Did you that just like in dogs and human beings, cats also have built in their anatomy, an endocannabinoid system? Well, that’s good news for cat lovers whichever way you look at it. Why? Well, this means that cats, just like dogs and human beings can derive the therapeutic benefits that cannabinoids like CBD provide. Bet you can’t wait to get started. We as well can’t wait to let the cat out of the bag regarding all the wonderful benefits that CBD promises to shower your cat with. Let’s dive right in and about CBD and how beneficial it could be for your cat.

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How does cbd work for cats?
Like we’ve just made you aware, cats do have an endocannabinoid system. This system is made of receptors that tend to respond positively when they come in touch with cannabinoids like CBD or THC. CBD in particular has been shown to impact these receptors with its anti-inflammatory and antipsychotic properties, thereby making them to be able to function a whole lot better than usual. Such interaction between CBD and the receptors found in the endocannabinoid system is what creates and delivers the many benefits that human beings, dogs and for that matter cats enjoy. Whether it’s to relieve pain, manage stress or reduce aggression, CBD does and can benefit your cat by;

Alleviating stress and anxiety

It may surprise you to know that your cat can go through moments of stress and anxiety like you yourself could? Through conflicts with other cats, changes in the environment, health problems, etc., cats could end up getting stressed out. Protracted periods of stress in cats is likely to lead to more negative consequences like poor eating and grooming habits, declined health and other pertinent issues. During periods of stress, the production of cortisol, the stress hormone spikes up. CBD helps mitigate stress and anxiety by controlling the production levels of cortisol and having a positive impact on the brain receptors that regulate the cat’s mood.

Reducing epileptic seizures
It may surprise you to know that just like human beings, cats could suffer from epilepsy and seizures? Yes, they can. When there is irregular and abnormal levels of electrochemical activity within the brain, seizures can occur. Of course, there isn’t much substantive research about CBD and how it helps the situation of cats with seizures but the studies out there about CBD and epilepsy in felines is very promising. In 2015, a study by the American Epilepsy society revealed how effective CBD was in the reduction of both the frequency and severity of seizures, with a median reduction rate of 45.1%

Halting arthritis and joint pain
Until recently, it was thought that only dogs could end up contracting arthritis. However, many studies have come in recently to show how cats are as susceptible to arthritis as dogs with older cats even more at risk of ending up with arthritis. A study in 2011 revealed that 61% of cats, six years and above experienced arthritis in at least one joint and in cats that were 14 years or older, arthritis was evident in the bodies of 82% of them. The good news, however, is that CBD has shown to be able to help with this condition. Because CBD constitutes very powerful anti-inflammatory properties, it not only helps reduce inflammation, it also helps stifle the spread of the inflammation any further.

What we can say is that research isn’t strongly conclusive as of yet and it’d be a prudent idea to check in with your vet before administering CBD to your cat.