CBD For Cats
Every cat has its own unique personality — it’s why we love them. Each one will relate to you a little bit differently, whether it’s how they show love, ask for food, or play with you. A cat’s weird quirks don’t make them less loveable, but there are ways to help your cat feel happier and healthier.
Cats need regular stimulation to keep their minds sharp, just like humans! And like humans, they also need regular exercise and a healthy, consistent diet.
One way to stimulate their kitty minds is to place bird feeders or birdbaths outside your window. This way, you can feed the local bird population, and your cat has interesting viewing for their enrichment.
You can also teach them new things, like walking on a leash or teaching your cat tricks. Some people assume that tricks are just for dogs, but if your cat is treat-motivated, you can teach them the same as you would a dog.
Additionally, your cat may benefit from an established playtime. If your kitty always seems to have extra energy when you have free time in the afternoon or morning, establish 20 minutes to 30 minutes where you play with them regularly. Cats love having an established routine and benefit from your undivided attention. Having time set aside to dedicate to them will have your cat feeling frisky! It’s also a great time to ensure that your cat gets an appropriate amount of exercise.
What is CBD for Cats?
CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is a phytocannabinoid. Phytocannabinoids are compounds that can be derived from the cannabis plant. Some phytocannabinoids promote wellness in mammals. CBD is believed to be one of these compounds. In the United States today, it is only legal to sell hemp-derived CBD that contains less than 0.3 percent THC.
However, when it comes to your pets, we sell broad-spectrum CBD that contains absolutely no THC. This means that the CBD we sell has zero psychoactive properties to upset your cat.
How does CBD for cats work?
All mammals, including cats, have something called an endocannabinoid system. This is a system of receptors in your body that pick up cannabinoids and use them to help maintain homeostasis. These receptors determine how phytocannabinoids like THC or CBD affect the body.
When you use THC products, the CB1 receptors in the endocannabinoid system bond with the THC cannabinoid and cause psychoactive effects. CBD works slightly differently in that it binds with the CB2 receptors. This is why CBD offers the same wellness benefits as smoking marijuana does but without the psychoactive effects.
How Much CBD Should Be Used on Cats?
The amount of CBD you should give your cat varies based on their weight and the purpose for using the product. The best recommendations will come directly from your veterinarian.
For cats, here are the basic dosing rules:
Under 10 lbs. – 3-4 drops = 1mg
Under 25 lbs. – ¼ dropper (0.25ml) = 2mg
25-75 lbs. – ½ dropper (0.5ml) =4mg
Over 75 lbs. – 1 dropper = 8.33mg
Because someone is bound to ask, are CBD oil for humans and CBD oil for cats interchangeable? Technically, the answer is yes. But if you’re going to tap into your cat’s supply, it must not be adulterated. It must be human grade.
Better to just buy your own supply!
Cat Owners Should Consider CBD Oil
A cat can benefit tremendously from the proper use of CBD, though the precise effect on cats has not been the subject of any formal studies. What is known, however, is that a healthy normal state can be maintained, as well as balance within the body, as the result of reactions that take place when CBD is used.
On the other hand, the actual cannabis plants are not pet safe! This is a very important classification! If your cat were to nibble on a marijuana plant, the toxicity contained within could be fatal.