As humans, we can get high from a variety of substances, and one of the most common is marijuana. Given our exploratory nature, you might have been curious as to what would happen if you intoxicated your cat with some blunt since you already know more about what happens to our species.
Besides, wouldn’t it be fun to watch your favorite beast roll in weird poses, and maybe collapse into a mess after a huge struggle? You might be thinking so, but you don’t know the consequences. Do you? Even though you may expect your cat to get high on marijuana just like you would, it’s crucial to know that their bodies are distinct from ours, and they will, therefore, react differently. That raises the question:
Can cats get high from marijuana?
You might hear someone say that their cat loves sitting next to them while they smoke up, which makes them conclude that it’s not a bad thing if they shared some of the giggle bush with their pet. This might, however, be the worst mistake you can ever make, since THC and other animals can never mix, which is why you never want to get your cat high on marijuana. Therefore, one thing you need to know is that your cat won’t be high if you gave them some of your blunt.
What if they consumed it anyway?
If your cat happens to consume THC from marijuana through any circumstances, they are at a risk of suffering neurologic toxicity whose symptoms include agitation, staggering, stupor, and others which is not what you may experience. In some cases, whereby THC affects the cat severely, you might end up losing your pet, and you will have no one else to blame other than yourself.
What of blowing some smoke into the cat’s ears or face?
You may have thought that perhaps blowing some smoke into the cat’s face or ears would be less severe since the cat won’t consume the marijuana directly. Some people have reported cases of such, saying that their cat pupils dilated and they lay down and started panting after inhaling the giggle herb smoke, making the owners think that their wet-nosed friends were experiencing a pleasurable high. The above symptoms, however, might as well mean that your pet is suffering and in much more pain, than you’d have imagined, so never try doing that.
What do I do if my cat consumes THC?
If the unexpected happens, nevertheless, and your cat consumes THC in marijuana, which is quite unfortunate, there are some things you could do to get your friend out of that mess. Some actions you should take to try and solve the issue include:
1. Determine the type and strength
You need to determine how much of THC your pet has had, with cannabis flower being the least severe, since the THC in it hasn’t been activated. Other types of cannabis that could affect your cat to a greater degree include burned cannabis flower, non-chocolate infused edibles, cannabutter, chocolate-infused edibles, and concentrates. The strength of the cannabis product will be a huge factor as far as the severity of your cat’s condition is concerned, which is why you want to try and determine the amount of THC consumed.
2. Evaluate the cat’s symptoms
Once you’ve determined the amount of cannabis your pet has had and hence the amount of THC consumed, you will be in a better position to decide on your next course of action. For a cat that has been exposed to a tiny amount of THC, you probably have less to worry about since that’s a mild case. The two main ways to you could classify symptoms include:
Mild toxicity, which results in excessive saliva production, sluggishness, lethargy, and wobbling.
More severe toxicity which may lead to loss of bodily control, low blood pressure, seizures, slower heartbeats, urinary incontinence, and even death.
3. Try to get rid of the toxicity
If your pet has just taken in some THC, you can try to avoid a worst-case situation by absorbing and getting rid of the bad stuff in their stomach. Activated charcoal has always been a good choice for such, as it soaks up the toxins including any THC that hasn’t yet gotten into your furbaby’s bloodstream. One important thing, though, is that you should never use activated charcoal on the cat if you’ve already tried to make them vomit.
4. Get your cat to vomit
Step three didn’t work? Well, don’t give up yet, try to make your cat puke using hydrogen peroxide. The amount of hp used should be one teaspoon for every 10 pounds on the cat, with a time interval of 15 minutes, while making sure that you don’t exceed three trials. After administering the solution, make sure that you watch your pet closely for any slightest signs of distress, which will require that you call an expert.
5. Get an expert’s help
If the above solutions fail, you will undoubtedly need to call in a professional and try not to evade the truth in any way. Besides, the vet will eventually uncover the truth, even if it takes them longer. To avoid wasting a lot of time, hence give your cat a better chance towards recovery, be transparent and share all details with the veterinarian so they can try their best to help you and your pet.
But what about CBD medical marijuana?
Medical marijuana might be used fearlessly in the future, but only by vets who’ll have been trained how to do so. Even if the substance was to be approved for use in relieving pain symptoms in cats, you never want to administer it without professional help.
The marijuana should never cause any harmful effects on the health of your cat when being used to relieve pain, which is why even vets use it controllably on when testing it. Even if you’ve used medical marijuana on your cat with no adverse effects before, don’t assume that it will be the same case if you did that again. One simple rule should get you going as you deal with cats; avoid giving cats whatever’s meant for humans, especially if you’ve not established what the effects might be.
Does that mean that your cat can never get high?
Not necessarily; your cat could get high if the consumed their version of giggle bush, which is best known as catnip.
The two are not related in any way since cannabis comes from the Cannabaceae family that includes hackberry, nettle trees, and others, while catnip which is formally known as Nepeta Cataria belongs the Lamiaceae or mint family which includes popular herbs such as lavender, rosemary, etc.
While cannabis produces THC and other Cannabinoids, catnip, on the other hand, produces nepetalactone which is a pheromone-like terpenoid that is known to repel cockroaches and mosquitoes.
Nepetalactone from catnip will be absorbed through your cat’s nasal cavity then create a domino effect in your brain, affecting several areas from the amygdala, hypothalamus, through to the pituitary gland. The effect created might make your cat aggressive, lethargic, playful, and even sexually aroused at times, which is somehow weird.
Can a cat get high? I hope you now have a clear understanding of the answer to this question. Based on my research above, I would recommend that you stick to the catnip wherever you want your pet to get high, and never attempt to feed them cannabis no matter how curious you might be. You cat should instinctively be at a position to avoid the things that smell bad or harmful to them, which is a vital surviving tactic, so don’t try to bypass that. We all have good intentions for our pets, and risking their health by trying fun activities is not one of them.