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Cbd for cat in heat

“Pet owners looking to give their animals CBD oil should do their due diligence before purchasing anything online,” Richter says. “The marketplace is very much a ‘buyer beware’ environment, and people should be sure that the product they’re buying has been laboratory tested for both content, as well as contaminants like bacteria, fungus, and heavy metals.”

She adds that the FDA does not regulate the CBD products that are available on the market, so consumers can’t be sure that they’re giving their pets the dosage that they think they are.

Inman is careful to specify that CBD oil is often used to subjectively increase comfort and improve quality of life in pets, not necessarily cure ailments. This type of treatment should be advised by your veterinarian and not initiated without their consent.

Is CBD Oil Safe for Cats?

Also, it’s worth nothing that while CBD oil is typically quite safe for cats and dogs, cannabis plants are not. “There is plenty of documentation of marijuana toxicity in cats, for those that nibble on the plants,” Guess says.

Regardless of how well CBD products work for cats, there is also the issue of legality. If a cannabis product contains less than 0.3 percent THC, it’s classified as “hemp,” which is not a restricted substance. Most, if not all, CBD oil fits this description. The bigger issue is discussing this course of treatment with your veterinarian.

What Is CBD Oil?

“There are not many classical medical studies that explore the effects of CBD oil in cats,” says Dr. Daniel Inman, a veterinarian at Burlington Emergency Veterinary Specialists in Williston, Vermont. “While we don’t recommend CBD oil for our patients, holistic veterinarians are using it to treat a variety of ailments, including inflammation, anxiety and pain.”

Dr. Liza Guess, a clinical assistant professor at the Ohio State University Department of Veterinary Medicine in Columbus, Ohio, says that the lack of official, documented research into the affects of cannabis products for cats would make her hesitant to recommend them.

Cbd for cat in heat

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“If you want to put a topical CBD product somewhere they can’t lick, try right at the base of their head or on their chest closer to the chin,” Grace suggests.

Not every human medical treatment is also used for cats, of course, but cannabidiol, aka CBD, happens to be one at the forefront for both people and pets. That’s because we share something in common. “Cats, like all animals — including humans and excluding insects — have an endocannabinoid system that regulates the neurological, physiological and immunological systems of the body, including the central nervous system,” says Jodi Ziskin, director of communications with Treatibles in Petaluma, California.

Paul says that CBD oils or tinctures are given under the tongue, allowing CBD to release throughout the body. He adds this specific tip: “Make sure the product you choose has a plastic dropper and not glass. Sharp teeth and glass droppers are an accident waiting to happen!”

Going topical

But that’s just a starting point. “You know your cat better than anyone,” Jodi says. “Start with the low dose and observe the response. If your cat’s issue doesn’t seem to be improving, double the dose the next time. Some cats only need one dose per day — some two or three.”

If you decide to add CBD to your cat’s food, there are still options to consider — dry or wet? “If the oil has a distinct smell or flavor that would cause food aversion, it would not be recommended to add it to the food,” says Judy Morgan DVM, CVA, CVCP, CVFT, of Naturally Healthy Pets, based in Woodstown, New Jersey. “Cats have a good sense of smell and can get very picky and back off their food easily if they smell anything they aren’t pleased with. I feel it is much easier to mix into canned or other wet food than dry food.”

Grace concurs: “Wet food is typically more pungent and flavorful and can easily disguise the taste and smell. Plus, many wet foods are oily, which allows the CBD oil to mix in easily.”

Food for thought

While CBD products have only trace amounts of THC (the component of marijuana that causes a “high”), there are state and federal regulations that restrict the wording manufacturers can use to tout the benefits of CBD. Generally speaking, many manufacturers report that cat owners have said CBD has helped with the following feline conditions: inflammation, pain, chronic anxiety, discomfort, mobility issues, digestive tract upset, loss of appetite and seizures.

Go with the method you think will be most appealing to your cat because ultimately, consumption is linked to proper doses. “It is more about your pet eating all the pieces that are covered,” says Jon Neveloff, partner with King Kanine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. “If cats don’t finish the food then you will not know how much of the oils they received.“