From dinner parties to progressive vet offices, there’s a reason you keep hearing about CBD. Cannabidiol, or CBD as it is commonly called, is a hemp derivative that is non-psychoactive, meaning that, unlike THC, it won’t get you or your cat high. CBD is now legal in both Canada (Health Canada recently approved a clinical trial to research the use of cannabidiol to treat animal anxiety) and the US, where it is federally legal, though some states put restrictions on buyers.
CBD proponents are many. Owners as well as vets, such as Dr. Katherine Kramer, medical director for VCA-Canada Vancouver Animal Wellness Hospital, a small-animal integrative hospital in Vancouver, B.C., report that cats suffering from pain, anxiety, loss of appetite, and seizures, among other ailments, have shown remarkable improvement without suffering the side effects of conventionally prescribed medicines.
“There is increasing evidence that CBD can be helpful for pets with arthritis or chronic pain, cancer, seizures, and some behavioural issues, such as anxiety, cognitive impairment,” says Dr. Kramer, who is also a director of the Canadian Association of Veterinary Cannabinoid Medicine.
Testimonials from cat people who have found that their cats have a new lease on life following the administering of CBD abound. To administer to your cat, you’ll want to choose a quality, third-party lab tested product formulated especially for pets. Options such as tinctures, oils, treats, and orally administered sprays, available through pet stores, dispensaries, and online shops are available.
Get started with these CBD products designed for cats!
These high-quality hemp derived CBD pet treats from Beloved Paws CBD are designed to alleviate feline anxiety, relieve pain, support joint mobility, and decrease inflammation, all with a bacon flavour your cat will love!($46, belovedpawscbd.com)
Green Roads CBD Drops Cat Formula is pharmacist formulated especially for cats. Non-intoxicating and third party lab tested, these CBD drops can help your cat with pain relief, anxiety, and more. ($20, greenroadsworld.com)
Jasper Soren’s Feline CBD is a high concentrate formula for cats of all sizes letting you adjust daily dose for maximum results. Organic hemp oil is blended with broad-spectrum CBD isolate from Colorado growers in this double-independent lab-tested formula. ($109, jaspersoren.com)
Feline Blend Health Drops from Healthier Pet combine 99.2% pure CBD isolate with organic hemp oil, as well as Omega 3’s for added health benefits. Lab-tested to human-grade standards and designed to work quickly, they help treat an array of feline ailments. (from $35, healthierpet.org)