Cats and CBD: What we know and what we don’t –there’s a lot to learn

Photo Credit: Bastien Hervé

With Cannabidiol (CBD) gaining popularity amongst pet owners and after lots of inquiries about our feline friends, we wanted to educate customers by highlighting some of the research we’ve come across when looking at cats and CBD. First and foremost, we are not veterinarians and always suggest speaking with your vet to see if any of the medications your kitty takes will interact with our treats.

Scientists have identified that just like their owners, cats have endocannabinoid systems and respond to CBD used in therapeutic treatment for eosinophilic granulomas[1]. Knowing that our feline friends have endocannabinoid systems was enough for us to formulate gluten-free cat treats with premium non-toxic ingredients and our hemp-derived CBD.

[1] “The use of cannabinoids in animals and therapeutic implications for veterinary medicine: a review”

Photo Credit:, “Cat Facts: 7 Stops Along Your Cat’s Digestive System”

Just like humans, cats have a digestive system that starts in the mouth and ends in the butt. But unlike humans, felines are much smaller and do not have enzymes in their saliva that break down food before it gets to their stomach[1]. That’s why we recommend feeding treats to your furry friends on an empty stomach, so they get the full benefit of the digested CBD without mixing other food into the process. Dr. Sarah Brandon is quoted in Animal Wellness Magazine saying “It’s [CBD] not a cure-all and we certainly don’t advocate the discontinuation of [other treatments] without consulting your cat’s veterinarian. But cannabis does have its place in the feline world and we’ll see more of it as time goes on.”[2]

While we’ve seen the benefits of CBD in humans, more research is coming out in advocacy for our feline friends and at Axis we are excited to see kitty customers happy and thriving.

[1] “Cat Digestive System…from mouth to rectum”

[2]“Cannabis for Cats” Ingrid King. July 17, 2017