Here are a few suggested ways to give CBD oil to your cat at home.
Cats are notoriously difficult when it comes to taking medicine or supplements. Ideally, you are able to give your cat their daily CBD oil serving directly, but in some cases a particularly stubborn kitty can require you to be cleverer.
Phyto Animal Health’s Pet Vitality™ and Vitality-X™ are daily use CBD supplements designed for pets like your cat. Made with high-quality CBD hemp oil and MCT oil sourced from coconuts, the two supplements come in a pourable liquid that is easy to measure and administer.
Using these tips and some advanced preparation, giving your cat CBD oil doesn’t have to be difficult.
Why Give CBD Oil to Your Cat?
CBD oil provides cats with both the balancing properties of CBD and the nourishing benefits of hemp oil.
CBD is an all-natural cannabinoid that interacts with your kitty’s endocannabinoid system. Like in humans, your cat’s endocannabinoid system regulates many of the body’s functions, making adjustments as necessary to make sure that they stay in balance and perform at their best.
The influence of CBD on your cat’s endocannabinoid system produces an array of natural benefits, including promoting cardiovascular function, supporting healthy joints, and promoting neurological health and emotional behavior.
Made from hemp, CBD oil also contains various dietary nutrients that can help ensure your cat gets what they need to live happy and healthy. CBD oil is a good source of nutrients like calcium, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, phosphorus, potassium, and vitamins A, B12, C, and E. These nutrients encourage better skin and coat health and support general wellness.
Give Your Cat CBD Oil Directly
Giving your cat any type of supplement can be one of the most challenging tasks of any pet owner. However, with preparation and some practice, many pet owners are able to place their cat’s daily CBD oil serving directly into their mouth.
Before beginning, get all of your supplies prepared. You’ll need:
- Dosing syringe or dropper
- CBD oil supplement
- Towel (optional)
Draw up your cat’s CBD oil serving into the dosing syringe or dropper and place it nearby where you intend to administer the supplement.
To give your cat CBD oil, first place them on a hard surface, facing away from you with their hindquarters against your body. Some cat owners kneel on the floor, cuddling their cat’s hind legs into their thighs. Others will place the cat on a table and press their cat against their torso.
With one hand holding the supplement, use your free hand to tilt your cat’s head up slightly. Place the tip of the dropper or syringe into the back corner of your cat’s mouth. Slowly squirt the CBD oil into the mouth, giving your cat enough time to swallow.
If your cat gets nervous during the process, wrapping them with a towel can help calm them and make the experience more pleasant.
Many cat owners have found that giving their cat a treat immediately afterward as a reward helps. Some cats will more easily allow administration if they’ve come to expect their favorite treat.
Mix it Into Food
If giving CBD oil to your cat directly is not an option, there are other solutions.
Phyto Animal Health’s CBD oil comes in a versatile, pourable liquid. This makes it easy to hide daily CBD oil servings in your cat’s canned food.
To help make sure that your cat swallows their entire daily CBD oil serving, mix the CBD oil thoroughly into a small amount of canned food rather than mixing it into a full bowl that your cat may not completely finish.
Low sodium chicken broth or tuna juice can be used to more thoroughly mask the oil’s flavor.
Hide CBD Oil in a Treat
Cat treats may be another option for giving your cat their daily CBD. You may be able to hide the CBD oil in the food treat. This technique is most successful in cats who particularly love treats.
Available on the market are treats specifically designed to hold pills and liquid medications or supplements. These treats come open, allowing for filling. Then they can be sealed by pinching the end with your fingers. These treats can effectively mask the light “grassy” smell and taste of CBD oil, increasing the chances your cat will eat them.
Place the CBD Oil on Paws
A particular clever way to give your cat their daily CBD oil is to drip their serving directly atop their paws. Cats in particular do not like to be dirty and will be compelled to immediately lick up the CBD oil liquid.
If your cat’s serving size is too much for one paw, consider splitting the serving onto each of the cat’s two paws.
Get Your Cat Started with CBD Oil
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