CBD is becoming more and more important for humans and also for dogs. But since cats are just as much a part of our family - the following question arises: Can CBD help them too? There are many reasons that the answer could be yes.
The CBD reference in this article is to the CBD Isolate and not on a full spectrum product. A full spectrum CBD product contains ingredients that are not suitable for cats taken long-term (e.g. terpenes).
HOW DOES CBD WORK?
All animals have an endocannabinoid system that plays a large role in maintaining health. The body produces endocannabinoids, which are substances very similar to the cannabinoids in cannabis. These travel through the bloodstream and attach themselves to cells throughout the body to transmit messages and instructions. Almost every bodily process is affected by these endocannabinoids.
This is how CBD works. It replaces these endocannabinoids when they are not doing their job as they should. Also, when the system is more stressed than normal, CBD can help bring everything back to a state of homeostasis.
HOW DOES CBD WORK IN CATS?
Of course, cats also have an endocannabinoid system. There are more and more reports that CBD can help cats with anxiety, stress, inflammation and pain. Just as it does for us humans. Many tell of cats that can't be petted turning into real cuddly tigers. Even reports of arthritic cats that have regained their zest for life.
Still, it's impossible to 100% say for sure, as there are no long-term studies yet to confirm these testimonials. However, CBD seems to be as safe for cats as it is for dogs. However, a high overdose should be avoided and also the administration of pure THC products is definitely not recommended.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF CBD FOR CATS?
CBD's main claim to fame is its ability to reduce inflammation and thus relieve chronic pain in mammals. Researchers at Cornell University found that CBD oil is excellent for treating pain because it balances the pain-causing receptor called the "villanoid receptor" and prevents its activation.
CBD is also an excellent neuroprotector, so it's great for treating neurological conditions like seizures and epilepsy.
CBD OIL FOR CATS
CBD oil for cats is usually mixed with some other ingredients to make it tastier and more nutritious with fish or chicken for example.
HOW MUCH CBD SHOULD BE GIVEN TO THE CAT?
It is recommended to give cats a dose of 2-4 mg CBD per 5 kg body weight. For cats with cancer, seizures or other acute conditions, 4-6 mg CBD per 5 kg body weight can also be administered.
The more severe the symptoms are, the more CBD the cat needs. You should start with a small dose and then slowly increase until the velvet paw feels better and calmer again. A little less or even a little more oil does not hurt. The dosage can easily remain approximate until you find what works best for the cat.
You should definitely take into account that it takes about 15-45 minutes to reach full effect in your pet's system. The effect lasts about 4 - 6 hours, depending on the breed, complaints, activity level and the individual constitution.
HOW DO I USE THE CBD OIL?
To use, you usually put the CBD oil in your cat's food bowl and mix it with some food. Most cats like the taste of the oil (when mixed with sardine for example) so much that they lick it straight out of a bowl!
Although it may be easy, it is not recommended to drip the CBD oil directly into the cat's mouth. This could lead to stress and rejection of the oil.
It has been found that CBD oil absorbs best when not taken on a full stomach. You should observe how the cat reacts throughout the day and repeat it in the evening. Try this for a week and increase the dosage until your fur tiger responds positively.
Every cat is different. As long as the oil helps your velvet paw feel more comfortable and happy, it can be used.
The bottom line is pretty simple: if a cat is suffering from one of the diseases that CBD has traditionally been used to treat, there's no harm in trying it out. Just be sure to use very high quality CBD oil. All for the benefit of your pet tiger