Part of being a responsible pet owner means caring for your furry (or feathered, fluffy, scaled or bald) friend even when they’re not sick. And with the rising cost of pet insurance and being on the receiving end of eye-watering vet’s bills, proactive care is becoming a much more popular option than reactive care.
For many pet owners, cannabis oil is the obvious supplementary solution to improving their pets’ health and upping their quality of life. But when it comes to cannabis oil for cats, there are certain aspects you need to keep in mind. In today’s blog, we’ll explore a few of the most important aspects.
Firstly, what is Cannabis Oil?
If you’re new to the world of cannabis, allow us to break things down for you by going back to basics. What is cannabis oil? Some people may use the terms interchangeably so we’re talking about the product that’s more accurately called CBD oil. This is an alternative health-enhancer that is fast being adopted by members of the mainstream world. CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of the numerous active compounds found in the cannabis plant that is known for its therapeutic effects.
Before you ask, no, your cat will not get high after ingesting cannabis oil. This is because CBD oil is void of THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, which is responsible for the psychoactive effects that are typically associated with cannabis.
In other words: this oil gives you all of the therapeutic benefits that come from the cannabis plant, without the high.
Secondly, Why Cannabis Oil for Cats?
Now that you know what cannabis oil (CBD oil) is, let’s explore WHY it’s is a top choice for keeping your cat healthy and happy. Know straight off the bat that many veterinarians recommend this cannabis oil for cats who are healthy as horses. The oil is not just for sickly cats, but it can also be used to help keep healthy cats healthy.
Over and above everything, cannabis oil is praised for its versatility. To give you a clear idea of just how useful and versatile this product can be, here are some uses of CBD oil for cats & kittens:
- To improve overall wellness
- To help with anxiety (regular, social and separation anxiety)
- To reduce pain
- To decrease the effects of arthritis
- To reduce inflammation
- To manage seizures or epileptic fits
- To assist in managing the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
Cannabis oil is a versatile product that can be used to help your pretty kitty get busy living their best life. Versatility aside, other benefits of cannabis oil for cats include appetite stimulation, improved cattitude and helping your feline friend age with grace (& minimal visits to the vet!)
FAQs of CBD for Cats
There is still much to learn about the efficacy of cannabis oil for cats which means that there are many questions in need of answering. With that in mind, here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions the Vitozol team receives. Remember, if your particular question is not answered above, you’re encouraged to pop us an email or give us a call and we’ll do our best to assist you.
Is CBD oil safe for cats?
According to anecdotal reports and the research that has been conducted up until now, cannabis oil appears to be completely safe for cats. The only apparent risks of giving a cat CBD oil are lethargy and sedation, but that is when way too much oil has been consumed by the cat. As long as you buy your cat’s oil from a reputable supplier—like Vitozol—you have no need to question the safety of CBD oil and your cat.
Is CBD the same as hemp oil for cats?
Not at all. This is one of the questions we hear most often, and we’d like to set the record straight: CBD oil and hemp oil are not the same. Hemp oil is a cheaper alternative that has little to no CBD content. CBD oil is made up of the flowers, leaves and stalk of the cannabis plant whereas hemp oil is extracted from the seeds. While still hugely beneficial to those who consume it, CBD has far more obvious benefits.
How much cannabis oil should I give my cat?
Dosage is incredibly important when working with cannabis oil for cats and so you need to make sure you give them just the right amount. Too much and they may experience drowsiness or other adverse side effects. Too little and they won’t experience any effects. For every 10 pounds of cat, 2 to 4 milligrams of CBD are recommended.
How can I get my cat to take the oil?
As you most likely know very well, cats can be fussy little furballs. That’s why many people find themselves looking for advice on how to convince—or even trick—their cat into taking the cannabis oil. Our advice is to drop the recommended dose of oil into their bowl and mix it with a tiny bit of their food. Cannabis oil works best when it’s administered on its own so be sure not to mix it with too much of your kitty’s food.
Cannabis oil for cats, who would have thought! The cat sure is out of the bag! While of course research is still being conducted, many cat-loving members of the cannabis community have experienced the benefits of introducing their feline friends to cannabis oil. Why not try it out for yourself?
Explore the Vitozol range of CBD oil products for cats right meow and send your cat on the path of living a healthier life. Cats are thought to have nine lives, so go out of your way to ensure each one of them is a long, happy and healthy one.