CBD OIL FOR CATS
We love our pets! There’s no doubt about it. That’s why we want to use products that ease their stress and discomfort. The use of CBD oil in cats is growing for this very reason — to make your cat as comfy as possible.
But is CBD safe for cats? How does it work? We’ll cover everything you need to know about CBD oil for cats! Follow along to get the facts.
What is CBD and how does it work for my cat?
CBD is a natural compound that comes from cannabis plants, mainly hemp. There are more than 100 active compounds in cannabis, but cannabidiol (CBD) is the one commonly used for wellness.
People may be wary about using cannabis derivatives because of their “intoxicating” effects, but CBD is not like other substances. Researchers found that CBD does not have psychoactive effects, unlike THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). This means you can rest assured that your cat will not get ‘high’ from taking CBD.
Many veterinarians are using CBD oil to treat chronic soreness and stress among pets. But, it’s important to understand that CBD oil does not cure diseases.
So, what does CBD do exactly? CBD can help balance your cat’s internal systems and provide comfort. It does this by interacting with your cat’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a large network that regulates many of your cat’s bodily functions such as pain response, mood, appetite, sleep, and more.
Is CBD oil safe for my cat?
CBD is well-tolerated by the majority of cats. Owners do not have to worry about giving CBD oil to their cats as long as the product comes from a reputable brand. This means the company ensures the oil’s cannabinoid levels with third-party testing.
Also, CBD should not carry too many side effects if owners administer the correct dose. Owners should be careful so as not to give their pet too much CBD, especially if their pet is still new to the compound. Though it is impossible to overdose on CBD, excessive amounts can lead to mild sedation, dizziness, dry mouth, and diarrhea.
How much CBD should I give my cat?
Pet Hemp Company recommends giving pets between 0.25 mg (regular dose) to 0.5 mg (strong dose) of CBD per every one pound (1 lb) of body weight.
For example, to find a strong dose for a 10-pound cat, multiply their weight by 0.5. This will give you their suggested “strong” dose of 5 mg of CBD (10 lbs x 0.5 mg = 5 mg).
For the regular dose, multiply the pet’s body weight by 0.25. This results in 2.5 mg (10 lbs x 0.25 mg = 2.5 mg)
The regular dose is recommended for daily wellness, old age, allergies, immune support, appetite stimulation, minor skin conditions, small aches, and digestive issues. If your pet is new to trying CBD, they should ALWAYS start with the regular dose!
The strong dose is best for severe aches, mobility issues, chronic discomfort, extreme queasiness, and mood/behavior issues.
For an all-natural, effective brand of CBD oil for your beloved cat, try Pet Hemp Company! They use organic, non-GMO ingredients in all their products, including their oil. Their top-of-the-line CBD oil contains nutritious hemp seed oil (which is a superfood in itself!), and it’s tested by third-party labs to ensure its purity and potency.
THE BASIC DOSING FORMULAS BREAK DOWN AS FOLLOWS
Currently, there are no official dosing guidelines for CBD, which makes it difficult for pet owners to find out the correct dosage for their pets. But as a general rule, owners should try the smallest dose of CBD and monitor its effects on their cat. This is both practical and economical as products with a high concentration of CBD are expensive.
As we mentioned, the basic dosing formula for CBD oil for all pets is 0.25 mg for every one pound of body weight for a regular dose and 0.5 mg of CBD oil for a strong dose.
Pet Hemp Company also adds that medium cat breeds such as Persian cats and Oriental cats that weigh between 7 to 12 pounds can take a regular dose of 1.75 mg for a regular dose and 6 mg for a maximum dose of CBD oil. For bigger cats such as Ragdolls that weigh between 12 and 20 pounds, owners can administer 3 mg for a regular dose up to a maximum of 10mg for a strong dose.
For combating swelling and soreness, PHC recommends you give CBD oil to your cat eight hours or as needed. Pets with anxiety issues can take CBD oil 30 minutes before a triggering event such as leaving home, traveling, thunderstorms, fireworks, and separation from the owner.
Pet Hemp Company’s pet tinctures make it easy for pet owners to administer the product! Their oil comes in a dropper bottle, which facilitates accurate dosing and fast absorption. You can drop the pet tincture on your pet’s food or treats or squeeze it directly into your pet’s mouth.
The dosing chart is as follows:
Product: CBD Pet Tincture 150 mg
for Small Pets under 20 lbs
Bottle Size: 15ml / 0.5 oz.
Approximately 450 drops per bottle
1 drop = 0.33 mg CBD
Product: CBD Pet Tincture 300 mg
For Medium Pets between 20-60 lbs
Bottle size: 15 ml/0.5 oz.
Approximately 450 drops per battle
1 drop = 0.66 mg CBD
Product: CBD Pet Tincture 600 mg
For Large Pets over 60 lbs
Bottle size: 30 ml/1 oz.
Approximately 900 drops per battle
1 drop = 0.66 mg CBD
Here is the official CBD Dosage for Pet Capsules (150mg) from Pet Hemp Company for small pets 20 lbs and under:
- Starting Dose: ½ capsule (2.5mg CBD)
- Regular Dose: 1 capsule (5 mg CBD)
- Strong Dose: 2 capsules (10 mg CBD)
If you’re ready to split capsules, you can use use these guidelines for even more accurate dosing:
- Regular: 0.5 mg of CBD = 0.1 capsules
- Strong: 1.0 mg of CBD = 0.2 capsules
- Regular: 1.0 mg of CBD = 0.2 capsules
- Strong: 1.0 mg of CBD = 0.2 capsules
- Regular: 1.5 mg of CBD = 0.3 capsules
- Strong: 3.0 mg of CBD = 0.6 capsules
- Regular: 2.0 mg of CBD = 0.4 capsules
- Strong: 4.0 mg of CBD = 0.8 capsules
- Regular: 2.5 mg of CBD = 0.5 capsules (1/2 capsule)
- Strong: 5.0 mg of CBD = 1.0 capsules (1 full capsule)
- Regular: 3.0 mg of CBD = 0.6 capsules
- Strong: 6.0 mg of CBD = 1.2 capsules
- Regular: 3.5 mg of CBD = 0.7 capsules
- Strong: 7.0 mg of CBD = 1.4 capsules
- Regular: 4.0 mg of CBD = 0.8 capsules
- Strong: 8.0 mg of CBD = 1.6 capsules
- Regular: 4.5 mg of CBD = 0.9 capsules
- Strong: 9.0 mg of CBD = 1.8 capsules
- Regular: 5.0 mg of CBD = 1.0 capsules (1 full capsule)
- Strong: 10 mg of CBD = 2.0 capsules (2 full capsules)
Dosage for CBD cat treats
Treats are food that you can give as a reward for a pet’s good behavior. You can give them right away without mixing them with other food.
Pet Hemp Company offers the following treat dosage for cats:
All treats contain 2 mg CBD
There are 75 treats in one bag for a total of 150mg of CBD.
How to use CBD for cats?
CBD oil is beneficial for cats because it may strengthen their endocannabinoid system. Again, the ECS helps maintain the internal balance of the body (homeostasis). Old and young pets can both benefit from CBD to give them calmness, supple joints, and a healthy appetite.
Cats are known to be fussy and prickly sometimes. This makes it a challenge for cat owners to administer even vitamins to them. Here are some helpful tips to give CBD oil to cats:
- First, you can hold the CBD oil dropper and allow the cat to lick the dropper as you squeeze out its contents. Just remember to wash the dropper before placing it back in the bottle.
- Second, place a few drops of CBD oil on your cat’s paw. Your cat’s licking will transport the product into its mouth.
- Third, you may add the product to your cat’s food before feeding time. Just make sure you are giving your cat the right dosage of CBD oil for optimum effect.
The extraction process that removes CBD from hemp plays an important role in a product’s quality. For example, products made with a solvent extraction contain chemical contaminants that can be harmful to your cat. But, CBD products made with a clean, CO2 extraction don’t include these chemicals, making them safer for your pet.
In a CO2 extraction, hemp is cultivated and dried. Then, pressurized CO2 gas is run through the hemp material inside a contained chamber. This process strips the cannabinoids (including CBD) from the plant without using chemical solvents. The CO2 evaporates and leaves behind pure, untainted CBD.
PHC always recommends buying CBD that is CO2 extracted. This is considered the ‘cleanest extraction method’ in the market. Plus, the CO2 returns to the environment and is absorbed by plants. CO2 extraction is both good for the environment and the end-user of the product.
Where the hemp comes from matters
Hemp is a cannabis plant that contains 0.3% or less THC. Since its THC levels are so low, it does not bear mind-altering properties. Hemp is otherwise known as Industrial Hemp and is one of the oldest crops ever to be domesticated by man beginning 8,000 B.C.
Even though hemp and marijuana are technically the same plant, they differ in genetics and THC levels. Hemp plants can easily adapt to climates and grow with minimal supervision unlike their sibling, marijuana. Also, hemp can be used in the manufacturing industry, unlike marijuana which is confined to recreational or medicinal purposes.
PHC takes pride in its hemp source, which is organically grown in the USA. According to its website, the hemp farms do not use chemicals but only organic nutrients. Though there is no organic certification process for cannabidiol (CBD) yet, Pet Hemp Company conducts regular testing on their CBD products for pesticides, residual solvents, and potency to make sure that the pets receive the best CBD oil.
Imported hemp CBD products
So, where should you buy your hemp CBD products? Does it matter if it comes from the USA or other countries?
The source matters! When you purchase imported hemp, you risk buying a product that wasn’t grown to the same standards established by the 2018 Farm Bill. Specifically, imported hemp may contain higher THC levels (making it intoxicating) or contaminants that wouldn’t be allowed in the States.
The U.S. is the world’s biggest importer of hemp — for both hemp raw materials and CBD products. The U.S. law mandates that hemp or CBD oil can only be imported legally as long as it contains less than 0.3 percent THC. However, U.S. hemp products are a better choice because of the following reasons:
2018 Farm Bill Approved
In 2018, the U.S. legalized the agricultural production of hemp and deleted it from the list of controlled substances. The 2018 Farm bill ensures hemp is grown to a high-quality standard.
This entails U.S. Hemp farmers coming up with contingency measures in ensuring quality in cultivating the plant, including hiring an agronomist to maintain THC levels and to keep the plants hydrated. The law also ensures that Hemp does not contain over 0.3 percent of THC and that it is free from harmful chemicals and pesticides.
No heavy metals
The U.S. Farm Bill also ensures that the plants are devoid of any contact with harmful metals or compounds.
What type of oil do we use to infuse CBD?
Pet Hemp Company uses hemp seed oil and full-spectrum CBD oil to infuse their CBD oil. As mentioned, their CBD oil is extracted through the CO2 process. This results in a cleaner, more concentrated CBD oil.
Benefits of hemp seed oil
Hemp seed oil (or simply hemp oil) is a rich source of omega fatty acids and protein. These nutrients nourish your cat’s skin/coat and boost their immune system. When your cat takes PHC’s CBD oil, they reap the benefits of CBD and the nourishing qualities of hemp oil!
Why buy from Pet Hemp Company?
Aside from attractive sitewide discounts on CBD products and positive reviews from pet owners, Pet Hemp Company also boasts of quality CBD products made in Southern California. Their CBD products are made organically and bear a certificate of analysis for every batch of CBD oil they make. This means they hired a third party to ensure the quality of the product according to standard CBD levels.
Plus, all of PHC’s CBD is obtained through CO2 extraction and follows environmentally safe procedures. With only hemp seed oil and full-spectrum CBD extract, Pet Hemp Company CBD ensures that the product only contains all-natural vegan, organic ingredients.
Is shipping really free for all orders?
Pet Hemp Company offers free economy shipping for products that may arrive within six to nine (6-9) days. Guaranteed shipping offers product arrival within four to six (4-6) days for a flat rate of $7.50. To ensure shipping details are accurate, you will be shown the cost of shipping before payment.
Where do you ship CBD products?
Currently, Pet Hemp Company ships to all residents in the United States!