Can a Cat Get High?

You would be amazed by how many times this is likely searched on Google. Cats can become “high” from eating, sniffing, and licking catnip… But what about cannabis? For everyone thinking it is a good idea or funny to get a cat “high”, I hope you reconsider after reading this.

When a cat is on a “catnip high” it is not like a cannabis high for humans. It’s more like a mild hallucinogenic that heightens the senses. As for the comparison of the two, catnip does not contain THC. In case you were wondering… No, you cannot get high catnip; if you try, you can become pretty sick. Just leave the catnip to the cats.

Can Cats Get High from Cannabis?

If we humans can’t get high on catnip, is it safe to assume cats can’t get high on cannabis? Well, no they can’t get “high” on it, not exactly. Cats are finicky and likely will not ingest cannabis. In the off-chance that they do, they are likely to vomit it back up or suffer from a bad case of diarrhea. What they may experience from said indigestion would be in the form of a “bad trip”. Your cat can actually convulse and have seizures from digesting THC which can lead to biting down on its tongue, brain damage, accidents, or even death. Still think it’s a good idea?

What About Blowing It into the Cat’s Face/Ears?

Cats hate smoke. They hate how it feels near their face because like us, it burns their eyes. It can lead to eye problems and infections that can result in blindness. Smoke dries out the retinas which is not only uncomfortable but painful for cats. Would you force someone to drink knowing they hate alcohol? This is no different. When you do this, you are committing animal abuse. No, it is not cute or funny. If you know someone who does this to their cat, encourage them to stop because it’s not right to force drugs on to an animal especially not knowing what may happen.

Can Medical Cannabis Be Used for Pain Relief in Cats?

This can be something you will see in the future at your vet’s office, but again, it will not be to get them “high” or “tripping”. They wouldn’t feel any of those effects. Likely, they will experience pain relief and mild drowsiness. That is it. It would not be the same as them eating your stash or you blowing smoke into their face. Patches are being tested on cats, dogs, and horses that contain cannabis which will be used for animals who suffer from pain. It is time released and in a stable form that won’t cause any ill-effects or “highs” of any kind.

I am not opposed to it being used medically in the future for pets but this is one thing you must leave to the vets. Administering your own cannabis to a hurting cat can lead to complications, including death. Just as cats can’t take certain medications we humans can, cats cannot handle smoke or indigestion of cannabis safely. Don’t assume because it happened once and your cat was fine, they are okay to eat it or inhale it again. You would be playing Russian roulette with your cat’s life and that ain’t cool, man.

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James Quinn
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James Quinn

I think you should do your research EVERY animal is hardwired to receive THC hell dogs will eat cannabis so will cows pigs hell there are cases of wild lipns and wild cats eating cannabis also EVERY creature has cannabinoid receptors in there brain please show me a single recorded death from cannabis because i would LOVE to see it

Guy
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Guy

My senior (10 years) kitty loves marijuana when it’s vaped or dabbed. She was declawed by previous owners and I think it helps a lot with the pain in her knuckles and teeth. I love seeing her play with my younger cats when she gets (high) cause she’s usually a really grumpy and only likes people (and I do only give it to her when she meows for it as weird as that sounds)

JD
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JD

You should do some fact checking here Cats can very well get high off of cannabis just like humans or at least biochemically they can to say its the same for them as it is for us is only a guess however that said from all that Ive studied on the subject it seems cats and dogs and to a more extent cats are highly sensitive to THC meaning a small bit that might get us barely buzzed will rock their world, we can debate the ethics but honestly I don’t see anything wrong with it in small amounts however… Read more »

Ashley Pickett
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Ashley Pickett

I always try and find what would happen if my cat had weed smoke blown on him. I dab a lot and I usually have a fan for the outside going to pull it out as soon as I take a hit. Before I used to do this it would float in the air and he’d jump up onto the couch chair and keep his head in the smoke so I had to get the airflow going with a fan to make him stop. When he found me hiding away in the bathroom blowing the smoke out of the fan… Read more »

Maddie
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Maddie

Well, like several others are saying, my cat loves it. He always gets up in my face when I’m smoking. And I know he’s got tiny little lungs so after a bit I’ll make sure I blow it away from him. But I’ve seen several cats get “high” from second hand smoke dozens of times and they’re all happy and healthy. Obviously you don’t want to suffocate them but as long as you don’t let them inhale /too/ much smoke they seem to love it. Also, small correction, but humans can get high on catnip. It’s not like weed, it’s… Read more »

Misstrippy
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Misstrippy

Cats can actually OD from active THC. I had to bring my cat to the hospital last night after my boyfriend blew a hit in my cats face. Do not get your animals high on marijuana. I have smoked weed for years. It doesn’t not effect humans in the same way.

Will
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Will

I didn’t know cats hated it! My 12 year old Maine coon is up in my face demanding it. I’m not the one making the decision! If you witnessed it, you would easily believe it. By the way, he has feline hiv so I don’t mind helping him out.

Alicia
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Alicia

Um yeah my cat be in my face demanding it too lol. I had stopped smoking for a couple months and for the first time in months the other night, I decided to buy some. He dead ass sat by me, smelled the roll up, smelled the weed, sat by me and stared at me while I rolled up. After it dried, I smoked. He was right by me the whole time, sniffing the air, getting contact high, after it was done he ate the rest of his food and went to sleep lol.

Ian G
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Ian G

???

Tiana
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Tiana

My cat always climbs in my lap when I’m smoke lol. I don’t blow it on him but he’s usually in the ‘splash zone’ anyways ? He seems to enjoy it

Jake
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Jake

This article has no relation to the “Never Give cannabis to Your Cat!” link in the “CBD for cats?” article. This is an article about whether or not Cats can get high off cannabis, which even that you don’t go into a whole lot of detail.

JoAnn Williams
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JoAnn Williams

My cat has followed the pot smoke around the room for many years. He does like it. Nobody has ever forced him but he demands it. He’s 16 and still going strong. He will attempt to get into anyone’s bag or purse that contains cannabis–he’s as good as any drug sniffing dog. This must be an old scare article, as CBD oil for pets can be purchased anywhere.