Just like humans and dogs, the feline anatomy is also equipped with an endocannabinoid system (ECS). And just like you, your cat can reap the amazing health benefits from cannabinoids such as CBD.
Research reveals that enjoying a cat nap isn’t the only similarities cat lovers share with their furry feline companions.
Purrrrhaps you’d like to keep reading, we’re about to let the cat out of the bag.
We’ll explain how CBD works and explore how your cat can benefit from CBD.
Let’s get into it.
How CBD Works for Cats
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a network of receptors found throughout the CNS (Central Nervous System) and other biological systems that can interact with cannabinoids like CBD and THC. We go through this in more depth in our article, What is CBD?
By influencing these receptors with its anti-inflammatory and antipsychotic properties, studies have shown that CBD can react to these receptors in positive ways, regulating biochemical activities such as sleep, pain, etc.
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
Arthritis and Joint Pain
Recent studies have shown that cats get arthritis just as frequently as dogs, with higher changes in older cats.
According the the 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 leads to decreased mobility, constant pain, lack of energy, and all sorts of other symptoms that can make life unpleasant.
However, CBD may help improve their 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.
Stress and Anxiety
Just like humans, cats can also experience stress and anxiety at varying levels. Common stressors for cats can include changes to their environment, conflicts with other animals, poor relationships with their human, other health problems.
Prolonged anxiety can lead to declining health, poor habits, behavioral issues, poor eating habits, and a host of many other issues.
CBD can help alleviate stress and anxiety by moderating the stress hormone production and work with receptors in the ECS to regulate mood, hunger, and other neurological activity.
While your cat shouldn’t be overweight in general, a regular eating habit is important for a cat’s health.
As we mentioned above, stress, anxiety, and other variables can cause a lack of appetite for a cat. This lack of appetite can also lead to other health problems which include dental problems, irregular stools, changes in mood, and other health conditions.
While the issue may vary, CBD can help stimulate your cat’s appetite and can provide relief for some of the possible issues, such as mood disorders, hormonal imbalance, inflamed bowel syndrome, or stress.
Cat’s Attitude (Cattitude)
Grumpy Cat” has been humorized throughout the internet but it can be a serious problem caused by low levels of energy, unbalanced hormones, or other deeper issues.
By alleviating issues that are possibly at the root of the issue, such as health issues, stress, and anxiety, CBD can help improve your cat’s mood-related disorders.
In addition, CBD can work synergistically to maintain homeostasis in the body by interacting with receptors in the brain responsible for regulating mood levels and moderating hormone production.
Reduce Seizures in Cats
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.
CBD Is A Cat’s Best Friend
CBD can overall improve your cat’s way of life and keep them healthier and happier for much longer.
As more and more research comes out on how CBD behaves in cats, we hope that it can benefit your little furry friend as well.
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