Updated: May 23
Are you considering introducing CBD to your cat’s routine to improve their quality of life? It can be daunting to know where to start or how to separate stigma from fact, but we hope that this guide provides help. If you have any questions or concerns you can ALWAYS reach out to the Suzie’s team for additional information.
CBD is a naturally occurring compound and runs no risk of abuse or overdose. Additionally, Suzie's makes sure that all of our products have been tested for content and contaminants and adhere to USDA organic standards.
CBD is federally legal with the guideline of containing less than .03% THC. It can be shipped and sold anywhere in the United States.
Will it Get my Cat "High"?
Nope! The feeling of being "high" is the result of the body's reward system being activated. CBD does not activate these receptors. In fact, studies have shown it might even inhibit them.
There would have to be a large quantity of THC in a product for this reward response to be activated which is not achievable under the legal limit for CBD cat products.
(*The legal limit of THC is .30% and Suzie's comes in at .03%)
CBD can alleviate swelling, inflammation, and pain from a variety of issues (arthritis, asthma, etc.).
Anxiety and Stress Reduction
CBD can help balance hormones and stimulate serotonin receptors. These benefits provide a sense of well being and calm for your cat.
Skin and Coat
CBD reduces inflammation and the effects of dry skin to make it softer, stronger, and shinier.
By reducing nausea and inflammation many cats with digestive issues can find relief from digestive problems with CBD.
In addition to these above benefits, CBD can be preventive of chronic health problems and assist in daily wellness.
Nausea can put an animal into a good bit of discomfort. It can even lead to a loss of appetite. We are often asked, "can CBD stimulate my cat's appetite?" CBD can stimulate your cat's appetite by making them comfortable and easing their nausea, both of which can get them back to eating regularly.
As with any new introduction to your cat's routine, there's no need to rush with CBS! As a general guideline we recommend 1 mg for every ten pounds of weight, split into AM and PM administrations.
However, this is a general recommendation! Your cat and their needs are unique. You can safely increase as needed until their needs are met. The only side effects of your cat getting more CBD than they may need are lethargy and looser stool. If you see these, you will know to dial back the dose, but your cat will be perfectly safe.
Generally, pet owners see little to no adverse side effects from CBD. That being said, every cat's system is different!
The important thing for cautious pet parents to remember is that you can never "overdose" on CBD. However, if you give too much too quickly you may see lethargy or softer stool. If these side effects happen you just need to reduce the dose you are providing.
If you've ever spent time with a cat you probably know most can be selective. Although the most direct method is by placing the oil into their mouth this can prove too difficult. Luckily, there are multiple ways to get cats to take CBD!
If you have a cat that loves treats then CBD cat treats in appetizing flavors are a great option.
If none of the other methods work, try placing CBD oil right onto the pad of your cat's paws. Instinctively cats will lick at anything placed there and will absorb the CBD that way.
Most pet owners find putting their CBD oil directly into their cat's food is the easiest method. Some owners have found crushing up CBD treats onto their food is also helpful.