CBD for Cats, What’s the Deal?

cute cat sleeping on the couch

CBD for Cats, What’s the Deal?

OK, so if you’ve clicked this far, you have probably heard about CBD for humans and maybe even for dogs but did you know that you can also get CBD Oil for cats? What are the benefits of CBD for cats I hear you say.. Well, they are pretty much the same as they are for humans, and dogs, and most other animals with an endocannabinoid system (pretty much all animals, including reptiles).

It’s totally understandable that you may be apprehensive to give Mr Tiddles something new and possibly something you even see as a bit scary, but this blog will hopefully put your mind at rest and help see the benefits of giving your cat pet CBD Oil.

Why would I give CBD to my Cat?

As we mentioned before, cats, like all other animals have an endocannabinoid system. What is an endocannabinoid system (ECS)? The ECS are a series of receptors throughout the body and central nervous system.

Medical researchers discovered the ECS in the 1990s, but much is still unknown about how it works and its interactions. The endocannabinoid system has three components: receptors, enzymes, and endocannabinoids.

– Receptors exist throughout the body and are a substance to which endocannabinoids bind;
– Enzymes appear in many forms, but only two types of enzymes break down endocannabinoids;
– Endocannabinoids complement the body by keeping internal functions running smoothly.

Understanding the effects of CBD involves examining the relationship between the receptors and endocannabinoids.

white and ginger fluffy cat hiding behind a door, peaking out with one eye looking inquisitive

There are two types of receptors: CB1 and CB2.

The CB1 receptors are primarily in the central nervous system and are responsible for governing coordination, movement, pain, appetite, memory, mood, and other functions.

The CB2 receptors are in the peripheral nervous system, influencing pain, and inflammation.
After the enzymes break down the cannabinoids, the endocannabinoids look to bind with receptors. Researchers believe that CBD does not directly attach itself to the receptor but influences it in some way. Activating these receptors is what allows for many of the health benefits that people associate with the compound.

Wow… a lot of information to take in, to simplify – CBD interacts with your cat’s central nervous system and works in a completely natural way to harmonise and bring it into balance. So when your cat is stressed, in pain or something else unwanted happens – your cat consumes CBD, the ECS receptors are stimulated and it addresses those issues.

grey fluffy cat wearing round john lennon style sunglasses with a white background

Will my cat get stoned?

Mr Tiddles will not get stoned, or have the munchies, but he may crash out on the sofa/window sill/bed/cardboard box… but what’s new there!

Sure, CBD is derived from the hemp plant, but the compound of the hemp plant that is responsible for the ‘high’ is THC and that is completely removed from our products. Some companies have up to 0.2% THC but at Primitive, all our CBD is THC free and each batch is tested to ensure we are providing a top quality product. So when you hear CBD is derived from cannabis, be comforted by the fact that it’s non-intoxicating and natural. Our Organic Cat CBD Oil is combined with MCT Oil, which is derived from coconuts, which assists with the absorption of the CBD into the body.

What are the benefits of giving CBD to cats?

To date there are not many studies involving CBD and cats but there are plenty with rats, dogs and humans. There is strong evidence to suggest that CBD can be beneficial for numerous conditions.

CBD is a natural, effective pain killer and anti-inflammatory – this is super beneficial when it comes to things like joint pain, arthritis and speeding up recovery after a surgery/medical treatment.

CBD also has natural calming, anti-anxiety properties which can be amazingly beneficial to pets. If you have a cat that has to sit in a travel box in the car or plane, it can be very distressing, you may not want to give your cat sedatives – but CBD can be a natural alternative. Also, if you have a crazy kitten that jumps on your face in the middle of the night, when you have work in the morning (we’ve all been there), CBD can help calm them down.

Although we preach Full Spectrum CBD for humans, dogs and horses – our Organic Cat CBD Oil (developed alongside veterinarians) is actually is made from pure CBD because the endocannabinoid system (part of the central nervous system and the way CBD is absorbed by the body) is slightly different to humans and dogs.

How do I give CBD to my cat?

Cats are their own creatures, there’s not a one size fits all with them and you know how grumpy they can get! It really couldn’t be easier with our Organic Cat CBD Oil. All our CBD Oils come in 10ml with a spray cap dispenser.

There are 3 main options:

  • Spray it directly into their mouths, this may be a no-no with most cats, although our pet CBD is sausage flavoured, and who doesn’t love a sausage!
  • You can spray it into the food and mix it up
  • Or the most popular technique is to spray it directly onto the paw and they will lick it straight off!
black, white and grey cat with green eyes licking paw
two tabby cats, one kitten and her mother underneath a white seat, green background

How much CBD Oil should I give my cat?

CBD dosing, especially in pets in is usually determined by the cats body weight. Our cat CBD is strong compared to most of our competitors, we want to give you value for money and make sure it lasts but we also want the best for your furry friend.

It is always best to start low and slow, initially start with low dosing and gradually build up to see how you kitty responds. Nobody knows your cat better than you and if you don’t see a change after a few days, slowly increase the dose.

We would recommend starting slowly, give your cat 1 spray (5mg), once a day around meal times and take it from there. Our bottles of CBD contain around 100 sprays, so you can see that a small bottle goes a long way!