimes they are born with this quality and other times it occurs because of abandonment or abuse issues. Whatever the reason, nobody likes to see their pet suffer needlessly; humans don't enjoy being fearful all the time, and neither does your kitty. Over time, excessive anxiety can cause additional health concerns like digestive problems, fur loss, and other illnesses brought on by stress.
CBD exhibits remarkable anti-anxiety effects in humans and canines, and it is thought that a dose of CBD oil has the potential to be calming for felines as well. Whether fireworks are going on, company just arrived, or your cat is overly-nervous, CBD might be just the thing to induce feelings of relaxation in your pet.
As your cat ages, bone loss, degenerative diseases, and arthritis can cause a great deal of discomfort. The usual aches and pains of getting older affect all species, and while there is no cure for the passage of time, CBD may help.
To the surprise and delight of many pet owners, CBD has helped manage pain quite effectively for their four-legged friends. Many state that their cats seem to have newfound pep in their step and improved quality of life as they age. CBD has been proven in numerous studies to have powerful pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, many people have been able to use it for chronic pain that was previously only relieved with the use of opiates.
If you suspect your cat is in pain, trying CBD oil to relieve their suffering is a terrific idea. Safe and effective, it has very few side effects and has even been cleared by the World Health Organization (WHO) as being safe for both humans and animals.
Cats also suffer neural degeneration as they age. One of the most common signs of dementia in an older cat is howling or yowling for no reason. If your cat has become excessively vocal, it may be because they feel distressed or disoriented by their increasing level of confusion.
CBD has been shown to improve neuroplasticity and regenerate brain cells. It is so useful in this regard that the Israeli army uses it as an immediate treatment for soldiers who receive head injuries in battle. There have been dozens of studies on CBD's neuroprotective properties for humans. Because cats have the same receptor system we do for cannabinoids, there is every reason to surmise that it will benefit a cat with dementia.
Why Does CBD Work for Cats?
Cats, like all mammals, possess an endocannabinoid system, also called the ECS. This extensive communication system of receptors and corresponding chemicals is present throughout the brain and body of your pet. While your cat naturally produces cannabinoids on its own that work with this system, deficiencies can occur.
The ECS regulates many essential functions in your cat's body and brain, including mood, memory, appetite, sleep, temperature, pain, inflammation, reproduction, and more. If this vital system is out of balance, supplementing with cannabinoids sourced from hemp—like CBD—may be just the thing to improve your cat's health and well-being.
Important Differences Between Hemp and Marijuana
You may have heard that cannabis is not suitable for pets. This is partially true. Cannabis products containing THC can be dangerous, especially for felines. If you have ever smoked pot and had an episode of paranoia or being too "high" you know first-hand how uncomfortable that can be. Imagine this sensation for your beloved pet, who has no idea why this is happening.
Many CBD products crafted for humans have trace amounts of THC in them. These minuscule amounts do not cause the user to become high and can even be beneficial for specific conditions. But pets should never be given products containing any amount of THC. That is why Gaia Provides only uses THC-free CBD oil in our pet products.
Dosing and Safety
Veterinarians who advocate the use of CBD recommend a starting dose of one to two milligrams of CBD oil for every 10 pounds of body weight. This dosage may be increased up to 5 milligrams if you aren’t noting any improvement in your cat's condition.
Because cats cannot tell you if CBD is working for them, you will need to exhibit patience and start slowly. It is wise to keep a journal noting the date, time, and amount of each dose, as well as your cat's physical and mental state throughout the day.
An up-titration method can be used if you don't see improvements after using one milligram for one week. Move to two milligrams and observe your pet again for a week, noting any changes. Continue moving up until you see the desired results. You can also consult with your veterinarian to establish a good baseline dose and a schedule.
The side effects of CBD compared to traditional pharmaceuticals are minimal and may include excessive sleepiness, gastrointestinal upset, and changes in appetite. If you notice any disturbances, discontinue the use of CBD.
Quality and Purity
Gaia Provides CBD Pet Tincture is explicitly formulated for dogs and cats and contains 20 mg of CBD in each dropper, with 600 milligrams total per bottle. For cats, a little goes a long way! Made with organic US industrial hemp, it is triple lab-tested for potency and purity. It comes unflavored and flavored, offered in tuna and roasted chicken. It can be given to your cat by gently placing it in the mouth and massaging it into the mucosal membranes in the cheeks or mixing it into food. It can even be placed on your cat’s treats.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.