What is CBD for cats?
We have already talked about CBD for dogs, its properties and how to administer it, today we will see how CBD for cats works and how it can be of great help to our feline friends.
Cannabidiol can be an alternative therapy to treat various ailments that can occur in our cats in a natural way, but many people ask us if CBD is safe for their cats, if they can get intoxicated and even if felines can become addicted to this cannabinoid.
Let’s take a look at everything you need to know and clear up any doubts you may have.
The cannabis plant has several species, among which is the hemp plant, this variety has high percentages of CBD and almost no THC (less than 0.2%). Cannabidiol being one of the main compounds of the hemp plant, it has been the subject of several studies which are gradually demonstrating the benefits of CBD for animals and humans.
CBD could be ideal for cats, as they, like other mammals, have an endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for maintaining the balance of the various physiological processes that occur within the body of a mammal. CBD interacts with the different endocannabinoid receptors that make up this system, which is why it could be so beneficial for our felines.
What does CBD work for cats?
Studies are showing that CBD interacting with the endocannabinoid system of cats could provide a number of benefits, such as:
- Anti-inflammatory effects.
- Anti-cancer properties.
- Relaxant properties.
- Anticonvulsant effects.
Thanks to these possible effects, CBD for cats provides a better quality of life for our cats, among the main applications of cannabidiol for felines are the following:
- Keeping calm in stressful situations.
- Regulating depression.
- Decrease anxiety.
The most common occasions to use CBD oil for cats is when you are moving house or travelling, as our cat usually feels stressed during these situations.
When and how to use CBD for cats?
Unlike dogs, cannabidiol acts differently in cats. According to studies, the feline endocannabinoid system regulates other aspects, such as aggression, anxiety and stress. It also provides great benefits against cancer and strengthens the nervous system of our cats.
Although much research remains to be done, cannabidiol is thought to be useful when used in the following treatments:
- Anti-anxiety treatments.
- Asthma treatments.
- Helps to combat pancreatitis.
- Helps fight chronic respiratory infections.
- Cancer treatments.
- Regulates seizures.
There are veterinarians who strongly recommend CBD treatment for cats suffering from cancer or neurological problems, although we recommend that you always consult your vet before starting a new treatment for your feline.
CBD dosage for cats
As with CBD for dogs, it is best to start with a low dose, we recommend starting with a dose of 0.25 mg/kg, i.e. if your feline weighs 4 kg he would get 1 mg of CBD per day, experts do not recommend going over 1/2 mg/kg per day. This shows that there is a significant variation between the minimum and maximum doses. At Starwhite hemp we recommend that you get advice from your vet to assess the animal’s response to CBD treatment.
As an example, a 2% drop of CBD oil for cats contains around 1 mg of CBD, while our cat treats contain 0.41 mg per treat, so you will need to calculate around the weight and above all the clinical condition of the animal. Thanks to several studies no relevant adverse effects of CBD intake in cats have been found, we would like to underline that CBD intake is also advisable in cats with no previous pathology, as it could have many benefits and an improvement in quality of life.
First of all, always consult your veterinarian before adding a product to your beloved friend’s diet. It is also important to find a vendor that can guarantee the quality of the CBD oil for your feline, a good CBD product should always be certified by a third-party laboratory which affirms the quality of the CBD and its respective analysis.
If you have any questions about CBD for cats or the dosage you should give your feline, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments, we will be happy to guide you and support you in any way we can.