CBD Oil for Cats

Last Updated on April 8, 2020

More and more studies are emerging showing how marijuana can actually help humans, and yes, even cats! We don’t mean marijuana in the way you’d usually think of it, we mean in the form of products such as CBD oil. Let’s explore them.

What Is CBD Oil?

CBD is short for cannabidiol. It is one of 60+ compounds found within the cannabis plant. These “cannabinoids” are essentially the molecules that make up the plant’s substance. THC is the more well-known cannabinoid known for getting its users “stoned” or “high”. What makes CBD amazing is that it actually counteracts the effects of THC. Strains of the plant that have higher levels of CBD naturally have lower levels of THC. These strains of cannabis are used medically because they are either non-psychoactive or much less psychoactive compared to strains with high levels of THC.

What Can CBD Oil Do?

Well, to put it short – It can be used to relieve inflammation, reduce pain, relieve anxiety, ease spasms, prevent seizures, and then some! All these benefits come from CBD without the lethargic feelings or psychedelic reactions of THC.

Cannabinoid Studies

The National Institutes of Heath have several publicly documented studies for cats and cannabinoids. You can view a complete list of those studies here: NIH Studies

How Can CBD Oil Benefit My Cat?

CBD is an amazing compound because it is a more natural medicine that can treat the same things in cats as it does in humans. This means you now have access to a safer alternative to medications that are used to treat many ailments your cat may have.

A few things that CBD infused oils, treats, and supplements can do for your cat are:

  • Prevent and Cure Cancer (further studies needed)
  • Help with Digestion/Relieve Nausea
  • Relief from Anxiety and Phobias
  • Improve Joint Mobility/Reverse Arthritis
  • Reduce Pain and Inflammation
  • Suppress Epilepsy and Seizures
  • Improve Skin and Coat Conditions
  • Aid in General Aging and Wellness
Never Give Marijuana to Your Cat!

It is important to note that marijuana is considered toxic to cats. Read Can A Cat Get High? for more information and to learn why it is a bad idea to do this.

If you are a health-conscious pet owner who has a cat that suffers from anything, it’s worth looking into CBD options for them. Many pet owners do not feel comfortable administering prescription drugs to their pets and I can’t blame them! Most are like human-grade drugs and come with a lot of risks. With CBD, the only known side-effect is becoming too sedated. CBD can promote relaxation to the point of mild sedation which means the dosage is either too high or your cat is simply too sensitive to cannabidiol.

And yes, it is LEGAL in all 50 states so long as the THC level is less than 0.3%!
It is worth checking with your vet for possible options in helping your kitty live a better and more fulfilling life.

Where To Buy

Depending on your location and local laws, you may be able to find it in-store or you may need to shop for it online. Be sure to compare prices before buying. There are different formulas and ways of giving CBD to pets as well such as liquid, meal flavoring, treats, and more.

If you are having trouble finding CBD oil, hemp oil also offers many of the same benefits for often half the cost. It is worth looking into! You can check out prices and compare options of hemp oil on Amazon.

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  1. this artical is very help ful for me. I have a dog. before few time. he has Had some problem in his muscle. my friend Told me about CBD oil And i used CBD oil for 2 weeks. and now he is very healthy.

  2. I found some CBD online stores in Canada and they aren’t selling any CBD products – out of stock or not converted to legalization in Canada (?). I haven’t found a US store that ships to Canada. My vet knows little about using it for my cat that can’t tolerate metacam anti-inflammatory pain med. Any help gratefully accepted.

    • Hi Pat, I am in Canada and get CBD oil in specialty shops. Now there is legalization – I hope you can get the CBD oil at your local marijuana. I have been in a couple and they sell CBD oil specifically for pets but – any oil will do. You will have to adjust it to your cat’s weight and the potency of the oil. Any person at the shop would likely know. I am located in Windsor, Ontario and there is a CBD shop there – CBD Emporium. I am sure they will be able to help you – and mail it to you. Hope your kitty is well! x

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  4. My cat has a gum disease that has resulted in the loss of almost all her teeth, either surgically or they fall out. We took her to the vet and asked about cannabis, but they don’t carry it. This morning I found a molar on the kitchen floor. My sweet kitty has only three teeth left. can you please tell me what you buy for your cat and has it helped her gum disease?

    • Thanks for your comment mary motycka. This depends on your location. You can buy it online. I recommend speaking with your vet about dosage or get in touch with a holistic vet. There are formulas specially made and sold for cats you can find online if your doctor isn’t knowledgeable. I wish I could be of more help. Someone in the comments here may be able to direct you to what they have used for their cats and the dosage. I am sorry to hear that your kitty has to go through this.

    • Purrfect:
      Can you contact Mary Motycka directely or can you only respond on youtube? If you can contact her directly, tell her to email me at [email protected].

      I have the name of a couple of places but I don’t know if I can post them on youtube.

      Please let me now if you can do this.

    • Mary:
      I don’t know if this will be posted to youtube.

      I just lost my beloved girl to cancer and here is what I learned.
      a) I purchased some of the CBDistillery oil from a local store. It can be purchased online. They make one specifically for pets (5 drops, 2 times per day [or as needed, I would think]). It will help with calming. http://cbdistillery.net/cbd-shop/index.html (they don’t give out info on this stuff). This is not the cancer curing CBD. Cannapet, in the US, carries the cancer curing oil. Tell me if you live in Canada. I have two other names.
      b) Petwellbeing makes a tincture based on the Essiac formula and Hoxsey formulas. I started to try it. There is also another ES-Clear. c) Ty Bollinger just had a series of programs on Pet Cancer and various treatments. I’m trying to find Episode 6 for you to hear on cannabis, but it may only be the trailer. I’ll keep trying.
      d) Hand feed your cat. Get a bunch of the 1ml syringes from your vet. Get a large 60ml syringe, with the tip (not the type for needles), from a TSC type of husbandry type store. Get the type of syringe used to feed small cattle. Puree a 5.5oz with 1 1/2 tablespoon water added. Fill the large syringe with the food and then fill each of the smaller syringes. These small syringes fit into your cat’s mouth easily and is not overwhelming. I fed my girl 1 tablespoon of food at a time (approx. 18 of the 1ml syringes). Time consuming, but will help to digest. Add some probiotics (powder) and some fiber if needed (eg pumpkin or Metamucil + the necessary amount of water).
      NOTE: use some spray vegetable oil to spray the bottom of the syringes (the black part), because they stick. This helps to push it through the tube and get the food through.
      You can also get some tips to put on the end of syringes that are good when feeding liquids (smaller flow). Get from your vet.
      Go out and buy lots of paper towels e) PLEASE DO NOT USE A PILL POPPER if you have to give her/him pills. Crunch up the pill between two spoons, fill 1/4 of one of the 1ml syringes with soft food, then add the crushed pill, then some water. Use a wooden skewer (kabob ones) to mix these together in the syringe and then administer the pill that way. If you have to do 1/2 a pill at a time, do the whole thing twice so she/he doesn’t vomit from the taste.
      f) give her/him fluids. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1jHg-Y7m4U It is much easier than one thinks. I was very nervous trying it. The vet showed me twice and this video actually taught me much more. Don’t overdo it. There is a formula to determine how much to give your cat = body weight X 0.02 = amount of fluids (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXsftPPyMC8&t=25s very good, go to 11:07 for amounts). g) use Arnica 30 for pain. Dissolve 2-3 pellets in a small amount of water and give a couple of drops every 15 minutes, or, if your cat will take a pellet in the mouth. Otherwise, drop a pellet in one of the 1ml syringes with some spring water and let it dissolve, then administer it orally.
      h) use Rescue for Pets. Put a drop on their head when you’re going to give fluids, or at night, or if stressed. I also used the Feliway room infuser (buy it at the vet or pet stores). You can also infuse Frankincense. (don’t give any essential oils orally) i) I ended up using Prednisone. I gave it in a 1ml syringe while I was feeding her.

      God love you…..I’ll try to think of other things for you.

      • My little one has been through so much. I took her to the vet sneezing blood. They pulled out all her teeth and not only was she still sneezing blood, but then her mouth hurt so much she refused to eat. I force fed for 15 days. I found a tutorial on line on how to swaddle a cat, it made force feeding so much easier for one person. The vet gave Mirtazapine to stimulate her appetite and got her through that crises, but she is clearly suffering a nasal tumor or some such so I started her on CBD oil today, 3 drops in her food and she ate it no problem. I am also using frankinsense oil diluted with a carrier oil on drop to 30 applied to spine and ear tips, I need a miracle here, I doubt she can be saved, but making her comfortable and helping the transition is the goal now.
        My heart is with you.

      • Jo Howard: heartbreaking! Would Colloidal Silver (a natural antibiotic) help in any way? Putting a drop in her nose, at least in her water or food? I just read there are 3 types of colloidal silver: clear, amber and dark brown. It is the dark brown you want for internal use, clear for topical, don’t use amber, according to this article (https://www.playfulkitty.net/2015/03/12/is-colloidal-silver-safe-for-cats/). I also read that CS works well with Inositol Hexaphosphate (IP6) (I don’t know much about this though). This is an interesting article and suggests how much to give (https://pathwithpaws.com/blog/2011/12/29/a-mini-protocol-for-any-cancer/). Plus https://www.boxerforums.com/holistic-care/71026-ip6-inositol-cancer-prevention-treatment.html

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