Guide To Using CBD Safely On Cats

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When giving a product like CBD to your cat, it’s important to first ensure you do no harm.  As CBD is non-toxic you would have to give your cat a huge amount before they experienced any adverse health effects.  One side effect might be them becoming more drowsy than normal, which would effectively just be a waste of CBD.

Start Slow And Monitor Progress

Always start very slowly with the CBD dosage you give your cat and monitor as you go.  While each manufacturer will have its own dosage guidelines, you can always start lower than they recommend to be on the safe side.

Consider giving your cat one drop or one chew, and waiting four days before giving another.  Then rather than upping the dosage immediately, try that for another four days, then if there is no improvement, increase it to 2 drops or 2 chews.

Consider keeping a diary on behalf of your pet, and note down how active they are, how long they are sleeping for, and whether they eat all their food.  Depending on your cat’s habits, there will be other things you can keep track of.  At one point, mine would have been how many mice they brought inside.

Noting any changes in this manner will help you decide how they are doing.

Stay With One Brand & Product

If you have brought multiple products from multiple brands, do not mix them up.  Just stick with one brand, and build up the dosage until your cat has improved.  If there is no improvement, wait a few days before introducing another product, and then start from the beginning with dosage, keeping notes again as to how they are doing.

Watch your cat carefully the first time you give them any CBD product.  Vets advise to keep a close eye on pets for the first few hours and pay attention to the effects.

Once you have a product your cat is happy with, stick with that one.

If you keep changing the products and brands around it will be confusing to know which one is working best.  No doubt your cat will let you know which one they like the best as well.  If they eat it up without fuss, that is often the best guide you can have.  It’s way less stressful than trying to force a cat to eat something.

If your cat has been taking one brand of CBD for some time, and it is becoming less effective, then try increasing the dosage, as they may have built up a level of tolerance.

The alternative is to try out a new brand and see if that makes a difference.

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Don’t Exceed The Daily Limit

While there is some leeway with CBD dosing, keep track of the amount your cat is having each day.  The key thing to remember is to not exceed the daily limit, at least without your vet’s consent.

Most daily limits are significantly higher than the recommended daily, dose, so it’s unlikely you would get anywhere near the daily limit.

Know The CBD Quality

There is a range of quality-related details to check out in a brand to ensure your cat is getting a good quality CBD treat, oil, or chew.  Here are the main things to look for:

Organic Hemp – Grown in the USA

Hemp plants grown in the United States offer a much greater margin of safety as compared with hemp grown overseas.  USA hemp growing practices utilize a high degree of oversight by farms. Organic hemp is that which has been grown without the assistance of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, or other chemicals, and no GMO seeds or products are used in any part of the growing, harvesting, and processing processes. These plants ensure that the finished product will be a pure and high-quality one.

Extraction Method

CO2 extraction, or supercritical carbon dioxide extraction, uses carbon dioxide gas found plentifully in the air to extract the beneficial cannabinoids from the hemp plant. This method does not require any toxic substances, and no chemical byproducts remain after the extraction is complete. This ensures that the resulting CBD products can be considered safe to give to cats.

Full-Spectrum Extraction

Full-spectrum extracts are considered the most potent extract type contained in CBD-based formulations, as it contains the entire range of naturally occurring cannabinoids, terpenes, fatty acids, and more. These compounds possess a unique synergy that leads to enhance benefits when eaten by cats. On the other hand, the presence of the psychoactive compound THC may make these CBD products unsuitable for cats with sensitivities.

Find a CBD oil or treat which contains no trace of THC

Third-Party Testing

You should expect any CBD manufacturers to have their products independently tested in a lab.  The test results should be visible on their website.  We are checking these results as a part of every review we conduct.  Companies that are serious about producing high-quality CBD products need to have transparent reporting available to their customers so they can guarantee the safety of the CBD products for cats.

Read The Labels On CBD Packaging

Each brand will have provided a lot of details about their production methods, whether they are growing to organic standards, and if there is anything added to the CBD products that you should be concerned about.

It’s important to read the labels carefully

Organic Standards

Is the product grown to organic standards?  This means that no-GMO seeds are being used, and strict processing guidelines are being followed.  These standards apply to how the crops are grown and harvested, and how the CBD oil is extracted and bottled.

Testing Regime

The safest way for testing to be conducted is by using a third-party and having those test results published on the companies website.  Here is an actual test report to review: Certificate of Analysis test report published by CBDPure.

The report lists the following test results for:

  • THC Potency
  • CBD Potency
  • Total Potency
  • Cannabinoids
  • Microbials
  • Pesticides
  • Solvents
  • Heavy Metals

As you can see this is a thorough set of tests that ensure the safety of the products.

Why Is THC Potency Important in CBD For Cats?

There should be no THC remaining in any CBD related products for cats.  THC is the intoxicating property derived from cannabis.  The legal limit is under 0.3% THC, but to be extra safe, try and find a product with no THC in it.

Are CBD Oils Up To FDA Standards?

You will find statements like this on most CBD Oil products for cats.  “Our hemp products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration”. The FDA website says the “FDA is working to answer questions about the science, safety, and quality of products containing cannabis and cannabis-derived compounds, particularly CBD.”

This statement appears to be about humans rather than pets.  It’s hard to say whether the FDA will eventually have any standards in place for CBD oil for pets.