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      CATNIP: What is it? What are the benefits?

      CATNIP: What is it? What are the benefits?

      We’ve all seen videos of cats going bonkers over a little plant called catnip. Rolling around, rubbing up against toys, and sprinting around the room may have been behaviors you have witnessed from kitties who have just come in contact with it. But what exactly is catnip and why does it cause cats to behave this way? 

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      CBD Hemp Oil for Cats 101

      CBD Hemp Oil for Cats 101

      Nope, CBD won’t get your kitty high! In fact, many pet owners and holistic veterinarians recommend it for it's health benefits. Read more about it below! 

      What is CBD?

      Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of more than 60 compounds known as cannabinoids found within cannabis plants. There are many strains of cannabis, but marijuana and hemp are the two most commonly utilized by humans. Hemp, unlike marihuana, does not produce a “high” and is most commonly used for industrial and therapeutic purposes. CBD hemp oil is derived from this safer, more medicinal strain. 

      The cat products we offer at our store in Downtown Santa Barbara are from the #1 CBD for pets brand Holistapet and they have 0% THC, which means they are non psychoactive (no “high”). 

      Hemp has been used to sooth a variety of ailments for nearly 1,000 years. Despite being used mostly for humans in the past, new research is showing that the health benefits extend to pets too. Nowadays, holistic veterinarians and pet parents are singing the praises of CBD hemp oil as a natural and effective treatment for a growing list of issues in cats.

      How does it work? 

      All mammals and many other animal species have an endocannabinoid system which is an interconnected chain of receptors found in the brain, nervous system, glands, and organs. This system controls health and healing by acting as a command center and maintaining balance within the body.

      CBD oil produces therapeutic affects in the body by stimulating the endocannabinoid system to promote overall healing and wellness. It helps naturally regulate the system to maintain ideal balance and influence many internal processes related to pain, mood, sleep, and immune function.

      Studies have demonstrated the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD as well as its ability to reduce anxiety and pain, lessen seizure activity, and improve overall well being. In addition to its many medicinal benefits, CBD is also quite safe for cats as long as it contains little to no THC, like the products we offer here. It may even help improve your cat’s mood, skin, coat, and energy levels.

      What should you use CBD Hemp oil for in cats? Some of the most common uses are: 

      CDB Hemp Oil for Anxiety in Cats:

       Some cats suffer from chronic anxiety while others experience it only situationally. Like a visit to the vet, a new cat entering the environment, or moving to a new home. Stress isn’t only harmful to your cat, but it can also cause unwanted behaviors like urinating or defecating outside the litterbox, aggression, or destructive scratching. Even worse, some cats become physically ill as a result of their stress, refusing to eat or experiencing vomiting or diarrhea. For these kitties, CBD may help supplement the endocannabinoid system by altering serotonin signals. Seratonin is a hormone that helps regulate mood. CBD is thought to affect how the brain reacts to seratonin, much like many prescription antidepressants.

      CBD Hemp Oil for Pain in Cats:

      CBD has anti-inflammatory properties and it’s safe for cats. Rather than using steroids or harmful medications, this natural oil can relieve pain associated with joint pain, nerve conditions, injuries and illnesses. That is why many vets are recommending it. 

      CDB Hemp Oil for Gastrointestinal Issues in Cats:

      Many cats suffer from gastrointestinal problems such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and pancreatitis. Since it is a natural anti-inflammatory, many holistic vets recommend CBD hemp oil for their feline IBD patients. By reducing irritation and inflammation in the digestive tract, CBD may reduce IBD symptoms such as pain, discomfort, vomiting, diarrhea, poor appetite and weight loss.

      CDB Hemp Oil for Chronic Upper Respiratory Infections: 

      Many cats suffer from life-long viral infections causing symptoms like chronic congestion, sneezing, and itchy, runny eyes. Veterinarians and pet parents have discovered that feline patients taking CBD hemp oil for other ailments have had the “side effect” of reduced URI symptoms.

      CBD Hemp Oil For Appetite Stimulation: 

      Cats are usually finicky eaters. You can imagine that when they are stressed, battling an illness or undergoing certain treatments, getting them to eat can be challenging. Cannabis stimulates the appetite and suppresses nausea. 

      Now that you know more about the health benefits of CBD in cats, go ahead and check out Cat Therapy's favorite CBD products at our location in Santa Barbara, located at 1213 State St. Suite L.