Disclaimer: This information is not intended to provide or substitute for any medical advice. If you believe your cat has a health condition that CBD could help with, please consult your veterinarian before administering any CBD product to your cat or before replacing any vet-prescribed medication for CBD.
The short answer is “yes,” as long as the CBD oil is pure and made from hemp that’s tested to ensure it’s pure and free of any THC. THC is the psychoactive compound in cannabis that causes the high sensation by binding to endocannabinoid receptors in the brain and central nervous system. Neither cats nor dogs should ever have THC: It’s toxic to them, and they also don’t enjoy being high; in fact, it can terrify them.
Why Should Cats Have Only Pure CBD Oil?
Cats, dogs and humans all have endocannabinoid systems that can respond to cannabidiol (CBD), the bioactive compound found in hemp. CBD is bioactive—not psychoactive—which means it can have beneficial effects on the body and nervous system. If you’re a cat owner, you already know that your cat is very sensitive, and you also know your pet is much smaller than you are, as well as smaller than the majority of dogs. Cats also have fast metabolisms and are sensitive to toxins, so it’s therefore even more important that if you’re going to give them CBD oil, it should be pure, free of toxins and completely free of THC. Here at Curaleaf Hemp, we make our pet CBD oil from hemp, which starts out with a very low level of THC at less than 0.3%. Then, the oil is extracted using the highest-quality process, resulting in pure, completely natural CBD oil free of THC. Our oil is also independently tested to make sure that it is free of THC and any contaminants or toxins.
How Does CBD Oil Work for Cats?
The endocannabinoid system is a natural system of receptor cells located throughout the brain, central nervous system and the body. One of the reasons that CBD is thought to have a positive effect on relieving nausea and digestion issues is that the second-largest number of endocannabinoid receptors outside of the brain and central nervous system is found in the gut. You might have heard people refer to the gut as “the second brain.” Scientifically, it may be, and the phrase “gut feelings” could be based in biology.
Cats typically sense emotions and are highly aware of their surroundings. Cats have a nervous system similar to humans, and they also have endocannabinoid receptors in their brain, nervous system, gut and throughout other parts of their body. Cats respond to CBD oil similarly to dogs, but they are usually more sensitive to any type of supplement. Some experts say this is exclusively due to body size, but dogs and cats eat differently and live differently, so it’s likely that cats are not just smaller; they have other differences in their nervous systems and digestive systems.
Researchers have begun to study CBD oil and its benefits in animals and humans. While there are few studies on the direct benefits of CBD oil on cats, a number of animal studies show CBD’s benefits for inflammation, anxiety and immune problems in general.
CBD oil—as long as it’s pure and free of THC—may have benefits for cats with the following conditions:
- Loss of appetite
- Digestive problems
Some veterinarians are using CBD oil for cats and dogs with cancer. Researchers have also begun to discover that cannabidiol can slow the growth of some types of cancer cells in humans. Plus, there’s evidence that the compounds in CBD can help to relieve pain and inflammation. But it’s important to note that, to date, there have been more studies done on how CBD may benefit conditions that are common among dogs than among cats.
CBD Oil Helped Some Cats with Anxiety and Behavior Problems
Individual cat owners have tried CBD oil for their cats with serious behavioral problems and anxiety. Krista Lyons was profiled in Modern Cat magazine. One of her cats, Henri, became extremely anxious anytime there was a thunderstorm, to the point where he chewed on socks and blankets and even dug a hole into the carpet and doors. Krista’s older cat, Chloe, began showing symptoms of arthritis and joint pain. Her middle cat, Inigo, had allergy problems. After treating all three of her cats with CBD, Krista saw each of them enjoy improved behavior, less pain and fewer allergies. Results didn’t occur right away, but happened over time. CBD oil is a natural substance, and similar to most natural remedies, its effects are seen over time, not instantly.
How Much CBD Oil Can Cats Safely Take?
Because the research on CBD oil is just its infancy, there are no official dosage guidelines for cats. Cats may benefit from a dose of 0.25 to 0.5 mg of CBD per pound of body weight, so a 10-pound cat’s typical dose could start at 2.5 mg of CBD, up to 5 mg of CBD. But the key is to start small and work your way up gradually until you find a happy medium for your cat. Of course, before dosing your cat with CBD or any other remedy, you should check with your veterinarian. Here at Curaleaf Hemp, we’ve developed a range of high-quality hemp-derived CBD products for pets.
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