Popularly known as marijuana, weed, pot, or hash, it started as hemp in India and was called Cannabis Sativa. Sativa is a Latin adjective that means ‘cultivated’. It originated from Pakistan and was brought by the Spanish explorers to Peru in 1545. It was considered the first cultivated plant in the world. Originally it started to be used as hemp.
In the US, 33 States have now legalized medicinal marijuana. The first state to legalized medicinal marijuana was in California in 1996. Check out the full list here: https://www.businessinsider.com/legal-marijuana-states-2018-1.
Two major components of cannabis (marijuana) are THC and CBD. THC is considered as the recreational aspect of marijuana since it makes people high. Cannabidiol is non-recreational but has therapeutic value in using for epileptic seizures among cats.
Three Major Types Of Seizure Among Cats
Toxins caused by Pyrethrin
It is a chemical compound found present in flea and tick sprays, dips and shampoos. Some of these are designed for dogs but may cause a seizure to cats when exposed to this toxin.
The following are its symptoms:
- Muscle tremor
- Stumbling and general muscular disorientation
Feline cardiomyopathy and heartworm disease
This is the deadliest form of seizure among cats. It can bring an instance of death even to a perfectly healthy feline (read more). Feline cardiomyopathy is a condition where the heart of the cat starts to thicken decreasing the flow of blood. Some symptoms are loss of appetite, lethargy, weak pulse, difficulty in breathing and others. Feline Heartworms, on the other hand, are more common in dogs compared to cats. It is a blood-borne parasite – Dirofilaria immitus. Female parasites are longer compared to male parasites sometimes reaching from 6 to 14 inches and can be found in the heart.
There is no known reason why cats are affected by idiopathic epilepsy.
Scientist suspects that it is a genetic disorder. Those with epilepsy will have a sudden uncontrolled physical attack with or without losing consciousness. Usually, symptoms appear when they are 1 to 4 years old.
CBD Oil is used for felines suffering from – cancer, lack of appetite, arthritis, chronic pain, and seizures.
Epileptic Seizure or Idiopathic Epilepsy
Feline epilepsy affects 2% of this adorable population, causing them to experience random seizures and temporary loss of consciousness. Commonly prescribed medicine is the AED or Anti-Epileptic Drugs. Unfortunately, not all of them responds well to AED. Some side effects such as loss of weight, increase salivation and urination were observed. Now owners can replace or supplement these drugs with Cannabidiol oil. It is proven that CBD oil is effective in controlling seizures among felines reducing it to as much as 36.5% over a year. This pet website can help you learn more about this.
4 Major Types Of CBD Oil
- CBD Oils in bottles – This comes with a dropper so you can just to the food or water of the cat or drop it directly into the mouth.
- CBD treats – It comes in regular flavors such as tuna or catnip.
- CBD topicals – Are creams and lotions which can be massaged or applied directly into the fur or skin.
- Sublingual – This is the fastest way for medicine to enter into the bloodstream. It is applied under the tongue of the cat.
Tips On Choosing The Correct CBD Oil For Cats
- Buy CBD Oils for Cats – Never use CBD Oils for humans to pets. These animals are more sensitive to THC compared to people.
- Choose Cannabidiol Oils from hemp and never from marijuana – This way it will be more legal since it comes from hemp. Marijuana is toxic to cats since it contains a high level of THC. Hemps only contains 0.3% THC.
- Always consult your veterinarian. Factors such as the proper dosage for CBD oil should first be determined. Know the type of disease your pet may have.
- Read online reviews.
Though side effects in the use of CBD Oil are extremely rare, if you ever suspect a one in your cat, look for the following signs: sedation, dry mouth, nausea and changes in appetite and weight. If this occurs consult your veterinarian as soon as possible. The dosage may be decreased or will be reintroduced gradually into their system. Take note – kittens react differently to CBD Oil compared to adult felines. So if there are kittens around consult your veterinarian.
Originally posted 2019-09-20 17:40:30. Republished by Blog Post Promoter