Something I’ve been pretty interested in is the effects of CBD on animals. It is easy for a human to fall prey to groupthink or a herd mentality (this oil helps everyone else, so it has to help me, right?!).
Don’t get me wrong, I genuinely think CBD has improved my quality of life, so even if it was a placebo I’m going to keep on taking it! But animals can’t really fake improvements to their well being, nor are they likely to be swayed on what people are tweeting about.
So, is CBD for cats a thing? Is it possible for cats to see a benefit from CBD oil.
The research I’ve done would suggest that yes cats could see a benefit from using CBD oil.
Before continuing, I’m not a vet and you should 100% consult one before changing anything about your cat’s diet or lifestyle. Cat owners will know that even the slightest change to their routine or food can end up with unhappy kitties.
With that disclaimer out of the way, let me share what I’ve learned about cats and CBD.
All about the endocannabinoid system
The reason people are pretty sure that cats could see a benefit from using CBD products is that like all mammals they have a central nervous system that contains a endocannabinoid system. I had to do a lot of searching around this because honestly it sounds like some guff a stoner would come up with!
It is the endocannabinoid system that gets effected by CBD. Since all mammals have this, in theory all mammals should be able to benefit (don’t worry, I’m not going to fill this site up with articles identical to this talking about “CBD for Otters” or how “CBD made my pet elephant happier”
Think about the dosing
Something to think a lot about if you were to decide to give your moggie some CBD is that the dosage you’re used to is not going to be anywhere close to what your cat would take.
Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be a whole pile of official advice on what amounts would be good to start with. Some smart folk have had a go though. Here is a dosing chart for pets.
This is a growing industry
Pet CBD seems to be a growing industry, with companies like Canna-Pet creating products aimed specifically at cats. I can’t imagine these products are doing anything different than say the oil would do. CBD is expensive enough without buying cat specific CBD!
Perhaps I will get my cats some soon and convince them to write a review!