22 Dec Is Hemp Oil an Option for your Cat’s Anxiety?
There’s been a lot of discussion about using hemp oil to help calm separation anxiety in dogs – but is it an option for cats? Cats are mammals. All mammals have an endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system produces natural cannabinoids/endocannabinoids to help regulate the body. There isn’t always a sufficient supply of cannabinoids and endocannabinoids being produced. Here we’ll take answer the question – is hemp oil an option for your cat’s anxiety?
When your cat feels stress, anxiety is a natural response. Stress can arise from moving to a new home, a new baby, a new animal friend, weather and groups of people in the home. A trip to the vet may produce extreme symptoms of stress since a majority of cats do not travel in a car often. Some cats deal well with change – but some feel extra stress.
In some cats, anxiety can be so bad that it causes them nausea and an altered mood. Treating feline anxiety may be difficult. Some cats may respond negatively to traditional medicines.
Identifying Anxiety in your Cat
There are some common symptoms associated with anxiety in cats. If you suspect that your cat is experiencing anxiety, it is important to pay attention to his or her reactions.
Common symptoms include:
- Urination in places other than a litter box
- Random/spontaneous spraying
- Obsessive grooming
- Changes in activity frequency/amounts of activity
- Scratching furniture
- Aggressive behaviors (clawing and biting)
Discuss these symptoms with your vet and obtain a proper diagnosis before using any remedy – natural or prescribed.
Hemp oil and Anxiety
Hemp oil may be able to help reduce the frequency and severity of anxiety that your cat experiences. Finding the right dose of hemp oil for your cat is vital. Too little may not work. It is important to discuss proper dosing techniques with your vet.
If an increase is needed, it is important to do so in a small amount. Since hemp oil is not federally regulated, it may take a little time to determine the proper dose of hemp oil for your cat.
When hemp oil enters your cat’s body, it may work to help calm the activity in their brains that aids to the reaction to stress.
Choosing the Right Hemp Oil Product
If your cat has a sensitive stomach, hemp oil may not be the right product. The oil can be rich. Delivering the hemp oil through hard treats may be a better option. When the hemp oil is baked into a treat it can be easier for your cat to digest.