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.
The benefits of CBD oil for cats is similar to that of our dogs. Its most common use is often decreasing levels of inflammation in the body leading to decreased pain. CBD is also neuroprotective which means it can help treat conditions like seizures in our cats. Other conditions CBD can help with include:
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 cues your cat is experiencing anxiety include hiding in odd areas, lack of appetite, increased urination or defecation, and/or suddenly no longer utilizing the litterbox.
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 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.
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. 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.”
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Dosage and Application for Cats
Contrary to popular belief, the dosage of CBD oil provided to pets (whether cats or dogs) depends more on the ailment than the size or weight of the pet. For example, a cat with cancer will require a higher dosage than a cat with noise anxiety. Though clinical research is lacking, it is generally assumed that cats are less sensitive to cannabis than dogs.
The EASE 550 MG Full-Spectrum Hemp Extract is designed to soothe your cat’s aches and pains. The tincture is combined with turmeric and frankincense to improve overall well-being. Generally, this tincture is utilized to reduce symptoms of arthritis, joint pain, and inflammation.
The CALM tincture is generally used to reduce anxiety, stress, fear, and phobias. In addition to relieving anxiety-related disorders, the tincture is designed to support overall health and well-being.
Administration (and 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 the application on your cat’s gums. Lift your cat’s lip and place the dropper on the gums to allow the medicine to be absorbed through the membranes of the mouth. This will allow the CBD to bypass the digestive system and enter the bloodstream quickly (offers optimal effect). Once the oil enters the bloodstream, some of the active compounds (cannabinoids) can be lost.
If your cat absolutely refuses to allow you to administer the oil on the gums, 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.
You may hear of people placing the CBD oil on the cat’s food. Although that is a method that’s used often, it’s best to avoid this if at all possible. CBD oil that’s added to your cat’s food will take longer to enter 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.
The Bottom Line
If your cat is suffering from an ailment, 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.