Cats seem to get the short end of the stick in the CBD world. We’re not sure why, but there are far more CBD products targeted towards dogs than cats. Cats suffer from all the anxiety, nervousness, separation issues and arthritis aches and pains that dogs do. Maybe it’s because when cats freak out they go hide under the bed while dogs will wake up the neighborhood by barking all night. But having said that, it’s still hard to figure out which products are better than the others. So to help you decide, we put together a list of the seven best CBD oil for cats.
Why give your cat CBD?
Well, animals (cats and dogs included) have an endocannabinoid system just like we do. The endocannabinoid system helps regulate things like the immune system, metabolism and a handful of other helpful things. So we always like to keep that in homeostasis (or balance.)
One important note: This list is not ranked in any order. Each one of these CBD oils are great, but one may resonate more for you or your pet’s needs.
While the FDA has not approved the use of CBD for any pet ailment, there is a fair bit of anecdotal evidence that veterinarians and cat owners use CBD for a wide array of issues. And our experts have found our favorite CBD oils for your cat.
Here’s a few things we took into consideration:
- What type of CBD is it? Certain owners prefer isolate CBD, broad spectrum or full spectrum for their pet. We provide options on this list to give your cat all the benefits of CBD.
- Is this pet CBD tested by third parties? All the oils on this list have been tested and have lab results.
- Does the brand have a good reputation?
- What is the quality of their hemp, as well as the other ingredients?
- Where do they source their hemp CBD? Are they organic, cruelty-free etc?
For another helpful primer, feel free to check out our veterinarian’s guide to CBD for cats. OK, let’s get to the list.
Why we like it: Their products are cruelty free, vegan and made using organic practices (although not USDA-certified organic.) It’s a simple and thoughtful full spectrum CBD oil for your cat from a great brand.
What is this CBD Oil for: This CBD is formulated to keep your cat calm, increase appetite, as well as help with mobility issues.
Pros: Full spectrum CBD at a solid price point.
Cons: OK, our negative is kind of a positive. Holistapet says their full spectrum hemp plant extracts have “0% THC. Which is technically not correct. Full spectrum CBD products have very small amounts of THC — less than 0.3% to be exact. And in fact, we want them to have a little THC as that’s thought to help with CBD’s entourage effect. But still, there’s so little THC that your pet won’t get “high.”
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Why we like it: First off, this USDA-certified organic broad spectrum CBD hemp extract is infused with extra virgin olive oil. EVOO! That’s right, your cat is getting the good stuff. Joy Organics makes quality products for humans and pets alike so we’re big fans.
What is this CBD Oil for: This broad spectrum CBD hemp plant extract will give your cat the same benefits that CBD gives you.
Pros: USDA-certified organic. And it’s THC-free for anyone who doesn’t want to give their pet even the slightest amount of THC but still wants the entourage effect of all the other helpful cannabinoids.
Cons: No THC means it’s slightly less effective.
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Why we like it: Green Roads may set the record for little icons on their product pages. These icons range from “cruelty-free” to “no added sugar” to “no artificial flavors” and so on. And while it can be overwhelming, they do make simple products. This oil has three ingredients, — MCT Oil (fractionated coconut oil), Hemp Seed Oil, and Hemp Derived Cannabinoid Extract.
What is this CBD Oil for: The FDA has not approved CBD for any specific use with pets. But pet owners like to give CBD to their pets during stressful situations — like whenever you have to get the cat carrier out — or to help with the the hip, joint aches and pains.
Pros: It is lab-tested. And did we mention extra virgin olive oil? Rachael Ray would be proud.
Cons: A tad on the pricier side, especially for Broad spectrum.
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Why we like it: Honest Paws has built their brand on a great reputation. They make all their lab results publicly available. And they are one of the few brands who only makes pet CBD products (beat it, humans!) And this is a full spectrum organic (although not USDA certified) hemp CBD oil extract so it has the full array of cannabinoids.
What is this CBD Oil for: While the FDA hasn’t endorsed CBD pet products yet, anecdotal evidence from cat owners says they use CBD for everything from separation anxiety to arthritis.
Pros: Full spectrum, ISO-lab tested, award-winning and extremely trusted brand
Cons: One of the most expensive CBD oils for cats when it comes to milligrams of CBD per dollar.
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Why we like it: Medterra is certified by the U.S. Hemp authority stamp of approval and they’ve been around long enough to build a trusted consumer base. This is organically grown non-GMO hemp (if your cat is against the genetically modified products.) This CBD isolate oil comes in beef, chicken and unflavored flavor.
What is this CBD Oil for: Since this is made from isolate CBD, it has zero THC (even broad spectrum products have a teeny tiny bit of THC.) So this is perfect for anyone who doesn’t want to give their pet any amount of THC.
Pros: Since it’s pure CBD with zero THC, it’s a great starter CBD for your feline friend.
Cons: Since it’s pure CBD, there are no additional cannabinoids and will be slightly less effective.
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Why we like it: Spruce checks all the boxes we look for when it comes to CBD oil specifically made for cats. Their lab tested, full spectrum and all that good stuff. Additionally, they use coconut oil instead of hempseed oil because they think it’s easier for cats to digest. Each cat is different, but we love that they’ve thought about that.
What is this CBD Oil for: The FDA hasn’t approved CBD to treat any issue, but cat owners anecdotally have used CBD for everything from pain to anxiety and arthritis.
Pros: Straightforward US-grown hemp CBD.
Cons: At 8mgs of CBD per dollar it is slightly pricier than some other oils out there (but not by much.)
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Why we like it: Made with organic hemp and with only two ingredients, NuLeaf makes one of the cleanest oils on the market.
What is this CBD oil for: The FDA hasn’t approved CBD, but pet owners use full spectrum CBD oils for cats that freak out easily and may have some age-related pain issues.
Pros: This oil is simple and effective from a brand that has a TON of positive online reviews.
Cons: We wish they made their lab results available to everyone. Now you have to purchase a product to get access.
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Everyone wants to give their cat the best life they can. And while we need more research, many cat owners are turning to CBD to see if it can help our little furry friends who suffer from a wide array of issues. As always, make sure you only give your cat the recommended dosage of CBD oil. And always start with a small dose — in case your cat experiences any side effects. And don’t forget to check back as we will continue to update this list as we come across great CBD oil products made for cats.
The Greenest is a collective of doctors, pharmacists, dietitians, veterinarians, ex-and-current budtenders, medicinal mushroom and adaptogen experts — as well as CBD and hemp experts. The Greenest was launched to help those curious about the intersection of health, wellness and how we can all live better. We want to answer (in laymen’s terms) all the questions you have around living a better life.