Cat owners know that the image of the docile feline that dozes all day is kind of a myth. Cats have big personalities and exhibit a range of emotions, including anxiety. Cats can also experience some human-like physical ailments such as arthritis. You may be using hemp oil to reduce your own anxiety and ease your inflamed joints, leading you to wonder, “can I give hemp oil to my cat?”
What Does the Scientific Research Say about Giving Hemp Oil to Cats?
Simply put, there is not a lot of scientific research on this subject. However, some holistic veterinarians and experienced cat owners report that hemp oil for cats is very beneficial – with some caveats.
As with human consumption of hemp oil, each person (or pet!) will react differently. Hemp oil is a very safe product overall, but it is possible to have an allergic reaction to it. Others find that high doses upset their stomach. These adverse reactions can happen in your cat too. So, before giving hemp oil to your cat, pay attention to these caveats:
Only use premium, safe hemp oil for cats
According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, “FDA recognizes the potential opportunities that cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds may offer… However, FDA is aware that some companies are marketing products containing cannabis and cannabis-derived compounds in ways that violate the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) and that may put the health and safety of consumers at risk.” This is a caution to be careful about where you get your hemp oil. Be sure to only buy from honest, transparent, reputable sellers that offer a premium product.
Start with a low dose
Some cats can experience digestive or mild adverse reactions to hemp oil. These reactions are usually cleared up with discontinued use. To give hemp oil to cats, start with a low dosage and monitor your cat frequently. If you see the desired effect (less anxiety, better movement, etc.) continue at that dosage. If the cat does not have a positive or negative reaction, increase the dosage slightly. If the cat has an adverse reaction, discontinue immediately.
Inform your vet
Your vet may have some hemp oil for cats on hand, along with proper dosing information based on your cat’s weight and medical history. Even if your vet does not carry hemp oil for cats, they should know what medicine, holistic and pharmaceutical, your cat is taking so they can avoid complications and drug interactions during the spectrum of you cat’s medical care.
Go Ahead and Give Kitty Hemp Oil
Broadly speaking, hemp oil is safe for cats as long as you treat it like any other medication. Consult with your vet, carefully figure out the appropriate dosage, and monitor kitty for any side effects. When properly used, hemp oil for cats can help with their anxiety and/or joint problems.
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