CBD Oil for Cats: Benefits and Proper Dosage
If you’ve recently brought a kitty into your home, or are happily caring for a long-time feline friend, you may have considered adding CBD oil into their regular routine to help support their overall wellness. Because we’re constantly barraged with so many new CBD pet products, however, many of us may not know what products to choose.
This blog will discuss how veterinary-formulated full-spectrum hemp oil, like our VETCBD Hemp Oil , can be beneficial for several aspects of your cat’s health, as well as support and maintain their overall wellness. The most common reasons pet parents use VETCBD Hemp are to help maintain calm, support joint mobility, support normal brain function, and help maintain normal GI health, so let’s jump in on how CBD oil can benefit your cat.
Understanding your cat and their usual behavior will help you to see when they’re not feeling well. If you monitor your cat’s moods and behavior and maintain a close bond with your cat, you’ll be able to spot health issues early and visit your veterinarian when they’re feeling out of sorts.
Healthy cats are alert, curious, and playful. If your cat’s appetite and drinking patterns change, it may indicate a health problem ranging from digestion to hygiene to energy to even just how mentally stimulated they may be. Cats who aren’t feeling their usual selves may tend to groom less, which may indicate joint stiffness or a sore mouth. Ear trouble and nose discharge are common and may suggest a reaction related to seasonal allergies. Dental issues also play a large role in a cat’s health, with gum color indicative of healthy circulation or potentially other issues related to iron deficiencies or general gum health. Sore teeth can cause dental discomfort, as well as eating and behavioral issues.
Opting for safe parasite control, current vaccinations, neutering and spaying, and maintaining the best overall 24/7 cat care not only means understanding the benefits of good nutrition and mental stimulation but reaching out to your veterinarian at the first signs of a health issue.
All this being said, regular veterinary health checks are an important part of pet care even if you don’t see signs and symptoms that something is wrong. By doing so, you’ll be able to prevent a health issue from becoming more serious even if you didn’t notice it yourself on the day to day at home. Regular veterinary care is crucial to pet health and should be incorporated into your pet’s wellness routine.
What is CBD?
With cannabidiol (CBD) being one of the trendiest products in pet and human health today, understanding CBD’s potential benefits before choosing from the vast array of CBD products means understanding cannabinoids and the differences between THC and CBD.
“Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the naturally occurring cannabinoids found in cannabis plants. It is a 21-carbon terpene phenolic compound formed following decarboxylation from a cannabidiolic acid precursor, although it can also be produced synthetically,” via WHO.
Cannabidiol is derived from both the hemp and cannabis plant and does not have intoxicating properties if it has no delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the compound that results in the “high” effect.
CBD is a natural supplement that, when delivered as an organic, non-GMO, gluten-free CBD product, is generally safe for people and pets.
CBD is mainly found in the leaves and flowers of the hemp plant. CBD is a component of the cannabis plant that does not cause an intoxicating effect when consumed. In the U.S., the legal THC amount is 0.3% for most CBD products, and you’ll never find more than this amount in our own VETCBD Hemp Tincture.
What is CBD for Cats?
When purchasing any CBD product, one of the most important considerations is if a CBD product uses an isolate or full-spectrum oil. Full-spectrum hemp oil features all the cannabinoids and terpenes extracted from industrial hemp. It contains .3% or less THC, as mandated by federal law.
When the entire plant is used, the resulting CBD oil yields more health benefits because it includes so many additional phytonutrients stemming from the terpenes, flavonoids, and other compounds. With full-spectrum oil, you’re getting everything to work together to create the “entourage effect,” resulting in optimal health benefits for your pet.
VETCBD Hemp’s CBD Oil Tincture is a high-quality and veterinary formulated full-spectrum oil made from premium-quality American hemp rich in phytocannabinoids such as CBD and CBG.
CBD benefits for not just cats, but for all pets include:
- Supporting healthy joints
- Supporting normal brain function
- Supporting normal GI function
- Providing a calming effect
These benefits stem from CBD’s interaction with your pet’s natural endocannabinoid system, which is actually responsible for and plays a role in almost every major system in your body, including nerves, digestion, and mood, hence the benefits listed above!
Cat CBD Side Effects
As with any supplement or nutraceutical, there may be a small chance of side effects. These are usually minimal with CBD, but some side effects include nausea, lethargy, and irritability.
What is the Dosage for Cats?
CBD doses will vary according to a cat’s weight, age, existing condition, and diet. If your cat is suffering from an ailment, your veterinarian will advise the recommended CBD dosage, if it’s needed and provided it won’t negatively interfere with other medications (if applicable).
With various cat CBD products on the market, many having differing potencies, it’s best to opt for reputable CBD pet brands with reliable dosing guidelines. The basic dose for cats is between 1 mg to 5 mg for every 10 pounds of weight. With that said, always consult with your vet or with the manufacturer of the CBD product for the best advice.
You’ll also need to check and see any interactions with other pet meds that your cat may be on. The best rule with CBD is to start on the lowest end of the dosing scale. You can even divide the dose in half and administer it to your cat twice daily to see how your cat reacts to full-spectrum hemp oil.
It’s important to check how much CBD is actually in your product. Potencies vary among different CBD products, and therefore the recommended dose will vary. Finding the best CBD dose or optimum CBD dosage for your cat for optimal effects will depend on your cat’s response and occurs when you identify a specific dose range.
At VETCBD Hemp, our veterinarian-formulated full-spectrum CBD pet products, are curated specifically for pets and are made with triple-tested, premium-quality, natural ingredients, without preservatives or additives. We offer free veterinary nurse support by phone or email.
By opting for a veterinary formulated CBD pet product like ours at VETCBD Hemp, you’ll see that our products are meant to help your pets thrive.
CBD DOSAGE FOR CATS
How much CBD to give your cat is determined by their size as well as the product you’re using. If you’re wondering how much CBD oil to give cats, know that they tend to be more sensitive to CBD than dogs and they’ll require a lesser dose.
Give your cat 1-5mg average dose of CBD per 10lbs of body weight or check out our helpful dosage chart for NaturwellCBD pet oil, below.
1. CBD PET OIL
Many pet-owners have expressed their concerns about how to give CBD to cats . Cats are generally known to be more picky than dogs, which can bring on its own unique set of challenges when dispensing CBD oil to them. Sometimes a cat’s particularities can cause administering CBD oil to be a difficult process, so we’ll offer a few tricks our customers have shared with us on the best ways to give cats CBD oil.
CBD Pet Oil Administration:
- Add to food and treats.
- Squeeze directly into your pet’s mouth
CBD Pet Oil Dosage:
Pay attention to your cat’s temperament and mood and adjust your dosage accordingly. You should see a change in your cat’s behavior within an hour. If not, you may want to give your cat a little bit more CBD oil and continue to keep a close eye on them.
With the right dose, your feline friend won’t feel lethargic, just visibly more calm.
- If you have a curious cat, hold the CBD oil dropper up and allow them to lick while you squeeze the dropper. Clean the dropper before placing it back inside the bottle.
- Dabble some CBD oil on your cat’s paw. Your cat will likely scurry off and proceed to clean their paw, mission complete!
- CBD oil is known to work much quicker when administered on its own. Before feeding your cat, add a few drops of CBD to your cat’s empty food bowl for quick effect.
Will CBD get my pet ‘high’?
Absolutely not! NaturwellCBD pet oil and treats do not contain the chemical THC, which results in a ‘high’ feeling. With that being said, CBD effects each animal differently. CBD can make older cats act more spunky and anxious young cats feel calm. Hemp has a unique ability to calm the central nervous system, resulting in an internal balance that provides your pet with peace of mind and simple bliss.
Could my cat overdose on CBD?
No, your cat overdosing on CBD is extremely unlikely. At worst, a high dosage of CBD will cause your cat to become very sleepy.
If my cat is already taking medicine, can they take CBD?
They could, but we would recommend speaking with your veterinarian before adding CBD to your pet’s wellness regimen.
How often can I give my cat CBD?
As often as needed! CBD is a completely natural option and fine to give to your dog as often as needed for pain or stress-inducing situations. Be sure to monitor their behavior closely and to avoid giving your pet too much over a 12 hours.
Is CBD safe for cats?
Yes, in the right dosages, CBD is safe for cats. However, it’s important to do your research when choosing a CBD for cats because they’re known to have particularly sensitive stomachs.
Can I give CBD oil to cats on empty stomach?
CBD oil has the quickest and strongest effect when administered on its own, so either give your cat CBD 15 minutes before eating, or at least 15 minutes after eating. If your cat is picky and will not go for CBD on its own, add to their food or a treat. Be mindful of your initial CBD dosage if your cat is known to have a sensitive stomach.
The statements made regarding these products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The efficacy of these products has not been confirmed by FDA-approved research. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. All information presented here is not meant as a substitute for or alternative to information from health care practitioners. Please consult your health care professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product. The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act require this notice.
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CBD Oil For Cats (Catnip)
We know that your pets deserve the best – that’s why we’ve developed CBD oil tincture drops specifically for cats. Our CBD oil is human grade and guaranteed 100% organic, non-GMO, vegan, and gluten-free. Whether your cat is anxious, aging, or achy, Our oil tincture drops may provide them with some much-needed relief. Each batch of our CBD oil is third-party tested to ensure it’s of the highest quality and 100% THC-free.
Our hybrid, broad-spectrum extraction process means that, in addition to CBD, your cat is getting tons of valuable amino acids, terpenes, and essential oils. And—last but not least—we know your kitty will love that delicious catnip flavor!
How much to give your cat?
Since every kitty is unique, it’s impossible to pinpoint a specific concentration of CBD that will have the same effect on every cat. It’s also important to remember that the dosage will vary depending on the severity of the condition. A specific dosage might work great for one cat but may produce mediocre results in another. It’s always recommended to start at a low dose and, if you aren’t seeing the desired results, adjust accordingly.
Last, but definitely not least, remember to always consult your veterinarian before starting your cat on a CBD regimen.
How long to notice results?
Every cat is different so, just as results vary, so does the time it takes to notice those results. A few drops of our Oil Tincture Drops is one of the most efficient ways of taking CBD and many people report seeing a noticeable improvement almost immediately.
As mentioned above, it is important to always consult your veterinarian before giving your cat CBD oil. The FDA has not evaluated statements regarding CBD oil and we do not guarantee that this product will treat, cure, or prevent any disease.