CBD and its use in Cats
The use of CBD is not new in the humankind, but nowadays it is becoming the focus of attention for treating conditions and ailments in humans. This is the main reason why it is starting to be used in pets too, like for example with cats.
Between the properties of CBD in cats, we can highlight the effects on issues like appetite, pain, stress or anxiety. This is why the benefits of CBD can be very useful to improve the health of our cats, in case their symptoms are related to any of these aspects.
- Epileptic attacks and seizures
- Anxiety or stress
- Allergies and dermatological problems
- Pain related to cancer
Medical Cannabis and Cats
Animals, such as humans, display an Endocannabinoid System with receptors CB-1 (in charge of cerebral processes) and CB-2 (mainly found in the immunological system and peripherical organs). In this sense, animals can also produce endocannabinoids and their receptors react to medical cannabis in a way similar to humans. Nevertheless, there is still the need to conduct more research on the effects of medical cannabis in pets.
For this reason, every time you wish to start using CBD for treating a cat, this must be done under veterinarian supervision, as the presence of THC in many extracts, that can be found out there in the market, can be highly harmful to felines.
How does CBD interact with Cats?
Even if there is still a lot to learn about the Endocannabinoid System in cats and in other animals, it is clear that they have CB1 and CB2 receptors, which interact with the endocannabinoids produced by themselves or that they also react to the administration of phytocannabinoids.
One of the effects displayed in cats when using CBD is the sedative effect. CBD helps to relax, but there are animals which are more sensitive than others and this is why having a controlled dosage given by a specialised veterinarian is so important.
CBD benefits for Cats
Unlike dogs, that are more sensitive to THC, cats seem to be sensitivity to the assimilation of this molecule, similar to the one that humans have. But in cats, the feeling caused by the psychoactive effect of THC is very uncomfortable and they feel very annoyed. It is impossible for them to tell us if they are suffering from hallucinations or if they are scared. For this reason, the use of THC in cats is not recommended.
In cats, CBD can be beneficial for a variety of symptoms or ailments, that are unique to diverse conditions, such as arthritis and other pathologies which have an inflammatory process. Also for cats suffering from cancer, it can help with appetite and to palliate the pain experienced. In the case of cats with chronic diseases in the upper airways, CBD can also help to improve their condition, thanks to its anti-inflammatory potential.
Due to the interactions and reactions that the use of cannabinoids can produce on cats, it is always recommendable to ask for a veterinarian advice regarding its administration.
“Until some months ago, my cat was suffering from pain and it stopped playing or moving. When we brought him to the vet, he told us that the cat was displaying symptoms of arthritis. As we were already using CBD to treat a problem with chronic pain on the back, we asked if it could also work on our cat. The veterinarian puts us in contact with Canna Vets, for receiving some advice from them about how to start using CBD for my cat. We notice that since the cat takes it, he has returned to be active and also regained the appetite.”
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