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?

Marijuana Intoxication

Cats may be prone to develop marijuana intoxication or cancers of the mouth and lymph nodes because of second-hand exposure. More can be read on the NCBI study

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.

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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.

CBD oil is gaining popularity with pets! If you would like to learn more about CBD use for cats, check out CBD For Cats?.

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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Troy

SO TIRED OF PEOPLE POSTING ARTICLES CLAIMING ITS FACT WITHOUT DOING RESEARCH. THIS ARTICLE IS 100% OPINION…. if these are “facts” than cite your sources and keep bias separate maybe more people would agree with you

Ryan

ALL MAMMALS, as our beloved dogs and cats, have an endocannabinoid system composed of CB-1 and CB-2 receptors. The phytocannabinoids produced by the cannabis plant activate these receptors providing a wide range of health benefits. Although blowing smoke ( especially in excessive amounts ) is not the most ideal or appropriate way to deliver this medicine to your pets and also not recommended, i highly doubt it will harm your pet. With that said if your interested in introducing these wonderful phytocannabinoids to your pet i WOULD recommend some sort of oral consumption possibly an oil to put on their… Read more »

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

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

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 »

JD

While it is true cats are carnivores and for the most part lack the enzymes required to break down plant matter efficiently that doesn’t necessarily mean plants are harmful for them nor that some cannot be beneficial, that by no means means they can eat all plants, even some human foods that are VERY good for us, chocolate is a good example are highly toxic to cats, this is also why I wouldn’t recommend extracts, unless you know exactly what is in it, there have been cases of animal poisoning when pets have taken extracts made for humans Id also… Read more »

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

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

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

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

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

???

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