If you’re a cat owner, you know how finicky these feline creatures can be when it comes to their food. And CBD oil is no exception. Luckily, armed with our expertise and customer feedback, we’ve compiled a list of the best tips and tricks for giving your cat CBD oil.
CBD Dosing Tips for Cats
Some cats might not mind the taste of CBD oil and may even enjoy it. In such cases, dosing your cat becomes a breeze. But if your furry friend is a bit more discerning, you’ll need to get a little creative.
Whether your cat is new to CBD or you’re switching brands, it’s always best to start with small amounts to test their preference. By doing this, you avoid wasting a whole dose of CBD oil if your cat rejects it.
When preparing to give your cat CBD oil, it’s important to remain calm, especially if you’re using the direct feeding method. Cats are perceptive animals, and if you rush or assert yourself too much, they might become scared. You don’t want your cat to associate CBD oil with fear. Once you find a method your cat prefers, try giving them the full dose that way.
For the correct dosing size for your cat, I recommend trying out our interactive dosing chart on the Katten TrimSalon website.
8 Methods to Give Your Cat CBD Oil
We always suggest starting with the direct feeding method, offering CBD oil directly in your cat’s mouth, on their food, or on a treat before trying other methods. Let’s explore the options and discover how to successfully administer CBD oil to your cat.
1) Direct Feeding Method
This is one of the simplest ways to give your cat CBD oil. Begin by taking a couple of drops into the dropper and presenting it near your cat’s mouth and nose. Allow your curious cat to explore it, hoping they’ll like the taste and lick the dropper. If they do, great! You can give them the full dose this way. But if they shy away, you might need to be a bit more assertive.
To do this, measure out a dose of CBD oil for your cat and place it on a dish in case any drips out. Sit in a comfortable area and position your cat facing away from you. You can try wrapping your cat in a towel for added comfort.
Use one hand to pet your cat and help them relax. Once calm, use your other hand to grab the dropper. Lift your cat’s head slightly by the jaw while holding it in place, then insert the dropper into their mouth and slowly squirt the dose. Make sure the flow rate isn’t overwhelming. Allow your cat some time to consume the oil and swallow it.
2) Add CBD Oil to Cat Food
If your cat rejects the direct feeding method, the next option is to add CBD oil to their food. If your cat loves their food, this should be a piece of cake. Prepare your cat’s meal as usual, then measure out the CBD dose and evenly distribute it on top of the food. You can use wet or dry food, mixing it to ensure the CBD is spread evenly. Serve it to your cat.
3) Add CBD Oil to Cat Treats
Another option is to add CBD oil to your cat’s favorite treats. This method is similar to adding CBD oil to cat food. Simply take some cat treats and evenly spread the CBD dose on them. Breaking the treats into smaller pieces can increase the surface area for the CBD oil to adhere to.
4) Use CBD Cat Treats
Using CBD-infused cat treats is a super simple and effective method. You can find these treats online, but pay attention to the ingredients. Avoid unhealthy or processed ingredients. At Katten TrimSalon, we make our salmon flavored CBD cat treats with all-natural, grain-free ingredients. Cats absolutely love them! Each treat contains 2mg of CBD oil, making dosing clean and easy for you and your cat.
5) CBD Oil in The Empty Feeding Dish
A method that has shown success is putting CBD oil in your cat’s empty feeding dish. Cats associate this dish with food, making it a comfortable place for them to eat. The delicious food aromas can tempt your cat into trying the CBD oil. Leave it in the dish for some time and see if your cat takes a liking to it.
6) Tuna or Tuna Juice & CBD
It’s no secret that cats can’t resist the smell of tuna fish. It’s like catnip for them! However, be cautious and avoid using tuna too often, no more than every other day. Tuna is high in unsaturated fats, and excessive consumption can lead to a vitamin E deficiency in cats. It’s also high in mercury.
To entice your cat, mix a tablespoon of tuna or tuna juice with their CBD oil. The aroma alone should capture their interest. They may even beg you for more, but unfortunately, they’ll have to wait until next time.
7) Fish Oil & CBD Oil
Similar to using tuna, you can mix CBD oil with fish oil. Cats go crazy over fish oil! Measure out your cat’s CBD dose and add a small amount of fish oil to it. Fish oil comes in liquid or capsule form, and either can be used to mask the taste of CBD from your cat’s palate.
8) Put CBD Oil on The Paws
This method should be your last resort as it can be messy and wasteful. However, for the fussiest of felines, it can work. Cats are meticulous when it comes to grooming, and you can use this instinct to your advantage. If you put CBD oil on your cat’s paw, they will instinctively lick it clean, unknowingly taking their dose in the process.
Note that there’s a chance your cat might run off and spread the CBD oil everywhere. To minimize mess and wastage, consider placing your cat in a crate or bathroom temporarily if you decide to try this method.
In conclusion, now you have plenty of ways to mask the flavor or texture of CBD oil from your cat. Let us know how it goes for you, and feel free to share any alternative methods you discover. At Katten TrimSalon, we love hearing customer feedback! Besides our CBD oil and CBD cat treats, we also manufacture CBD capsules for pets made with CBD and hemp flour. Some owners find that the CBD powder mixes better with wet food than the CBD oil.