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: can cats also benefit from CBD? And, if so, how?
The short answer to this question is: yes. Cats can benefit from CBD. 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.
Benefits of CBD Oil for Cats
The benefits of CBD oil for cats are numerous, similar to the many benefits CBD can provide to our dogs. The most common use of CBD for cats is often decreasing 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 can address many conditions that are ailing your pet. CBD is also neuroprotective which means it can 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 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 including other urinary problems, lack of socialization, or lack of interest in activities the cat once enjoyed. Having CBD for cats on hand may help your cat feel more comfortable while you determine what could be triggering the increased anxiety levels. For Anxiety, we recommend our CALM: CBD Oil for Cats, formulated 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 can 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 cats with Arthritis, we recommend our EASE: CBD Oil for Cats, formulated with frankincense and turmeric, to naturally manage 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, it can help to prevent future tumors, IBD, 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.”
Dosing CBD Oil For Cats
Contrary to popular belief, the dosage of CBD oil for cats depends more on the ailment, rather than the size or weight of your pet. For example, a cat with cancer will require a higher dosage than a cat with noise anxiety. Though clinical research is lacking, according to research, it has been presumed that cats are less sensitive to cannabis than dogs.
CBD Dog Health Full Spectrum CBD tinctures for dogs, cats, and horses are meant to provide the average effective daily dose for 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 and gradually adjust, according to your cat’s individual needs.
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 reducing inflammation. Ease is our recommended tincture 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 tincture for cats contains 9mg of CBD.
Our CALM: CBD Oil for cats is designed to manage 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 tincture is recommended as an all-natural remedy for stressful situations including travel, thunderstorms, fireworks, and grooming and vet appointments. A standard 1mL dose of our Calm tincture for cats contains 9mg of CBD.
Our HEAL: CBD Oil for cats was formulated with our highest CBD content. Heal is designed to manage higher levels of pain as well as helping your cat’s more serious ailments including seizures, cancer, tumors, autoimmune diseases, degenerative diseases, and more. Our Heal tincture for cats provides a standard 1mL dose containing 37mg of CBD.
Related: How To Determine Optimal CBD Dosage
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 is definitely worth a try. If you are still unsure of which tincture to choose, how to use the tinctures, or have any CBD-related questions, you can book a consultation with our Cannabis Expert, Angela Ardolino, and Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr. Zac Pilossoph, by clicking here.
About Angela Ardolino
Angela Ardolino is a holistic pet expert who has been caring for animals for over 20 years and operates a rescue farm, Fire Flake Farm, in Florida. She is also the owner of Beautify the Beast, a natural pet salon and shop. After getting her certificate in Medical Cannabis Biology and Therapeutic use from the University of Vermont School of Medicine, she founded CBD Dog Health to provide high quality, all-natural medical cannabis products designed specifically for pets. Angela has seven dogs, Odie a 12-year-old mini-schnauzer, Nina an 8-year-old Doberman. Jolene a 7-year-old mutt, Maza a 7-year-old mutt, Rhemi an 8-year-old poodle, Potato a 15-year-old shih-tzu, and Miss Daisie a 15-year-old black lab, plus 4-10 more at any time she is fostering or boarding. She uses Full Spectrum Hemp Extract on all her pets at her rescue farm every day, and has since 2016. She is a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians, the Veterinary Cannabis Association and has trained hundreds medical doctors and veterinarians about the therapeutic uses of medical cannabis on animals. Visit www.angelaardolino.com for more information.