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CBD oil for Pet Anxiety – Her Majesty, the Cat

CBD Treats Cat Anxiety

Terry Pratchett once said: “In ancient times cats were worshiped as gods; they have not forgotten this.”

I bet you agree with him. Our cat is the queen of our hearts. We love watching her playing around, vivid, full of joy. We adore her and we are constantly worried about her health and well-being.

I’m sure that a “conventional” illness isn’t as scary as anxiety and depression. We trust our vet. He’ll cure whatever goes wrong with our cat’s health. But when it comes to our baby’s psychology, things get complicated. Why does she behave like this? Is she stressed? What can I do about it?

I wrote CBD oil for Pet Anxiety to help people who love cats and are looking for a solution for their cat’s anxiety.

Why is my Cat Anxious?

Cats are calm, cool, and independent. Of course, they are! But being cool, calm and independent doesn’t mean they will never develop anxiety problems. Stress in cats can have debilitating effects on their health. It can worsen existing physical conditions and it can lead to a number of behavioral problems such as litter box avoidance, aggressive behavior, or depression and withdrawal.

The main categories of the most common reasons your cat suffers from anxiety are:

  • Situational Anxiety – sudden and loud noises, new family member, new pet, travel, vet visit
  • Behavioral Anxiety – Separation anxiety
  • Illness-induced Anxiety- Any illness or painful physical condition increases anxiety and contributes to the development of fears and phobias.

As you can see, the potential reasons your cat’s anxious may vary.

Pain or a possible illness, possible exposure to something toxic or diseases that affect the nervous system are possible reasons that cause anxiety to your cat. CBD Oil For Anxious Cat

Other potential causes of cat anxiety can include a change in her routine or her environment, like a new piece of furniture or a moved one, new family member or a new pet family member at home, or a new home. Even a change in the view through the window can make her anxious.

There is a lot of discussion regarding whether cats can suffer from separation anxiety. Well, fellow dog parents, you don’t own the condition. Your dog may bark, destroy the house when you leave him alone and our cat may seem quiet and calm, but she isn’t.

Cats can get separation anxiety

Cats are very attached to their mum and dad. And they can become lonely and depressed when you leave her sight or she’s left home alone. According to PetMD this is especially prevalent among cats who have been abandoned or passed from owner to owner.

The problem lies in the fact that separation anxiety in cats often goes unnoticed until it aggravates because cats are quiet and not as loud and destructive as dogs. So cat parents haven’t got any tangible clues that their baby is stressed because of their absence.

It’s a common belief that cats are loners but this is far from the truth. Your cat misses you. So, next time you find that she urinated on your bed, don’t think she is trying to give you a lesson or get back on you for leaving her alone. It’s more probable she is trying to soothe herself or even help you find your way back home

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What are the Symptoms of an Anxious Cat?

Here follows a list of some symptoms you should look out of if you suspect your baby suffers from anxiety

Physical Symptoms

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Runny nose and eyes
  • Eating non-food items
  • Poor appetite or eating less than normal
  • Excessive eating and/or drinking
  • Sudden weight loss or weight gain
  • A poor coat condition
  • Not going to the toilet as often as usual (faeces and/or urine)
  • Frequent squatting, painful urination with blood in it (e.g. cystitis).

Behavioral Symptoms

  • Eliminating outside the litter tray
  • Change in mood
  • Withdrawal and hiding
  • Aggression towards you or other pets in the home
  • Excessive meowing
  • Following people from room to room
  • Increased lethargy
  • Unresponsiveness to things going on around her
  • Trembling
  • Constant vigilance
  • Compulsive behaviors such as excessive grooming resulting to sores and lesions
  • Destructive behaviors like furniture scratching
  • Excessive pacing often accompanied by loud meowing.

What is CBD oil for Cats and How does it Work?

As mentioned in a previous article, CBD is a primary component of the cannabis plant. It contains less than .03% THC when it is properly produced and this is important because that amount is nontoxic to cats. If CBD oil contains little or no THC, then the cat is not going to get “high”. (Be sure to verify this before administrating CBD to your cat). This natural and nontoxic oil for cats is a conversation that is growing day by day, but how does it work?

Well, same as with humans, CBD oil works its way through the body using the cat’s own endocannabinoid system. It will work its way through the nervous system and will give relief to the parts of the body that need it. The same process allows CBD to enter the brain and release serotonin which calms your cat down and helps reduce his anxiety.CBD Oil

CBD is currently used by many cat owners who look for an alternative form of anxiety therapy for their babies. Research claims that CBD causes a selective anxiolytic effect ( Guimarães, F., Chiaretti, T., Graeff, F., & Zuardi, A. (n.d.). Antianxiety effect of cannabidiol in the elevated plus-maze. Psychopharmacology, 558-559.) and is associated with significantly decreased subjective anxiety (Crippa, J., Derenusson, G., Ferrari, T., Wichert-Ana, L., Duran, F., Martin-Santos, R., . . . Hallak, J. (2010). Neural basis of anxiolytic effects of cannabidiol (CBD) in generalized social anxiety disorder: A preliminary report. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 121-130)

In addition to those, further studies have indicated that chronic use of CBD doesn’t elicit negative side effects and does not induce tolerance (Malfait, A., Gallily, R., Sumariwalla, P., Malik, A., Andreakos, E., Mechoulam, R., & Feldmann, M. (2000). The non-psychoactive cannabis constituent cannabidiol is an oral anti-arthritic therapeutic in murine collagen-induced arthritis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 9561-9566.)

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Can CBD help my Anxious Cat?

Before answering your question, let’s take another look at the symptoms. Yes, I know. The list is long.CBD Oil For Anxious Cat

A lot of the symptoms listed above may indicate a minor or serious health problem. Don’t jump on conclusions. You and I are not vets. Don’t diagnose anything. Consult your baby’s vet and follow his advice.

It is highly unlikely that CBD can help your anxious cat, if her anxiety is illness-induced. I bet you don’t want to “cover up” the symptoms and neglect the actual cause that can threaten your baby’s life. In case of illness- induced anxiety a thorough “investigation” of the health conditions of your cat is the of great importance.

As far as situational and behavioral anxiety are concerned, CBD oil treats both types of anxieties including separation anxiety and fear of loud noises such as fireworks. It is natural and non-toxic, so cats parents don’t need to worry. Avoid giving your baby mood-altering drugs. The vast majority of these medications come along with adverse reactions and side effects.

Can I give my Human CBD to my Cat?

I will answer yes but I would advise you to avoid it. You can find a detailed answer to this question in a previous article of mine.

It’s obvious that your cat is much smaller than you, which means she will normally require much lower doses of CBD than you do. So, if you’d rather not have dosage problems, stick to the pet CBD oil.

How Can I Give CBD to my Cat?

Cat specific CBD products are typically available in 4 forms:

  • Oils
  • Capsules
  • Treats
  • Sprays

What is the Right Dosage?Calm Cat With CBD

Cats are obviously much smaller than humans, which means they require lower doses of CBD than we do.

So you purchase a CBD oil product made specifically for cats (I hope). The first thing to do is to read the recommendations for correct dosing that come with the product.

Some veterinarians recommend 0.1–0.5mg of CBD per kg of your cat. Of course, the ideal dose for your cat depends on the specific condition your cat is suffering from.

Remember the following rule:

“less is more “

Typically, the suggested starting dose is 1 mg – 5 mg per 10 lbs. of body weight. For cats, it is recommended to start with 1-5 mg. It is always better to start with low doses first to see how your cat responds and adjust if needed.

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CBD Side Effects on Cats

No cat is similar to another cat. They are unique and therefore they may react differently to a cannabis supplement. There can be some adverse effects including gastrointestinal upset and some sedation, meaning that it may make your cat a “too relaxed”, she may look sedated or lethargic. Both of these side effects can be relieved by lowering the dose or discontinuing the use of the oil if the effects continue after adjusting the dosage.

Cat owners should never give cannabis or cannabis-derived products that contain THC. Cats are even more sensitive to THC than humans. Cats don’t being high from THC, they find it very unpleasant. They can even be intoxicated! (1). Be sure that the product you buy contains 0.3 % of THC or less.

A lot of pet owners say that CBD has improved their cat’s well-being. This means that CBD oil can be an effective and safe way to treat your cat ‘s anxiety. Give it a try! The results may leave you speechless!

My Feline Family

I love dogs but I adore cats.

I live with three wonderful Persian cats.

Let me introduce you to them.

Takis is my “firstborn”. I adopted him when he was 3 years old. He came home bringing his beauty and grace, and his severe FLUTD (Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease ). This meant that he would urinate EVERYWHERE. Furthermore, urinating was too painful for him.

His vet suggested all possible tests and controls. The results were disastrous for me: Takis was healthy. No bacteria, no viruses, no kidney problems. Zip, null, nada, niente .. Why did I say disastrous? Because at the very end of that long list of the causes of FLUTD there were some words that sounded like a nightmare for me: anxiety and psychological issues.

In the past, my baby had suffered intense physical abuse by two 2-year-olds. This caused him anxiety and a tremendous fear of children. Logical, isn’t it?

Kitten Prozac was out of the question. I’d rather clean and wash 24/7 than having a zombie instead of a cat. The story went on for years. We had ups and downs but the problem remained until recently when I decided to do some research on CBD oil and its effects on cat anxiety.

Takis has been taking CBD oil for over a month now. He seems more relaxed, he is more playful and active. He used to hide to sleep, under beds and tables. Now he sleeps on the sofa. And USES the litter box!!

My princess is called Susie. She is quiet and very active. Up to now, she hasn’t shown any anxiety symptoms. One thing. She always defecates in her transport box when I take her to the vet.

Last but not least, Mitsos. He is really attached to me. He often suffers from separation anxiety. He has recently been castrated and I’ve noticed a slight change in his behavior. He sometimes defecates in the bathtub. After he recovers from his surgery, I’ll discuss CBD oil treatment with his vet. Prevention is better than cure, isn’t it!!




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DISCLAIMER: The content of this article is for informational purposes only. It is not meant to substitute  professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.The information provided is not meant to alleviate or cure any disease or disorder. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider for any medical condition.

10 Comments

  1. What a beautiful and informative site. My cats have no anxiety, but I’m planning a move out of state. Of cats gets completely freaked out to just drive 2 miles to the vet. So I was very interested in this and will give it a try when the time comes. Thanks

  2. People have attributed words so ugly to this so complex and healing plant

    It has been used since ancient times for its qualities applicable in so many fields What did these people know and what did we get the wrong away?We have been manipulated to believe that cannabis is extremely dangerous.

    I am very pleased to read a site so well-structured and very explicative with regard to this plant and its methods of use.

    1. I totally agree with you. Fortunately, things seem to change rapidly. I believe this happens because of the internet and the freedom of speech it gives us. i hope my website along with those of other fellow hemp bloggers will help people overcome any prejudice and open their minds. 

  3. To me, it’s funny knowing that cats get anxious. This is my very first time of coming across things like this. For a cat to get anxious does it affect their blood pressure?  Or does the anxiety only affect their health with the outlined signs and symptoms in your article? 

    1. If a cat or dog  is stressed or anxious, their blood pressure will be higher. High blood pressure can affect kidneys, eyes, heart, brain and nervous system. Pretty scary, isn’t it? 

  4. Hi Effie,Awesome article, I really enjoyed the reading!I have a cat at home, and I don’t know what is happening to her lately, but while she is sleeping, she suddenly screams. And she also vomits quite often. I thought it was because she was ingurgitating her food very fast. But now that I read your article, I think she may suffer from anxiety. I say that because we moved a lot in the last few years and that might be the cause. I will try the CBD oil, but it won’t be an easy task:) She is aggressive when I give her a treatment. Can you suggest me on in which form should I give my cat the oil? This would really help.Thank you for this excellent post!

    1. Hi Daniella!  I think you should try either the spray or the treat. They can be administered more easily and you won’t have any dosing problems  

  5. Thanks Effie; A Lot has been gained from the blog post; I always long to check on your post because i would surely learn from your writeups.My question goes thus;Can i use thesam CBD oil for other pets apart from my cat.2.what is the side effect of using the CBD oil on my petI would also appreciate if you can discuss the CBD oil treatment as fast as possible.

    Thanks

    1. Welcome! Some brands manufacture cat or dog specific CBD oil. Others per CBD oil in general.Of course treats and dosage are cat or dog depending. I am sorry I can’t answer your second question . I don’t know what your pet is. If it is a dog check CBD oil for Pet Anxiety – Dogs first 

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