CBD for anxious cats: professionals and cons
Fear of cats is still a common problem for many cat owners.
With some cats, even the smallest changes in life, such as. B. a visit to the vet or a bath can cause stress.
Other cats, on the other hand, can tolerate long separations with their owners and transatlantic flights without much fuss.
When cat owners deal with the fear of their beloved pets for the first time, they choose different solutions. While some go straight to the vet to get medication, others try to do something on their own.
With the growing popularity of cannabidiol, some cat owners have been encouraged to give their pets CBD oil drops.
There is a simple logic behind this: If cannabidiol helps people fight anxiety and stress, why can't cats do it too? Even the WHO confirms that both humans and animals tolerate CBD well.
However, there is insufficient evidence that CBD products are suitable for cats. The danger lies in the tendency of some cat owners to self-diagnose instead of consulting a veterinarian.
As a result, they can easily overlook a serious medical condition that is behind the anxious behavior of cats. In this case, CBD only suppresses the symptoms instead of performing a curation. Therefore, CBD remains a double-edged sword for cats. When is it worth giving your pet something and when is it better to abstain?
The rising star of the CBD
CBD stands for cannabidiol, a non-intoxicating cannabinoid that is most commonly obtained from the hemp plant.
However, people often confuse CBD with another psychoactive cannabinoid, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is found in marijuana or "weeds". While CBD relieves stress and contributes to relaxation, THC triggers high behavior.
Although both marijuana and hemp belong to the cannabis family, only weeds contain high levels of THC.
On the contrary, organic hemp has a high CBD content and a low THC content. The 2017 World Health Organization report confirms that humans and animals tolerate hemp CBD extracts well. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) also suggest that adults can harmlessly consume up to 1500 mg of CBD daily within a month.
Extensive studies have already demonstrated the holistic benefits of CBD for humans. It is widely accepted that CBD promotes overall well-being, improves sleep, promotes relaxation, and helps manage anxiety and stress.
As a result, the CBD industry is flourishing across the European Union. CBD products are legal in the EU and the UK. Balsam infused with CBD, drinks, creams, food, oils, tinctures and vitamins are easy to buy online and offline.
Several CBD manufacturers have already launched animal product lines on the market. So far, CBD oils have been the most popular holistic additives for cats. In fact, they can easily be incorporated into the ratio of the most picky cats. CBD oil can be administered either directly or indirectly by adding it to cat food and treats.
Although clinical studies have been underway for years to provide more evidence of the benefits of CBD, not much thorough research has been published on its effectiveness in pets.
So far, there has been only occasional evidence of the positive effects of medical marijuana on pets. Many veterinarians therefore still advise caution when it comes to giving the beloved four-legged family members CBD.
In fact, people are advised to use the right dosage to ensure safety when integrating CBD into their daily lives.
Since every human organism is unique, unpredictable physical reactions to CBD are quite possible. The same applies to animals and especially cats. There are not exactly two cats, and all cats can react differently to CBD products.
According to Dr. Gary Richter the medical director of Montclair Veterinary Hospital and Holistic Veterinary Care in Oakland, California, is generally CBD safe for cats.
However, it is important to pay attention to the correct CBD dosage in order to avoid possible side effects such as sedation and gastrointestinal disorders. Overdosing on CBD may make cats more passive and lazy than usual. In rare cases, cats can also have an upset stomach. In these cases, cat owners need to lower the CBD dose and see a veterinarian.
Other veterinarians, such as Dr. Liza Guess of the Ohio State University Veterinary Institute, CBD products are still somewhat skeptical of the official documented research into how cannabidiol affects them due to the lack.
According to Dr. Guess, cat owners should be careful when buying CBD products for their four-legged family members. All products must be tested in the laboratory for THC, bacteria and heavy metals.
In addition, cat owners should be aware of the potential dangers of marijuana and medical marijuana. Unlike hemp-derived CBD, which has no non-psychoactive effects, medical marijuana contains a much higher level of toxic THC.
There is ample evidence that cannabis plants and marijuana cause cats to become sick and uncomfortable in their free time. Instead of a positive effect, marijuana-based products will worsen their condition.
While CBD is generally harmless to animals, pet owners should be careful when including them in their cats' daily routines.
First of all, it is important to determine the real reason for the anxious behavior of the cat. On the one hand, it can be low stress, for example a temporary change of location. On the other hand, a cat can suffer from a serious illness, such as cancer. The best way to find out is to see a veterinarian as soon as possible.
When a veterinarian confirms that an anxious cat is healthy, you can give it a few drops of CBD oil a day, either by feeding it directly or adding it to cat treats.
In some cases, CBD may actually benefit old cats that are in pain or young cats that have been abandoned by previous owners. At the same time, cat owners must constantly monitor the condition of their beloved pets for possible side effects such as increased laziness, calming or stomach problems. Because there is insufficient clinical research into how CBD affects cats, the effects of cannabidiol depend solely on the owner.
In summary, CBD has an interesting potential to conquer the wellness market for animals. Despite the lack of adequate medical research, CBD generally appears to be safe for cats and can be a harmless remedy for temporary anxiety and pet stress.
Nevertheless, cat owners should keep in mind that CBD can be useful for calming anxiety, but is not a cure for serious illnesses. Always consult a doctor or veterinarian before using CBD for your cat.
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Last updated on February 12, 2020