March 06, 2021

Giving Your Cat CBD: A Guide For Humans

A growing number of pet owners are on the prowl for CBD oil for their dogs and cats. Considering the many benefits of CBD, it’s no surprise that more folks are looking to share the perks with their furry friends.

Whether your cat is high strung, has chronic pain, nausea, digestion issues, or you just want to give it its best feline life, CBD might be the solution!

That said, cat personalities are notoriously persnickety. Giving Felix anything other than his usual sardine feast might not happen without a catfight.

But don’t fringe your scratching post just yet. We’ve scavenged up the freshest information on CBD for cats. Plus, you’ll appreciate the tips on how to get them to take CBD without a fuss.

But first, let’s make sure we all have a firm grasp on what CBD is.

What Is CBD, Exactly?

CBD — short for cannabidiol — is one of hundreds of natural cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant.

Like it’s psychedelic cousin tetrahydrocannabinol (aka THC), CBD is full of terpenes and flavonoids. More and more, science is revealing the benefits of these compounds.

But unlike TCH, CBD doesn’t cause a psychoactive effect.

It’s important to know the difference between THC and CBD because THC is toxic to cats and dogs. THC can cause seizures, vomiting, coma, cardiac arrest, or even death. If your cat consumes a high-THC cannabis product, call your vet or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-3325 immediately.

That’s why it’s essential to choose a high-quality CBD oil formulated for pets.

Does CBD Work In Cats?

Research on the effects of CBD oil in cats is virtually non-existent. But, now that CBD is becoming more popular, scientists are starting up studies to measure its impact.

What we know right now is that all mammals have an endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS makes it possible for the body to utilize cannabinoids.

Cats are mammals. So yes, CBD works in cats! Pretty radi-claw, huh?

Benefits of CBD For Cats

There are many happy pet parents (maws and paws?) who’ve noticed improvements after giving CBD oil to their cats. Less seizures, reduced anxiety, and better mobility are a few.

While we wait on science to back up these observed benefits, we can look at the characteristics of CBD to figure out when it might help our feline friends.

Possible CBD properties include:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Neuroprotective
  • Mood stabilizing
  • Anti-seizure
  • Diabetes preventative
  • Anti-nausea

Just to name a pawful!

This means CBD could be a part of your pet’s care plan for conditions such as separation anxiety, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis, and more. It could also be incorporated into a general wellness regime or with disease prevention in mind.

The Thing About Vets & CBD

You might think your vet would be your go-to resource for CBD for your pet. Unfortunately, it’s a hair more complicated than that.

Even though industrial hemp cultivation is legal from sea to shining sea in the US, vets have to follow US Drug Enforcement Agency regulations. The rules say they can only prescribe FDA-approved drugs. Since there are currently no FDA-approved CBD options for pets, your vet’s hands are leashed.

This means your vet can’t prescribe CBD for your cat.

On top of that, laws in most states say that vets can’t even discuss CBD. Vets face fines and could even lose their license if they do. Although vets aren’t able to discuss CBD legally in most states, they may have general resources about what CBD is and have updates on laws and regulations.

Like anything else your furball eats — tuna, catnip, mice, the sofa, your hair — it’s important to let your vet know if CBD is in your cat’s Meow-Mix.

So, if your vet can’t help you choose the purr-fect CBD for your cat, who can? Don’t worry — we’ve got you covered.

How To Choose The Best CBD For Cats

Ready to give CBD a try for your cat? Here’s what to look for when shopping around.

Look For Third-Party Lab Tested CBD

We’ve mentioned the importance of choosing a CBD product formulated for pets to avoid toxic THC concentrations.

For virtually no THC, the THC content in CBD for your cat shouldn’t exceed the federally legal limit of 0.3%. It may or may not be listed on the label. Regardless, you should always look for a certificate of analysis from third-party lab testing.

You don’t have to hunt down the certificate of analysis from Pure Craft. It’s easily accessible on the product page.

Aside from THC, there are other ingredients that can be harmful to your cat.

Ingredients To Avoid 

With so many CBD products available, you should always be superstitious about double-checking the ingredients in any CBD product you give your pet. Even if your cat isn’t black or didn’t cross your path.

Make sure your cat’s CBD doesn’t have any of these potentially harmful ingredients:

  • Xylitol
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Chocolate
  • Caffeine
  • Dairy
  • Grapes or raisins
  • Onions or garlic
  • Some essential oils

Cats may have nine lives, but we’re not into reducing that number any further. That’s why Pure Craft’s Nano CBD Water-Soluble For Pets contains only two pet-friendly ingredients:

  • Organically-grown nano-optimized CBD oil
  • MCT oil from coconuts

Organic & Optimized

Pesticides aren’t a friend to any feline — or any creature, for that matter. Choosing a CBD product made from organically grown hemp ensures Leo won’t get pesticides or unwanted chemicals with his dose. (We aren’t lionhere!)

For fast-acting results, look no further than nano-optimized CBD. Nano-optimization makes the CBD particles super tiny for faster and better absorption. Quicker absorption means the terror of Tigger’s spaz attack can end before your curtains are torn to irreparable shreds.

How to Give Your Cat CBD Oil

So, you’ve chosen a high-quality CBD oil and you’re ready to give Bella a bit. Paw five!

The first thing to consider is that as much as we might talk to our pets (no judgement), they don’t speak our language. That means you’ll want to start with a low dose and slowly increase from there.

A CBD oil tincture makes it easy to modify your kit’s dose based on its weight. Always follow the recommended dosage and instructions.

Bonus: A CBD tincture is also the most economical since you only need one product for your whole furry family. It can be added to food, water, treats, orhomemade recipes.

Tips For Getting Your Cat To Take CBD

Calculating your cat’s CBD dose is only the first step.

Depending on its purr-sonality, it might be keen to take CBD oil in its food or water. Or, it might turn its adorable little nose up at anything out of the realm of the usual routine.

Cats, am I right?

You might also want to make sure no CBD is left behind.

Whether due to its pickiness or your thoroughness, there are a few safe bets to help your cat get every last drop of its CBD oil.

You could...

  • Smash a sardine with a fork in its bowl and drizzle the CBD oil on top.
  • Top its food with some tuna dressed with CBD.
  • Hand-feed it a bite of CBD-topped salmon.

Basically, leaning into Muffy’s favorite foods is your best bet to get her to lap up all of the CBD goodness. If she gets bored at any point — don’t let your or your cat’s whiskers get a-frizzled! Switch things up!

Possible Adverse Reactions

As with anything you give your pet, there’s a potential for side effects. You’ll want to watch out for out-of-the-ordinary responses to the CBD.

That said, the side effects of CBD in cats tend to be mild and rarely occur. If your cat experiences any of the following symptoms, discontinue use and observe it closely. If the side effects worsen, call your vet.

Potential CBD Oil Side Effects

Possible side effects of CBD oil in cats may include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Itching
  • Rash
  • Incoordination from low blood pressure

Let your vet know about any other ingredients in the CBD product you gave to your cat. Also inform the vet of anything else your cat’s eaten (or may have eaten) recently.

It’s also possible that you might misinterpret the effect of CBD on your pet. “Caregiver placebo effect” can happen when loving pet parents give their companion any medication or substance. They imagine a desired effect. This can lead to missed warning signs from your cat.

Always objectively observe your companion. When you’re realistic about what CBD can do for it, you can find the best way to incorporate it into its lifestyle.

CBD For Cats Is Full Of Paw-sibilities

CBD’s a natural option for managing your cat’s health and wellness.

You might be able to consult your vet for some CBD info, but you’ll need to do your own research to find the best product for your frisky feline. Continue to sniff out the latest studies as they reveal more hard evidence about the benefits of CBD for cats.

In the meantime, choosing a high-quality CBD oil tincture forumated for pets is the easiest way to give your BFF (best feline friend) the best.


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