What Is CBD Oil?
CBD is short for Cannabidiol. If that’s Greek to you, don’t worry! We’ll break it down in layman’s terms to help you understand what cannabidiol is and how it works in the body. First—a disclaimer. Researchers don’t yet fully understand all the ways that CBD can positively affect mammals. In fact, the FDA is insisting that distributors of CBD products tread cautiously and avoid making health claims of any form until they’ve had a chance to review the data.
(Now, you’ve probably noticed that not everyone follows the FDA’s regulations. Overeager and sometimes unscrupulous marketers are making claims left and right. And while many of those claims will probably end up being validated, we get nervous when we see people touting CBD as a cancer cure or a wonder drug. We know that CBD offers many benefits, but until the FDA loosens their regulations, we’ll be staying safely on the right side of the rules line. More on that later.)
Cannabidiol (CBD for short) is one of the most well-known cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are powerful chemical compounds that occur naturally in the hemp plant. Cannabinoids act on the receptors as part of the endocannabinoid system to alter neurotransmitter release in the brain. Essentially, CBD can disrupt the transfer of pain and other signals. (Check out this informative video for more information on how the endocannabinoid system works.) Unlike THC (another well-known cannabinoid), CBD does not have any psychoactive properties or cause a “high.”
What Health Problems Can CBD Oil for Cats Treat?
Remember when we said we’re committed to staying on the right side of the FDA? That means that we can’t (and won’t) make specific health claims about CBD oil at this time. We can tell you that we’ve completed several clinical trials, including a successful Phase 1 Safety Trial and a landmark canine epilepsy trial at Colorado State University that showed an 89% reduction in seizure frequency. We have not yet conducted feline research, though we hope to add that in the very near future. Although we can’t promise that our product will help, we do know that many customers are using ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ with pets who have:
Cats are pretty silent and stoic, so it’s not always easy to tell when they are in pain. Look for behavioral and physical signs that something is bothering them. Pain can be caused by many things, including ingrown claws, a bladder disease known as Feline Idiopathic Cystitis, painful conditions in the mouth, jaw, and teeth, and arthritis.
If your cat is slowing down, moving less, and rarely jumps onto furniture or other objects, arthritis may be to blame.
Strange/new lumps, sores that won’t heal, changes in eating and bathroom habits, and chronic weight loss can all be signs of cancer in cats. Seek advice from a trusted veterinarian right away if you think your cat has cancer. CBD oil can be given in conjunction with cancer treatment protocols.
Seizures and Epilepsy
Most seizures in cats are caused by toxin exposure, but cats can also suffer from epilepsy like dogs. Our canine epilepsy trials at Colorado State showed an 89% reduction in seizure frequency. And this review from a feline loving friend shows that people are successfully using ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ with their cats who struggle with epilipsy:
“About two years ago, I started Jackson on CBD oil. After we started it, his seizure frequency diminished. The CBD oil seemed to really help keep the seizures at bay—and when he would have one, the severity was diminished and he wouldn’t have another in immediate succession a few days later.”
Cats may seem aloof and distant, but one of the most common forms of anxiety in cats is separation anxiety. Other factors that can cause distress in cats include moves, introduction of new pets or family members. If your cat is peeing outside the litter box or showing clingy, detructive, or aggressive behavior, you may want to consider some intervention strategies for anxiety.
When your cat’s immune system acts against environmental substances in an overactive way, veterinarians will diagnose an allergy. The most common symptoms of feline allergies are scratching, head shaking, and rubbing.
As we mentioned above, aggression in cats is most likely coming from anxiety. Changes in the household dynamics, including new animal or human members, changes in routine, or moving can all induce anxiety and sometimes aggression in cats.
Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD)
FLUTD is a term used to describe any group of disorders or diseases that affects the lower urinary tract(bladder or urethra) in cats. The most common is Feline Idiopathic Cystitis, a serious disease that requires medical attention.
Side Effects of CBD Oil
CBD oil typically causes little or no side effects. Sometimes a pet owner will report incidences of loose stool when their pets are on extremely high doses of CBD oil, but this is rare. ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ appeals to many pet owners because it is an all natural product that’s been extracted from pure organic Colorado hemp right in our own facility. No harsh chemicals, no psychoactive ingredients, no toxins, pesticides, or fungi. Nothing but pure wide spectrum Colorado hemp oil for the pets and their owners who count on us.
CBD Oil Dosage for Cats
We always recommend starting with our baseline dosage guidance for ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™: 2mg/10 lbs, given twice daily. You can safely increase the dose up to 5 times the starting amount if your pet does not respond to smaller doses. If you have any questions about CBD oil dosage with your pet, please contact us for help.
Why Choose ABSC PURE ORGANIC CBD OIL™ For Cats?
ABSC Organics is very proud of the canine research we’ve already completed, and we look forward to launching feline research studies very soon. In the meantime, we know that the endocannabinoid systems in cats work very much the same as they do for dogs, and we also know that many of our cat-loving customers are successfully using our product with their pets.
ABSC cares deeply about pet health, and we put our money where our mouth is when it comes to the science behind CBD.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can my cat overdose on CBD?
Our safety and toxicity study conducted at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences showed that dogs tolerated very high doses of CBD (up to 5 times our baseline dosage) without adverse effects. Because our product is free of pesticides, toxins, fungi, and harsh chemicals, you can feel confident that your pet is in good hands when you give them ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™. Nevertheless, we always recommend caution when giving your pet any substance, as we have not studied the effects of even higher doses. It is important to keep your pet’s CBD oil stored in a safe place and only give them the dosage recommended on the bottle or by your veterinarian.
How do you know if your old cat is in pain?
Signs that your cat is in pain include limping, stiffness, swollen joints, and obvious discomfort when you handle them in certain positions. You may also see behavioral changes such as decreased activity, poor litterbox habits, and and a reluctance to run, jump, or climb stairs.
What’s the difference between CBD oil and hemp oil?
Hemp oil is a broad term that can mean almost anything in today’s market. Generally speaking, hemp oil can be any substance derived from the hemp plant that may or not contain cannabinoids such as CBD. CBD oil, on the other hand, contains some percentage of cannabidiol.The FDA does not regulate the use of either term, however, so we urge our customers to use caution when buying and look for a Certificate of Analysis (COA) that shows CBD and other cannabinoid and terpene concentrations.
Our CBD research
ABSC Organics is the leader in veterinary CBD research. Our partnership with Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences has been fruitful; we’ve currently conducted 3 clinical trials with more on the way. We’re even featured in a new veterinary textbook! Read more about our research efforts on our clinical trials page.