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CBD Oil for Cats: Official Guide for 2020

Posted by Megan Tankersley on Apr 7th 2020

CBD Oil for Cats: Official Guide for 2020

Finding the best CBD oil for cats is tough, 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 is defined by federal law as not having more than 0.3% THC.1 Hemp-derived oil CBD rich with full spectrum cannabinoids has been widely held to be useful to help humans with inflammation, stress, anxiety, and supporting healthy sleep cycles.*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 psychoactive qualities to help with mood stabilization.5 CBD is widely held useful for helping with inflammation and managing everyday stress. The World Health Organization acknowledged that cannabis oil can help with a variety of medical conditions due to its analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antipsychotic properties.6

The hemp plant and the 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 less than 0.3% THC.8 It looks, smells, and grows the exact same as marijuana plants. If you were looking at a hemp plant next to a marijuana plant, you’d never know which one was which!

Heard About CBD Oil for Cats?

In addition to humans, you can read a lot of CBD for dogs. But, what about CBD for cats? CBD oil for cats can do great things for our furry feline friends, too!

Because cats have an endocannabinoid system9 just like humans and dogs, they respond in a very similar manner. Some cat owners start with CBD for themselves and then decide to try CBD for their cat. Other cat owners start CBD for their cat, once they see the effects of CBD oil on their kitty, they decide to try it for themselves. Every pet parent will come to know that CBD oil for cats and CBD oil for humans work the same way!

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 CBD to your cat. To help made it easier to understand, we created this official guide to give your cats CBD oil!

Cats love hemp CBD oil
This cat is clearly interested in cannabis…

So, I can give CBD oil to my kitty? Yep.

With so many people benefiting from CBD, it’s only natural to wonder what it can do for our pets. We consider CBD oil safe for cats to take on a daily basis. That’s why we designed our Corndog Flavored CBD oil for pets!

Will CBD Get My Cat High?

No. Although hemp plants are also cannabis plants, this does not mean that CBD will make you high, nor your cat. This is because hemp contains less than 0.3% THC, as mandated by the Farm Bill of 2018.10 CBD might relax your cat; CBD might make your cat more chill. But CBD oils will not get your cat buzzed. That’s what catnip is for. If you’re a pet owner concerned that CBD may not be safe for cats, don’t worry! With a small chance of side effects, it is generally safe for cats to take CBD oils from cannabis plants.11 CBD products are different from marijuana products solely because they contain a high level of CBD and a low level of THC. The hemp plant is mostly the same as the marijuana plant. It’s just the level of THC that separates them from one another.

How Do Cats Benefit from CBD Oil?

All mammals have an endocannabinoid system, or ECS. 12 An animal’s ECS has receptors that detect and bond with phytocannabinoids, like CBD. This system helps regulate many different physical and mental functions. CBD from hemp plants supplements the ECS and helps to relieve inflammation, and stress in the body, according to research.13

Our bodies already produce endocannabinoids that pair with our ECS system to help regulate balance and homeostasis. 14 Cannabinoids from hemp are called phytocannabinoids. When ingested they can provide some of the same effects that our body feels when producing endocannabinoids.15

Most CBD pet products are marketed towards dogs, but cats can experience comfort from CBD, too! Maybe your nervous kitty needs some help managing her stress, or your elderly chonk is experiencing joint pain and discomfort. That’s when you could try to give your cat hemp oil CBD.

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Here is a cat taking CBD oil…

Cats with Anxiety

Full spectrum CBD oil can effect how your cat manages their stress. Your nervous kitty may benefit from the calming effects of cannabis oil. 16 It’s also handy for anxious situations like travelling or moving.17 Be sure to check with your veterinarian before beginning a CBD regimen for your feline friend.

Cats with Mobility Issues

Older cats just don’t get around like they used to. Their mobility can be severely limited due to significant joint discomfort or inflammation. For cats like these, CBD can be quite effective at giving them higher quality of life in their later years. 18

Studies show that full spectrum CBD oil for cats is more effective than THC-free, broad spectrum, or CBD isolate formulations for addressing pain. That’s why it’s important to give your cat full spectrum CBD products if possible. 19

Cats with Gastrointestinal Issues

Like any mammal, cats can have inflammation in their digestive systems that can turn their litter box into a problem area. These issues can range from inflammation of the colon (Colitis); feline enteric coronavirus (which causes inflammation in the small intestines); inflammation of the stomach (Gastritis); or other inflammatory conditions often lumped together as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).

Cats CBD has been shown in studies to be effective in reducing gastrointestinal inflammation in people and animals.20 So it’s worth it to your cat with tummy trouble to see if CBD works for them.

Cats with Skin Issues

Cats can suffer from skin conditions like any other mammal. These conditions can present themselves in a wide range of symptoms, including discoloration, elevated lesions, pustules, wheals, excoriation from self-trauma, ulcers of the epidermis, loss of hair, scaly skin, crusty skin, or clogged hair follicles.

To the extent that these skin issues are a result of inflammation, CBD might be able to help. Studies on other animal groups shows evidence of “ cutaneous cannabinoid signaling,” or the skin responding to cannabinoids when applied topically.21 This means that CBD oil for cats might be able to reduce the underlying inflammation that causes the skin condition.

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

How to Choose CBD Oil for Cats

If you’re new to shopping for CBD oil 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 option for your cat.

There aren’t many regulations on CBD extract, 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 oil to be considered safe to consume.

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. The best companies make it easy to access their reports 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 reports of whatever product they are buying.

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 feline patients and their owners. Some of the most common cat health problems are separation anxiety, upper respiratory infections, immune system conditions, and other common feline ailments. Cornbread Hemp products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. These statements regarding health issues have not been evaluated by the FDA.

reviews about cats and Cornbread Hemp products
Cornbread Hemp’s CBD Oil for Pets has received over 30 reviews!

Brands can use platforms that verify whether a customer is real or not, just like Cornbread Hemp does with our platform Judge.Me. Today, we have over 350 reviews about the health benefits of our USDA organic CBD products.

Finding the Correct Dosage

After lab testing, the next big factor to understand is dosage accuracy. Giving your cat too much can be detrimental to the outcome. So don’t be that cat owner.

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. That’s why Cornbread Hemp’s Pet Oil is formulated perfectly for cats and dogs. Cat owners need to be aware that the body weight of cats means that their body functions require a much smaller dose to promote general well being. 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 CBD oil safe for cats.

A full dropper of Cornbread Hemp’s CBD Oil for Pets is designed for a 40-pound animal. We formulated it to contain 2mg of CBD per quarter dropper, or one-quarter dropper per 10 pounds of critter.23 Our measured dropper makes it easy to find the one-quarter and half marks to administer the right dose to a 10-pound cat or a 20-pound chonk.

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 the efficacy of CBD use can also be dependent on their health issues. As the days go by, you can begin to increase your dosage as needed.

Cat CBD Oil Dosage Chart
CBD oil for Cats Dosage Chart

The Best Way to Give Your Cat CBD Oil

Administering CBD oil to your cat doesn’t have to embody the drama most people associate with giving pets their medicine. While it may work faster when administered orally, 24 a lot of cats don’t appreciate having a dropper shoved into their mouths. Luckily, Cornbread Hemp’s Pet Oil is super easy to mix into their food or put it on a favorite treat due to its light corndog flavoring.

Cornbread Hemp’s Pet Oil is a wonderful option for our furry friends — cats, dogs, and otherwise. It starts with full-spectrum oil distilled from Kentucky-grown hemp and blended with MCT (coconut) oil in an amount that is safe for animals the size of your feline friend. The distillation process removes the harsh, hempy taste that most pets don’t like, then we add corndog flavoring, making it imperceptible when mixed into your buddy’s food or treats.

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

Most CBD oils for pets are made with whole plant CBD oil, which contains a very harsh and overbearing taste. Because we use our premium distilled hemp extract in our pet formula, it contains a light fresh taste that pairs perfectly with our added corndog flavoring! Your kitty will be meowing for more before you know it!

Side Effects of CBD Oil for Cats

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

The main side effects of CBD oil for cats is sedation. 26 If your cat seems more lethargic than usual after taking oil, simply lower the dosage. If your cat has too much, they might have a side effect like diarrhea because things got a little too relaxed. But generally speaking, that’s about as bad as it could get.

All-natural treats and food with clean, simple ingredients will provide the best medium for your cat’s CBD oil. 27 Also, you want to be sure to use hemp derived oil with low levels of THC. Products that are high in THC can make cats feel sick and uncomfortable.28 Cornbread Hemp’s Pet Oil contains not more than 0.3% THC, just enough to trigger the entourage effect, but not enough to get your cat “high.”

Still, the best way to make sure you don’t overdo it with CBD oil for cats 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.

So… Cats Can Have CBD Oil?

Absolutely! Giving your cat CBD oil can improve the quality of your pet’s life, helping with many different ailments and conditions. Just make sure you are purchasing it from a reputable brand who has the trust of pet owners already. Also, talk to your veterinarian about different treatment options for the health conditions that your furry friend is dealing with. Cannabis products might not be on their radar yet, but if you bring up cats CBD oil, 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 cannabis products, give your cat the best: Cornbread Hemp CBD hemp oil!

Cornbread Hemp is one of the most trustworthy brands on the market today. With over 300 five-star reviews, Cornbread Hemp has been serving pet owners with corndog flavored CBD oil for pets since the company was founded in 2019. Every drop of hemp oil from Cornbread Hemp comes from organically grown Kentucky hemp that is 100% pesticide free and grown outdoors. If you’re wondering if CBD for cats and dogs is safe, make sure to read on to the lab reports section of our CBD for cats.

Why Choose Cornbread Hemp Cat CBD

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 of hemp from farmers in the Bluegrass State. Third-party lab test certificates of authenticity are available via a scannable QR code on every product and on the Cornbread Hemp website. We never use a harmful extraction method with sketchy solvents – our pet products are made by using organic hemp extracts produced from organic sugarcane ethanol extraction.

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.

FDA Statement

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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