When you have a cat for a pet, we all know that you don’t own it, much more likely is that it owns you! It hassles you for food, cuddles and to be out, and then can be gone for hours going about whatever it is cats do when they are out, and the less we know about what that is, is probably for the better! As notorious as they are for their independence and sometimes what appears to be complete and outright indifference towards their human housemates, there is always one time when they need us and make no bones about that fact and that is when they are ill. There is very little to compare to the mewing of a sick cat. Heart-breaking and worrying both at once, but the painful meowing is also a call to action and after examining our feline friend for obvious wounds and injuries and finding nothing, we then must assume the problem is internal.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease On Cats
One of the most common and painful maladies to befall a cat is IBD which stands for Inflammatory Bowel Disease and which covers a range of diseases related to the gastrointestinal system. Two kinds of IBD are the most specific to the cat; Eosinophilic IBD and Lymphoplasmacytic IBD. Both are extremely painful, and the infection can last for weeks if not treated and this will result in constant agony for the sufferer. Try to recall if you will, the most severe stomach pain you have ever endured, be it food poisoning or cramps, and then try to imagine having that pain non-stop for several weeks, that is what a bad case of IBD is like for a cat whose ailment goes untreated. IBD is most common in cats aged between 5 and 12 but almost any animal can contract it. There is some research that says it is more prevalent in the Siamese breed, but that study is in its early stages.
CBD Oil for IBD Treatments
Many people are turning to CBD oil as an excellent remedy for IBD in their cat. CBD oil, or cannabidiol, derives from the hemp plant, parts of which are also used in the production of the narcotic cannabis. Unlike cannabis however, Hemp oil does not contain high amounts of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the element of hemp that creates the euphoric state when used as a drug. It is becoming widely farmed in the US and is legal in over thirty states and is not addictive or harmful like its opiate counterpart. CBD oil is taken by humans as a treatment for a wide variety of illnesses including arthritis, diabetes and can even be effective in negating the side effects of cancer treatments. In the animal world it is successfully used to relieve hip dysplasia in dogs and most physical disorders involving inflammation across most domesticated species, so is ideal for your poor cat.
Before we explore just how and why CBD will be the perfect remedy for your ailing pet let us look a little more deeply into just what IBD is and how it affects our beloved moggy. Of the two types of IBD mentioned earlier, lymphoplasmacytic is by far the most common and typically causes inflammation of elements of the gastrointestinal tract. This leads to a change in the sufferer’s ability to digest its food and prevents nutrients being absorbed by the body leaving it both suffering malnutrition and susceptible to a number of debilitating side effects caused by that malnourishment. The most common symptom is drastic weight loss, and this can be accompanied by vomiting and diarrhoea. Your pet may also become listless and disinterested In playing and going out and you should also check for bloody stools and take note if its stomach is making excessive bubbling or grumbling sounds. The cat will be in constant pain and its gut will spasm, but this is very difficult for us to see.
Imbalanced Presence Of Bacteria
Once you notice any of these symptoms in your pet it is critical that you act as left to fester, the IBD will cause scar tissue to form throughout the stomach and it will also cause severe damage to the stomach lining as it will create an imbalance in the bacteria that live in the gut. This can then have the effect of causing leaky gut syndrome where partially digest food, bacteria and a variety of toxins can find themselves flooding the bloodstream in and when they do the bodies auto immune system will fight back which can cause allergies and even an auto-immune disorder.
You will probably find your self asking how did my cat get IBD? And the answer to that is there are several possibilities. Have you recently changed your cat’s diet to include new and previously untried food? This can trigger IBD if your pet is unsuited to the new foodstuff. Has your cat been taking steroids or antibiotics? A side effect of these can be Inflammatory Bowel Disease. And there are factors over which you have no control such as parasites, changes in gut bacteria and influences which occur whilst the animal is out and about, away from the home.
Finally, as we reach the point where we will discover just how amazing CBD oil can be in combatting IBD, we must point out that there is a large differential between IBD and IBS, a difference that many people are unaware of including some animal health care professionals. IBS stands for Irritable Bowel Syndrome which has many of the same symptoms as IBD but, importantly, is not always caused by inflammation. This means it is feasible that your cat is showing signs of IBD when in fact it is suffering from the less severe IBS – although this is very uncomfortable none the less. IBS can also be caused by stress whereas IBD cannot. When you first discover that your pet is ill you will no doubt make a visit to the vet. A series of examinations and questions should be enough to distinguish which ailment is causing the problem but in some cases a biopsy is necessary as a last resort.
As previously said, CBD oil is making huge strides in being the go-to alternative treatment to pharma produced drugs in both the human and animal world. Its proven record as an anti-inflammatory means it has success in treating a wide range of different ailments where chronic inflammation is either causing a problem or is the result of one. Study after study has shown this to be a fact. A study in 2011 carried out on mice demonstrated that CBD oil not only greatly reduced inflammation in the stomach but actually prevented it if administered prior to it being induced. The same study also found that inflammation was reduced in biopsy samples taken from human test subjects who were suffering from ulcerative colitis – a human strain of IBD. A further, separate study revealed that another cannabinoid, cannabigerol (CBG) showed the same results when tested on rats. Clearly then Hemp derived treatments such as CBD and CBG have been proven as an effective treatment in cases of IBD as well as any other medical condition that involves inflammation. At the present time it isn’t exactly understood why this is so, but never the less it is ground-breaking in alleviating the suffering of millions, both human and animal. CBD has been seen to be effective in treating a plethora of digestive related problems. Diarrhoea, nausea, weight loss and vomiting to name but four and as it also has pain reliving properties CBD can also help fight the agony IBD can inflict.
CBD Studies on Cats And Dogs
So now we get to the big question, what effect will CBD have on your poorly cat? Sadly, there have been hardly any official studies on cats and dogs but that is not a problem and not a thing to be concerned about. Because cats and dogs and most other animals have the same Endocannabinoid System as human beings, the results of any studies on any species by definition apply to them all. So, a test on a mouse or rats intestinal tract is almost exactly the same as a test performed on a human being or a horse. So, using this logic, if CBD clears up inflammation in a rat it will be sure to do the same for your cat.
A friend of mine who does not have a cat but does have a beautiful Golden retriever who, some years ago, was not only suffering from hip dysplasia but was also recovering from cancer. As you can imagine she was in quite the poorly way and my friend feared that after going through, and surviving, the cancer battle it was to have all been in vain as the poor animal succumbed to useless back legs and a miserable end. After being told about the benefits of CBD, a number of hemp derived treatments were administered, and the improvement was almost immediate. Over the coming weeks and months, the CBD oil course brought about an amazing transformation as the dog regained its vigour and as the inflammation in the hip joint was greatly reduced, her gait improved so much so that it just about ceased to be a worry. Although, we never really totally stop worrying about or pets, do we?
It isn’t just my friend who achieved amazing results after treating his pet with CBD as these testimonials garnered from various web sites demonstrate; the owner of Jebulon, an 18-year-old tomcat who has arthritis and flare ups of inflammation of the stomach, firmly believes that CBD relieves the IBD when it breaks out and soothes the arthritis, making her cat a happy cat, and a cat she believes is living a longer life thanks to cannabidiol. 11-year-old Mo was suffering terrible abdominal pain caused by a slow digestive system. Having no luck with prescription medication, his owner began to search for alternative treatments, found CBD and has never looked back. Mo’s suffering has been greatly reduced and his health is vastly improving. And then there is Wilford, this poor feline had suffered throughout his life from poor digestion which was causing him to vomit after nearly every meal he ate. Aged 14 he became so poorly that his vet instructed his owners to prepare for the worst. Undaunted they set about seeing if they could find something they had not tried before, found CBD and now, 4 years later, Wilford devours his food like any other cat and, as his symptoms have been alleviated, his is strong and healthy.
These are just three of the many success stories concerning how CBD has changed the lives of pets and although these are cat related examples, there is no shortage of happy tales of the successful treatment of all sorts of animals. A quick look at social media and CBD sites will show you many testimonies of successful and life changing treatments.
As by now you are bound to be wanting to try CBD on your own pet, which one should you use? The choice can be overwhelming now that there are so many treatments available. Reading reviews and blogs is an excellent way to find out which are the most popular, and from what I can see two potentially stand out ahead of the others. You should check out this first CBD company called Holistapet as they have an entire range dedicated to cats. Perfectly suited for treating IBD is Holistapets CBD Pet Tincture. The recommended dose is ten drops for every ten pounds of body weight, given every day and is easily mixed with your pet’s dinner. Holistapet also produces Holistapet CBD Cat Treats and these are great just as long as your cat can still eat solids due to its ill state of health.
The second company that seems to be a forerunner in CBD pet treatments is called Canna-Pet and their Max Hemp Capsules have a high hemp content so deliver a more intense treatment that your pet may need if its IBD is particularly rampant and causing a lot of pain and discomfort.
CBD will certainly help your cat if it is suffering from IBD. Whether you have just discovered that your cat is a sufferer, or it has been a long term and recurring problem, CBD is an excellent, organic and one hundred per cent alternative to traditional synthetic treatments. It is also completely safe and totally legal. If you are making little progress with mainstream products or are worried about the side effects such drugs may harbour, then try CBD. You never know, your favorite feline could back to his normal self within days.