Cat laying on vets table getting check upIs your cat just not feeling right? It may signify kidney disease, one of the cats’ most common ailments. Especially for older male cats, kidney disease can show itself in many forms. 

Fortunately, CBD has emerged within the pet industry because of its legendary ability to treat several conditions - including symptoms associated with kidney disease, and promote a better quality of life. Let’s get right into it!

What Causes Kidney Disease in Cats?

Although more common in older cats, kidney disease can also occur in kittens. The kidneys filter out toxins and help your cat function at an optimal level. For kidneys to function correctly, they need metabolites - that means lots of liquids.

Cat owners know getting liquid for cats is challenging, however. If your cat were in its natural state in the wild, it would receive most of its liquid in the form of blood from prey. Even though your cat may be domesticated, some old traits remain intact - like aversion to water. 

By not getting enough metabolites, cats can eventually suffer from toxin buildup, which results in the following kidney or renal dysfunctions:

  • Infectious disease (resulting in urinary tract infection)
  • Vitamin D buildup (rodent poisoning)
  • Poisoning from lily flowers
  • High blood calcium (from psoriasis creams)

Signs of Feline Kidney Disease

cat being held by vet getting a check upIf your cat has kidney disease, they’ll definitely let you know. Some of the following signs to look for include:

  • Nausea: If your cat is vomiting after it eats or losing weight, this may be a sign of renal failure.
  • Frequent thirst: Because urine is the primary way kidneys remove toxins, your cat may increase their water intake to remove harmful substances.
  • Trouble or frequent urinating: If your cat is struggling to urinate or has blood in its pee, that’s a tell-tale sign of kidney disease.
  • Lazier than usual: Most cats sleep a lot, but it’s not good if your cat sleeps more than usual.
  • Anxiety: Lastly, you know your cat well. If they display negative emotions, especially combined with one of the above symptoms, they may suffer from kidney dysfunction.

How Does CBD Oil Work for My Cat?

All cats, like humans and every mammal, have an Endocannabinoid System. Known as the ECS, this system regulates almost all bio-physical functions in our body - from sleep to mood and organ function.

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one of over 100 compounds in the cannabis plant. Until recently, most people enjoyed CBD through marijuana or medical cannabis. However, thanks to the Farm Bill Act of 2018, humans and pets can now benefit from the effects of CBD products.

CBD and Your Cats ECS

Once ingested, CBD sends signals to your cat’s ECS through cannabinoid receptors. These receptors, known as CB1 and CB2, go to work by targeting the condition you or your cat are suffering from. 

Benefits: CBD Oil for Cats with Kidney Disease

Eden's Herbals CBD oil tincture for catsSo far, there’s little direct evidence of studies of CBD on cats. Most of the studies on CBD have been conducted on rodents and humans. But because we all share an ECS, researchers are starting to look at some of the benefits of CBD for renal disorder in cats, including the following:

May Help Ease Stress and Anxiety

One of the first things you’ll notice in a cat with kidney disease is erratic and sad behavior. They’re trying to communicate that they’re in distress. After consulting with your veterinarian for the best treatment plan, such as an antibiotic for a UTI, you can administer CBD to ease their anxiety.

2015 human clinical trial found that CBD helped several anxiety disorders, including Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and Panic Disorder (PD). Most notably, researchers demonstrated that nightmares associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) decreased significantly.

Anti-inflammatory and Analgesic

CBD has been shown to help manage pain and relieve inflammation, especially important if your cat is recovering from a painful kidney infection. One of the first CBD veterinary studies, conducted on dogs and published in 2021, found that CBD reduced inflammatory response, although more research is needed.

Pet owners want what is best for their furry family members. Now that we know CBD is safe for cats, they can enjoy relief from bacterial infections, pain, and inflammation from arthritis.

May Decrease Nausea

When your cat fights off a kidney ailment, it’ll try to expel as much waste buildup as possible. Once your cat receives proper treatment, you’ll want to discourage vomiting and nausea, so they can regain weight and replenish nutrients.

In a 2011 study published by The British Pharmacological Society, researchers found that cannabinoids, including CBD, may promote anti-nausea relief in animals undergoing chemotherapy.

How To Give Your Cat CBD Oil

Cats waiting to be given their CBD OilCats can be finicky and are famous (or infamous) for having a mind of their own. That being said, they may like CBD oil’s earthy, nutty flavor. If your cat is new to CBD oil, you can first see how they react to the dropper.

If they’re not shy about the dropper, place a few drops in their mouth to see how they react to the taste. Hopefully, they’ll like the taste, and you can start maneuvering the dropper under their tongue.

By giving your cat CBD oil sublingually, you significantly improve its absorption rate and help your buddy get optimal relief. If your cat’s a little fussy about the dropper or doesn’t care for the taste, you can always place a few drops in their cat food or on a treat.

Will CBD Oil Make My Cat High?

No, as long as you follow the dosing guidelines. For full spectrum CBD oil, which contains 0.3% THC, we recommend 1/2 milliliter, as marked on the dropper, per 10lbs of body weight. You can also buy THC-free CBD oil by clicking here.

Key Points: CBD Oil and Feline Kidney Disease

Is there a CBD oil for cats? Yes - but you’ll want to look at some things before choosing any ordinary CBD cat oil. Is it organic? We source all hemp from American farms.

cat peeking out behind a cardboard boxBy choosing organic hemp, you’re getting CBD free of chemicals and pesticides - super important to help your cat not ingest anything toxic. Our Specialized Cat CBD tincture is formulated to help ease your cat’s symptoms and help them achieve faster recovery. 

Benefits of our CBD cat oil include:

  • Excellent taste (made using Keto-Friendly Coconut MCT Oil)
  • 30 ml CBD Oil
  • 150mg CBD Isolate
  • Measure Dropper
  • Lab tested to be free of harmful solvents
  • Non-GMO
  • Contains no THC

If you want to learn more about CBD for Cats with Kidney Failure, contact Eden’s Herbals at [email protected] today!

*The Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated or approved these statements. They are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any illness. Medical advice should be taken from a medical professional.

The articles on this site are written by 3rd party content providers, expert bloggers, or doctors not directly affiliated with Eden’s Herbals.

Individuals should learn the risks and side effects before taking CBD. Always check with a medical professional before starting any new CBD treatment or medication that is not FDA-approved.