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The Facts About CBD For Cats

Updated: Aug 3, 2020

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.


About CBD


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.

Anxious Cats


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.


Feline Pain


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.


Dementia


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.