What Is CBD and How Does CBD for Cats work?
CBD is one of the most widely used compounds in the hemp plant. Though hemp possesses many well-known chemical compounds, CBD has many of the same beneficial properties as marijuana without the psychoactive “high” effect.That is why in the last few years CBD has gathered a lot of attention from everyone including the government, pro athletes, veterinarians, and most importantly the average consumer.
CBD works through activating your cat’s endocannabanoid system (ECS). The ECS regulates many important body functions, including mood, appetite, discomfort, swelling, and memory to name a few. Scientists are currently conducting clinical studies on the effectiveness of CBD. Many of these studies are subsidized by the government.
Is CBD Safe for My Cat?
One thing you ought to be aware of when buying CBD for cats is that CBD products are not currently regulated by the FDA. It is important that you research CBD products before giving them to your cat.
CBD oil is available in many different types on the market. It can vary widely in quality. With CBD it pays to look at lab results. Do not always go for the cheapest option, as it may contain harmful additives. Lab results also specify the amount of THC. THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid found in hemp.
All of our pet products are made from hemp-derived CBD that contains 0.3% THC or less.Cannabis-derived products containing high levels of THC have the potential to make your cat high.
CBD is a natural compound of the hemp plant and is generally safe to use. Recent studies have revealed the potential side effects of CBD for cats. Dry mouth and drowsiness tend to be the most common. There are no known serious or potentially dangerous side effects associated with CBD use.
How Much CBD Should I Give My Cat?
Because CBD is not regulated by the FDA or veterinarian bodies, there are no official dosage guidelines. CBD is a generally safe and non-toxic supplement that you can give to your cat immediately. To get the best results, however, you will need to consult your veterinarian.
Using products from a trusted company will guarantee that your supplements have clearly-marked and controlled dosage amounts. This will allow you to manage how much you give to your cat on a daily basis. You can choose between a regular dose and a strong dose.
The amount of CBD for cats depends on your cat’s size. To determine the proper dose, you must weigh your cat. The basic dosing formulas break down as follows:
- For a regular dose, give one-quarter (0.25) milligrams for each pound of body weight. If your cat weighs twenty (20 pounds), then a regular dose will be five (5.0) milligrams.
- For a strong dose, give one-half (0.5) milligram for every 1 pound of body weight. So, if your cat weighs 20 pounds, a strong dose would be 10 milligrams.
Based on how your cat reacts to the treatment, you can always increase or decrease the dosage depending on its severity.
CBD is difficult to overdose, so your cat may simply become tired and fall asleep if you give it a dose that is “too high”.
A Guide to Using CBD for Cats
CBD works best when taken daily. It should be considered a routine part of your cat’s health and wellness regimen. One regular or strong dose is given once in the morning and once at night.
CBD for cats is most effective when given every eight (8) hours.If you’re administering CBD for nervousness or agitation, then take it thirty (30) minutes before the triggering event (fireworks, thunderstorm, separation, car ride)
You can choose to give your cat treats or a tincture. Treats are convenient and can help train your pet in different capacities. However, if your cat is gagging, they may not be able to tolerate the treats. If this is the case, take the dropper out of the bottle, and place the oil under the cat’s tongue (sublingually).
Using the CBD tincture will result in a very high level of CBD (usually about 5 minutes) in their bloodstream. However, this CBD may metabolize faster than the treats.
If you purchase a tincture with treats, you will have both CBD products and can use them interchangeably depending on the needs of your cat on that particular day. Start using CBD for your cat today for a happy, joyous, and active pet that can be a constant companion to all of your adventures.