Since, CBD has been gaining so much popularity these days, its no wonder, that we have been getting pet owners, especially cat owners, asking if they can give CBD for cats in the form of tincture or cat treats. This question of CBD oil for cats and how much CBD to give your furry friend is being brought up more often as pet parents themselves are using CBD products with positive results. In short, based on reports from veterinarians as well as other pet parents, CBD appears to be very safe for cats. 1 In healthy cats, an oral CBD-rich hemp supplement administered every 12 hours was not detrimental to your four-legged feline friend. 2
What is CBD Oil?CBD is derived from the flower of the industrial hemp plant. Hemp was defined and legalized in the 2018 Farm Bill. It is not to be confused with hemp seeds, which contain zero CBD. Cannabidiol or CBD for short is one of over one-hundred cannabinoids found naturally occurring in the cannabis plant. The main difference between hemp CBD and marijuana which can get one “high” is the content of tetrahydrocannabinol more commonly known as THC. Whereby marijuana plants are bread to contain high amounts of THC, the industrial hemp plant is bread to contain high amounts of CBD and low THC. The hemp plant has up to 0.3% of THC which is not sufficient to get one high or have any psychoactive affects. CBD has shown to promote an increase in overall wellness thus its natural progression is to give some to our cats only makes logical sense. If you have never had any experience with CBD products, let alone CBD for cats, be sure to read our: Understanding CBD Benefits page.
Benefits of CBD Oil for CatsWhether you have a spunky, young feline or a senior cat that has bad hips and needs some pain relief, cat CBD might be a good natural remedy. Clinical studies have shown promising results regarding the effectiveness of Cannabidiol (CBD) treatment in helping relieve pain and promote activity in pets with osteoarthritis. 3 In a 2011 study, 61% of cats six years or older had arthritis in at least one joint and 82% of cats greater than 13 years old suffer from arthritis. Therefore, the effect of CBD is promising in reducing pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis. Hemp CBD extracts have also shown that it can reduce seizure frequency in cases of severe epilepsy.4 CBD oil for cats with anxiety is another popular reason pet parents use CBD for cats. Anecdotal evidence has shown positive benefits to giving a nervous cat CBD. Anxiety is not a completely understood condition in both cats and humans. What we know is that anxiety is linked to excess excitation in the brain. CBD can trigger anti-anxiety effect at the 5-HT1A receptor (a type of serotonin receptor) whose activation is linked to reducing depression and anxiety. 5
Risks of CBD Oil in CatsThe problem arises in CBD for cats with regards to regulation. This is a major concern for cat owners as well as pet owners alike. Given that the CBD market is relatively new, many States do not have regulations in place for government and/or third-party testing. Depending on where you purchase hemp CBD products there is a risk that the product contains no CBD. This is aggravated by poor manufacturing practices not ensuring that the CBD oil is free from contaminants that can harm your cat. The same applies to CBD products that are improperly formulated and contain high amounts of CBD oil and THC that can be very toxic to your kitty. 6
Find Safe CBD for CatsThe following should help in finding quality CBD for your cat:
- Before administering any CBD to your cat make sure your cats veterinarian clears its usage FIRST.
- With Veterinarian approval you need to find a reputable manufacture of CBD for cats and/or pets.
- Reputable hemp manufacturers will have a QR code linking to the independent third party lab results with regards to how much CBD as well as other cannabinoids are in your pets CBD products.
- Sir Hemp Co. CBD products are tested at independent USDA approved laboratories. They have a graduated dropper so you may dose your feline’s CBD accurately and accordingly.
- Testing not only includes the potency of cannabinoid concentrations (how much CBD & THC), but includes testing for pesticides, residual solvents, heavy metals, mycotoxins, and pathogens. Lab results are displayed on our website as well as a QR code on each product as we believe full transparency is important at Sir Hemp Co.
- Our carrier oil contains no allergens unlike other manufactures who use coconut oil. We use 100% pure Non GMO MCT oil.
- Coates, Jennifer, Dvm. “Is CBD Safe for Cats?” PetMD, 23 July 2020, petmd.com/cat/care/cbd-safe-cats.
- Deabold, Kelly. “Single-Dose Pharmacokinetics and Preliminary Safety Assessment with Use of CBD-Rich Hemp Nutraceutical in Healthy Dogs and Cats.” PubMed, 19 Oct. 2019, pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31635105.
- Gamble, Lauri-Jo. “Pharmacokinetics, Safety, and Clinical Efficacy of Cannabidiol Treatment in Osteoarthritic Dogs.” PubMed, 23 July 2018, pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30083539.
- McGrath, Stephanie. “Randomized Blinded Controlled Clinical Trial to Assess the Effect of Oral Cannabidiol Administration in Addition to Conventional Antiepileptic Treatment on Seizure Frequency in Dogs With Intractable Idiopathic Epilepsy.” PubMed, 1 June 2019, pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31067185.
- Sluggett, Laura. “How CBD Can Help Cats Suffering From Anxiety.” Modern Cat, 15 Apr. 2019, moderncat.com/articles/cbd-for-cats-anxiety.
- Bonn-Miller, Marcel O et al. “Labeling Accuracy of Cannabidiol Extracts Sold Online.” JAMA 318,17 (2017): 1708-1709. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.11909