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CBD For Cats: Official guide for 2023

Where can I buy CBD for Cats?

Finding the best CBD oil for cats is tough and using it the right way can be even harder!

If you haven’t heard about CBD by now, you missed a lot of headlines. CBD comes from hemp, which was defined in the 2018 Farm Bill to be cannabis containing less than 0.3 percent THC.1 This bill also allowed hemp cannabis to be cultivated across the United States.

Hemp-derived oil is rich with full spectrum CBD cannabinoids. These phytochemicals have been widely held to be useful to help humans with different issues.2

The hemp plant contains 150 cannabinoids, one of which is CBD.3,4 CBD does not produce the euphoric “high” associated with THC.

But it still contains some mild wellness qualities that may help with comfort.5 The World Health Organization acknowledged that hemp oil could have the potential to help with a variety of wellness related concerns.6

"Hemp plant" and "cannabis plant" are not interchangeable terms. All hemp is cannabis, 7 but not all cannabis is hemp. This is because hemp is simply a genetic strain of Cannabis sativa that produces 99.7 percent CBD compounds and no more than 0.3 percent THC.8 Hemp looks, smells, and grows the exact same as marijuana plants. You can only tell the difference between a hemp plant and a marijuana plant through lab results.

CBD Oil for Cats

There is a lot of information out there for CBD for dogs. But, pet owners what to know: what about CBD products for cats? The answer is yes! There are several benefits of CBD for cats. Our feline friends have an endocannabinoid system9 just like humans and dogs, so cats can have the same experiences with CBD!

It can be difficult to choose which CBD product to buy for your cat. And it can be overwhelming to figure out the right way to administer that CBD product to your cat. To help made it easier to understand, we created this official guide to give your cats CBD oil.

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Will CBD Get My Cat High?

No. CBD will not make you high, nor your cat. This is because hemp contains no more than 0.3 percent THC, as mandated by the Farm Bill of 2018.10CBD products are different from marijuana products solely because they contain a high level of CBD, and a legal trace amount of THC. 

CBD might make your cat chill out. But CBD hemp oil will not get your cat buzzed or stoned. That’s what catnip is for.11 

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The Potential of CBD Oil for Cats

Most CBD treats and CBD pet products are marketed towards dogs, but cats can experience comfort with CBD, too! Maybe your worried kitty needs some help chilling out, or your elderly chonk is having trouble getting around. These are good reasons to try CBD oils for cats. (Be sure to check with your veterinarian before starting your cat on a CBD regimen.)

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This is Buddy, Cornbread Hemp’s #1 Cat Customer and a big ole chonk with a skin issue.

Choose the Best CBD Oil for Cats

If you’re new to shopping for CBD oils for your cat, or new to a cannabis product in general, all the new terminology, and wide price variation can become overwhelming. That makes it difficult to determine the best CBD oils option for your cat.

There aren’t many regulations on CBD hemp oil production, so consumers need to be aware of what they are buying. Producing a hemp extract requires a lot of hemp plants. You need to make sure those plants are free of pesticides and toxins for the end product to be considered safe to consume.

Oils that use MCT coconut oil as a base absorb quicker and stay fresh longer than ones that use hemp seed oil or olive oil. 

COA’s from Third Party Labs

Trustworthy CBD companies test all their CBD products by sending them to a third-party lab. Those labs produce reports called Certificates of Analysis or COA’s, to verify a product’s legality, quality, and safety. 22 These CBD brands always make their COA’s available on their website, and the lab test results should have full disclosure on toxicity levels. The best companies not only have their products third-party lab tested, but also make it easy to access their lab test results right from the packaging.

Cornbread Hemp goes the extra mile by having scannable QR codes on all of their product packaging that links directly to COA’s. Consumers just need to scan the code with their smartphone camera app to see full lab results of whatever product they are buying.

Choose Full Spectrum CBD Oil

When all of the cannabinoids work together it is called the "entourage effect." This effect allows the hemp-derived cannabinoids to operate at their best, which is why it's important to have all of the cannabinoids in your CBD oil.

To find the best CBD oil, choose a full spectrum oil. This means it contains all of the cannabis plant compounds, including a trace amount of THC. Cornbread Hemp's Pet Oil for Cats and Dogs are full spectrum to give your pets the best!

Reviews About CBD Oil for Cats

If you’re a pet owner who does not already use CBD products, you might have no idea why you should consider cats CBD oil. When shopping for CBD oil for cats, make sure to look for reviews of success stories from cat owners.

Brands can use platforms that verify whether a customer is real or not, just like Cornbread Hemp does with our platform YotPo. Today, we have over 1000 reviews about our USDA organic CBD products.

Cornbread Hemp’s Pet Oil for Cats and Dogs is a wonderful option for our furry friends. It starts with full-spectrum oil distilled from Kentucky-grown hemp and blended with organic MCT coconut oil in an amount that is safe for animals.

CBD Dosage Guidelines

After lab testing, the next big factor to understand is dosage accuracy. Giving your cat too much CBD has the potential to cause an unwanted result. So be sure to pay attention to CBD oil dosage for your cat! If you can find a holistic veterinary care center in your area, it’s always a good idea for cat owners to talk to them first and answer any questions like is broad spectrum CBD oil safe for cats. 

While cats can safely take CBD, it’s important to remember their small size when it comes to dosage. We recommend a starter dose of 2mg per 10 pounds of critter.23 A full dropper of Cornbread Hemp’s CBD Oil for Cats and Dogs is designed for an 80-pound animal. One quarter of the dropper is suitable for a 20lb animal. Cats less than 20lbs only need a few drops of our formula to get their daily recommended dosage! 

To help you get started, we created this simple CBD dosing chart just for cats! You will see that 2mg of CBD is perfect for a 10 pound cat, but keep in mind that it may need to be adjusted for your cat's individual needs. As the days go by, you can begin to increase the dosage as needed.

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The Best Way to Give CBD to Your Cat

While it may work faster when administered orally, 24 many cats don’t appreciate having a dropper shoved into their mouths. Furthermore, CBD capsules are too large and too high of a dosage for kitty.

Luckily, Cornbread Hemp’s Pet Oil is super easy to mix into food or put it on a favorite treat. Our cannabis flower extract's distillation process removes the harsh, hempy taste that most pets dislike. The organic extract is blended with organic MCT coconut oil for maximum absorbency. Then we add corndog flavoring, providing a little extra deliciousness to whatever you put it on.

Wait, corndog flavoring? That’s right! Cornbread Hemp’s CBD oil for pets is not only made from 75 percent pure full spectrum Kentucky hemp distillate, but we then add corndog flavoring to make it even more palatable for those picky eaters.

Your kitty will be meowing for more before you know it!

Side Effects of CBD Oil for Cats

While full-spectrum oil contains no more than 0.3 percent of THC, you don’t want to overdo it and cause harm to your fur-baby. Studies suggest that hemp CBD oil is safe for cats.25 That being said, no two cats are exactly alike, so all cats have the potential to have different reactions to a hemp derived supplement. 

So long as you start with a low dose and pay attention to how your cat reacts, they will be fine. However, make sure to talk to your vet if your cat is taking any medications.

Giving Your Cat CBD

You can buy premade CBD treats, but sometimes either the treat's ingredients, or the CBD itself, may be inferior. Be the cat owner who makes the healthiest choices for your pet. All-natural treats and food with clean, simple ingredients will provide the best medium for your cat’s specially selected CBD oil. 27

Also, you want to be sure to use CBD oil with a legal amount of THC. Products that are very high in THC can potentially make cats feel uncomfortable.28 Cornbread Hemp’s Pet Oil contains no more than 0.3 percent THC, just enough to trigger the entourage effect, but not enough to make your cat feel intoxicating effects. 

Remember, the best way to make sure you don’t give your cat too much CBD is to start small and work your way up. By starting with our recommended dose of 2mg of CBD per 10 pounds of critter, you’ll be sure to be at a safe level that is both comfortable and effective.

Check With Your Vet About Cat CBD

Veterinarians agree that CBD is generally safe for most pets, but to be on the safe side, make sure to check with your vet before starting your pet on any CBD products. 29 If you can manage it, try using a holistic veterinarian, as they are usually much more accustomed to how CBD oil treatment should be handled. 

Bottom Line: CBD Oil for Cats

Giving your cat CBD oil products may help improve your pet’s day. Just make sure you are purchasing it from a reputable brand who has the trust of cat owners already. And that you are giving your cat the correct dosage based on their body weight.

Also, don't be afraid to talk to your veterinarian about different treatment options for your furry friend. Cannabis products might not be on their radar yet, but if you bring up CBD for cats, you might be surprised to find that they recommend cats take CBD already! Talk about an alternative treatment plan with your vet, and if they give you the green light on hemp cannabis products, give your cat the best: Cornbread Hemp!

Why Choose Cornbread Hemp Cat CBD

Cornbread Hemp is one of the most trustworthy brands on the market today. With over 600 five-star reviews, Cornbread Hemp has been serving cat owners with corndog flavored CBD oil for pets since the company was founded in 2018. Every drop of hemp oil from Cornbread Hemp comes from organically grown Kentucky hemp that is 100 percent pesticide free and grown outdoors. If you’re wondering if our CBD oil products for cats and dogs are safe, make sure to check out our third party lab results.

Cornbread Hemp is a family-owned, Kentucky-proud business dedicated to producing the highest quality CBD oil in the region. The Cornbread team actively seeks out the best strains from hemp farmers in the Bluegrass State. We only use organic hemp that was grown with organic farming practices. We never use a harmful extraction method with sketchy solvents – our pet products contain organic hemp extract produced with organic sugarcane ethanol extraction. 

Third-party lab test certificates of authenticity are available via a scannable QR code on every product and on the Cornbread Hemp website. This ensures that each bottle is free of any heavy metals, pesticides, and other toxins. It also shows the full cannabinoid profile of the tincture so you can be sure you are getting a potent, high quality product. 

We don’t carry a salmon flavor – we took it one step further. Our cat CBD oil is flavored with an all natural proprietary blend that perfectly resembles “Corndog Flavoring.” Ready to see our lab reports? View our library of lab reports to see every single report on every batch we’ve ever produced. 

Whenever you’re ready to shop, choose from our selection of organic CBD oil for cats and dogs. You may even end up wanting to use CBD oil for yourself! Cornbread Hemp products are legal to ship to all 50 states.

About the Author
Jim Higdon, Co-Founder

Jim is a native of Lebanon, Kentucky. He holds degrees from Centre College, Brown University, and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Jim published Cornbread Mafia in 2012 before co-founding Cornbread Hemp. Full author bio here.


Taken in the right dosage, CBD is safe for your cat. It can help chill out a scaredy cat or make an ol' chonk a little more comfortable in his senior years.

The suggested dosage for all critters great and small is 2mg per 10 pounds of cat. If your cat is less than 10 pounds, start with a few drops and increase over time.

The suggested dosage for all critters great and small is 2mg per 10 pounds of cat. If your cat is less than 10 pounds, start with a few drops and increase over time.


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