In a previous post, Reefer Post discussed how to make CBD edibles for dogs. This post, and another titled “Can Dogs Get High” went into full detail on the effects and benefits of CBD for dogs. But what about cats? While there are many dog owners out there, there are also many cat owners. Many want to know if CBD can help out their feline friend in any way. Well, look no further. This post will explain the effects of CBD on cats, as well as the benefits it can offer. Also, there is a recipe for homemade CBD cat edibles, if you would like to make some for your cat(s).
Effects and Benefits on Cats
CBD can offer several benefits for cats. These benefits include (but are not limited to):
- relieving stress and anxiety
- soothing chronic pain
- improving digestive health
- slowing the growth of arthritis and joint pain
- treating a lack of appetite
- improving overall mood
The list does not stop there. The only problem is that not enough research has been done between CBD and cats. This is what we know (as of now) and we will continue to learn more as more research is conducted. Take a look at the list above. Does your cat show any signs of any of these conditions? CBD in cats is great for general issues such as stress, anxiety, and pain. And yes, it can increase your cat’s appetite. Just don’t let your cat eat too much; you don’t want him getting the munchies and looking like Garfield.
Cats have something called an endocannabinoid system, just like humans (and even dogs). This system in our bodies has many responsibilities, such as regulating appetite, sleeping patterns, and general mood. CBD works with the endocannabinoid system to alter it, which is where the benefits come in. Because CBD works on the endocannabinoid systems of dogs, cats, and humans, we all experience similar effects and benefits. So think about how CBD affects you when you consume it, and that is very similar to the effects on dogs and cats.
Speaking about effects, what are the actual effects of CBD on cats? Will they get high? The answer is no. CBD gives off no psychoactive effects (like THC does), and therefore cannot get your cat high. So unless you are giving your cat THC (which is not recommended), then your cat can consume CBD and remain sober.
Now that you understand the health benefits of CBD for your cat(s) and how good is it to give them some, you might want to make your own. Sure, you could always go buy some already-made cat edibles from the store. In my opinion, homemade is always better; you know every ingredient in what you are serving! Check out this recipe below for your cat’s CBD supply. Here’s what you’ll need for it:
- 1/2 cup of CBD oil (for dosage, use 10-13 mg of CBD per tbsp.)
- 2 sweet potatoes (cooked and mashed)
- 1/2 cup of coconut flour
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup of gelatin powder
- 1 can of tuna or sardines (drained)
Step 1: Create the mix
First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (176 C). Next, add all of the ingredients into a medium-sized bowl. Mix them all together. While mixing, make sure that every ingredient (including the potatoes and fish) is evenly mashed up and mixed in. You may need to add a small amount more coconut flour if you need the dough to gain a consistency like Play-Doh.
Step 2: Form each edible
Now you’ll want to separate the mixture into small balls. Roll each ball up to be 1 inch big. Once each ball has been rolled, slightly mash them down. If desired, you can use cookie cutters to design each edible (but this is not necessary). When finished, each edible should look like a 1-inch ball was smashed.
Step 3: Bake the edibles
Once you have formed your cat’s edibles, it’s time to bake them! Bake the edibles for 20 minutes, or until they turn a light brown color. Then, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool. Once they have cooled down, your feline friend can now enjoy their treats! You can store these edibles in a refrigerator for several weeks, or a freezer for several months.
That is how to make CBD edibles for your cats that will offer many health benefits for them. Hope you enjoyed this post. Want to make some edibles for yourself? Check out some of our other recipes:
All Edible Recipes
FAQ: Making CBD Edibles for Your Cat
A: CBD oil designed specifically for cats is best, as it can be dispensed in small amounts and has been tailored to the specific needs of cats.
A: Yes, you can give your cat CBD edibles as treats provided that the dosage is appropriate for your cat’s size and condition.
A: Yes, you can mix CBD oil with your cat’s food as long as it is a food your cat enjoys and the dosage is appropriate.
A: Yes, there are a few things you can do to make sure your cat absorbs CBD edibles. For example, ensure that you pick an appropriate dosage for your cat, choose full-spectrum CBD products, and use oil-based CBD products instead of capsules.