CBD for Cat Anxiety: Can It Help?
Many pet cat owners are looking for ways to help their furry friends with anxiety. CBD oil is one natural remedy that is becoming increasingly popular. But does it work? Let's take a look at the science behind CBD and see if it can really help calm anxious cats.
CBD is a type of cannabinoid, which is a chemical compound found in cannabis plants. Cannabis plants, including hemp and marijuana, contain over 100 different cannabinoids. Cannabinoids interact with the body's endocannabinoid system, which regulates things like mood, sleep, and appetite (among other things).
CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it will not produce a "high." This is because it does not contain THC, the main psychoactive compound in cannabis. THC is what gives marijuana its well-known effects. CBD oil is usually derived from hemp plants, as they contain very low levels of THC (<0.3%). This means that CBD oil will not make your cat high, but it may still provide some health benefits.
So far, most of the research on CBD has been done on humans and animals; there is still relatively little research specifically on its effects on cats. However, there has been some promising research on its potential to help with anxiety.
A 2017 study found that CBD oil significantly reduced anxiety and increased comfort in human patients with social anxiety disorder (SAD). The authors of the study concluded that "CBD holds great promise for treating SAD [social anxiety disorder] and related conditions."
A 2018 study looked at the effects of CBD oil on dogs with separation anxiety and found that it helped decrease their anxiety levels (as measured by things like how much they barked and how much they paced). The study found that "CBD could be a fast-acting and potent anxiolytic [anti-anxiety] medication."
Based on these studies—as well as anecdotal evidence from pet owners—it's possible that CBD oil could also help decrease anxiety in cats. However, more research needs to be done before we can say for sure.
One thing to keep in mind is that not all CBD products are created equal. Make sure you do your research before buying any CBD products for your cat. Look for products that are made specifically for pets and that have been tested by an independent third party to ensure they are safe and effective.
CBD Dosage for Cats
The ideal dosage of CBD for cats will vary depending on the size of your cat and the severity of their anxiety. Start with a small dose ( 1-2 drops) and increase gradually as needed until you see results. If you don't see any results after two weeks, you can try increasing the dose slightly. Be sure to consult with your veterinarian before starting your cat on CBD oil or any other supplements. They can help you determine the best dosage for your cat based on their weight and overall health.
If you're considering using CBD oil to help your anxious cat, there is some promising research to suggest that it may be effective. However, more research needs to be done before we can say for sure. When using CBD oil for cats, it's important to start with a low dose and increase gradually as needed until you see results (if any). Be sure to consult with your veterinarian before starting your cat on any supplements—they can help you determine the best dosage based on your cat's weight and overall health condition.