CBD Dosage for Cats: How to Calculate the Perfect Dose

CBD has been widely used in recent years for its alleged health benefits, with over one-third of US adults now having tried CBD. While more research is needed, we have all seen significant anecdotal evidence that supports its effects on humans and other animals.

Like humans, cats and dogs have cannabinoid receptors in their brains, and taking CBD has shown promising results in recent studies. However, However, getting the dosage right is still necessary for the best results. So let’s talk about how to find the correct CBD dosage for your cat!

Recommended CBD Dosage for Pets

In most cases, you will determine CBD dosage by your cat’s body weight. We recommend using 1.75mg twice daily for every 10 pounds for cats. A healthy adult cat weighs between 6 and 12 lbs, depending on the breed and other factors, so it’s essential to adjust the dosage accordingly. 

Sticking closely to this rule of thumb, feel free to start out with a smaller dose and see how your cat responds. Still, CBD is considered a low risk for mammals to try, but some cats, dogs, and humans may react differently to it.

How to Calculate the Right CBD Dosage for Cats

CBD tincture with leaves and seedsTo calculate the correct CBD dosage, you must use the right ratio based on their body weight. If you’re supposed to use 1.75mg per 10 pounds, then determine the ratio based on your cat’s weight. If you don’t know your cat’s weight or if your cat has not seen the vet within the last six months, then there are a few ways to do this.

Determine Your Cat’s Weight

Getting your cat to stand perfectly still on a scale is not always an easy task, which is why the scales at the vet have so much surface area. So instead, step on the scale yourself and make a note of the weight. Then, try picking up your cat and holding them before stepping on the scale again. Subtract your weight from the total weight of the two of you, and you now have your cat’s weight.

Once you have their weight, all you need to do is multiply your cat’s weight by 0.175 to find the proper dosage. For example, a 6-pound cat would need a 1.05mg dosage, whereas a 12-pound cat would require a 2.1mg dose. Then, you just need to determine how to extract that proper dosage from your CBD product.

Read Your Product Label

Some oils and products will have different densities of CBD in them. Therefore, it’s essential to know how much is in yours. If you’re looking for the highest-quality CBD products for your cat, try the Dope Cat Dropper. The ratio is 4.2:1, which means that for every 1mL, there are 4.2 milligrams of CBD. However, this can vary between products, so it’s important to read ahead of time.

That means that for a 6-pound cat, you should use ¼ mL for each serving, twice a day on average. For most products, this should be labeled clearly on the dropper. Either way, it’s best to understand how much you offer your cat. 

While going a little over the dosage won’t harm your cat, you still don’t want to waste your product or risk any potential issues.

Choose an Intended Effect

Are you trying to alleviate anxiety or seasonal allergies? Do you want well-rounded health benefits for your cat? You may want to start with a smaller dosage depending on your motives.

If your goal is to fend off mild seasonal allergies, start with a smaller dose than recommended and monitor your cat throughout the day. Continue with a twice-a-day schedule; if it seems to work, you may not need the full dose.

For more severe allergy symptoms, nervousness, or anxiety, start with the recommended dose and monitor your cat as closely as possible. If you notice improvement, stick with that dose. If nothing has changed, consider talking to their vet about other options.

Stay up to date with our latest tips for your pets, and feel free to contact us with any questions or to help you find the right product for your cat’s needs!

Tips on Using CBD for Cats

If your cat isn’t a fan of trying new things or if they enjoy new things a little too much, it can be tricky to find a balance. Here are some tips on using CBD products with your cat

Store Securely

Because the flavors for pet-friendly CBD products are so appealing to cats, it’s important to keep their products secured and away from your feline friends. They might be tempted to go looking for them. If it’s stored too high and your cat gets up there, they may knock the container down, shattering it.

Always keep your CBD products in a safe location, preferably behind a latching door like a cabinet or pantry. If possible, try to keep it at a lower level to prevent dropping risks.

Administer Appropriately

You can administer your cat’s CBD product directly into their mouths if they let you. However, if you’re using the CBD product because your cat is nervous or anxious, trying to force their mouth open may be counter-productive to helping them feel at ease.

If you have the right flavored product for cats, you can easily add it to the top of their wet or dry food for a tasty addition to their meal or snack. Your cat will love it, so remember to use the correct dose for their weight and adjust accordingly.

White cat scratching its face while sleeping

Help Your Cat Today

Now that you know how to find the correct CBD dosage for cats, give your cat the support they need today and see which products they love! If you have a nervous or anxious cat, CBD can make a world of difference in their quality of life.

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