How to Use CBD Oil For Cats
A Handy How-To Guide for Dosing CBD Oil For Cats
Although talk of CBD has been around the use for humans and dogs, cats are just as much a part of our family – so that brings up a big question: Can CBD help them live their best lives, too? There are a lot of reasons to think the answer may be yes.
HOW DOES CBD WORK?
All animals have an endocannabinoid system, and it plays a big role in keeping them healthy. The body produces endocannabinoids, substances much like the cannabinoids found in cannabis. These travel the bloodstream and attach to cells throughout the body to deliver messages and instructions that tell it what’s going on and how to react. Almost every bodily process is affected by these endocannabinoids.
That’s how CBD works. It takes the place of these endocannabinoids. When they aren’t delivering the instructions we need them to, or when the system is under more stress than normal, then CBD can help bring everything back to a state of homeostasis.
HOW DOES CBD OIL FOR CATS WORK?
Cats have an endocannabinoid system, too. So it’s hardly a stretch to think that CBD can help them with things like anxiety, stress, inflammation, and pain in the same way we’re finding out it helps the rest of us . And we do see and hear lots of anecdotal evidence to back up the idea—from stories about unpettable cats turning in snugglebugs to reports of arthritic felines getting their mojo back.
Still, we can’t say for 100% sure because there just isn’t any long-term studies (yet!) to confirm our suspicions. We do know that CBD appears to be as safe for cats as it is for dogs . One project found large doses could cause side effects but said THC contamination was probably to blame. That same study also found that CBD was absorbed and eliminated differently in cats than it was in pups, which may mean modifying our doses for cats.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF CBD OIL FOR CATS?
CBD’s main claim to fame is it’s ability to decrease inflammation and thus decrease chronic pain in mammals. Researchers at Cornell University fount that CBD oil is great at treating pain because they taret a receptor called the ‘villanoid receptor’ and prevent it from turing on.
CBD is also an excellent neuroprotector which makes it great at treating neurological disorders like seizures and epilepsy.
Other ways in which CBD can benefit cats is by helping with their:
- Seizures/ Epilepsy
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Urinary Tract
- Overall Wellness
WHICH CBD OIL?
CBD oil for cats usually comes mixed with a few other ingredients to help make it more palatable and nutritious. Often times human or dog CBD is mixed with coconut oil. Unfortunately, cats can’t process the healthy fatty acids found in plants like coconuts (that’s because they’re carnivores.
So look for CBD oils containing sardine oil instead, like Austin and Kat’s Purrfect Feline Formula. And if you must use a coconut oil-based CBD, make sure you get a concentrated one so your furry friend isn’t ingesting too much.
HOW MUCH CBD SHOULD I GIVE?
We recommend giving a dose of 2-4 mg of CBD per 10 pounds for cats to start. This is twice the amount we recommend for dogs, but don’t fret. Cat’s don’t have as many cannabinoid receptors as dogs so they need twice the amount to see the same effects. For cats with cancer or seizures, start with 4-6mg of CBD per 10 pounds.
The more difficult the condition, the more CBD you’ll need. But start small and go up until your furry feline is feeling happier and calmer. A little less, or even a little more oil won’t do any harm. Dosing can easily remain approximate until you’re able to find what works best for your cat.
Charlie, or Char-Char, for example, is a lazy 25-pound orange tabby cat. He would have a starting serving of 5mg of CBD and can increase to 10mg if 4mg is not enough for him.
Just remember – It takes about 15-45 minutes to reach full-effect in your pet’s system and lasts for about 4 – 6 hours, depending on breed, ailments, activity level, and their own personal chemistry.
A Handy How-To Guide for CBD Oil Dosage for cats. How much? How to give CBD? Which CBD product is best for my cat?
Cbd oil dosage for cats
If you’re looking for information on veterinarian recommend CBD dosing, chances are that you’re either doing some pre-purchase research or you have already purchased your CBD oil and you’re wondering how much you should give to your pet. Either way, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading and we will dive into the nitty gritty details and tell you everything you need to know.
How Much CBD Should I Give my Cat or Dog?
This is a great question and hands down the most frequently asked question that we receive. If you’ve spent any amount of time browsing the web in search for CBD dosing instructions for your cat or dog – you have more than likely stumbled across SEVERAL different variations and calculations. Some companies instruct you to administer a full dropper a day, while other companies tell you to dose your pet every 6 or 8 hours without any clear instruction as to how much they should be dosed. Frustrating is an understatement.
The truth is that there is currently no FDA approved standard by which pets should be dosed. The Farm Bill that was passed on December of 2018 is what legalized hemp-based CBD in all 50 states. Unfortunately, prior to Dec 2018, hemp and cannabis were widely demonized and very few laboratories and college campuses were able to legally study the therapeutic effects of full spectrum CBD oil with all of its phytocannabinoids, terpenoids and flavonoids.
Naturally, since the FDA has yet to set dosing guidelines one would assume the second-best option would be to double check with their veterinarian. After all, they went to school for this sort of thing, right? Unfortunately, the answer to this question is not as straight forward as you would think.
Consulting Your Veterinarian About CBD Usage and Dosage Recommendations
One would think that our veterinarians, being the intelligent and caring professionals they are, would be able to help us navigate through the loads of conflicting information and point us in the right direction. Not necessarily. Even though the 2018 Farm Bill loosened the restrictions on hemp-derived CBD, removing it from the Schedule I designation, restrictions on the ability of veterinarians to discuss, recommend, and prescribe CBD for pets still exist. At least they “may” still exist. The laws and regulations, both state-by-state and federally aren’t exactly straightforward. Due to this level of uncertainty, this poses many liabilities for veterinarians with regards to disciplinary action or even legal action.
For example, in many states like Massachusetts, Oregon and Colorado, where marijuana (for people) is legal medicinally and recreationally, the practice of veterinarians discussing, recommending and/or prescribing CBD is still technically not legal – or at least it’s a gray area. Veterinarians run the risk of board discipline or even license revocation/suspension.
However, in 2018, California passed legislature called the Assembly Bill # 2215, making it legal for licensed veterinarians within the state to discuss cannabis for medicinal use in pets. Although, they are still not allowed to recommend or prescribe CBD. At least the medical community seems to be taking steps in the right direction – as slow as those steps may be.
Can I Mention CBD to my Veterinarian?
In short, yes, you should mention your thoughts on using CBD for your pet. No laws are barring you from asking questions about CBD and cannabis. You should feel comfortable bringing up this topic as it pertains to the health and safety of your sweet pet.
It is best practice to consult your veterinarian anytime you consider adding a new supplement to your pet’s diet. As they say, it is better to be proactive than reactive. One of the main reasons we recommend checking with your vet is to ensure the CBD will not conflict with any other medications your pet may be on.
A recent study published in April of 2019, indicates that high levels of CBD may lead to a potential decrease in liver enzyme production, which could prevent proper metabolization of certain prescription drugs. While research is still ongoing and not conclusive, it is always best to err on the side of caution and seek a professional opinion.
Some other minor side effects of CBD can include:
- Drowsiness, lethargy or fatigue: Pet owners commonly use CBD to treat anxiety. The calming effect of CBD can cause slight drowsiness, especially when using higher doses.
- An increase in thirst: Research has shown that CBD can decrease the production of saliva.
- Lowered blood pressure: High doses of CBD can lead to temporary drops in blood pressure.
- Upset stomach or vomiting
Overall, these side effects should be mild and dissipate as the CBD oil works its way through your pet’s system. In order to avoid most of these side effects, we recommend starting off with a low dose for the first two weeks in order to gauge how your pet responds to the oil. After that two-week period, you may increase or decrease the dosage as desired. Your ultimate goal is to find the “sweet spot”, meaning you want to find the right amount that helps your pet without overdoing it.
Part of the reasoning for the gray area with regards to veterinarians discussing CBD is due to the infancy of the industry and the current lack of regulation.
Take the guesswork out of dosing your cat or dog. Use our straight forward calculations that have helped thousands of pet owners hone in on the perfect dose!