Cannabis 101: CBD for Your Cat

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The market is exploding with cannabis products for cats. I get asked regularly about the medicinal use of CBD for kitties. Over the past few years, I have been using cannabis (CBD) for many of my feline patients with excellent results. I have been extremely impressed with the improvement in quality of life for so many cats and I want all cat parents to know about this  powerful and natural resource. Unfortunately, our feline friends are under served members of our families,  as we have less treatment options for many of their diseases.  In this article I will give you an overview of what cannabis is, how it may help your feline friend, and the products I trust.

Cannabis, CBD & THC

There is much debate and stigma around these terms. I think it is important to understand their meanings and bust a few myths. Cannabis sativa is a general plant name. There are many different strains of this plant. Some strains make the federally illegal marijuana and others make hemp for industrial and therapeutic use. It is important to understand that the cannabis plant that makes industrial hemp is different than the plant that makes medicinal hemp.

In general, cannabis plants contain both CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). These are both medicinal compounds. CBD cannot cause a ‘high’ and THC is the psychoactive component that will cause a ‘high’. Products made with less than 0.3% THC are legal in all 50 states. These are the products I use in my practice with excellent results.

Products made with less than 0.3% THC are legal in all 50 states.

These are the products I use and recommend in my practice.

Cannabis Plant for Pet. Image by Miran Rijavec.Marijuana is currently legal in a few states including Colorado. As a result, I frequently see cat parents sharing their cannabis products with their cats. While cats are thought to have a similar sensitivity to THC as humans, the sensation of being ‘high’ can be very uncomfortable. Kitties can’t tell us that they are scared or hallucinating and therefore I recommend avoiding THC in kitties.

While THC has many therapeutic properties, legislation to make it legal and research to find therapeutic doses for pets is needed.

To keep the content of this post practical and legal, we will focus on products that contain high amounts of CBD and less than 0.3% THC. Even though I practice veterinary medicine in Colorado (a state in which marijuana is legal), I hold a DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) license at the federal level. Therefore, I keep my recommendations in line with the federal law.

What’s so great about CBD anyways?

Using cannabis as medicine is not new.

We are not the first civilization that has used this plant for it’s medicinal purposes. What’s great about modern technology and medical research is that we now have the technology to harness the medicinal properties of cannabis and to innovate pure products.

While there is emerging research on the use of cannabis for dogs (cat studies to follow!), much of what we know today is anecdotal or extrapolated from human medicine. Anecdotal evidence is mainly composed of individual reports. For example, a cat might have accidentally ingested some medical marijuana and the guardian noticed a resolution of symptoms. Maybe after consuming the cannabis, the pet was able to jump on the bed again or was more playful.

CBD has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties, reduce anxiety, improve overall well being, reduce pain and lessen or eliminate  seizure activity. To learn more about CBD and the physiology behind cannabis, check out this article.

Below are some conditions that CBD may be helpful for in kitties:

1. Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD): This is frustratingly common in cats. CBD may have a place alongside other therapies to help reduce inflammation and therefore symptoms. Cats with IBD may vomit, have diarrhea or may lose weight. To learn more about why cats vomit click here. I generally use diet and herbs to help control IBD symptoms in kitties.

Dosing: I start with 0.2 mg/kg twice daily and increase gradually for kitties with IBD. If you are using HempRx, I start with 1-2 drops twice daily and then increase.

2. Pancreatitis: Many cats with IBD also have pancreatitis. Like IBD it can be frustrating to treat. I use a low fat diet, HempRx, herbal remedies, and digestive enzymes to help control inflammation of the pancreas.

Dosing: I start with 0.1 mg/kg twice daily and increase to 0.5 mg/kg twice daily. If you are using HempRx, start with 1 drop twice daily and increase gradually. If your kitty tolerates this product, I recommend getting the HempRx Forte as it will require smaller volumes of oil for the same dose. It is twice as concentrated. It is very important to minimize fat consumption in these kitties.

3. Arthritis: Cats that suffer from arthritis need all the help they can get. Unfortunately many painful cats suffer because we don’t have great pharmaceutical options that are safe. Because cats tend to be reclusive and don’t travel as readily, they are less likely to get treatment for their aches and pains. I have found CBD to be an extremely effective anti-inflammatory for these kitties.

Dosing: I start with 0.5 mg/kg of CBD twice daily and increase gradually. If you are using HempRx, start with 2-4 drops twice daily and increase. It can take 2-4 weeks to see results with body pain. Be patient! 

 

4. Cancer: This is a popular use for CBD in both animals and people. There are many reports of longer survival times with better quality of life for both people and animals with cancer. Unfortunately, we don’t have any great studies that prove how or why this happens. This will change in the near future.

Dosing: I start with 0.5 mg/kg of CBD twice daily and increase gradually. If you are using HempRx, start with 2-4 drops twice daily and increase.

5. Asthma. Like all of the disease listed above, asthma is a common inflammatory disease of cats. Some cats have very minor symptoms that need little to no medical interventions. Other cats require life long treatment by inhaler. CBD may be a great option to help these kitties have less inflammation and therefore less asthma attacks. It is important that you never stop medications your kitty is taking before speaking with your veterinarian. If your cat needs an inhaler to breathe, don’t substitute CBD oil for their daily inhaled medications.

Dosing: I start with 0.5 mg/kg of CBD twice daily and increase gradually. If you are using HempRx, start with 2-4 drops twice daily and increase.

6. Chronic Upper Respiratory Infections. This has been an unexpected but delightful side effect of patients that have been given HempRx for arthritis or asthma. Kitties that  have had life long symptoms of chronic viral infections have experienced significant relief.

Dosing: I start with 0.5 mg/kg of CBD twice daily and increase gradually. If you are using HempRx, start with 2-4 drops twice daily and increase.

7. Seizures. While these are uncommon in kitties, I have seen amazing responses in kitties that suffer from seizures. If your kitty is already taking medications for seizures, do not stop those abruptly and always work with your veterinarian.

Dosing: I start with 0.5 mg/kg twice daily and increase as needed. Some kitties may need up to 3 mg/kg twice daily. If you are using HempRx, start with 2-4 drops twice daily and increase. If your kitty tolerates this product, I recommend getting the HempRx Forte as it will require smaller volumes of oil for the same dose.

What products should I use and where can I get them?

As products flood the market, it is important that consumers make an educated purchases for themselves and their pet. My inbox is full of people asking about products they have purchased or considering purchasing. When I vet these products, I am looking for the following criteria.

  1. Farming practices. Has the plant been grown with the use of pesticides?
  2. Extraction method. Watch out for methods that use chemicals as these residues will be present in the final product.
  3. Concentration. Some products contain too little CBD to be effective.
  4. Guaranteed analysis. Does the company test their product for the constituents beyond THC and CBD? Does it look at the terpenes and flavonoids? Check out the HempRx guaranteed analysis here.
  5. Other ingredients. Make sure you know what other ingredients are present. I prefer HempRx because it only contains hemp. For my very sensitive patients introducing one ingredient at a time is beneficial.
  6. Terpene/Flavanoid. As discussed earlier, CBD and THC are not the only medicinal components of cannabis. I only use products that have the terpene and flavanoid profile analyzed as well.

My absolute favorite product line is HempRx by Rx Vitamins for Pets. This line is specifically made for cats and dogs. It comes in an oil and chewable form. For cats I recommend getting the regular strength HempRx and starting with 1-2 drops twice daily. This bottle will last approximately 2-3 months.

Are there any side effects?

This is a great question and something you should always consider for any medication or supplement you are giving your kitty. The most common side effect I have seen in my patients is increased appetite and decreased anxiety. Some animals can become sedate on CBD products.

CBD can promote relaxation and some animals are more sensitive than others. If you notice your cat has become too sedate, stop giving the product and work with your veterinarian. Allergic reactions are always possible. Some cats that are allergic to grass can also be allergic to cannabis. This is rare but is a possibility.

Remember to work with your veterinarian when deciding on a treatment plan for your cat. If you would like to work with a holistic or integrative veterinarian check out these sites to find one:

As always, I want to hear from you! Please leave a comment below.

With love,

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Jan
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Hi Dr. Angie, I am a holistic Massage Therapist and I use both hemp oil (CBD only) and marijuana oil (CBD and THC) legally in my Colorado practice to alleviate muscle pain, inflammation, and spasms. They both work really well! My clients love them and always feel better, so I know without a doubt how much cannabis can help medicinally. I have a particular product which contains 1 mg CBD per two drops of oil. (The oil base is coconut oil.) Therefore I can measure and control the exact amount of CBD….. Would you please tell me what would be… Read more »

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Dr. Angie

Hi Jan!
Thanks for your post! Many practitioners are starting with 0.5 mg/kg of CBD twice daily. To switch lbs to kg, simple divide the number of lbs by 2.2. Let me know how it goes!
Dr. Angie

Carol Gray
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Carol Gray

Hello, Thank you very much for your post. We have a cat with a very aggressive oral cancer. He just got diagnosed last Thursday and already today he was stopping eating. Fortunately I figured out how to feed him with an eye dropper so he’s not starving, at least not today. We just got a bottle of hemp oil (made by La Luna) in the mail today and have given him two doses. My question though is about how much to give. The bottle says to give 1/4 an eye-dropper (which is .25 mg) twice a day but your post… Read more »

Claire Primo, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

Hi Carol, Thank you for reaching out! I am so sorry to hear about your kitty’s diagnosis. You can easily increase his CBD dose to 3mg/kg, which would be about 11mg twice daily for your cat. I hope that helps! We have tumors shrink on animals who are taking CBD. However, we don’t know if it’s related to the CBD use or the nature of the tumor (some tumors just naturally change size!). Usually for cancers, CBD is a supportive treatment and can help with easing discomfort, increasing well being, increasing appetite and many other applications. I hope this information… Read more »

Sam
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Sam

Hi Carol, We’ve also got a cat who had a similar diagnosis at the end of July…and our vet treated him with high dose prednisolone (steroid) with amazing results. He’s doing great (tumour shrank to being imperceptible…not a cure but has bought us a lot more time with him). The downside for him is that he has started to get a little irritated and I’m researching CBD as a way to mellow him out and make him more comfortable and came across this page. Thought I’d share our experience in case it can help you with yours. He is a… Read more »

Claire Primo, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

Hi Sam!

Thank you for sharing your story!

If you try CBD, will you keep us posted on how it goes?

Warmly,
Claire

Sonja Ware
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Sonja Ware

Hi! I actually have a 12 year old kitty fiv+ and recently diagnosed with a tumor. The prednisolone is helping him feel better but hasn’t shrunk the tumor as far as we can tell. Today I started him on some cbd and was trying to find some information about whether it’s safe to give him both. If either of you can help me out i would be very grateful!

Claire Primo, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

Hi Sonja,

I am so sorry to hear about your sweet kitty’s new condition. It can be scary and overwhelming when are animals are not fully well!

The good news is that we have not seen any negative interactions when using Prednisolone and CBD together. There is still a lot of research to be done, but we’ve not seen any adverse reactions.

I hope that this information helps! Big, healing hugs to you and your boy.

Warmly,
Claire

Sonja Ware
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Sonja Ware

Thanks so much! That definitely helps a lot.

james clegg
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james clegg

my vet sold me a $10 tube of steroid cream which I put on his bad paw and it burned and he licked it and it cleared up my cats oral cancer and paw cancer in about a week. it was a miracle at the time I thought.

Jeanne Palanci
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Jeanne Palanci

Dr. Angie,
I have an older cat (she was a feral kitten with issues) that has been on Zoloft for years. I will be moving soon and she will need something more to calm her. May she take the hemp oil along with her Zoloft?
Thank you so much for any advise you can give me.
Jeanne

Dr. Angie Krause, DVM

Hi Jeanne,

CBD can increase serotonin. More studies are needed to learn the best way to use SSRI’s (like Zoloft) with CBD. When I use them together in practice I use very small doses to avoid overloading the brain with serotonin.

Good luck with your move!

Dr. Angie

Leslie Lambert
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Do you have any experience using CBD instead of Prozac to treat a cat’s inappropriate marking in the house? My male cat has been on Prozac for 3 weeks, and although the marking has stopped (except for once), he is a very different cat on this drug. Thank you. Leslie Lambert

Dr. Angie Krause, DVM

Hi Leslie!

This is such a stressful situation. Yes I have used CBD to help relieve stress for kitties with inappropriate elimination. I would combine it with environmental modification. Check out the Cat Behavior Clinic. http://www.catbehaviorclinic.com

Warmly,
Dr. Angie

Becca Hasbrouck
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Becca Hasbrouck

I’m trying to access the cat behavior clinic you give the web address for above but it no longer exists. I do this because I have a male cat peeing everywhere. I think it’s related to anxiety but not sure how to treat that. Suggestions?

Claire Primo, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

Hi Becca,

Here is the link for The Cat Behavior Clinic. Does this link work okay? Mieshelle has helped many of our clients, and even offers phone consultations.

I hope this helps!

Warmly,
Claire

Mary
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Mary

Becca Hasbrouck I had a male cat do same thing. It was a bladder infection. I gave him nettle tincture, 4 drops, 3x a day and after 1 day he stopped doing that. Gave nettle for 3 more days

Judy B.
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I am giving my cat cbd oil for a long time. So far i am getting good results. Its really great.

Dr. Angie Krause, DVM

Hi Judy!

I am so happy to hear this!

Warmly,
Dr. Angie

Sheila
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This is SO helpful. Thank you so much for putting this together. I have a 17/18 yr old cat who’s experiencing stress induced FLUTD from a neighbors new kitten and I am desperately looking/hoping to microdose some CBD to calm and reduce inflammation and information is so hard to come by esp for cats. And you’re in Boulder?! That’s where we are.

Dr. Angie Krause, DVM

Hi Sheila!

Let us know how we can help. If you want to get scheduled, give us a call 720-503-6646. You can also order the HempRx at http://www.boulderholisticvet.com/shop.

Looking forward to meeting you!
Dr. Angie

Mandi Madoche
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Mandi Madoche

Hi, I adopted a rescue cat with FLUTD due to stress and food allegies. I am live in Alabama with limited Holistic pet care. Do you recommend CBD oil in this situation?

Jacquie Edie, Veterinary Nurse for BHV
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Jacquie Edie, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

Hi Sheila, Thanks for your question! FLUTD can be caused by a number of factors including stress and inflammation. CBD has incredible anti-inflammatory properties and has been shown to reduce anxiety in dogs and cats. We have also had great success in using CBD to help with environmental allergies. We have had mixed results with use of CBD for food allergies. Some animals who we suspect have food allergies have responded to CBD. We are unsure if this is because the patients had environmental allergies in addition to food allergies and the CBD helped their symptoms. In theory, CBD can… Read more »

Shelby Wood
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Shelby Wood

I have a rescue cat that has trust issues she sits with me but darts at any movement. Might this help and if so how much since she is on the smaller side.

Dr. Angie Krause, DVM

Hi Shelby,
CBD has helped many of my patients with anxiety. I like to combine CBD with environmental modification to help ease anxiety. You can find my dosing chart here.

DaN Boitz
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My kitty has feline hyperesthesia? I live in LV. Can you help my sweet Autumn?

Claire Primo, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

Hi Dan,

HempRx absolutely has the ability to help Autumn’s hyperesthesia! Here is our dosing chart.

Warmly,
Claire

Deborah SAbol
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Deborah SAbol

Hello.

My cat was recently diagnosed with pretty severe arthritis in her elbows. She also is in stage 3 kidney failure. Is the CBD oil safe to use on her?

THank you!

Claire Primo, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

Hi Deborah,

CBD could absolutely help with her anxiety, and some of the symptoms associated with kidney disease!

For kitties, we recommend HempRx.

Keep us posted!

Warmly,
Claire

Laura Knight
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Laura Knight

Hi Dr. Angie, On your dosing chart you list both CBD and HempRx. What’s the difference? My 7 year old cat has always been prone to anxiety and hypervigilance. When I’m out of the house for more than a few hours she will over groom her haunches, leaving bare patches. If I go outside for a few minutes and come back in she acts like I’ve been gone for weeks which is why I think it’s related to separation anxiety. When I’m home for an extended amount of time the grooming resumes to normal and the patches grow back. I’ve… Read more »

Claire Primo, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

Hi Laura,

Great question!

I am so sorry that your sweet cat suffers with this anxiety! The good news is that CBD can help anxiety tremendously.

The dosing chart is giving dosing for a non-HempRx product (that is CBD) vs using the HempRx (which is what we recommend and sell).

For kitties, we recommend HempRx. For a finicky eater, I agree, the oil is the best pick.

I hope this helps! Keep us posted on how she responds!

Warmly,
Claire

Jarvae Hall
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Jarvae Hall

Wow, great article! Thank you for this information! My cat Mia is 16. 5 years old, and she has triaditis. She takes b 12 injections monthly, and is on a daily pill regiment of prednisolone for inflammation, cerenia for nausea and vomiting, amoxicillin for diahrea, and cyproheptadine to stimulate her appetite. (I put them all together in a pill pocket so it’s all done in one go.) I also give her liquid buprenex in her gums twice daily for pain. Every other day we do sub-q fluids. For the most part, this cocktail seems to work and she’s a very… Read more »

Claire Primo, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

Hi Jarvae,

So glad you enjoyed the article, and found the information helpful!

We have not seen any adverse interactions when using CBD with those medications. It may be a great option to try, and we’d love to hear an update on sweet Mia, if you do!

Warmly,
Claire

Marsha Gowan
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Marsha Gowan

I bought Charlottes Web CBD oil for myself but decided to try it on my asthmatic cat. The maker is Stanley Bros and it has coconut oil in it and I have been told that is not good, should I just toss it and order hempworks and use it for myself and the cat? Do I need to specifically buy a hemp product for cats?

Claire Primo, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

Hi Marsha,

Have you seen any positive results using the CBD for your kitty? We do see CBD help with asthma!

We recommend a CBD product for pets, that does not contain THC.

I hope this helps!

Warmly,
Claire

Richard Taylor
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Richard Taylor

Coconut oil has antibacterial properties and is not bad for cats. Mine likes to lick coconut oil and prefers the scented oil more than unscented coconut oil, but does like them both. She has mild asthma and has attacks when the pollen count is high or if dust gets kicked up and tends to sneeze alot, just one sneeze here and there. Coconut oil is a healthy additive to her diet for skin issues, anti-inflammatory, and digestion. I also give her a quarter teaspoon of “NOW” psylium fiber to aid in her digestion of food. She’s 13 yrs old and… Read more »

Karen Scott
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Karen Scott

I have a 20 pound 9 year old cat recently diagnosed with idiopathic cystitis. We are changing his food to science diet c/d and giving him cosoquin. The cannabis oil sounds like it might be a good choice for him. What type of dosage do you think we should start with? Also, do you think we should keep giving him the cosoquin with the oil?

Thank you for your time.
Karen

Claire Primo, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

Hi Karen,

Here is our dosing chart. You can absolutely keep him on Cosequin at the same time as CBD.

I hope this helps!

Warmly,
Claire

Lauren
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Lauren

Hi! My cat just got diagnosed with intestinal cystitis – I am changing her diet as well and going to use CBD oil, I have not heard of Cosoquin, has it been helping? Thanks.

Jaime Rhodes
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Jaime Rhodes

Hello Dr. Angie, My cat has stomotitis (sp) and I was wondering if CBD oil will hep with inflammation and pain relief of his gums? Thank you! Jaime

Claire Primo, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

Hi Jaime,

We have definitely seen CBD help with stomatitis!

For kitties we recommend HempRx.

I hope this helps!

Warmly,
Claire

Kimberly Errigo
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Kimberly Errigo

Would CBD help a senior cat with hyperthyroid issues? She is losing fur and weight, and has a fast heartbeat and a voracious appetite.

Claire Primo, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

Hi Kimberly,

I am so sorry for our delay in response!

We haven’t tried using CBD for hyperthyroidism. Is she on supplementation for it? We aren’t sure that hyperthyroid kitties would respond to CBD, but it’s possible!

Warmly,
Claire

Joy
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Joy

My Bella is a 10 mo old kitten has feline leukemia. She is ill. She belongs to my 8 yr old. We lost our old cat less than a year ago. Santa gifted her this kitty and my 5 yr old the litter mate. As an alternative to putting her to rest I’d like to give her some doses of CBD and see if she will come around. She’s 4lbs. Should be 7. I want to be aggressive as she has no other options at this point. I have a 2.66mg/drop high quality CBD oil. How can I dilute this… Read more »

Karen Fronterhouse
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Karen Fronterhouse

Have you received an answer? My cat just got diagnosed with it and they wanted to put her down.

Claire Primo, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

Hi Joy,

I am so sorry to hear about Bella’s diagnosis of feline leukemia. I know how heartbreaking this must bed or your 8 year old.

I also apologize for the delay in response!

For kitties, we recommend HempRx and our dosing chart is here. The drops can go on her food, or directly into her mouth.

Big hugs to you, Bella, and your daughter!

Warmly,
Claire

Karen Fronterhouse
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Karen Fronterhouse

It’s been 30 days since you posted this. Did your kitty survive? I would love to know what all you tried and if you had success with it.

Hilla
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Hilla

Hi Joy,
We have not been able to diagnose what is going on with my 13 year old Mr.Spunky ! I did some research and the scabs look like feline leukemia..He eats excessively, and drinks well. . I don’t understand this because we’ve been up to date with his shots… So thank you for posting this . I hope Bella gets better. I will say a prayer for her when i say a prayer for Spunky.

carolcreates
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My cat has chronic irritable bowel disease going on for 5 years. He is 19 and I lost his litter mate because he was starving to death no matter what I fed so I had to send to 10th Life. (I wrote a book called The Tenth Life by the way since I’ve had to say goodbye to so many four legged children I rescued over the last 20 years). Anyway, Forta Flora didn’t work, fiber hasn’t worked, Gastrointestinal Food (RX) hasn’t worked, canned anything doesn’t work although without canned food any cat would be in bad shape and I’ve… Read more »

Sarah
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Sarah

Have you thought about consulting with a veterinary nutritionist. This potentially sounds like a food allergy.

Joy
Guest
Joy

Slippery Elm! Please try this.

Karen Fronterhouse
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Karen Fronterhouse

I have found that some animal feed has a large amount of lead in it. Google Blue Buffalo lawsuit. Large amounts of heavy metals can cause reoccurring diarrhea. Fulvic acid can help shed the heavy metals in humans and in animals. I’ve read NOT to mix with chlorinated water or with fluoride water. It sounds like it is best to take it straight rather than mix it with fluids just to be sure. Once the heavy metals are shed the diarrhea usually subsides. I’m not a vet so I am just guessing because it sounds like you have thought of… Read more »

Claire Primo, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

Hi Carol,

I am so sorry for our delay in response!

Dr. Angie has only ever used bio-sponge for her horses. It’s an interesting concept to try – keep us posted!

Warmly,
Claire

Jeremy
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Jeremy

Hi my cat was recently diagnosed with feline leukaemia. He has always been high strung. I have been looking into cbd oil hoping it would help with his diahrea/digestive issues and his anexiety. Wondering if you have any advice or thoughts on cbd oil and treatments for feline leukaemia? Any ideas or help would be appreciated. Thanks

Claire Primo, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

Hi Jeremy,

I am so sorry that your kitty was diagnosed with feline leukemia.

We have seen CBD help with some of the side effects – it is a natural anti-inflammatory, and can absolutely increase appetite. It’s also great for anxiety.

For kitties, we usually recommend HempRx.

I hope that this is helpful!

Warmly,
Claire

Ann
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Ann

Hello, Dr. Angie, I’m considering this product for a 10 yr old feline with a large tumor by her right front arm that started over a year ago. She had a small tumor/mass removed and biopsied 1 1/2 yrs ago, which was malignant but uncertain of type. I opted not to do another surgery for this current tumor when it start 6 months after her initial one. Now a year+ later she is still thriving with what is now a large tumor, but no other tumors or symptoms. It has only bled when she scratched at it which is now… Read more »

Claire Primo, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

Hi Ann!

We have seen pets on CBD have tumors shrink, however we don’t know if it was due to the CBD or because of the nature of the tumor (some tumors just change size!).

However, we do see CBD help with many symptoms associated with cancer. It is a great natural anti-inflammatory, is an excellent appetite stimulant, decreases discomfort and increases a sense of well being.

For kitties, we generally recommend HempRx. Here is our dosing chart.

I hope this is helpful information! Please keep us posted!

Warmly,
Claire

Mike
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Mike

Thanks but your dosing chart link is broken

Claire Primo, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

Hi Mike,

I’m sorry there were issues with the dosing chart! Here is our dosing chart, I hope this helps!

Warmly,
Claire

David von Braun
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David von Braun

What is the translation from .2mg to milliliters? The dropper I have begins at .25ml, then .5ml, .75ml and 1.0ml

David von Braun
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David von Braun

What is the different between Milliliters and Milligrams? This is confusing. I am giving my cat between .15 and .2 milliliters of CBD twice a day. This has kept his “pre-seizure” conditions controlled, until he had a small seizure the other day (the first ever) and I was told it was an Anomaly and to continue with what he has been receiving since September 2017…..maybe add another drop. He has a lot of energy. He has a good appetite. He is alert and active. Sometimes, though, his digestion seems to be a little upset but that doesn’t seem to affect… Read more »

Claire Primo, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

Hi Don,

It can get really confusing!

Here is a newer article that Dr. Angie wrote regarding CBD dosing for cats – it dives very deep into your question, and how to calculate a proper dosing.

Otherwise, have you seen our dosing chart here? When using the HempRx oil, you will want to look at the dose in milliliters (which is volume) or drops.

I hope this helps! Glad that CBD seem seems to be controlling his seizures – please keep us posted!

Warmly,
Claire

Patricia Rothbell
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Patricia Rothbell

Hi Dr. Angie, I have 5 cats, all 4 yrs and under…1 neutered male, 4 spayed females. One of them, over the course of 2 years, has become a “victim” cat. They beat her up any time they can, and they draw blood. I had to take her to the vet recently for blood in her urine – stress related – and inappropriate urinating. They live in separate areas of my house. I do not want to rehome any of them. I want them to live peacefully here. Please please help? Tell me what to do, I’ll do anything you… Read more »

Claire Primo, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

Hi Patricia,

I am so sorry this is happening. How stressful for both you and the sweet girl getting picked on!

We do see CBD help with anxiety. For kitties, we recommend HempRx.

We also have an excellent referral for a kitty behaviorist. If you’d like her information, please reach out to us at [email protected] for more information.

I hope you find a resolution soon!

Warmly,
Claire

Joanne
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Joanne

Hello
Does CBD help cats with nystagmus?
Thank you

Claire Primo, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

Hi Joanne,

We have never used CBD specifically for nystagmus, and it would likely depend on why your kitty is experiencing this.

Warmly,
Claire

Darreth
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Darreth

Hi Dr. Angie!
My cat has a thyroid problem and has been prescribed the Hills Science Diet for thyroid since it’s made with no iodine.
Would cbd oil be beneficial for her? Any experience treating thyroid with it?
Thanks!!
Darreth

Diane
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Diane

I have a senior cat scheduled to have a tooth removed (resorption) next week and he is currently on Gabapentin .3ml 2x daily to lessen hyperesthesia symptoms. 1) Are there any problems using the HempRX product alongside the Gabapentin, 2) will the HempRX help with pain from the tooth removal, and 3) would it be possible to eventually replace the Gabapentin with HempRX if it works to quell the hyperesthesia symptoms? I’ve been unsuccessful trying to discover the root cause of the hyperesthesia and want to work toward a more holistic approach to keep his symptoms in check. He is… Read more »

Claire Primo, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

Hi Diane,

Thank you for reaching out!

We have not seen any issues using Gabapentin and CBD together.

CBD is a great and natural way to relieve discomfort. It could help with post-surgical pain, but if your kitty has extractions, he will likely need additional pain control as well.

It is definitely possible that you could eventually replace the Gabapentin with the HempRx for your kitty’s hyperesthesia.

It sounds like your kitty is on a great diet and in amazing hands! Has your veterinarian made recommendations regarding his kidneys?

Hope this helps!

Warmly,
Claire

Erin Ring
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Erin Ring

I have an 11 year old cat who injured her shoulder jumping of the couch and since then she’s had a limp. She had an X-ray and there are no bone spurs or anything so my vet thinks it’s just soft tissue damage that won’t heal because she keeps jumping on and off of the couch/bed/etc. She did 2 weeks of prednisone and it seemed to help but only temporary. I am interested in CBD oil for the inflammation. I saw a brand that had good reviews called HolistaPet but I want to make sure the brand is reputable. Where… Read more »

Claire Primo, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

Hi Erin!

I’m so sorry your kitty injured herself, and I apologize for our delay in response!

Did you ever find a CBD product? For kitties, we recommend HempRx.

If you research other products, we recommend ensuring that they are organic/pesticide free. It’s also important that they have a guaranteed analysis and we recommend researching what kind of extraction method they use. Here is HempRx’s guaranteed analysis. Their extraction method is CO2, which is the cleanest option.

I hope this helps!

Warmly,
Claire

Tamara
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Tamara

Hi Dr. Angie. Thank you for your article. Very helpful! I have kitty with kidney issues. She is very calm kitty herself 9 lb. Three questions: Will CBD oil help as anti-inflammatory? What dosage would you recommend? What do you think of this product CBD oil – pet releaf hemp oil 330, full spectrum cannabinoids for dogs and cats 100 mc organic active cbd, supplement facts per dropper – hemp oil 11.2 mg, cannabidol (CBD) 3.3 mg, other ingredients organic coconut oil (MCT), use suggestions cats 1/2 dropper. (Size of full dropper 1ml)?

Claire Primo, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

Hi Tamara, So glad that you enjoy all of Dr. Angie’s articles. We love that you are finding them empowering as a pet parent! CBD is an amazing natural anti-inflammatory! Our dosing chart is here. There are so many CBD products out there, that it can be so hard to figure out which ones are quality, and which ones to use. When researching CBD products, we always recommend a few things. First, we recommend ensuring the product is organic and pesticide free. It’s also important to ensure the product has a guaranteed analysis. The other piece we recommend is finding… Read more »

Jessica
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Jessica

At what she do you suggest it is safe to give cbd to a kitten? I have a 12 week old who has been suffering from seizures and phenobarbital has been helping but has not eliminated or given us the results we would like to see. He is on the max dose and still seizes every 1-3 days.

Claire Primo, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

Hi Jessica,

I am so sorry that your sweet kitten is suffering from seizures!

CBD absolutely has the potential to help!

For your girl, we would recommend the HempRx.

I hope this helps, lots of love to you and your kitten!

Warmly,
Claire

Jessica O
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Hi. I have a 12 week old kitten (3lbs 13oz) who has been having seizures since he was 8 weeks old. We have him on phenobarbital 6.25mg twice a day, and just yesterday started him on 2ml cbd oill twice a day. The oil is 10.4mg/ml cbd and <0.5mg/ml thc. Is that too much thc? Have you ever heard of a kitten this little suffering from seizures? Do you have any advice on what to do?
Thank you.

Claire Primo, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

Hi Jessica,

I’m so sorry your sweet kitten is suffering from seizures!

We do not use THC, and have seen amazing results with CBD only products.

For kitties, we recommend HempRx. Have you seen positive results yet with using the CBD?

Warmly,
Claire

Gina
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Gina

Hi Angie, I’m new to the whole CBD oil with animals. Very interested as my cats both suffer with FHV symptoms and one has skin allergies. I think I’d like to try the suggested chews treats rather than the oil since it seems the CBD oil could be potentially a more fatty option. For the chews, it looks like there is 1mg per treat so do I cut the treat in half and give to my cat per dosage? With it being a treat, it would seem there is no guarantee that there is an equal amount of .5 CBD… Read more »

Claire Primo, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

Hi Gina,

Good question!

How much do your kitties weigh? The Soft Chewz dosage is 1 chew per 10 pounds of body weight twice daily. However, there is a little wiggle room, and we could work on keeping it at “whole” Chewz, as opposed to halving it.

I hope this helps!

Warmly,
Claire

Carolyn
Guest

Hello, I really appreciate your article. Do you have any experience with CBD oil and cats with eosinophilic granuloma complex? I have a 12 year old neutered male that has been diagnosed with EGC. He is currently taking 50mg of Atopica once daily, and 50mg Gabapentin twice daily as prescribed by his PDVM. The lesions are under control but he over grooms the inside of his arms and remaining back leg. (the other was amputated 3 years ago as a result of a fibrosarcoma) I am unsure if the over grooming is from the EGC or phantom pain from the… Read more »

Claire Primo, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

Hi Carolyn,

We have seen CBD help kitties with EGC!

For cats, we recommend HempRx.

If the over grooming is due to phantom leg syndrome and discomfort, CBD does have the potential to help with that as well.

I hope this helps! Will you keep us posted?

Warmly,
Claire

Megan
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Megan

I’m very excited to buy this for my cat. It’s still unknown what is 100% wrong with her as there are numerous things however I have discussed with my vet about using this after I found this article and they think it is worth it!!!

Claire Primo, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

Hi Megan,

Yay! Keep us posted on how CBD helps your kitty!

Warmly,
Claire

Karen
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Karen

Hi, I recently married. My husband has 4 large cats and I have 2 small Russian blues. We have bought a home together and hope to integrate them at some point. We will be able to keep them separated as long as necessary. I plan to use Feliway throughout the house. Do you think CBD oil would help to keep them calm?

Thanks for any advice,
Karen

Claire Primo, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

Hi Karen,

Congratulations on your marriage!

Integrating adult cats can be tricky! CBD can definitely help with anxiety and stress. For kitties, we recommend HempRx.

Let us know how it goes!

Warmly,
Claire

Diana Fortinberry
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Diana Fortinberry

One of my cats has eosinophilic granola complex that was treated months ago with prednisolone. The condition had been on her legs and neck and it was very bad. It healed there eventually, only to return on inside of upper left lip. Prednisolone has done nothing to heal it. Lip badly swollen with white sores.
I’m hoping hemp mx will help.
What dose do you recommend and do you think it might help?
I also have her on liquid probiotics for cats.
I’m desperate.
Thanks
Diana Fortinberry
Tel: 850-227-5770

Claire Primo, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

Hi Diana,

I am so sorry that your kitty has been struggling with EGC! We have seen CBD help, so that’s good news.

Here is our dosing chart, I hope that it helps!

Keep us posted!

Warmly,
Claire

DAN BOITZ
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DAN BOITZ

My kitty has feline hyperesthesia. Please help me with proper dose of cbd drops for her. I bought a bottle this week. I have been using Gabapentin 300 twice a week. Works a little, but not too much. She found me 2 year’s ago, is 4, and. came pregnant. Feral, but now sleeps on my chest. Please help. Thanks

Claire Primo, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

Hi Dan,

Here is our dosing chart.

I hope this helps! Keep us posted on how she responds to the CBD!

Warmly,
Claire

Liz
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Liz

I use HempRx for my cat for seizures. He is also on phenobarbital. He is 16lbs and his dose is between .25 and .5. Which seems like a lot for his weight but I gradually increased until seizures subsided. He still has seizures but not nearly as often. My question is, have you seen the side effect of skin patches (missing hair and bleeding) from hemprx? My thoughts are that it is the phenobarbital but thought I would ask.

Claire Primo, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

Hi Liz,

We haven’t seen this as a side effect, but there is a rare chance of your kitty being allergic to cannabis.

Will you keep us posted if you figure out what is causing the hair loss? Hoping there’s a quick resolution for both you and your sweet boy!

Warmly,
Claire

Karen
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Karen

Hello Dr. Angie, My 16 year old cat just started chemotherapy for large cell lymphoma in liver, spleen and regional lymphadenopathy omental and cranial mesenteric. He originally was diagnosed with small cell intestinal lymphoma 18 months ago and was treated with chlorambucil and prednisolone. Unfortunately, the local oncologists do not incorporate any type of holistic medicine into their protocols. Yesterday he received Vincristine (first drug in protocol). He is also on Cerenia, Famotidine and Dex SP. I want to use CBD oil, but the oncologist recommended I do not give it to him due to elimination by the liver (like… Read more »

lindawagner
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lindawagner

I’d like to know this, too. My barely 6-year-old kitty has liver cancer, and is starting chemo tomorrow. (I’m hoping they won’t tell me I need to put him down.) I’m grasping at all straws, and wondering if CBD might be an option. Thanks

Claire Primo, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

Hi Karen,

I am so sorry for the delay!

If you are worried about pairing the HempRx with chemotherapy, you could always discontinue it 1-2 days before chemotherapy and start 1-2 days post chemotherapy. At this time we need more data to understand how to safely use CBD with chemotherapy. The latest pharmacokinetic study from CSU indicated the half life of CBD in dogs was 4 hours. We need these types of studies in kitties too.

Warmly,
Angie

Jen Chandler
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Jen Chandler

Thank you so much Dr. Angie for this wonderful and informative article! My poor 14 yr old cat has had her life completely turned upside down over the last 9 months with me being gifted a kitten last year and then us moving into a house with 2 barky dogs and another cat last month. I got Feliway for her anxiety after getting the kitten but have lost it in the move and since I don’t have a great place to set up the diffuser I’ve decided to try CBD oil. I was extremely concerned about what to buy and… Read more »

Claire Primo, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

Hi Jen,

Yay! So glad you found us!

Will you keep us posted on how your sweet girl responds to CBD?

Warmly,
Claire

Carly R
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Carly R

Hi D Angie! Would CBD help my one cat be less aggressive towards my kitty (who is now suffering from urtheral obstruction and in the ER recovering.) I believe this happened from stress and also diet. I use feliway calming collars and infuser, I had one vet say give my more aggressive kitty Gabba 1ml but I’d prefer something more holistic. What are your thoughts and what products would you recommend if you think this is a good alternative.

Thank you,

Carly R

Claire Primo, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

Hi Carly,

I hope that our kitty is recovering from the urethral obstruction!

We do see CBD help greatly with anxiety, and it also promotes a sense of well being.

For kitties, we recommend HempRx and our dosing chart is here.

I hope this helps!

Warmly,
Claire

Indomee99@hotmail.com
Member

Hi Dr. Angie, I just purchased a bottle of HempRX from your practice for my 19 year old cat. She has had pretty severe arthritis in her back and legs for a couple of years now. We tried laser treatments and acupuncture, and these treatments worked well for a while. Lately, they have not seemed very effective- hence the switch to this produce. I have a question about safely using HempRX on an older cat with mild kidney problems. I don’t wan’t to give her something that could cause more kidney issues. My own vet refuses to discuss this with… Read more »

Claire Primo, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

Hi Karen,

We haven’t seen kidney disease in kitties worsen once on CBD.

You’re so right – we are still waiting for more formal studies to be done on CBD and our pets. They are slowly happening though, and we can’t wait for there to be more!

I sure hope CBD helps your girl’s arthritis – we see great results. Will you keep us posted?

Kfoss71
Member
Kfoss71

My cat has just been diagnosed with an inoperable cancer in the nasal cavity. She struggles breathing through her nose. What could I possibly use that would alleviate any pain and possibly string the tumors? Thanks so much for your help.

Claire Primo, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

Hi Karen,

I am so sorry about your kitty’s recent diagnosis.

CBD can absolutely decrease pain. We have seen tumors shrink when a pet is on CBD, however we aren’t sure if it’s related to the CBD or the nature of the tumor (some tumors just change size!).

I hope this helps! Hugs to you and your sweet girl!

Warmly,
Claire

Kfoss71
Member
Kfoss71

I’m sorry, shrink the tumors.

Katie
Guest
Katie

Hi Dr. Angie,

Thank you for sharing. I have two cats, one of whom often terrorizes the other. They used to be friends, but as the younger, male cat got older and bigger and as we moved houses a few times, he also got more territorial and became a bully to the smaller female. Would CBD oil be something to use to lessen his aggression toward her?

Thank you.

Claire Primo, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

Hi Katie,

I’m so sorry there’s tension between the kitties, I know how stressful this is! I’m sure you are looking into all kinds of options!

CBD can absolutely help with anxiety, and often promotes a sense of overall wellbeing.

For kitties, we usually recommend HempRx.

Please let us know how it helps!

Warmly,
Claire

Gillian
Guest
Gillian

Hi Dr. Angie,

I have 2 N/M cats who are on floraxetine for stress and inappropriate urination and while the behavior has improved its not 100% successful. Can I safely add CBD ?

Claire Primo, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

Hi Gillian,

We have absolutely seen CBD help with anxiety/behavioral changes. We have not seen any negative interactions when using CBD with pharmaceutical medications.

For kitties, we recommend HempRx and our dosing chart is here.

I hope this helps!

Warmly,
Claire

Gillian
Guest
Gillian

Thanks Claire.

I just received my HempRx – could you recommend the best way to administer it? My boys are very difficult to medicate. They refuse soft/canned food or treats and eat dry food from the same bowl . Any advice would be helpful as I want to try to avoid having a wrestling match with them.

Claire Primo, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

Hi Gillian,

I’m sorry for my delay, and I’m so glad that you’ve received the HempRx!

How is administration going, have you found a good technique?

Have you ever tried a freeze dried treat? Sometimes folks will place the drops directly onto them, with great success. Usually cats LOVE them, but I’m not sure if your kiddos will. Would they be willing to eat a very small portion of their dry kibble in separate bowls? Maybe when they are very hungry, and then place the drops onto the kibble?

Keep us posted!

Warmly,
Claire

Mary
Guest
Mary

Can the extract be used topically for skin allergies? It’s very hard for me to get anything down orally. Could I rub the extract on his hot spots and then he either licks it off or it absorbs through his skin? Thank you

Claire Primo, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

Hi Mary,

We usually do not recommend topical treatments, as like you mentioned most of the time pets will lick it right off.

Usually, folks will put the CBD drops directly in their pet’s meal (especially if their dog or cat is super food motivated!). Other times, people have had success placing the drops on a delicious freeze dried treat – something that is a novel, high quality option that they consider to be very exciting!

I hope this helps!

Warmly,
Claire

Eva kowslewicz
Guest
Eva kowslewicz

Hello,
My kitty is anxious and skittish. She takes altenelol a beta blocker for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Is there a possible interaction with the CBD oil?
Thanks,
Eva

Claire Primo, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

Hi Eva,

Thank you for reaching out!

We haven’t seen any negative interactions with using CBD and pharmaceutical medications together (although there is still a lot of research to be done in the future!).

I hope this helps!

Warmly,
Claire

Victor Baray
Guest
Victor Baray

Hi Dr Angie, I have a 3 year old rescue cat named Brooklyn that has Grand Mal Seizures every once in a grate while. I started him on meds that the vet recommended, and had him on those for while. I can’t remember the name of them. However, they were making my Brooklyn’s mood change and I felt that I wasn’t allowing him to live an enjoying life. So I stopped giving him the pills. (Bad parenting) I want do start giving him CDB oil, but don’t know which is the best brand to give him. Any recommendations? Also, any… Read more »

Claire Primo, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

Hi Victor,

Thank you for reaching out!

We’ve seen CBD be tremendously helpful for pets with seizures!

For kitties, we usually recommend HempRx and we sell it here. Here is our dosing chart.

I hope this helps! Keep us posted!

Warmly,
Claire

Tanya Kelly
Guest
Tanya Kelly

Hi Dr. Angie, Thank you for the great article! I was recently introduced to CBD oil for cats at a local farmers market and this has led me to do my own research. I have a 7 y.o. cat that has had chronic upper respiratory infections all his life. I’ve been to the vet countless times and Atopica seems to be the only treatment that has helped but I worry about long term side effects and use it sparingly. He also has rodent ulcer causing his upper lip to swell and has been licking the base of his tail until… Read more »

Claire Primo, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

Hi Tanya,

There’s definitely a possibility that CBD will help your boy!

For kitties, we usually recommend HempRx and our dosing chart is here.

If you give it a try, please keep us posted!

Warmly,
Claire

Gwen Daniels
Guest
Gwen Daniels

Hello- when you say increase the dose, how soon, how much, for how long, what is the safe maximum. I want to give my elderly gentleman cat the best palliative care as he is in decline. He was near the end last year and we switched to all raw ground venison with hydrated chia and he became a reanimated cat. He is declining again, so I am thinking CBD is an obvious choice to relieve many symptoms of aging. He is now 18.5 years old.

Thanks for your help and good work in the world!

Gwen

Claire Primo, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

Hi Gwen, Thank you for reaching out! Really, the increase of CBD all depends on the individual animal. Here is our dosing chart, but you can even increase to as much to 3mg/kg twice daily. Depending on the condition being treated, usually guardians will wait at least a week or two before increasing. Since there is a large and safe dosing range, you could increase a few drops each time (just ensuring your kitty responds well to the increase). The name of the game is to find the lowest effective dose, so assessing how your kitty responds each time will… Read more »

Terry Henderson
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Terry Henderson

My cat fights the people at the vet when I take him in. He hates being contained even though he is the most loving cat I have had. Sweet kid. They have hurt him before trying to give him shots. I was wondering how much thc would knock him out long enough for a vet visit. Its the only thing I can think of to get him in…

Claire Primo, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

Hi Terry,

Thank you for reaching out! We do not recommend THC for our pets. They have many more THC receptors, and the “high” is much more significant for them. We recommend CBD, which can be very helpful with anxiety or fear.

For kitties, we recommend HempRx and our dosing chart is here.

Is there a veterinarian who does house call visits in your area? We have found that many kitties who have trouble in veterinary clinics do much better in this setting!

Warmly,
Claire

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