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CBD Dosing for Cats: Choosing & Calculating the Right Dose
In this article, I am going to walk you through how to calculate a dose of CBD for your kitty.
For kitties, I recommend starting with the HempRx Soft Chewz or the HempRx oil. If you have multiple kitties, I recommend using the HempRx Forte to save money. This version is twice as concentrated with over twice the volume.
Products with high levels of CBD are expensive. For this reason, it is most economical to find the smallest dose that is effective for your kitty. There are no industry wide established doses for cats currently. As the cannabis market expands, more resources will be dedicated to research in optimal dosing for cats.
Choosing A Dose
I start with 0.2 mg/kg twice daily and work up to 0.5 mg/kg or higher twice daily. For the average 10 lb cat, this is 1 mg twice daily, working up to 2 mg twice daily. If you are using HempRx Soft Chewz, there are 1 mg in each chew. So, I recommend starting with one chew twice daily and increase to two chews twice daily.
If you are using HempRx, 1 mg equals 2 drops. I recommend starting with 2 drops twice daily and increase to 4 drops twice daily. If you are using HempRx Forte, 1 mg equals 1 drop. The starting dose would be 1 drop twice daily, increasing to 2 drops twice daily. I recommend staying at the starting dose for 2-3 days to ensure that your kitty tolerates CBD and the ingredients in the soft chew.
It is safe to increase the dose past 0.5 mg/kg twice daily. Often for severe pain, seizures or severe inflammatory disease, I increase to 2-3 mg/kg twice daily. For reference, both of my kitties are on 2 mg/kg or more twice daily. I definitely have the HempRx Forte in my fridge! If your kitty tolerates CBD, the only downsides to a higher dose, is a higher cost.
Calculating a Dose
If you want to skip the calculations, I have a dosing chart here. However, if you want to calculate the dose yourself, here is how.
Step 1: Convert your kitty’s weight from pounds (lbs) to kilograms (kg). You can do this by dividing the weight in pounds by 2.2. Let’s start with an 11 lb kitty.
11 lb (division sign) 2.2 = 5 kg
Step 2: Multiply the number of milligrams (mg) in the dose by the number of kilograms (kg). If the dose is 0.2 mg/kg, you would multiply 5 kg x 0.2 mg to get 1 mg.
0.2 mg x 5 kg = 1 mg per dose
Step 3: Use the concentration of the CBD product you are using to calculate the volume of oil you should administer. Depending on the product you are using, this is easier said than done. If you are using HempRx or HempRx Forte, it’s REALLY simple! HempRx has 0.5 mg per drop. HempRx Forte has 1 mg per drop. For example if you need to give your kitty 3 mg of CBD twice daily. You could use 6 drops of the HempRx or 3 drops of the HempRx Forte twice daily.
If you are using another product, you need to know how many milligrams (mg) of CBD is in each milliliter (mL) of oil. Unfortunately there are a few companies that refuse to disclose this information. It is impossible to know if the dose you are using is therapeutic. For this reason, I don’t recommend these products. Once you know how many milligrams of CBD are in each milliliter (ml) you can calculate the dose volume.
For example, HempRx has 15 mg of CBD per milliliter (mL) of oil. If I have calculated my dose to 4 mg of CBD twice daily, I simply divide 4 by 15 to get the number of milliliters of oil I need to give my kitty.
HempRx has 15 mg/ml of CBD
Dose of CBD is 4 mg twice daily
4 mg (divided by sign) 15 mg = 0.266 ml
Dosing past one tenth of a milliliter is difficult. Don’t do it! I would round 0.266 mls to 0.3 mls. For this volume, you could use a 1 milliliter syringe and draw back to 0.3 mL mark. If you prefer to use the dropper in the bottle, you could estimate a third of the dropper. This assumes the dropper holds 1 mL of liquid. For reference 1 milliliter (mL) is equal to a cc.
Dosage for Cats: How Much CBD Should I Give My Cat?
With the rapidly rising popularity of pet CBD , you’ve likely considered giving your cat CBD of some kind. Your friends are probably posting about using pet CBD on social media, and many articles are being published about pets and CBD. Maybe you’ve heard that CBD is good for a health problem your cat is having like allergies or stress . Or, perhaps you’re motivated by wanting to promote your cat’s good health and are wondering how much CBD to give your cat. While there aren’t any official recommendations from the FDA, a rule of thumb when it comes to giving cats CBD is 1-2 mg per 10 lbs of weight. A good general recommendation is to start at the low end, 1 mg, and adjust up from there in 1-2 mg increments until you see the desired results with your cat.
One reason you might want to give your cat CBD is because of all of the beneficial compounds found in hemp. Perhaps you’ve done some research on terpenes and think your cat could benefit from these potent plant chemicals. Terpenes are volatile plant compounds associated with smell and flavor. They also help make up a plant’s immune system, and these compounds may be very helpful for both humans and animals . Terpenes are just some of the helpful things found in hemp. CBD, or cannabidiol, is just one of many cannabinoids found in full-spectrum hemp, or hemp oil made from whole hemp plants. CBD acts on part of your cat’s nervous system called the endocannabinoid system . We have this same part of our nervous system, and CBD helps the endocannabinoid system communicate more effectively with the rest of the body. The endocannabinoid system is part of the central nervous system and is responsible for helping the body maintain homeostasis.
How Much CBD to Give Your Cat
While 1-2 mg per 10 lbs of body weight will help you find the right dose for your cat, most CBD companies include a dosing formula with their CBD product. This means you don’t have to do any math to figure out how much CBD to give when different CBD products have different CBD potencies. Below you’ll find a chart for giving your cat Pet Releaf CBD. And remember, at the end of the day, your cat gives the final word about what the appropriate dose is. Pay attention to your kitty during the first few days of giving him CBD and adjust your dose based on how he’s doing.
|1-15lbs||1 full dropper a day||Hemp Oil 100|
|15lbs +||1.5 full droppers a day||Hemp Oil 100|
|1-15lbs||0.25 dropper/day||Liposome Hemp Oil 100|
|15lbs +||0.5 dropper/day||Liposome Hemp Oil 100|
Factors to Consider Before Giving CBD to Your Cat
There are several factors, including the brand of CBD you choose and your cat’s overall health that may impact how much CBD you give your cat. Here are a few things to think about when deciding your cat’s CBD dosage.
How healthy is your cat?
If your cat is in good health, then she may only need a lower dose of CBD. However, if your cat has health issues, then you may want to work up to a larger dose to see the desired benefits. It depends on what your goals are for giving your cat CBD. Remember, look at your cat and see how they’re doing on whatever dose you’ve chosen, and go from there. In general, and especially if your cat has health issues, please talk to your vet before giving your cat any new supplements, including CBD.
What brand are you using?
It’s important to choose a high-quality CBD product for your cat. High-quality CBD will have active hemp plant compounds and be free from any harmful contaminants, like chemicals from farming, or solvents from the extraction process.
Each brand’s product, along with products within the same brand, will have a different potency, or amount, of CBD. CBD comes in concentrations from 100mg to 750mg and higher. Also, each manufacturer will have its individual dosing guidelines. Follow the instructions given and use your good judgment about whether to increase or decrease your cat’s dose based on their specific needs.
How are you giving your cat CBD?
Hemp oil, or CBD oil, is the most efficient and cost-effective way to give your cat CBD. You’re just paying for the CBD and nothing else. Most cat CBD oils are made with hemp oil mixed with a carrier oil like coconut oil or fish oil. Depending on your cat’s preferred administration method, Pet Releaf has oils that can be administered on an empty stomach and oils that can be administered during or after mealtime. Our USDA Organic Hemp Oils can be administered directly into your cat’s mouth with the dropper, or use the dropper to drip the amount of oil needed into your cat’s food bowl. Your cat will associate their food bowl with eating and will likely lick the CBD oil right up. Pet Releaf’s hemp oils are designed to be given twice per day, once in the AM and once in the PM. This way, CBD is always in your cat’s system.
If that method does not work, then Pet Releaf has a CBD oil that is designed to be taken during or after mealtimes. The Liposome Hemp Oil 100 can be administered during mealtime, making giving your cat CBD easy and painless.
CBD Dosage by the Size of your Cat
A common rule of thumb for giving CBD to cats is 1-5 mg per 10lbs of body weight. Here is a breakdown of how much Pet Releaf CBD to give your cat based on the type of CBD oil chosen and your cat’s weight. Each dose is designed to be divided between the morning and evening.
1. Small to medium cats (1-15lbs)
Pet Releaf’s Hemp Oil 100: 1 full dropper a day
Pet Releaf’s Liposome Hemp Oil 100 : 0.25 full dropper per day
2. Large cats (15lbs+)
Pet Releaf’s Hemp Oil 100: 1.5 droppers per day
Pet Releaf’s Liposome Hemp Oil 100: 0.5 full dropper per day
CBD Dosage FAQ’s
1. What CBD products are best for cats?
The best CBD products for cats are made with organically grown hemp and had no chemicals or solvents used in the extraction process. Look for USDA Organic and National Animal Supplement Council (NASC) seals on products. These seals indicate higher quality products.
2. How long will CBD last?
CBD will stay in your cat’s system for about 9 hours. This is why it’s best to divide your cat’s CBD dose into an AM and a PM dose and administer it twice a day.
3. Is it possible to give my cat too much CBD?
Just like it’s possible to feed your cat too much food, you could give your cat too much CBD on accident. Maybe the label was confusing, or perhaps your mischievous kitty knocked over the bottle of hemp oil and went to town! Have no fear, there is no known overdose amount for CBD and pets when using a full spectrum CBD product. A study done on dogs with CBD found that even incredibly high amounts were well tolerated. While cats and dogs are not the same, and you will want to use caution with CBD, like you would any supplement, there’s no evidence either scientific or anecdotal that a little extra CBD will hurt your cat. At worst, your cat will be extra drowsy for a little while if they accidentally get more than their usual dose.
4. How do I know if the CBD is working?
You’ll know when you see a change in your cat’s behavior or health. It may take a few weeks to see the full benefits, but you’ll likely start seeing a change within a few days. So, while the improvements might be gradual, you’ll know the CBD is helping when you observe a shift in your cat’s overall health.
5. How long does it take for the CBD to start working?
It’s going to be different for every cat. You might notice a difference in your cat within the first few hours after giving them CBD. If you don’t notice a change, you can up the amount of CBD you give them next time.
6. What are the risks of giving my cat CBD?
There are very few risks to giving your cat CBD, and most of them come from poor quality products and not CBD itself. The biggest side effect your cat might experience if he gets into too much CBD is some drowsiness. (Now, this isn’t the same if they get into marijuana—if your cat does eat something containing THC, they need to go to the emergency vet .)
The biggest risks of pet CBD come from poorly manufactured products that don’t contain the amount of CBD they claim, or contain harmful chemicals from conventionally grown hemp, or toxic solvents from the extraction process.
The best way to protect your cat when giving her CBD is to choose a reputable manufacturer that uses organic hemp and a solvent-free extraction process.
7. Can I give my cat CBD every day?
Yes, most CBD products are designed to be given twice a day.
Pet Releaf CBD for Cats
The people at Pet Releaf love their pets as much as you love your precious cat. That’s why they make their pet CBD with sustainably grown hemp and process it without any harmful chemicals or solvents. They use the whole hemp plant when making their CBD, because they know that hemp is full of many different beneficial compounds, like terpenes and other cannabinoids. Their Hemp Oil 100 is USDA Organic and made just for your cat. They also offer Liposome 100 CBD oil made with sustainably sourced Wild Alaskan Red Pollock fish oil. Your cat is sure to lick it right up!