CBD For Pets

Is CBD Oil Safe for Cats?


Is CBD Oil Safe For Cats?

Derived from plants belonging to the cannabis family – namely, marijuana and hemp – CBD oil contains compounds used medicinally in humans to relieve anxiety or pain, as well as to help relieve the symptoms of some neurodegenerative disorders. Despite this, while CBD oil has become more commonly used by people, there’s less known about its beneficial effects on cats and other beloved pets.

Here is everything you need to know about CBD oil, and whether it’s the right choice for your cat:

What Can CBD Oil Help Your Cat With?

In the last few years, more and more studies have been conducted, pointing to the beneficial effects of CBD oil on pets’ health. In particular, scientists believe it could help cats with arthritis, cancer, and anxiety-related problems.

One of the most important uses of CBD oil for felines, however, is its use in treating IBS, otherwise known as Irritable Bowel Syndrome. If untreated, IBS can lead to a more serious illness, IBD (Irritable Bowel Disease).

While CBD oil can’t totally cure IBS – an incurable condition in both cats and humans – it may help to relieve the symptoms, such as vomiting, nausea, and stomach pain. Moreover, in some cases, it’s able to treat the underlying cause, if your cat’s IBS is caused by stress or inflammation inside its gastrointestinal tract.

How Long Does It Take For CBD Oil To Begin Helping Your Cat?

Typically, it takes about an hour the CBD oil to take effect on your cat, making them more relaxed, relieving their anxiety and reducing pain and inflammation.

Of course, while one-time use may have beneficial effects for your cat, long-term benefits are more likely to be achieved after repeated use, after days or weeks of continued use.

How long does it take for CBD oil to help cats regain their appetite?

Since CBD oil relieves pain and is a great anti-inflammatory, your cat may begin to regain their appetite within a few hours of treatment. Depending on the cat, however, the change might be more gradual, as their GI inflammation reduces, and their stomach uneasiness subsides.

Can You Give Human CBD Oil To Cats?

The short answer is: yes, you can.

As long as the CBD oil is derived from hemp – rather than marijuana – it should be safe for your cat to take, as long as its THC content is less than 0.3%, as large amounts of this compound can be harmful to cats and other animals.

Lastly, make sure that the dosage you use is significantly less than the dosage recommended for a human being.

How Many Drops Of CBD Oil Should You Give Your Cat?

The recommended dosage of CBD oil for a cat is approximately 2-4mg of hemp derived oil per 10 pounds of cat.

Measuring this in drops, this measure at approximately 4-8, as 1mg is roughly equivalent to two drops of CBD oil. However, you don’t have to purchase the oil if you’re worried about the dosage, as you can also buy CBD oil in pill form for your cat.

How Can You Best Use CBD Oil To Help Your Cat?

Depending on your cat – and the condition you’re attempting to treat – the number of dosages per day may vary, though most cat administer CBD oil to their cat twice daily.

To get the best possible advice for your cat’s care – including the number of mg/drops you should be administering your cat– you should talk to your vet, to see what they recommend, based on your cat’s unique condition and medical history.

Moreover, the type of CBD oil you purchase will greatly influence the benefits your cat receives. Make sure to check that the oil you use is made from organic hemp, with a THC level of less than 0.3%, and – finally – that the CBD oil you use is a ‘full spectrum’ CBD oil. This means that the oil contains all the phytochemicals found in the plant which are medicinally useful, and will serve to improve your cat’s symptoms, and quality of life.

Can A Cat Overdose On CBD Oil?

In theory, a cat could ingest enough CBD oil to cause THC toxicity, since CBD oil typically has a small amount of THC in it. This could result in lethargy, vomiting, diarrhoea and loss of appetite, but is unlikely to cause more serious, long-term health problems.

Where Can You Buy CBD Oil For Your Cat?

One of the most common misconceptions about CBD oil, is that its use – even medicinally – is illegal. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth, as the illegal psychoactive compounds we associate with cannabis plants aren’t present in the oil.

As such, CBD oil for cats is available on our website.

So, if you think your cat could benefit from the pain-relieving, anxiety-reducing, appetite-reviving effects of CBD oil, it won’t be hard to come by, as retailers are beginning to realize the incredible medicinal benefits of CBD oil for cats and other household pets.

Azriel Adelberg
About Azriel Adelberg

MSc Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley An Israeli born organic chemist and PROUD University of California, Berkeley graduate.

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