Guide to CBD Oil for Cats
As cats get older, they may start to experience various changes in their metabolism and appetite, or have other immune system problems, just like humans. As a cat owner who has had a positive experience with CBD, you may have wondered if cannabidiol could also be beneficial to your pet’s health. In today’s article, we will talk through some of the most important issues that owners should keep in mind before jumping into giving their cats CBD. By the way, if you are interested in how CBD may possibly affect dogs, you can learn more about it in one of our previous articles.
1. How can CBD oil be beneficial for cats?
All animals have a complex endocannabinoid system or ECS that controls the basic functions of the body. Most endocannabinoid receptors are located in the brain. Each component of the ECS (cannabinoids, enzymes, receptors or others) interacts with different systems and mechanisms. CBD interacts with enzymes of the endocannabinoid system and can positively affect the brain as well as mood.
Some of the potential benefits of CBD are as follows:
- Helps manage chronic pain and inflammation associated with arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatitis and FIC/FLUTD (feline lower urinary tract disease).
- Acts as a neuroprotective agent to reduce the frequency and intensity of seizures.
- Reduces nausea and stimulates appetite.
- Reduces cancer-related symptoms.
- Helps reduce the severity of dementia.
- Reduces bronchial spasms in asthmatics.
- Reduces anxiety, which can help correct or change behavioural problems.
- Supports the immune system for conditions such as food allergies and immune-mediated diseases.
And what about cats? CBD can also be a potential solution for your beloved pet. According to various sources, CBD can influence cats in a number of ways including:
- Give them a feeling of relaxation.
- Normalise inflammatory function.
- Dealing with chronic pain.
- Stimulate appetite.
On the other hand, keep in mind that there are no long-term studies that prove whether CBD oils can help cats deal with stress.
2. Can I give “human” CBD oil to my cat?
This is a question that some people who use CBD oil may be asking. Many cat owners want their pets to feel the same as they do. In this case, we will highlight some points that may be of interest to you.
So, what are the main differences between CBD oils for humans and cats?
- CBD oils for cats come in lower potencies.
- CBD oils for cats don’t contain any flavour additives or sugar.
- CBD oils for cats may have some flavourings that attract cats, such as sardine oil.
Overall, CBD oil for humans is not much different from special oils for cats. When choosing an oil for your pet, opt for the one with the lowest potency. Also, pay careful attention to the ingredients. And how do you choose the best CBD oil for your cat? Find out more details in the next part of the article.
3. How do you choose CBD oil for your cat?
The process of choosing a CBD oil that best suits your cat is admittedly not as simple as it may seem. Below, we’d like to help you out by giving some advice for you to consider:
- If you’re using full-spectrum oils, make sure they contain less than 0.2% THC.
THC-free oils should work just fine, but the effects might be more potent if all the ingredients of the hemp plant work together. These include CBD, THC, terpenes, other cannabinoids, vitamins, etc. Broad-spectrum oils are therefore not recommended.
- Go for CBD oils with a lower potency.
Remember that a cat’s body is not the same as a human’s. A cat weighs much less than a human, thus requiring CBD oils with a lower potency.
- Third-party tested and from trusted sellers.
Cats have sensitive stomachs and should only consume high-quality ingredients with the correct potency and THC levels indicated. Be a watchful consumer and look for third-party test results, choosing products from producers you trust.
- Avoid highly concentrated plant-based oils.
Cats can’t digest plant-based fatty acids very well because they are carnivores. Concentrated forms may cause an upset stomach. If the oil you are using contains coconut, hempseed or other oils, make sure it is not highly concentrated.
- Avoid essential oil additives.
Most essential substances that are added to CBD oil are toxic for cats.
We hope you will find the above advice useful and consider it when choosing the best CBD oil for your beloved pet.
4. Our top products for cats
At Marry Jane, we are pleased to offer a variety of products that can be used for your cat. The high quality of our CBD oils and tinctures is the result of using the finest Swiss hemp that is grown in the best conditions. Only natural ingredients and extraction methods are used in the production process. In addition, our CBD oils and tinctures do not contain any flavour additives or essential oils. Our products are also made in accordance with leading global standards and certifications to ensure a quality and safe solution for your cat. Marry Jane’s diverse range of products can help you find the oil that best suits your pet.
- Full-spectrum CBD oil may be the best choice for those who want their cat to experience the potential benefits of the various substances found in the product (including small traces of THC).
- THC-free water-soluble CBD tincture is a possible solution for people who want to avoid giving their cats THC.
- Do you want your cat to try MCT oil? Well, we’ve got one for you. Marry Jane’s THC-free MCT drops have no THC like the previous product and are made from MCT oil. According to the study, MCT oil can promote cats’ metabolism and may be a useful functional ingredient in cat food.
- Another high-quality product from Marry Jane is the classic THC-free drops. The hempseed-based oil has different CBD concentrations (5, 10 and 15%). As various sources have stated, hemp oil may be beneficial for pets, possibly helping to treat cancer, arthritis, anxiety and aggression, as well as digestive and intestinal problems.
Marry Jane cares for all our different kinds of clients, which is why we have developed a wide range of high-quality products that may be beneficial not only for humans but also their cats.
5. Dosage recommendations
One of the most important questions cat owners can ask is what oil or tincture dosage should be used for their cat. In this section, we would like to share with you a brief dosage guide of oils and tinctures for cats.
We start with some general recommendations. Unfortunately, not much research has been done on this at this time, so there is no definitive answer as to how much CBD oil should be given to cats. However, some obvious things like the weight and age of a cat indicate different needs. Because it’s important not to overdose your cat, smaller doses than those specified in the product description are recommended to begin with. Your cat can’t tell you if CBD is working or not, so take good care of them.
Veterinarians who advocate the use of CBD recommend an initial dose between 0.1 and 0.5 milligrams of CBD oil for every kilogram of the cat’s weight. The dose can be increased up to five milligrams if you do not notice any improvement in your cat’s condition.
How long can it take for the full potential effect to kick in? It can take about 15-45 minutes to achieve the full effect in your pet’s body and it lasts about 4-6 hours, depending on the breed, diseases, activity level and personal chemistry.
What happens if you give too much oil or tincture? If you give your cat too much CBD oil, it may experience some unpleasant side effects, including licking, head shaking, pacing, chomping and gagging. Fortunately, these CBD side effects will subside within a few hours, but to avoid side effects, give your cat small doses of CBD and gradually increase them over a few days.
6. Consumption recommendations
Cats can consume CBD oil in a variety of ways. Below, you will find some of them as well as important recommendations for your cat’s intake of CBD oil.
- Add the oil or tincture to your cat’s food or drink.
Don’t forget that CBD can be mixed with your cat’s food or drink. However, it is better to consume it on a full stomach for more effective absorption, so it’s recommended that you add it when your pet is already eating or finishing its meal.
- Drop on your cat’s paw.
Cats love licking their paws. So another popular method is to place a drop of oil or tincture on your cat’s paw. A drop of the oil enters a cat’s body through the tongue, which is rich in blood vessels.
- Drop directly into the mouth or allow your cat to lick from the dropper.
Absorption through the digestive system is avoided using this method as the CBD is absorbed directly inside the oral cavity. Note that the possible effects can occur quicker when CBD goes directly into the bloodstream than CBD is taken with food.
If you have any concerns or questions, please speak with your vet. It’s essential that you have a professional assessment of any possible interactions between CBD and your cat.
7. Final thoughts
CBD oils and tinctures can be a great solution if you want to give your cat the best experience of taking CBD. However, please remember that more research is still needed on the possible interaction between CBD and cats. We wish you and your beloved pet all the best!
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