What Are The Benefits Of CBD Oil For Cats?
1. CBD Combats Anxiety & Depression
Anxiety and depression occur as a result of a chemical imbalance in the brain, and both humans and cats are susceptible to these disorders. The introduction of CBD into the human (and feline) brain can normalize and stabilize the chemical fluctuations that lead to anxiety and depression.
CBD also interacts with both the adenosine and serotonin receptors in the brain to help them work properly.
2. CBD Reduces Swelling & Relieves Pain
Pain and swelling in most higher mammals (like humans and cats) are regulated by the vanilloid receptor in the brain. When CBD interacts with these types of neurons, it effectively blocks the receptor from turning on and prevents it from signaling the rest of the body to exhibit pain and become inflamed.
3. CBD Inhibits Cancer Cell Growth
CBD can be used to treat cancer because:
- It prevents cancer cells from spreading.
- It interferes with cancer cell growth.
- It even induces cancer cell death.
Though laboratory studies have only been conducted on mice and rats, numerous reports from humans (like Rick Simpson) have shown some promising results. It’s not a huge stretch to conclude that CBD oil for cats can be used to treat cancer just like it can for humans.
4. CBD Suppresses Seizures
Seizures are disruptions in electrical activity in the brain that result in violent shaking. Unfortunately, seizures occur in both humans and animals and can be difficult to treat. It’s well documented that CBD oil reduces the intensity and number of those electrical disruptions in the human brain.
Because your kitty has the same cannabinoid receptors in her brain as you do, she too can experience a suppression of seizures after using CBD oil.
5. Other Benefits
Anxiety, depression, inflammation, pain, cancer, seizures—these are just a few of the many disorders that CBD oil can treat. CBD oil can also be used to mitigate asthma, arthritis, pancreatitis, and inflammatory bowel disease.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. If you use CBD oil to treat a human disorder, it’s a safe bet to assume you can use CBD oil to treat that same disorder in cats.
What Are The Side Effects Of CBD Oil For Cats?
The side effects of CBD oil for cats are minimal. The most common side effect is drowsiness. And don’t think this is like putting your cat into a coma. Cat owners report that the drowsiness is similar to that produced by an antihistamine.
Most cat owners don’t even consider drowsiness to be a side effect, especially since cats do plenty of sleeping, anyway. It’s a small price to pay for all the benefits that CBD has to offer your furry friend.
Note: Extreme side effects (such as itchiness or vomiting) can occur, but these reactions are rare.
How Do You Administer CBD Oil For Cats?
The easiest way to administer CBD oil for cats is directly into their mouth with an eyedropper. You can also drip CBD oil onto a small treat or mix it in with their food.
Keep in mind that CBD is not a fast-acting chemical. It can take a few hours for your cat to experience pain relief and a few days to see a decrease in inflammation.
How Much CBD Oil Should You Give Your Cat?
Every cat is different, so we highly recommend starting with a low dose. That way, your cat can get used to the new chemical in his system. Here is our recommended progression for giving your cat CBD oil.
- Start with 1 drop of CBD oil ONCE per day.
- Continue administering 1 drop once per day for one week.
- If you don’t see any effects or your cat needs more relief, increase the dosage to 1 drop TWICE per day.
- Continue administering 1 drop twice per day for one week.
- If necessary, increase the dosage to 1 drop THREE TIMES per day.
- Continue administering 1 drop three times per day for one week.
- If necessary, increase the dosage again per the above pattern.
You’ll notice in the above progression that the number of drops never changes. Only the frequency with which you administer those drops changes. If you find yourself administering one drop more than four times per day, you can try increasing the number of drops given at one time. Start with two drops and work the steps as outlined above.
The key to this progression is to observe your cat’s reaction and find a dosage and schedule that provides the benefits you’re looking for without the side effects. If any of the extreme side effects occur, stop treatment immediately, wait for the effects to wear off, and then restart the progression at a lower dose.
At first talk to your Vet and then do some research on your own, and then talk to other cat owners to see if they know anything about CBD for pets. And remember that the side effects are largely nil, so it won’t hurt to try CBD oil and see if it works. If your feline friend reacts badly, you can always stop.