Hepatic Lipidosis and How CBD Oil can Help
Hepatic Lipidosis in cats, or fatty liver disease, is a common and severe disease in cats that requires prompt attention. This post will tell you everything you need to know about hepatic lipidosis so you can prevent it, detect it, and help a cat who’s been diagnosed with it. We’ll also go over how CBD oil can help.
What is Hepatic Lipidosis?
Hepatic lipidosis occurs when the cat’s liver collects too much fat. This often happens when the cat’s body goes into starvation mode, due to undernourishment or refusal to eat, and begins using fat for energy rather than protein as it normally would. A cat’s body isn’t made to run off of fat or metabolize that much fat in that period of time, so their liver can’t process it fast enough. When overloaded this way, the cat’s liver collects the fat and they can develop fatty liver disease or hepatic lipidosis in a pretty short period of time.
Hepatic Lipidosis Symptoms
Hepatic lipidosis can occur suddenly or gradually over time, depending on the extent of the lack of protein. It isn’t wise to rule out the disease based on how quickly they came down with it or how fast their symptoms have progressed.
Symptoms that your cat could develop hepatic lipidosis:
- behavior changes
- lack of appetite
- picky eating
Hepatic lipidosis symptoms include:
- weight loss
- muscle wasting
- tiny amounts of poo
- excess saliva
- downward cast to the head
Loss of appetite, depression, and occasional vomiting are the first signs a cat owner can usually detect and should be taken very seriously. The sooner you can get your cat to the vet, the better the outcome.
Causes of Hepatic Lipidosis in Cats
Hepatic lipidosis can be caused by a wide variety of factors.
Malnutrition, either from a slightly insufficient diet for a long period of time or from anorexia in the short term, can cause the cat’s body to start metabolizing fat and lead to a fatty liver, or hepatic lipidosis.
Malnutrition has many potential causes:
- chronic anxiety
- acute stress from a new pet, a new living arrangement, a new family member
- food the cat doesn’t like
- getting lost
- another disease that causes lack of appetite or difficulty eating
Conversely, obesity can cause fat to collect in the liver because the cat’s body isn’t made to handle that much fat processing.
A cat that has been overweight who suddenly loses their appetite is at particular risk of developing hepatic lipidosis as they have more fat to process. Be particularly proactive with them about getting them to eat and taking them to vet at the first signs of illness.
Other diseases like diabetes, liver disease, cancer, kidney disease, and pancreatitis can also lead to hepatic lipidosis.
It is not uncommon for the doctor to not be sure about the cause or to find that several factors went together to cause the disease.
Preventing Hepatic Lipidosis in Cats
Be mindful of your cat’s weight to ensure your cat doesn’t become overweight or obese and because of that doesn’t increase their chances of developing diabetes. If your cat is already overweight or obese, discuss their diet and feeding routine with the vet to ensure you don’t overdo any weight loss attempt. It can be tricky finding the right diet for an individual cat’s needs.
Ensure they are getting enough food. Your cat should have access to a moderate amount of healthy food at all times so they can eat small portions as needed. This is what their bodies were made to do in the wild. Try to have at least a rough estimate of how much food they are eating in a day so you can tell if they start eating less. You might think of bowlfuls or measure out specific amounts, whatever works for you.
When introducing your cat to a new food, do so gradually. Cats can have trouble adjusting to change and you don’t want an abrupt change to involve their diet, if you have any control over it.
Be mindful of stressors. Some cats have no problem with you having human guests over, but others will hide or exhibit odd behaviors. They may hide so long they don’t come out to eat, or they may suffer lingering stress from it that lowers their appetite. Monitor your cat’s behavior when you bring home a new pet or baby. When moving or making changes in the home, try to keep normalcy where you can to limit their stress. Make a mental or physical note of potential stressors so you can recognize that they may be the cause should your cat stop eating.
Diagnosing Hepatic Lipidosis in Cats
If your cat stops eating or becomes super finicky, try giving them their favorite food to see if they will eat that and if they have any difficulty doing so. There is a profound difference in not wanting to eat, being too nauseated, or having difficulty chewing or swallowing, and all three are important clues for determining the cat’s diagnosis.
Reduce any stressors in the cat’s environment that you can possibly control.
If your cat does not very quickly resume their normal eating habits, contact the vet for advice or to schedule an appointment.
When you take your cat to the vet, you’ll need to tell them the cat’s symptoms, potential or known stressors, and how long it’s been since the cat ate normally. You might make notes to ensure you don’t forget any symptoms and that you remember times or amounts of food.
The vet may perform a urinalysis, a blood test, or both, to check for hepatic lipidosis, and they may want to do an ultrasound to look at the cat’s organs. It may be necessary to perform a biopsy to confirm the diagnosis.
Depending on the cat’s symptoms, potential causes, and the cat’s health history, the vet may also look for other diseases that may have caused or be interrelated with the hepatic lipidosis. For instance, another disease may be causing nausea, lack of appetite, liver disease, or sores in the mouth. This will have to be treated as well. When and how it’s treated may depend on whether the cat can eat with the disease or how dangerous the other disease itself is, meaning it may have to make top priority if the cat can’t eat, or it might wait until after the fatty liver is treated if it is secondary and/or less threatening.
Treatment for Hepatic Lipidosis in Cats
If the cat cannot or will not eat voluntarily by mouth, the vet may keep them in the hospital and feed them through a tube while their liver clears the fat. They may also require fluids for dehydration and to help the liver process the fat.
They may need anti-vomiting medications, appetite stimulants, or other medications for secondary conditions. It may be possible for the cat to come home and be fed via a syringe. When the cat can eat on their own, the vet may prescribe a special diet for them.
After the cat’s immediate health is secured, the vet will then want to make sure there are no long-term damages from the disease. This will, of course, require more tests.
Outlook for a Cat with Hepatic Lipidosis
The sooner you notice and address the lack of food or beginnings of hepatic lipidosis, the better. It’s possible you can catch the eating problem before it becomes hepatic lipidosis, but even if you can’t, prompt vet care will make the cat’s condition much easier to treat.
How to Help Manage Hepatic Lipidosis with CBD Oil
CBD oil for cats may help with hepatic lipidosis in several ways:
- reduce stress
- provide additional nutrition
- improve mood
- foster a healthy appetite
- relieve nausea and other digestive issues
- reduce the number and severity of seizures
Science has found that both human and cat bodies have an endocannabinoid system. Yes, that’s right. Fifi is generating and relying on their own cannabinoids right this minute. If their body isn’t producing enough cannabinoids or they could use a boost to address a problem, an external cannabinoid like cannabidiol from hemp helps the body better produce its own cannabinoids. This isn’t like many other drugs that force a body to do something unnatural that happens to be beneficial, cannabidiol is promising to help regulate the body’s natural functions, generating a gentler but powerful result.
Using CBD Oil
There are many CBD oil products to choose from:
- oil tinctures
- extract concentrates
Oil tinctures are a great way to combine ease and control. They mix cannabidiol with a carrier oil for easier delivery and often mix in a flavor to cover the distinctive taste of hemp that many humans and cats aren’t fond of. If you’d like to skip the flavor, you can get an unflavored one and mask the taste in food. Oil tinctures come in droppers or sprayers to be delivered straight to the cat’s mouth or put in their food. It is easy to measure complex doses with droppers and sprayers. Droppers offer the most control.
Extract concentrates are just cannabidiol, and the product comes out in little beads. These beads can be measured to find a specific dose. There is no flavoring, so you’ll have to mask it yourself if the cat doesn’t like it, but it’s the purest and most cost-effective way to get CBD oil.
CBD Capsules for cats are easy for cats who don’t mind pills. Just pop; there’s no taste or measuring. If you need a different dose than can be found in one capsule, you just have the option to give them another capsule, which amounts to a double dose.
Treats are the easiest way to give a cat CBD oil because they’re treats. They even come in crunchy and chewy varieties to match the treats your cat already loves. Like capsules, you can only measure by the number of treats.
Dosing CBD Oil
Dosing CBD isn’t an exact science. You can research the ailment and symptoms your cat has to discover what is touted by manufacturers, scientists, or vets and read user accounts to see what is supposed to work.
Then you’ll want to start with the lowest recommended dose. This is because some ailments actually respond better to a lower dose, and because when you’re tweaking the dose to find the right one, it’s easier to work up than down.
With tweaking, you’ll want to go slowly. Wait a few weeks, if possible. If it’s not possible, at least try to wait 2 to 4 days. Some results from CBD oil can be seen immediately, but the full effects of a dose can take a few weeks to appear. If you change too frequently, you’ll never see what an individual dose does before moving on to another and you’ll never figure out which one is right.
Be aware that very young, old, small, large, and sick cats will have special dosing requirements. Ask your vet for help with your cat’s individual needs.
Risks associated with CBD Oil
One of the benefits of CBD oil is that it poses very few risks. That being said, there are still some things you should know to keep your cat as safe as possible.
While there’s never been an account of a cat overdosing on CBD oil, they can experience sedation, loss of appetite, and diarrhea if they consume very large doses. You don’t want to add any of that to their list of issues. Thankfully, it’s not easy to do.
CBD oil impacts how the liver absorbs medication, making the dose work differently than would normally be expected. This means that if your cat is currently taking a medication, you should ask the vet if giving your cat CBD oil will impact their medication. When you take your cat to the vet, you’ll also need to tell the vet you’re giving them CBD oil so they can treat them accordingly.
CBD oil has not been approved by the FDA at this time. So, while traditional medications may have scary side effects and risks, they also are more well-known and provide a certain level of guarantee when it comes to effectiveness that CBD oil can’t just yet. Scientists are proving exciting things about CBD oil, but this process is in its infancy and not enough for guarantees yet. CBD oil promises a viable, gentle way of helping cats who can’t take traditional medications or who are finding the side effects of traditional medications too much to bear without assistance. Your vet should be willing to discuss CBD oil as a primary or secondary treatment option, but if they aren’t, you can look for a holistic vet.
Purchasing CBD Oil
When purchasing a CBD oil product, look for the following information.
Is it full-spectrum or CBD isolate?
CBD isolate is powered by just the cannabidiol. Full-spectrum cannabidiol includes other cannabinoids, terpenes, and nutrients found in the hemp plant. Most people prefer full-spectrum, looking to the broader factors as promise of more benefits, but some people say CBD isolate actually worked best for them. If your cat is suffering from poor nutrition for any reason, full-spectrum CBD oil may provide the added benefit of supplementing their nutrient intake brought by the entourage effect. You can try full-spectrum first, and if it doesn’t work for you, try CBD isolate before giving up on CBD altogether.
Has it been tested?
Any reputable CBD oil manufacturer will provide third-party lab test results for each of their products on their website. You’ll want to check, first, that they provide them and, second, what they say. This is necessary because, tragically, some CBD oil manufacturers do not sell what they claim. There may be unsafe cannabidiol, too little cannabidiol, or no cannabidiol at all in their products. Even if the product is legitimate, you should still look at the test results so you are informed about what you’re giving your cat.
Where did it come from?
You should check the manufacturer’s website to ensure they say where they acquired their hemp and/or cannabidiol. Some manufacturers grow and extract the hemp themselves, others acquire one or the other from someone else. Either way, you should be able to educate yourself as to whether it was grown in a country with safe regulations.
How was it extracted?
No matter who extracted it, you should be told the method. CO2 is the safest and purest method of extracting cannabidiol, so look for it.
What is in it?
It’s always a good idea to look for products with as few ingredients as possible. The fewer ingredients, the less likely something unsafe, unnecessary, or potentially allergenic is in there. Most CBD oil products claim to be all-natural because the target market likes that, but it’s also possible to get all organic products.
Innovations from Innovet
Innovet strives to provide relief for pets suffering from hard-to-treat ailments. If your cat with hepatic lipidosis isn’t helped by traditional methods or current CBD oil products, let us know so we can try to find a solution for your cat’s individual needs.
Sara Redding Ochoa, DVM was raised in north Louisiana. She graduated from LA Tech in 2011 with a degree in animal science. She then moved to Grenada West Indies for veterinary school. She completed her clinical year at Louisiana State University and graduated in 2015 from St. George’s University. Since veterinary school she has been working at a small animal and exotic veterinary clinic in east Texas, where she has experience treating all species that walk in the hospital. In her free time, she likes to travel with her husband Greg, bake yummy desserts and spend time with her 4-legged fur kids, a dog Ruby, a cat Oliver James “OJ”, a rabbit BamBam and a tortoise MonkeyMan.
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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.
CBD Oil for Cats: The Comprehensive Guide
There is a love affair with pets in the United States. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association’s data, there are approximately 58 million cats and 77 million dogs.
Healthcare for pets in America is expensive. This is why it makes sense to pay the average $29 monthly pet insurance for cats and $48 for dogs.
If you see your pet in pain, it is only natural to get the best possible treatment. But, as it happens, plying animals with pharmaceutical drugs don’t always have the desired effect. Therefore, an increasing number of people are choosing cannabidiol, a non-intoxicating compound in marijuana and hemp.
This article outlines the potential benefits of CBD for cats, side effects, and research into the efficacy of the cannabinoid on pets.
Your Cat Has an Endocannabinoid System! (So Does Your Dog)
Did you know that all mammals have an endocannabinoid system (ECS)? Up until relatively recently, we didn’t even know that humans had it. As is the case with us, the ECS helps maintain the natural balance in your pet’s body. To understand how cannabinoids work on the ECS, you must first learn more about neurotransmitters and receptors.
Neurotransmitters are molecules produced at the connection of a neuron. Its function is to trigger a signal in a connecting neuron or get to the bloodstream and make its way to other cells in the body.
This system is our brain’s way of transmitting signals and providing other cells with instructions on how to act. The brain produces an immense number of signaling molecules, and hormones are one type. Others include dopamine, serotonin, oxycontin, melatonin, and histamine.
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Also, cannabinoids such as CBD and THC are types of signaling molecules. There are endocannabinoids and phytocannabinoids. The former is produced naturally by humans, mammals, etc., while plants such as marijuana and hemp create the latter. The phytocannabinoids in CBD oil for cats mimic specific endocannabinoids.
Cannabinoids and Receptors: How They Interact
In the body, there are receptors on the surface of cells that interact with cannabinoids. They analyze the conditions outside the cell and transmit their findings to the inside of the cell. The result is a triggering of the proper cellular response. Cats have several cannabinoid receptors, but the main ones are the CB1 and CB2 receptors.
Your feline’s CB1 receptors are located throughout the body but mainly in the brain and spinal cord. In the brain, the receptors are in areas such as the hypothalamus (regulates appetite) and amygdala (related to memory and emotions). Researchers have also identified CB1 receptors capable of controlling pain in the nerve endings.
CB2 receptors are found primarily in the immune and nervous systems. Activating CB2 receptors can regulate inflammation.
Although we have identified over 110 cannabinoids in marijuana, THC and CBD remain the most known and abundant. To simplify matters, we can say that THC causes an intoxicating ‘high,’ and CBD does not. Proponents of both claim they possess therapeutic properties.
As you now know, the body produces endocannabinoids by itself. These molecules bind with CB receptors and activate them. When you, or your pet, consume CBD or THC, the compound stimulates the CB receptors in the same fashion as endocannabinoids. The result is potentially positive effects such as blocking pain, relieving muscle spasms, and lowering anxiety levels.
How Does CBD Oil for Cats Work?
One of the primary roles of the ECS is to regulate inflammation. This is the body’s natural response to tissue damage or infection. When it doesn’t correctly control the response, the result is chronic inflammation.
Decades of research suggest that inflammation is implicated in many diseases. If you stimulate the ECS with external cannabinoids, it can moderate the body’s immune response and reduce inflammation.
Scientists believe that the primary function of the ECS is to control homeostasis. This is the process of maintaining a state of balance in the body. When you give CBD oil to your cat, it stimulates activity in the CB1 and CB2 receptors by altering endocannabinoids’ activity. While cannabidiol doesn’t seem to act directly on these receptors, it is a non-competitive CB1 and CB2 antagonist.
Benefits of CBD Oil for Cats
It is easy to forget that your cat has numerous mental and physical health issues to contend with. The vast majority of cat owners purchase CBD to help alleviate anxiety and improve mood.
Like humans, cats experience stress, anxiety, and mood swings. There is a myriad of factors involved in their sudden mood change. CBD oil could help keep them calm and reduce anxiety. Through this process, you can also decrease the likelihood of declining health, poor eating cycles, and other problems associated with excessive stress.
Another common reason for giving cats CBD is to reduce joint pain and arthritis. A failure to manage such conditions could result in reduced mobility and low mood. Other potential benefits of CBD oil for cats include:
Is There Any Research Surrounding CBD for Cats?
To date, the vast majority of studies on CBD for pets relate to the compound’s effects on dogs.
Stephanie McGrath is one of the nation’s leaders regarding the effects of cannabidiol on dogs. In one such study, the team looked at how three different delivery methods – cream, oil, and a capsule – impacted how CBD moved through the bodies of healthy canines.
Published in the Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research in July 2018, the study found that CBD oil had the #1 pharmacokinetic profile. CBD from oil reached the highest concentration in the blood and remained in the bloodstream the longest. It also offered the most consistent performance.
In dogs, CBD oil is the most effective form of administration. However, there are very few studies on CBD for cats.
A study by Gamble et al., published in Frontiers in Veterinary Science in July 2018, looked at CBD’s effect on osteoarthritis in dogs. The conclusion was that 2mg of CBD per kilogram twice a day helped increase dogs’ comfort and activity with the condition.
In June 2019, McGrath published a study on the effects of CBD on epileptic dogs. It concluded that the dogs enjoyed a significant reduction in the number of seizures suffered. While these were high-quality, peer-reviewed studies, they are preliminary and have small test groups.
There is one recent study on CBD oil for cats. It was published in the American Association of Feline Practitioners’ Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery in 2021. The placebo-controlled trial placed 20 healthy adult cats into five groups. Each group received up to 11 escalating doses of CBD, THC, and a combination of CBD and THC.
The researchers found that, in general, cats tolerated both cannabinoids well with only minor side effects. However, there was a minimum of three days between consecutive doses. As a result, we still don’t know how cats react to consistent CBD usage.
Is CBD Oil Safe for Cats?
The answer is ‘yes’ according to a World Health Organization report from 2017. One possible issue is an increase in alkaline phosphatase (ALP). It is a liver enzyme, and dogs in two of the studies above experienced increased ALP levels when treated with CBD. McGrath ran tests to see if the dogs had liver failure. Fortunately, her tests revealed nothing sinister.
Even so, McGrath doesn’t recommend giving CBD oil to cats or dogs with known liver issues. It is also a fact that the liver metabolizes cannabidiol. Consequently, it is also unwise to give your pet CBD if it is already taking a medication metabolized by the liver.
What Are the Side Effects of CBD Oil for Cats?
Although CBD seems to have an excellent safety profile, it is foolhardy to assume it is 100% safe. In rare cases, your cat could suffer adverse effects such as gastrointestinal upset and sedation. If this happens to your pet, discontinue CBD use immediately.
A study published in Animals in 2019 gave an oral CBD product to eight cats and eight dogs. The researchers gave the felines and canines 2mg/kg twice a day for 12 weeks. While the dogs received soft chews, the cats consumed CBD via fish oil capsules.
Ultimately, the researchers recorded 53 adverse effects in dogs, compared to over 1,100 in cats. The most common side effects in felines were licking, head shaking, and pacing. Also, one of the eight cats involved experienced a persistent rise in the serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT).
The conclusion was that while CBD was generally safe in dogs, cats experienced adverse effects such as rapid elimination and slower absorption. The researchers recommended further research into CBD oil for cats to learn more as it was an uncontrolled study.
Other potential side effects from consuming too much CBD include:
- Upset stomach
Issues with the gastrointestinal system could boil down to the MCT oil in the product. If this happens with your cat, consider CBD with a different ‘carrier.’ It can act as a laxative in high doses.
Lack of Regulation & Legality
CBD oil is not FDA approved, although it gave its seal of approval to Epidiolex, derived from cannabidiol. In an unregulated market, there is no telling what you might get. We urge you to check out our review page to learn more about the most reputable CBD brands on the market.
If you want to stay on the right side of the law, focus on CBD products derived from hemp. Federal law states that such items must contain a maximum THC content of 0.3%. However, CBD laws vary from state to state. In Kansas, for example, CBD products should not contain any THC whatsoever.
As far as your cat’s health is concerned, you must keep it away from THC at all costs. While your cat should not endure many adverse effects with CBD, it is not the case with the intoxicating compound THC. While it is theoretically impossible for a human to overdose on THC, your pets are less safe.
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How to Use CBD Oil for Cats?
Before you consider CBD oil to potentially improve your cat’s health, please ensure you talk to a vet first. This is especially true if your cat is currently taking medication because CBD interacts with a wide range of prescription drugs.
There are various products on the market geared towards cats. CBD oil remains the most popular. Top-rated brands tend to offer their oils in delicious flavors such as salmon and bacon. Therefore, you can add some oil into your cat’s bowl and mix it with food. This is a much easier process than trying to give it to them sublingually.
If your cat isn’t fond of CBD oil, you have the option of buying them crunchy or soft chews. Again, these come in various flavors. As for how much to give your cat, a lot depends on its size.
CBD Oil Dosage for Cats
The ‘low and slow’ mantra is worth following when using CBD oil for cats. As they are significantly smaller and lighter than humans, they require far less cannabidiol. Your first action should involve weighing your cat because its size determines the right dosage. As a general rule, aim for 0.1 – 0.5 mg of CBD per kilogram of body weight to begin with.
Here is a quick chart detailing how much to give your cat, depending on the problem.
|Medical Condition||Dosage – Mg of CBD per Kilogram (Twice a Day)|
|Seizures||0.5 – 3.0mg|
|Pancreatitis||0.1 – 0.5mg|
|Inflammatory Bowel Disease||0.2mg|
|Upper Respiratory Tract Infections||5mg|
If you use CBD oil, bear in mind that it takes up to 45 minutes to affect and could provide benefits for up to six hours. It is always a good idea to perform a pre-emptive strike, depending on your cat’s condition. If your cat gets anxious during a storm, for example, administer CBD when you know bad weather is about to arrive.
Reputable brands that sell CBD oil for cats will include a convenient dropper with the bottle. They also offer flavors that appeal to pets, including chicken, beef, and salmon. Add the oil to your cat’s food, and make sure they eat everything. If your cat appears to enjoy the CBD oil, you can try to administer it directly into their mouths.
Quick & Easy Ways to Alleviate Anxiety in Cats
Perhaps the main reason you would administer CBD oil for cats is to reduce their feelings of anxiety or nervousness. Although cannabidiol is potentially useful, there are other ways to keep your cat relaxed. Use these quick tricks if you run out of CBD oil and are waiting for the next batch to arrive:
- Cats love hiding and use it as a coping mechanism. Give your pet several options to ensure they get their preferred feeling of invisibility when anxious.
- Make sure you give your feline the option of retreating or engaging. Holding or petting cats against their will doesn’t help matters!
- Spend quality time together with your friend, and perform the activities they enjoy. Some cats get nervous simply because they are alone.
- Let as much natural light come into rooms as possible. A significant number of felines enjoy watching the view outside from the safety of indoors.
- Believe it or not, soft or classical music can calm down a nervous cat.
Final Thoughts on CBD Oil for Cats
To date, most of the research surrounding CBD oil for pets revolves around dogs. As a result, we don’t yet know how it benefits cats. However, cats have an ECS, so logically, the compound acts similarly to how it does when used by humans. The quality of all CBD products varies significantly, so make sure you choose a reputable CBD brand.
Ideally, the brand offers cannabidiol from organically grown hemp. It should also have a Certificate of Analysis and third-party lab tests to prove the oil’s contents. Finally, make sure you consult with a veterinarian before administering CBD oil to your cat. It is far better to speak to an animal expert rather than heeding the advice of a dispensary!