Did you know about the benefits of CBD oil for cats? CBD has been shown by research to help pain, inflammation, anxiety and so much more. Guest Post by April Murphy Cats with Multiple Medical Conditions (kidneys, heart, IBD, liver and more) The information below was written for the Cats with Multiple Medical Conditions group on Facebook. This is a science-based support group which does not promote or accept the use of untested and unproven therapies for cats. The group post…
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.
CBD Oil and Cats
The information below was written for the Cats with Multiple Medical Conditions group on Facebook. This is a science-based support group which does not promote or accept the use of untested and unproven therapies for cats. The group post has been reproduced here with the original author’s permission.
OK everyone. It’s time to address the potentially huge issue that is CBD oil. We seem to spend a lot of time reiterating on various posts that we don’t recommend it and that no advice can be given. That still stands; however, we feel it’s time to explain why.
As you are all probably aware, little real research exists into the use of cannabis/hemp/CBD products in cats. We don’t really know what it does, if anything, to help our cats. Some of the claims that are made for relatively low doses are pretty outrageous and have no real backing scientifically. The market is completely unregulated, creating the possibility that many of the currently marketed products for cats may contain something completely other than CBD oil, may not contain enough to have any real effect beyond a placebo, or may in fact contain so much that they are actively dangerous on their own. They may also, in some cases, contain high levels of THC which is also a known toxin for cats. To add to that, there are compounds within CBD oil that are known to potentially be problematic for cats – terpenes are known to cause toxicity in cats, yet are what CBD oil relies on as that is where the allegedly active ingredients are contained. So we have a real potential issue there before we even get any further into the science of how the body processes CBD.
Next, we have to look at how CBD is processed in the body. We see recommendations on an almost daily basis that state that separating CBD oil from other meds by 2 hours will make it all safe and that there won’t be any interactions with other prescribed meds. However, none of the available evidence backs this up. Cannabis compounds are detectable in human urine up to 30 days after last use. Even if we assume that cats metabolize twice as fast as humans (and that’s not necessarily an accurate number although does appear to work for some medications like insulin), that means that CBD oil is active in a cat’s system for around 15 days…as long as the Convenia shot that so many refuse to consider for their cats due to it’s longevity in the system. And for all of that time, it has the potential to cause drug interactions. Separating it from other meds by just 2 hours is, honestly, a pointless exercise given that information.
Cannabis/hemp compounds, including CBD are cleared from the system using the cytochrome P450 mechanism. Unfortunately, the majority of commonly prescribed drugs are also cleared using this same mechanism. This means that, given that CBD is a strong P450 inhibitor (increasing concentrations of other drugs more than five-fold, while potentially decreasing clearance rate by 80%), there is a very real risk of a cat being overdosed on their prescribed meds if CBD oil is given concurrently. And by concurrently, I mean within days of the prescription meds given how long CBD lasts in the system. To give just one example, if you then add in a dose of amlodipine which is both processed by cytochrome P450 AND further inhibits it, you could find the situation where the cat actually has active levels of more than 100% higher than intended in its system – and those levels could very easily take days to clear…by which time more doses have been added potentially leading to a life threatening overdose over the course of several days/weeks. Many types of anesthesia drugs are also processed by the P450 mechanism – do we really want to take the chance that a cat is either overdosed on anesthesia should an emergency surgery be required, or that they cannot clear the anesthesia drug from their system following surgery?
On yet another note of caution, using cannabis compounds when there is kidney, liver, cardiovascular disease or any degree of immune system suppression is not recommended. There is potential evidence that these compounds can actually cause renal issues…not something we want for our cats who are already prone as a species to kidney failure.
In light of all of this, and pending further research, we have to take the decision that we cannot allow CBD oil to be recommended currently within the group. We cannot permit dosing recommendations to be given for it, especially in conjunction with any other medications. If your vet is prepared to make a recommendation then you are, of course, free to follow it but there is not enough information currently available for us to be able to offer any advice or help with its use.