We’re sure you’ve been wondering what CBD oil is and how it can benefit cats. Well, we can help you better understand how it can quickly reduce pain and discomfort, anxiety and depression, and make cancer treatment more manageable for your kitty.
Learn more about why cat owners all over the country and beyond are turning to CBD oil to make their cats’ lives better.
What is CBD Oil?
CBD oil is a medicine widely used by humans. CBD is an acronym for Cannabidiol which is extracted from the flowers, stems, and leaves of the cannabis plant. Most people recognize cannabis for its active compound, THC, but CBD is quite different from THC in that is does not have any psychoactive effects.
Unlike THC, CBD oil is used for healing and getting healthy and has become very popular in veterinary use. It helps improve a cat’s life by alleviating inflammation, stress, and pain. The oil form of CBD is highly concentrated which makes it highly effective as a therapeutic intervention and medicine for cats.
How Does it Work for Cats?
If you’ve ever given your cat a vitamin or supplement, you are familiar with how CBD oil works, especially if you’ve given your cat a gel capsule. The capsule dissolves, and the vitamin is dispersed through your cat’s body via her circulatory system.
CBD specifically interreacts with your cat’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) which controls and regulates your cat’s mood, pain sensation, and sleep. As you probably guessed, these are the areas affected by serious health problems. CBD oil adds cannabinoids to your cat’s ECS which can reduce pain, increase sleep, improve mood, appetite, and immunity.
How Can CBD Oil Benefit Your Cat?
The more we know about CBD oil, the more we’re astounded with its wide range of benefits for people and pets, especially cats!
Cats often develop issues late on in life. CBD oil helps treat these in addition to
- Digestive or gut inflammation, including Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Neuropathic pain
- Nerve pain
Will Your Kitty Get High from CBD Oil?
Long story, short: no. While most people recognize cannabis as being related to THC, CBD oil does not contain THC, the active ingredient which results in a high. It’s physically and chemically not possible for your cat to get high from CBD oil.
Because it can’t get your kitty high, CBD oil is legal. THC is the only strain of cannabis that contains psychoactive properties. While both THC and CBD have pain-relieving properties and anti-anxiety characteristic, only CBD is not psychoactive.
When choosing a CBD product for your cat, make sure you choose a pet-safe strain.
How Should You Use CBD Oil?
When you first begin CBD treatment for your kitty, you want to start off slow and low. Let your cat ease into a CBD routine by adding it into her diet which can reduce the risk of negative reactions.
Your veterinarian can recommend the most accurate dosage amount for your cat. One common rule is that 1mg to 5mg is safe for every 10-pounds of your kitty’s weight. When you first start a CBD routine, keep the dosage around 1 to 5mg.
CBD Oil Side Effects for Cats
Most vets agree that CBD doesn’t have many negative side effects for most cats. Because cats are unique, you will want to consult a natural or holistic vet for additional advice for your cat.
One side effect many cat owners report is sleepiness and mild sedation in their cat. This can make your kitty seem more relaxed and lethargic. You can lower the amount of CBD oil to solve this if you find it to be an issue.
Other side effects you may notice include nausea, vomiting, increase or decrease in appetite, and anxiety. If your cat expresses any of these, ask your vet about them before continuing with CBD oil.
CBD Can Help Your Kitty Feel Better and Live More Comfortably
CBD oils have a wide range of benefits for cats! Remember to always use pet-safe varieties and pay attention to your cat’s side effects, but CBD oil can help your cat manage her pain, arthritis, anxiety, and many other ailments.
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