The Benefits of CBD for Cats
Many people with cats are turning to CBD oil for natural relief from anxiety, seizures, and stress. Here are some of the most common benefits of CBD for cats:
Fostering peace in multi-cat households
When a new cat is brought home, friction with other cats in the household can be common. While we recommend a multi-step process for introducing a cat (read tips from our friends at PAWS here), CBD can certainly help with the initial transition. It’s best to offer CBD to both the resident cat and the new cat to keep them both in a calmer state until the relationship has turned into a mutually positive one. CBD works equally well when trying to get dogs and cats to peacefully coexist.
Reducing stress from trips to the vet or groomer or for traveling
Cats are particularly bonded to their environment, and most do not appreciate having their security upended with traveling. CBD can be used situationally, as needed, to reduce stress at these times.
CBD can gently calm your cat without sedation, making trips to the groomer or veterinarian be easier for both your cat and the professional. We recommend dosing your cat with CBD about a half hour before you intend to leave for your appointment.
If you are traveling by car or airplane with your cat, CBD can help them remain calmer and quieter without the use of prescription medications. If you’re planning a longer trip, it’s best to experiment at home beforehand to ensure you’re offering the ideal dose.
CBD for cats with anxiety and pain
Our mysterious feline friends can have anxiety that can be hard to understand or address. You can read more about that here.
It may also be difficult to assess and address your cat’s pain. If you have consulted your veterinarian to rule out concerning medical conditions and just want to ease your cat’s pain from old age or chronic conditions, CBD may offer relief.
All mammals have an endocannabinoid system, a network of numerous receptors that regulates body functions. Endocannabinoids are synthesized on demand by the body to maintain homeostasis – a stable internal environment. When injury or illness interferes with homeostasis, these internal mechanisms lag behind the body’s needs. Supplementing with the phytocannabinoids found abundantly in hemp can help restore balance and reduce pain.
CBD for cats with seizures
Observing your cat having a seizure can be a frightening experience. Seizures are basically caused by the abnormal firing of neurons in the brain. If your cat has seizures, you should visit your veterinarian to determine the cause and ask about offering CBD to reduce the severity and frequency of your cat’s seizures.
While there is not currently a large body of research about offering CBD to cats with seizures, the National Institute of Health has published CBD research demonstrating strong reductions in epileptic seizures in rodents and shows CBD to be an effective therapeutic anti-convulsant.
To support the health of a cat with seizures, relief will be typically best achieved by regularly dosing twice a day. Dosage amounts can vary quite a bit from one cat to the next, so it may be necessary to experiment to find the right amount, and how often to give.
How do you choose the best CBD for cats?
There are two main considerations in choosing the best CBD for your cat. The first is finding a high-quality product, and the second is finding one that fits your cat’s particular needs.
For the former, you should make sure to find a product that clearly states the amount of CBD it contains. Make sure that it’s free of heavy metals and pesticides, and that it’s been tested for potency. The manufacturer should have the lab test results readily available for review.
Secondly, the right product will depend heavily on your cat’s preferences. Many people find CBD treats for cats convenient. They’re formulated to appeal to a cat’s taste and come in appropriate doses. However, as every cat owner knows, not every cat will eat every treat! If you have a pickier cat, you can consider a flavorless isolate. Isolates are pure CBD in coconut oil that you can add to food or your cat’s favorite treat. The dropper makes it easy to measure out exactly the right dose. If your cat is not picky, a full-spectrum CBD oil that contains terpenes and other beneficial plant matter might be even more effective, though it should be noted that full-spectrum CBD does have a bit of a grassy taste. These CBD drops for cats are easy to add to food or treats as well.
Wisely solid Coconut Oil with CBD offers versatility in dosing. Because most cats like the coconut taste, it can be added to food or treats. If your cat doesn’t like it on food, you can dab the dose on the top of their paws. Most cats hate the untidy feeling and will lick it right off. It can also be rubbed on the bare skin inside the ears to be absorbed through the skin. Because it’s a high potency product, your cat will need just a small amount, making this a cost-effective option.
My cat is on medications. Can I still give my cat CBD?
While contraindications are rare, you should be sure to check with your veterinarian before using CBD oil if you’re giving your cat prescription medications. Holistic and integrative vets usually know about the benefits of CBD and will be easily able to answer your questions.
The Benefits of CBD Oil for Cats
There’s a lot of discussion regarding the benefits of CBD for both humans and dogs, but cats are usually left out of the CBD conversation. That raises the question: what are the benefits of CBD oil for cats?
In short, CBD for cats can have numerous benefits! Just like us, and our dogs, cats have an endocannabinoid system that plays a critical role in keeping them at optimal health. A cat’s body, just like other mammals, have a system of receptors which interact with the compounds found in CBD oil to maintain balance in the body . Making CBD for cats a great option for helping your pet’s ailments.
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CBD for Cats: Benefits
The benefits of CBD oil for cats are numerous, similar to the many benefits CBD can provide to our dogs. One of the most common uses of CBD oil for cats is relieving levels of inflammation in the body, leading to decreased pain. Allergies, chronic pain, arthritis, autoimmune disease, and diabetes, are all examples of conditions associated with inflammation in the body. By addressing the inflammation, CBD oil for cats can potentially help many conditions that are ailing your pet. CBD is also neuroprotective which means CBD oil for cats can potentially help with conditions like seizures in our cats.
CBD For Cats With Anxiety
Determining whether or not a cat has anxiety is a bit more difficult than a dog in most cases. Cats aren’t typically as obvious with their anxiety and tend to react a bit differently. Some signs your cat may be experiencing anxiety include hiding in odd areas, lack of appetite, increased urination or defecation, and/or suddenly no longer utilizing the litter box.
According to Jae Kennedy, co-owner of Two Crazy Cat Ladies , Feline Idiopathic Cystitis (FIC) can be caused by stress. The term ‘idiopathic’ means unknown. That’s why it’s Feline Idiopathic Cystitis; the exact cause of FIC is unknown resulting in a lot of frustration and confusion among cat lovers. But, studies have shown 75-80% of cats who have been diagnosed with FIC will significantly improve when stress is decreased.
Jae Kennedy also states that “ cats internalize stress, so it is not often that you will notice the stress your cat is enduring. If your cat has feline idiopathic cystitis (FIC), just work to reduce his stress by putting him on a healthy diet, reducing unnecessary vaccines and medications and keeping him on his daily routine .”
According to Jae Kennedy, not only is Full Spectrum CBD helpful for FIC, but also helpful for most (if not all) other conditions involving stress in cats. This includes other urinary problems, lack of socialization, or lack of interest in activities the cat once enjoyed. CBD for cats with anxiety can help alleviate that stress, and therefore potentially help their ailments.
Having CBD oil for cats on hand may help your cat feel more comfortable while you determine what could be triggering the increased anxiety levels. For CBD for cats with anxiety, we recommend our CALM: CBD Oil for Cats, formulated with full spectrum hemp extract and lavender essential oil, to help your cat’s anxiety, stress and fear.
CBD For Cats With Arthritis and Joint Pain
The term ‘arthritis’ literally means inflammation of joints. Since CBD is a known anti-inflammatory, it comes as no surprise it can help ease the symptoms of arthritis in our cats. Full Spectrum Hemp Extract may be the best option to offer your cat a safe and natural alternative to pain medications. The discomfort that our arthritic cats experience is typically caused by inflammation in their joints. By soothing that inflammation, you can address the cause of the issue, and prevent the pain.
According to Dr. Gary Richter, an Integrative Veterinarian , “anecdotal reports and my own professional experience with medical cannabis in dogs and cats lead me to be 100 percent certain that it is safe in appropriate doses and, in many cases, effective in the treatment of disease and relieving pain.”
A study published in 2006 in Current Neuropharmacology also concluded that CBD has therapeutic benefits, for both people and pets suffering from chronic pain and acute chronic pain episodes. For CBD for cats with Arthritis, we recommend our EASE: CBD Oil for Cats, formulated with frankincense and turmeric, to naturally alleviate your cat’s inflammation and pain.
CBD For Cats With Inflammatory Bowel Disease
CBD is also one of the safest options for cats with Inflammatory Bowel Disease . As stated earlier, CBD is an anti-inflammatory and works with the endocannabinoid system to restore balance to the body. CBD has been demonstrated to help cats with gastrointestinal issues maintain a healthy gut microbiome. Much of our cat’s health and well-being, is determined by the gut microbiota. A healthy gut is always the most crucial aspect to consider when it comes to healing your pet, and it all starts with the microbiome.
CBD has also been shown to reduce inflammation, particularly inflammation in the gut, and when coupled with a good diet, CBD for cats can help with IBD symptoms, and other common issues. According to research, “migraine, fibromyalgia, IBS and related conditions display common clinical, biochemical and pathophysiological patterns that suggest an underlying clinical endocannabinoid deficiency that may be suitably treated with cannabinoid medicines.”
CBD Oil For Cats Dosage
Contrary to popular belief, your pet’s optimal CBD oil for cats dosage depends more on the ailment, rather than the size or weight of your pet. For example, CBD for cats with cancer will require a higher dosage than CBD for cats with anxiety. According to research, it has been presumed that cats are less sensitive to cannabis than dogs.
CBD Dog Health’s Full Spectrum CBD oil for cats, dogs, and horses are meant to provide the average effective daily dose to aid with several conditions that each tincture is formulated to address, in a single 1mL dose. This is a general guideline that works for most animals; but, as sensitivity to CBD can be dependent on several factors unique to each pet, your pet may require more or less than our standard recommended dose. Therefore, we recommend using a trial-and-error method, to find your cat’s optimal dose. Begin with a low dose of CBD oil for cats, and gradually adjust, according to your cat’s individual needs.
CBD Dog Health’s CBD Oil for Cats
Our EASE: CBD Oil for Cats is designed to soothe your cat’s aches and pains. This anti-inflammatory tincture is formulated with turmeric and frankincense to help your cat’s joint pain, arthritis, and allergies, by addressing and relieving inflammation. Our Ease CBD Oil for cats is our recommended CBD oil for cats suffering from chronic joint pain, arthritis, mobility problems, allergies, pancreatitis, and other conditions associated with inflammation. A standard 1mL dose of our Ease CBD oil for cats contains 9mg of CBD.
Our CALM: CBD Oil for cats is designed to alleviate your cat’s anxiety, stress and fear. This organic, full spectrum tincture is formulated with lavender essential oil, ideal for naturally managing chronic anxiety and situational fear in your cat. Our Calm CBD Oil for cats is our recommended CBD oil for cats with anxiety, for alleviating stress and anxiety during stressful situations including travel, thunderstorms, fireworks, and grooming and vet appointments. A standard 1mL dose of our Calm CBD oil for cats contains 9mg of CBD.
Our HEAL: CBD Oil for cats was formulated with our highest CBD content. Our Heal CBD oil for cats is designed to help alleviate higher levels of pain as well as potentially helping your cat with serious ailments including seizures, cancer, tumors, autoimmune diseases, degenerative diseases, and more. Our Heal CBD oil for cats provides a standard 1mL dose containing 37mg of CBD.
Administering CBD Oil for Cats
Administration (as well as dosage) of CBD oil depends highly on bioavailability. Bioavailability refers to the amount of time, and the rate, that something absorbs into your cat’s bloodstream as well as how much is excreted. That’s why the way you administer CBD oil is so important.
The most effective method, with the highest absorption rate, is administering CBD oil onto your cat’s gums. Lift your cat’s lip and place the dropper over the gums to allow the tincture to be absorbed through the membranes of the mouth. This will allow the CBD to bypass the digestive system and enter the bloodstream quickly.
The second method we recommend is adding the CBD oil into your cat’s food, or with treats. Although fatty foods have been shown to aid in the absorption of CBD, this method will take longer to show effect, as it must pass through the digestive system before reaching the bloodstream. In addition to taking longer, the CBD oil will be filtered by the digestive tract, and some of the cannabinoids in the oil will likely be broken down and excreted.
If your cat absolutely refuses to ingest the CBD oil, the next best place is the hairless area on the underside of your cat’s ear. There are a lot of blood vessels in that area providing another method to bypass the digestive tract. You can also apply the oil to the cat’s paw pads. Paw pads in cats are highly vascularized (a lot of blood vessels) so the CBD can be absorbed into their body in that sense as well.
The Bottom Line
If your cat is suffering from an ailment, especially any of the conditions mentioned above, CBD for cats may be the best option for your cat. If you are still unsure of which tincture to choose, how to use the tinctures, or have any CBD-related questions, you can reach out to our team for help anytime.