Cats are resilient creatures hence the adage of having nine lives but having said that even the most streetwise and toughest moggy can sustain injuries or suffer illnesses that it can’t just shake off and at that point they need to turn to their humans for help, and I would guess reluctantly so knowing how fiercely independent these little animals are.

Common cat diseases

A common and quite debilitating illness that befalls our feline friends is diabetes, which as we all know can be pretty nasty in humans and it is just as an unpleasant source of pain and discomfort for cats as well.

In cats, diabetes is pretty much incurable, although they can enjoy periods of remission once undergoing treatment, but the most effective approach is managing the condition, and this involves making the patient as pain free and as comfortable as possible accompanied by medication if needed in the form of insulin, a particular kind of diet and a weight loss program if the patient is particularly overweight.

CBD oil can help greatly with treating diabetes

Orange cat staring at CBD oil

Proven benefits towards managing pain and lessening symptoms both in humans and in cats.  CBD oil is all over the news these days and there are frequent articles in magazines and segments on TV concerning its use and source, but just in case you haven’t come across it before here is a brief overview.

Cannabidiol, CBD, is derived from the hemp plant. This plant can be harvested to be used in the production of many things, not just alternative medicines. Furniture, plastics, and clothing are just three of an almost endless line of hemp-based products available in what is a booming industry. The parts of the hemp plant used in this production should not be confused with those that contribute to the narcotic cannabis.

Cannabis contains high levels of the compound that gives people the “high” when taken as a recreational drug whereas hemp products use parts of the shrub that contain tiny levels of that same substance, making anything derived from them harmless, non-addictive and completely legal.

How can it help your cat and its diabetes?

Well, firstly it helps to have an understanding of the condition. Most people know that diabetes is a condition where the body is no longer capable of creating insulin which is a hormone that keeps our, and our cats, blood sugar at safe and functioning levels.

Insulin is manufactured in the pancreas and is used as a delivery device in transferring glucose to our cells where it gives us our energy. If a cat has diabetes then it may not produce enough insulin (this is Type1 Diabetes) or it could be experiencing problems getting it to do what it is supposed to do (type 2 Diabetes).

In either circumstance, the result is that the body begins to build up stores of glucose and this leads to problems and complications. Type 2 Diabetes is the most common in cats, especially if they are significantly overweight. Cats rarely suffer from type 1 Diabetes which is thought to be genetic and hereditary and is the kind which requires daily injections of insulin.

Let us be thankful then that it is so rare as anybody who has to punch a needle into a sharp-clawed and wriggling feline every day for the next who knows how many years, should be wished all the luck in the world with that task! If a diagnosis is made early enough, once under treatment most cats go on to live normal and happy lives.

How to know if a cat is suffering from diabetes?

Cat on a sofa bed

A cat suffering from diabetes will always exhibit a few telltale signs, the most common being unable to quench its thirst and so it drinks a lot more than normal which results in many more visits to the litter tray than would usually occur.

This symptom may also be accompanied by the following: Vomiting, weight loss and lack of appetite as well as lethargy, depression, and weakness in the rear quarters. Ketoacidosis may also occur, but this is not a visible manifestation of diabetes and will only be discovered once any tests are undergone or if linked symptoms present.

Due to the glucose not being transported to our cells in the form of energy the cat might also seem to be constantly hungry assuming one of its symptoms is not the loss of appetite.

Diabetes in your cat is best caught early as with any condition, but if left untreated for too great a length in time then this can spark even greater health problems, some becoming extremely serious and with the possibility of resulting in a fatality.

For example, diabetes can cause nerve damage or widespread changes in the cat’s nervous system leading to weakness in the legs. Pancreatic problems can arise as untreated diabetes will lead to it swelling, causing the cats body problems in producing the enzymes necessary to allow food to be broken down into much-needed nutrients and energy. Cats suffering from diabetes tend to get a lot of infections.

If these infections are flaring up too regularly, it may be a sign that the disease is being managed incorrectly and has become ineffective and needs tweaking in some way or another. Kidney disease is a familiar complaint in older felines and if left untreated diabetes can cause changes to the kidneys filters, this greatly increases the risk of problems with the organ in later life.

Another side effect of a neglected diabetes disorder is that the high blood sugar levels it causes are thought to inflame blood vessels and could cause long-lasting damage. And if all of that isn’t enough for the poor little kitty to deal with, research reveals that up to 50 percent of cats with the disease are likely to suffer from gastrointestinal conditions and are likely to vomit an unhealthy amount.

So, quite the importance that a cats diabetes be caught as soon as possible, and treatment began immediately, or you will have an extremely sick animal on your hands.

CBD accelerates ‘fat browning’

Thankfully CBD can help with a lot of these side effects and the main illness itself.  To begin with, CBD can help maintain a healthy metabolism which is known to be extremely important in a diabetes sufferer. A study in 2016 demonstrated that CBD can accelerate a process called ‘fat browning’.

This is when the body converts white adipose tissue which stores fat into brown adipose tissue which burns fat, and this is helpful in reducing the amounts of stored fat that the body cannot use for energy due to diabetes and which mount up in the patient helping them to become overweight.

Further weight burning is helped by CBD as a further study that same year revealed that doses of cannabidiol can stimulate mitochondrial activity in cells which also aids and abets fat burning.  CBD Is also increasingly being used to treat nausea, vomiting, appetite loss and IBD in other cats and animals not suffering from diabetes so is an additional beneficial supplement to those who are experiencing those gastro related symptoms.

Another area CBD is highly effective in is the prevention and treatment of inflammation. It manages this by stimulating the bodies Endocannabinoid System which in turn triggers an anti-inflammatory response which is essential in treating diabetes as it can cause inflammation of the pancreas as was pointed out earlier as too was inflammation of the blood vessels, so CBD can fight on that front as well.

There is growing agreement within the medical community that obesity, which is a large contributor to the reason why humans and animals get diabetes, is caused by inflammation itself and this inflammation then leads to insulin resistance.

Research has shown us that CBD lowered the occurrence of diabetes in mice and this has led to an increased thinking that the Endocannabinoid System, due to its vital role in managing inflammation throughout the body, should be targeted as a potential key component in the determent of diabetes and so logically, combined with the use of CBD, this could lead to huge strides in preventing diabetes and perhaps other illnesses and even possibly obesity itself.

CBD helps to boost the health of the pancreas

Recent research has discovered that the two receptors CB1 and CB2 which are cannabinoid receptors are found in large quantities in the pancreas. This research which was conducted in Spain at the University of Miguel Hernández de Elche and the Fundación Pública Andaluza para la Investigación de Málaga en Biomedicina y Salud, found that when these receptors are activated this can have a positive effect on people who are suffering from diabetes.

This is because when the CB1 receptor is stimulated this causes the production of insulin and glucagon and when the CB2 receptor receives the same stimulus, this lowered the amount of the glucose-dependent insulin which the pancreas produces. Not solid proof that CBD cures the disease it has to be said, but it does demonstrate well that the Endocannabinoid System has a vital part to play in the health of the pancreas.

Whilst not claiming CBD to be a cure for diabetes, there is firm evidence that it can help in easing the suffering of those blighted by it and even reduce the impact of the symptoms and side effects it causes. Many pet owners, not just cat owners, are turning to CBD not just to help fight diabetes but many other ailments as well.

A testament to this can found at the Canna-pet website and a quick scan reveals the stories of many animals and their experience with CBS and those tales of two cats using it to specifically treat Diabetes.

Sebastian’s owners adopted him five years ago and were dismayed to learn a year later that not only did he have diabetes but also cancer and was given three months to live. Aware of CBD and its powers, they immediately started using it on a daily basis, not only to deal with diabetes and cancer, but also inflammation, pain, and arthritis.

The transformation was quite remarkable and in no time at all Sebastian had regained mobility and his pain seemed to be greatly reduced as he was plainly a much happier cat all around. He also became stronger and his appetite returned and now being able to take on energy, was in a better to position to fight all of his woes. Which he did and with great success as despite it being against all the odds, he is still with us today.

Khouie is nine years old and over the span of one and a half years has had two bouts of ketoacidosis, surgery to remove a gastric obstruction, diabetes and all that comes with it, and if all that wasn’t enough for the poor cat to go through, was diagnosed with Lymphoma.

His owners came across Canna-pet and began adding concentrated CBD oil to Khouie’s food and within three days the relief was palpable. Again, the cat became much happier, much like its former self and although the CBD could not fight against all of the poor animal’s ailments, his owners will testify that it greatly reduced his pain, discomfort and alleviated several symptoms.

Choosing the right CBD product for your cat

There are hundreds of pet-aimed CBD products and retailers out there, so it can be a little baffling as to which one to choose for your cat. As always it pays to visit cat and CBD websites and having a look at what other people are recommending. There are plenty of forum threads concerning cat diabetes due to it, unfortunately, being so common.

One reliable and trustworthy supplier is HolistaPet who stock a wide range of cat-specific CBD supplements that are great for easing the suffering of a cat with diabetes. One of the most popular is HolistaPet’s 150mg CBD capsules. Being very small in size these tablets are perfect for cats and you should administer one tablet per ten pounds of feline.

It is perfectly fine to break open the capsules and mix with your pet’s food should it not be keen on taking the supplement in its solid state. As an alternative, you could also try HolistaPet’s 150mg CBD oil and in treat form, HolistaPet’s 150mg CBD Cat Treats(also available for dogs: HolistaPet’s 150mg CBD Dog Treats).  Canna-Pet is also a well known CBD specialist as you have already learned from the testimonies, and they ship globally with a few country exceptions.

Canna-Pet’s Advanced Capsules for Small Pets is particularly recommended for cats with diabetes and as with the HolistaPet capsules, can be easily broken up and added to your pet’s food.


Diabetes is a nasty disease as we have discovered, its symptoms and side effects can make a cats life simply miserable as there seems to be no escape from them, but as you have read, CBD can greatly help ease these agonies and discomforts as it is a renowned anti-inflammatory, has a direct and positive effect on the Endocannabinoid System which we know has a link to diabetes and lastly, is a natural and organic painkiller.

If your cat is going through anything like those cats you read about just now, it is well worth the effort to give CBD a try. It is perfectly harmless and clinically tried and tested so you have nothing to lose. And your ailing feline friend has everything to gain.

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