The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a network of receptors found throughout the central nervous system and other biological systems that can interact with cannabinoids like CBD and THC.
By influencing these receptors with its anti-inflammatory and antipsychotic properties, studies have shown that CBD can help maintain and improve their functionality, thereby improving the integrity of the systems they regulate.
This interaction is what allows CBD to deliver numerous benefits to cats, such as pain relief, stress management, reduced aggression and more.
Now that you have a general understanding of how CBD works, let’s explore how CBD can help improve the lives of our frisky friends (all nine of them).
5 Health Benefits of CBD for Cats
CBD Can Put a Paws on Arthritis and Joint Pain
It was previously believed that dogs had a higher chance of experiencing arthritis; however, recent studies have shown that cats get arthritis just as frequently as dogs, with higher chances in older cats.
According to a 2011 study, 61% of cats six years or older have arthritis in at least one joint and 82% of cats 14 years or older suffer from arthritis.
This can lead to decreased mobility, constant pain, lack of energy, and all sorts of other symptoms that can make life unpleasant. Since reducing joint pain is one of the primary benefits that people are seeking when using CBD, and the joint system of pets like your cat is similar in design and function, it makes sense that CBD is likely to be beneficial to felines as it is in humans.
While age is inevitable when it comes to mobility, CBD can help improve the situation.
Packed with powerful anti-inflammatory properties, CBD can help reduce inflammation, while mitigating the spread of further inflammation. In addition, researchers have found that CBD can decrease the perceived level of pain by activating and desensitizing the brain’s vanilloid receptor.
CBD Can Help Alleviate Stress and Anxiety, Right Meow!
By doing so, CBD has shown to help reduce stress levels while improving our brain’s “Fight or Flight response,” or how the brain responds to stress signals.
CBD Can Help Stimulate Your Cat’s “Inner-Garfield”
While your cat shouldn’t eat as much as Garfield, a regular eating habit is important for their health.
Decreased appetite can be caused by a variety of factors including dental problems, mood issues, and numerous health conditions.
“Poor appetite just means your cat is not feeling well,” explains Dr. Linda Ross, associate professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Ross notes that, once you identify an eating problem with your cat, try and get to the root of the problem. The issue may be as simple as a change in diet or feeding times or it could be caused by a mood or health issue.
Like humans, cats can, unfortunately, suffer from epilepsy and experience seizures at varying levels of severity and frequencies.
Seizures occur when there is an abnormal level of electrochemical activity in the brain and are typically caused by brain damage or other brain conditions.
While there is still much research to be done regarding CBD for the treatment of epileptic seizures in felines, specifically, there has been an increasing number of studies on the subject with very promising results.
One of the most well-known studies is a 2015 study by the American Epilepsy Society, in which the researchers confirmed that CBD was effective in reducing both the frequency and severity of seizures, with a median reduction rate of 45.1%.
CBD is the Cat’s Pajamas
With the ability to provide natural relief for numerous conditions, CBD can improve your cat’s overall quality of life and keep them healthier longer. It’s no wonder that more and more people are discovering how CBD can help their cat too.
If that’s not the “Cat’s Pajama’s” I’m not sure what is!
As researchers continue to learn more about this amazing hemp-derived cannabinoid, hopefully, we will uncover more ways CBD can benefit our pets.
Thank you very much for reading our article. I hope it helped to inform you about the many benefits of CBD for cats and added value to your life!
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Because research is still inconclusive, we still strongly advise consulting your vet before giving CBD to your cat. You should also ask them if there are any contraindications to mixing CBD with any existing medication that your older cat may be taking. While we do aim to provide the most thorough and well-researched information and CBD has been shown to be well-tolerated by most pets, each person and animal’s body is unique and should be individually assessed.