Did you know that your pet cat can benefit from CBD oil? Cats, much like humans, produce little endocannons; these are similar to the natural CBD and THC found in marijuana. CBD oil mimics these compounds, thus causing your cat to act in a similar way as it would when ingesting them themselves.
Why is this good for cats? To begin with, small amounts of cannabidiol may actually be harmful to humans; however, most cat owners do not know this. Since CBD is found in nature, it’s impossible to say if it will have the same effects on cats. However, it does seem less toxic than the psychoactive ingredient found in cannabis. Additionally, CBD has been shown to reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, and epilepsy, and it may even help prevent the development of tumors. Therefore, it could have some therapeutic value, but it is not the same as giving your cat “high” or “acid” to put it out of it’s misery!
As a precautionary measure, you should always keep CBD oil for pets under the eye kits of a veterinarian. The potency of these products will vary depending on the amount of CBD included, so you should make sure you don’t put too much or you’ll have an allergic reaction. The concentration needed to treat a small cat is one drop per pound of body weight. Commonly, that’s not very much. If you notice that your cat is not responding well to the treatment, you can increase the dosage until she heals.
How can this help ease your cat from being anxious? There are two things to consider here. First, cats often suffer from anxiety because they are hunting animals, not because they feel anxiety from being around other cats. When they’re put into an unfamiliar place or situation, they tend to be more anxious. The anxiety then compounds the problem by causing them to exhibit more aggression when they face their predators.
Lab results from a recent study funded by the National Institutes of Health showed that CBD significantly reduced the spraying behavior of lab rats that were administered the drug. That’s significant because we don’t typically see CBD oil treatment for dogs, yet we do see it used for cats. The fact that cats were found to be less aggressive was impressive. The downside of this study, however, is that it was a small experiment with very small numbers. Because of that, it’s hard to know if the effects will be the same when the numbers increase in larger, more involved studies.
Hopefully, the next lab test results will provide further proof of the effectiveness of CBD oil for cats. Without it, there’s no reason why owners of canines should use it. With it, they have an extra tool to ensure that their pet stays healthy and doesn’t get into trouble when chasing cats, barking constantly, or chewing on furniture. Since CBD is so effective at relieving pain associated with inflammation and neurological disorders like depression and anxiety, it’s no wonder that more people are adding it to their pet’s diet.