Why Do Cats Love Cannabis Leaves?
Did you know a lot of cats (and dogs) love cannabis leaves? Every cat I’ve owned loves to nibble on my plants if given a chance. I’ve heard the same from many other growers. One day you check on your garden only to see cat-sized bites all over your plants!
No kitty! Not my weed plant!
This cat is 2 seconds away from taking a bite
Why do cats love cannabis leaves?
I realized my cats loved cannabis leaves many years ago when one snuck into my tent and ate half of my plants. I was so angry at the time but it seems funny now. They eventually learned not to eat leaves off the plants and instead sit patiently next to me as I work in the tent. I reward good behavior with free leaves at the end. My cats go crazy if they see any leaves in my hands because they know they’re getting a treat.
Am I a bad owner for letting my cat eat leaves? She’s 13 years old now, and I feel like she seems happier after eating leaves. Yet could it be in my head?
I’m not sure whether cats love leaves because of cannabinoids, the leaf texture, the fact they just like nibbling on plants, or something else. I’ve heard from other growers that some cats seek out weed plants, while other cats don’t seem to have any interest. Every cat is different.
Is cannabis bad for cats?
I wish I had an answer for you but I am not certain. I’m not a veterinarian and I have no medical background. I only know what I’ve seen, read, and heard from other growers.
For example, I’ve read online that cannabis buds are bad for cats. Yet my cats only eat the leaves. Even if it seems they’re going for a bud, they only nibble on the leaves around the outside.
I’ve never seen any evidence that eating leaves can hurt cats, and I’ve spoken to dozens of growers who’ve noticed their cats (and dogs) love taking bites out of the garden without any apparent harm. But those are anecdotes, not proof.
There are reports that CBD and other cannabinoids found in weed or hemp have therapeutic effects for cats (and dogs). As a result, there are many CBD products aimed at helping pets feel relief from pain, anxiety, inflammation, or other ailments. The most common “treatment” is CBD oil, which is concentrated oil from a cannabis or hemp plant grown without significant amounts of THC. Many people believe CBD oil helps their pet appear more comfortable and relaxed, but unfortunately, there aren’t many scientific studies or evidence to prove the effectiveness or safety of CBD one way or the other.
I personally have found that both CBD oil and fresh cannabis leaves seem to help my elderly cat seem more relaxed and happy, but I don’t have any evidence to prove that. I haven’t noticed any adverse effects. I’ve spoken to other growers who’ve experienced similar results. However, I’ve also read reports online that some cats react poorly to high doses of CBD oil so like all new things, moderation is key. And of course, always contact a veterinarian with any medical questions about your pet.
The Challenge of Growing Weed Around Cats
Almost all plants have to deal with herbivores in the wild. This tendency for leaves to be eaten may be part of why some plants are so resilient to defoliation and may even react favorably to certain types of defoliation. But who knew a cat might be a cannabis predator?
Common cat owner challenge – your kitty tries to sneak a bite when you’re not looking
My current kitty doesn’t seem to like leaves with trichomes on them. She prefers plain leaves. I’m not sure if that has to do with cannabinoids, smell, or if she just doesn’t like the texture of sticky trichomes on her tongue. The bonus is that my plants are safer after they start flowering.
My kitty staring longingly at this little marijuana plant I grew in a sunny window. She wants a bite but she knows better by now!
I decided to grow a plant with no THC just for her. It’s currently about 3 weeks old and she already approved of the first leaf I gave her 🙂
A Pink Kush CBD autoflowering plant I’m growing just so my cat to enjoy the leaves. She’s so lucky!
Warning: Many dogs and bunnies also love eating cannabis leaves!
This bunny loves her greens 🙂
Oh no! What happened to this garden?!
The plants were devastated by an excited puppy [Pictures by @big_f_grows). Don’t be too hard on errant pets, we all know what it’s like to love cannabis!Why Do Cats Love Cannabis Leaves? Did you know a lot of cats (and dogs) love cannabis leaves? Every cat I’ve owned loves to nibble on my plants if given a chance. I’ve heard the same from many
Is Secondhand Cannabis Smoke Bad For Your Pets?
What if you love to smoke weed but happen to have pets? Will your dog or cat get high if your room is filled with some dank smoke? And if they do get high from secondhand smoke, is it actually bad for them? Find out all about secondhand cannabis smoke and how it affects your pets.
Pretty much any time people enjoy cannabis, whether it’s for some chill time at home or when having fun at a concert, there is secondhand cannabis smoke. For us friends of the magical herb, this isn’t a big deal; after all, what’s wrong with the smell of some nice, dank weed? On the other hand, secondhand cannabis smoke is often a nuisance for those who are not into cannabis. And let’s be honest, who could blame them, seeing that the smell sure can be quite intense. But what about your pets? Can they get high from secondhand smoke?
CAN ANIMALS GET HIGH FROM SECONDHAND CANNABIS SMOKE?
The average person doesn’t need to be concerned about getting high from a whiff (or a few) of your secondhand cannabis smoke. The main reason for this is that people are much larger and heavier than household pets, so the small amount of “active stuff” in weed that floats around in secondhand smoke doesn’t really make an impact. But it’s a different story with pets. The smaller size of your dog or cat makes them a lot more sensitive to cannabis, making it possible for them to get high if there’s a lot of secondhand smoke wafting around.
You taking the occasional hit in their general vicinity shouldn’t get your pet high, but a hotbox surely will. And them getting high isn’t the only potentially negative effect of secondhand smoke; dogs and cats also have a much more sensitive respiratory system, and secondhand smoke can cause them serious breathing problems and irritation.
As a general rule, the smaller your pet, the bigger the risk of being harmed by secondhand smoke.
EFFECT OF CANNABIS ON DOGS
Some stoners believe that what’s good for them is also good for their dogs. They may blow weed into their dog’s face or even give them some edibles, not knowing that this can actually result in severe and life-threatening reactions. Not cool. Although your furry friend isn’t going to die by interacting with lingering fumes around the house from time to time, blowing it in their face or feeding it to them is seriously irresponsible, and may cause serious symptoms such as shaking, vomiting, drooling, lethargy, and even seizures.
CBD IS DIFFERENT
Then again, if your dog has a medical condition and you think CBD may be of benefit, this could indeed be a possible mode of treatment. However, you should first consult with your vet before medicating your pet. Unlike THC, CBD is non-intoxicating, so it won’t cause them to experience the same mind-altering effects. However, even if you’re smoking a CBD-rich strain, you still want to avoid having your pet come into contact with the smoke. Your vet will likely recommend better ways, like CBD oil, to administer the cannabinoid to your dog, in the right dosage.
EFFECT OF CANNABIS ON CATS
Just like dogs and most other small pets, cats can get stoned from cannabis. Their smaller size makes them especially receptive to the THC from secondhand smoke. In a study from 2018, researchers found THC in the bloodstream of cats that had been exposed to secondhand cannabis smoke. This indicates that cats respond to THC and metabolise it just like we do. But don’t think that they would enjoy it if you shared your stash with them. They sure won’t. Just as with dogs, having your cat partake in your love for weed is really a bad idea, and potentially dangerous for your four-legged friend.
MARIJUANA ISN’T JUST TOXIC FOR PETS, THEY ALSO DON’T ENJOY BEING HIGH
The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has established that cannabis is toxic for cats, dogs, and horses. Marijuana intoxication can lead to serious side effects that range from depression, to vomiting, to sleeping troubles, low blood pressure, drooling, seizures, and in extreme cases, even coma and death.
Another issue has to do with the way animals experience the “high”. While most of us certainly enjoy it, your pets will have no idea what’s going on, so it may end up being quite traumatic for them. In other words, even if your cat or dog doesn’t show obvious signs of marijuana intoxication, they are likely feeling freaked out by what’s happening.
Like dogs, CBD oil for cats is a valid option for some; consult with your vet first.
WHAT TO DO IF YOUR PET GETS INTO YOUR STASH
So, what if your dog or your cat finds your weed cookies? Here’s the good news; although marijuana is bad for dogs and cats, fatal accidents from weed are relatively rare. The side effects from marijuana intoxication, such as the above-mentioned, are normally short-lived and last no longer than 72 hours.
That being said, if you suspect that Fluffy got into your stash, this is an emergency and you should consult your vet immediately. Likewise, if you think that your pet may have gotten too intoxicated from secondhand smoke, contact your vet as soon as possible just to make sure. If you notice strange behaviour in your pets such as panting, pacing, restlessness, or general distress, it may be time to act. Getting your cat or dog to the vet is particularly important if your pet is older and/or has an underlying health condition.
OTHER HEALTH RISKS FOR YOUR PETS FROM SECONDHAND SMOKE
These days, even the most adamant cigarette smokers know that the habit is bad for them. Lighting up a joint can also release unhealthy substances that one doesn’t necessarily want in their body. While those who smoke normally know about these risks, the word is still out on whether secondhand smoke is equally bad for your health. Some studies say it is at least as bad as smoking, while other studies suggest it has fewer risks. But even if secondhand smoke is less likely to cause long-term chronic health problems, it is known to cause acute irritation. Your pets are super sensitive to the harmful substances in smoke, even if the smoke doesn’t contain THC.
If you are someone who smokes regularly in the home, your rugs, furniture, and curtains probably have lingering smoke sticking to them too. Over time, this may be harmful to your pets. Consider giving these a deep clean once in a while.
WHAT IF YOU LOVE SMOKING WEED, BUT HAVE PETS?
There are definitely some things you can do to reduce the risk for your pets when enjoying cannabis.
Vaping cannabis instead of smoking has a whole lot of advantages. Since vaping skips the entire combustion part, it releases much fewer harmful chemicals than smoke. Vapor will also disperse quickly, and will not linger in your room or stick to your furniture. In other words, it’s cleaner and healthier not just for you, but also your pets. So consider vaping as the better alternative if you love Fluffy as much as your weed!
• Keep your stash safe
Whether you have a bunch of jars with some juicy buds or have just gotten some “loaded” baked goods from your weed-loving grandmother, you should keep the stuff safe and sound so that your pets cannot get into it. These days, with cannabis edibles being increasingly legal in many places, vets are getting flooded with dog and cat owners whose pets have gotten into their cookies. Such accidents could be easily avoided if you keep your marijuana in a safe container, securely closed and away from your pets.
• Ventilate your room
If you are smoking with your pets around, open the windows and don’t let your room get all sticky and stinky with your cannabis smoke. Needless to say, don’t blow smoke in Fluffy’s direction “just for fun”—this is just mean.
• Watch your pets
Always keep an eye on your pets. If your pet is behaving oddly and you think it may have gotten into your stash, don’t hesitate and consult the vet right away.
PETS AND SECONDHAND SMOKE—THE BOTTOM LINE
If you love cannabis like most of us, but you also own pets, know that they don’t necessarily share your enthusiasm. In fact, marijuana is bad for them. If you are a responsible cannabis smoker, you should also be a responsible pet owner.Can secondhand cannabis smoke make your pets high? Learn all about secondhand smoke and pet safety! ]]>