CBD Cat Treats: Your Treat Guide

CBD Cat Treats: Your Treat Guide

  • Kirsten Thornhill - 18.10.2021

Why Choose CBD Cat Treats?

Broad-spectrum CBD, broad-spectrum extract, hemp seed oil, hemp oil, grain-free CBD Oil and CBD Food Topper – there has been an explosion of new CBD products and brands.  


With so many brands and choices, making the right one can be a little more than challenging. Today’s article will explain everything you need to know about CBD products for cats – from potential health benefits to common side-effects to dosage and features to look for when buying the right CBD treats for your cat. 


CBD for Cats: A Brief Overview


When it comes to adding a CBD supplement to the menu of choice for your cat, most cat parents choose CBD treats or oils. 


The reason behind the choice is simple – practicality. Although CBD treats are usually less cost-effective and take more time to kick in, they are much easier to administer to a finicky cat compared to a CBD oil.


Cat are infamous for their picky eating habits and can quickly sense the few CBD oil drops in their meals in an instant. Putting the dropper inside a cat's mouth is even more likely to be mission impossible, cats stay still long enough right? On the other hand, featuring cat-friendly salmon favored CBD treats are straightforward to give and can be used on the go. 


Are CBD Treats Safe for Cats?

Yes, when used as directed, CBD treats are safe for cats. 


They have the potential to be health-promoting and highly palatable. Cat treat chews are an easy-to-use cat CBD product. 


A study that investigated pet safety with the use of CBD suggested that "hemp-based CBD appears to be relatively safe in healthy populations of dogs and cats." 


However, as with any other medication or supplement or holistic alternative, the use of CBD treats can be accompanied by potential adverse side effects.


Although there are not many studies on the potential adverse effects caused by CBD products in cats yet, based on current knowledge, there are some worth sharing with you. 


Are There Side Effects?

There are potential side effects your cat may endure when taking cannabidiol. These adverse effects may include:

  • Dry Mouth – CBD may decrease saliva production, which typically results in increased thirst and more substantial water consumption. Consequently, there will be an expected increase in their urination frequency to follow. 


  • Increased Appetite – CBD oil may help promote a healthy appetite. This is considered a benefit in some cats, while in an obese or overweight cat on strict feeding regimens, the increased appetite is labeled as a potential side effect.


  • Lip licking – Probably, the increased licking is linked with the unusual sensation caused by the overly dry mouth. 


  • Drowsiness – Sudden tiredness and increased sleepiness are common yet benign. Some cats may also exhibit decreased paw-to-eye coordination. 


  • Lower Blood Pressure – Due to the potential of CBD’s calming effect, higher CBD doses may be associated with temporary drops in heart rate and blood pressure, which ultimately may result in light-headedness. 




The good news?! These side effects are minor to mild and are often resolve after a few days. To fully avoid adverse reactions, we recommend a slow introduction to CBD products and oils.   


We also suggest talking to your veterinarian before starting your feline on any cannabis or CBD products, as CBD could interact with certain prescription medications your cat is already taking.

How Do CBD Treats Work for Cats?

The medical abbreviation for cannabidiol is CBD, which is one of the naturally occurring and active compounds in the Cannabis sativa plant. The cannabis plant has 100+ different cannabinoids, but cannabidiol (CBD) is quickly gaining popularity along tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) rapidly. 


CBD benefits cats through the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is an essential and rather complicated system responsible for managing many processes including appetite, sleep, metabolism, inflammation, immunity, pain, memory, mood, etc. 


Despite its complexities, the ECS has only three main components – endocannabinoids, cannabinoid receptors, and enzymes. CBD works by replacing the endocannabinoids and binding with their receptors, resulting in homeostasis, balance, and health benefits. 

Best CBD Treats for Cats

The best CBD treats for cats should be made of organic ingredients and non-GMO hemp plants. In addition, CBD for cat products should be labeled as broad-spectrum CBD treats. They should also be free from allergen and filler ingredients like corn, wheat, dairy, soy, or gluten. 


All ingredients in the treats must be natural and organic. Some ingredients are added to improve the palatability of the treats and make them more cat-friendly, while others (i.e. brewers yeast) are added because of their rich nutrient profiles.


Even the added flavors and preservatives (like potassium chloride, which the FDA approves as safe) must be all-natural. After all, you only want the best for your precious companion!


Are There Benefits?

Although there are no firm studies on the subject, anecdotal information suggests that CBD oil can be used for assisting with an array of ailments in cats, including situational anxiety, behavioral anxiety, pain, inflammation, mobility issues, gastrointestinal issues, kidney diseases, seizures, and skin allergies.

CBD for Cat Anxiety 

Cats typically manifest anxiety through two forms – situational anxiety and behavioral anxiety. Situational anxiety can be triggered by short-lasting events such as fireworks, traveling, thunderstorms, car rides, and guests.


Behavioral anxiety, on the other hand, is a more ongoing issue that includes unwanted behaviors, including aggression, separation anxiety, or stress due to previous trauma. 


CBD has been demonstrated to display anxiolytic effects and can promote relaxation by changing the way the brain responds to serotonin


CBD for Cat Pain

It has been suggested that CBD can help in reducing discomfort associated with certain painful conditions in felines. This is because CBD oil can inhibit the so-called vanilloid receptor's function in the brain.


When the vanilloid receptor is turned off, for instance, and does not function, the cat cannot feel occasional discomfort. The occasional discomfort associated with age-related arthritis is one example.




CBD for Cat Skin Allergies

Skin allergies are a widespread problem in cats, regardless of the time of year, season, or where you reside. CBD oil may be able to help with occasional and seasonal allergies in cats, however. 

CBD oil supports skin health, helps manages inflammation, and soothes skin-related issues associated with allergies.

Differences Between CBD Treats and Oils for Cats


CBD Oil for cats comes with a measure-indicated dropper that makes the dosing easy and precise. Plus, the CBD found in tincture versions may enter and be absorbed into the bloodstream faster, which ensures quicker effects. However, tincture forms may be harder to administer to in cats.


Because of their delicate palate, cats are, more likely than not, fussy eaters and can taste the difference in their meal, especially when there is something that isn’t a regular ingredient. Applying the oil directly in their mouth is even more challenging than sneaking a drop or two into the meal, trust us on this one!

CBD treats, in the form of soft chews, are easier to use – your kitty will feel like you are rewarding them with treats for cats because of her excellent behavior. Plus, the treats are more practical as you can use them on the go, anytime!


Our Cat Food Topper Treat comes in a natural salmon flavor, one your catto is sure to love! This tasty treat contains 30 scoops of 15 mg of CBD per serving. Which, hopefully, makes the dosing more a precise math approach compared to a rough estimation.

All in all, both products have their pros and cons. The good news is, you can use them both – CBD Oil for Cats when you need precise dosing, and faster effect and Cat CBD Food Topper when you are on the go and prefer a more sprinkled mode of use. 


The goal is to use broad-spectrum hemp extract that ensures optimal health benefits. The form is a matter of preference. You know your cat best, and you are best suited to choose the CBD product for your kitty. 

Why Purchase Cat CBD Treats from Petly CBD?

Petly CBD Cat Food Topper checks all boxes for quality, safety, and efficacy. Let's take a look at those boxes: 


  • Broad-spectrum CBD hemp oil 
  • Extracted using CO2 technique from organic hemp 
  • 100% natural and cat-friendly flavored 
  • Vegan and without filler and allergen ingredients 
  • Free from artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives 
  • Sourced and manufactured in the US
  • Certificate of analysis available



CBD Cat Treats: Final Thoughts

Although research is still sparse and in the works, anecdotal reports and studies conducted on humans are holding promising. If we pull information and results from these studies, we may be able to suggest that CBD products are good for your cat’s overall health. 


As new studies emerge so will the popularity of CBD products. Pending future approval, more and more cat parents may be implementing this potentially therapeutic, yet a still maybe a bit misunderstood, herbal medicine as part of their cats’ healthcare plan.


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