CBD Oil for Cats?
You’ve seen all the reports in the news lately about legalizing marijuana, right?
Well, CBD oil is the stuff in marijuana that doesn’t make you “high”, instead, it contains a variety of health benefits.
And here’s what’s interesting…
Those health benefits are good for your cat too.
And unlike catnip, CBD oil won’t make your cat act like a lunatic or give them the munchies.
But before I tell you about all the ways CBD can help your cat, let's take a look at exactly what CBD oils is, shall we?
What is CBD?
“Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is a cannabinoid — and CBD is naturally found in both hemp and cannabis (aka marijuana).
Both hemp and marijuana are members of the same Cannabis sativa plant and share some common traits. More importantly, they also have plenty of differences.
CBD vs THC
To be specific “Cannabidiol (CBD) is a molecule found within the cannabis plant.
But if a cannabis plant contains 0.3 percent THC or more then it’s classified as marijuana.
THC is the stuff that makes you high, while CBD does not.
In fact, THC can be toxic to cats even to the point of being life-threatening.
So how can you use CBD oil to help your cat?
Much like its effects on humans, CBD can be very helpful for cats.
For example, it can help with arthritis, epilepsy, stress, asthma and other respiratory issues.
In addition, some veterinarians confirm that it’s also an appetite stimulator.
And may benefit pancreatitis and inflammatory bowel disease.
Cats and most other pets have very few options when it comes to pain relief, CBD can be extremely helpful in reducing your cats’ discomfort.
How much CBD should you give your cat?
When deciding how much CBD oil to give your cat there are a few things to keep in mind.
Including your cat’s weight, age, what type of condition they have and how severe it is.
Most experts recommend 0.2 to 0.5 mg/kg twice daily increasing the dosage as necessary.
For example, a cat that weighs 10 pounds would get around 1mg of CBD twice per day.
Keep in mind however that when it comes to the weight and the dose of CBD between a cat and dog there can be a big difference.
And if your dog is already a CBD user, you can use the same CBD for your cat.
Just make sure to adjust the dosage accordingly.
And if there is any doubt, check with your vet.
How to give your cat CBD
If you’ve ever tried to give your cat something he or she doesn’t want, you know how difficult it can be.
The good news is that CBD oil can be delivered in a variety of ways.
As a primary oil, a tincture or even in treats.
Some companies even add catnip or fish oil.
Once you’ve given the CBD oil to your cat, it takes approximately 20 minutes for it to take effect.
And those benefits last for a few hours.
Watch out for other Ingredients in CBD Oil
Even though you can usually share CBD oil between cats and dogs, it’s never a good idea to share your own. Some additives in human CBD can be harmful to your cat.
Some include flavorings and even alcohol, so if you’re giving your cat CBD it’s best to stick with brands specifically for cats.
How much does CBD for cats’ cost?
Just like any health supplement prices are going to vary. For cats, you’re usually looking at between $ 0.10 to $0.30 per mg of CBD.
As laws change and availability grows, prices should drop.
Questions you should ask before buying CBD Oil for your cat
There are a variety of manufacturers out there and not all companies are going to produce high-quality products.
Before you commit to a specific brand do some research. Find out where they source their CBD and check them out online.
Also, ask about their extraction process. Most experts recommend CO2 extraction.
This keeps the risk of harmful chemical residue low.
You should also be able to obtain a guaranteed analysis from the manufacturer.
Here are some additional questions you should ask or at least find the answers to.
- Where do they grow their hemp, and can you confirm it?
- If they claim that their hemp is organic, do they have the proper certifications?
- What is their method of extractions and do they test for residual chemicals in the final product?
- How much CBD is in their product and do they routinely submit to third-party testing to verify?
CBD can be very helpful to your cat, but as I’ve explained you have to do your due diligence and make sure you’re giving your cat a quality brand that contains exactly what it says on the label.
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