Lilies and Cats

 

Please note a faux lily plant was used for this photograph.

The beginning of Spring just arrived and with it comes a significant hazard for our feline friends: Lilies. While there are plenty of plants which are toxic to cats, we often find that many people are unaware lilies are among them. Beyond that, they don’t just cause simple GI upset like some plants might. Lilies can be deadly to cats.

It is important to know that, for the purposes of this, we are discussing specifically the members of the Lilium family. There are many plants which are called lily without falling into that classification. Some of these, such as the peace lily or calla lily, are still toxic but usually with less severe effects often limited to drooling & GI upset. Others, such as the canna lily or plantain lily (hosta), are non-toxic. 

Pictured below: Lilium (true lily), Peace lily, Calla lily, Canna lily & Plantain lily.

 

Ingestion of true lilies can cause renal failure in a cat and even result in death; as little as a few grains of pollen have been seen to cause this effect. For many plants, we know the toxic compounds that cause whatever the resulting symptoms are. With lilies, however, the specific substance is unknown. Additionally, many plants only produce toxins in specific parts of the plant; true lilies produce their toxic principle in all parts, from the roots and bulbs to the petals and leaves. This is true even in minuscule amounts. 

Example of true lily belonging to genus Lilium. Not safe for cats.

Should your cat get into true lilies, it is important that you contact your veterinarian or local emergency veterinary hospital and get your pet treated immediately. Lily ingestion is absolutely an emergency and should be treated as such; do not wait until the next morning. If aggressive IV fluids are administered within a few hours of ingestion, the kidneys can sometimes be spared. The combination of an extremely low toxic “dose” and the severity of the resultant toxicity mean that we always advise not having lilies in any household where there are cats, including those which are less or non-toxic.

 

That’s the best way to keep your feline friends safe.

First Aid Tips for Cats

We always hope that we won’t face an emergency, but it isn’t something that can ever be guaranteed. In the event that we do, though, a little first aid knowledge can go a long way. It is especially important during times where there is a lot of change, such as the holiday season. There are numerous threats that our feline friends face during this time such as potentially toxic decorative plants, ribbons and other gift wrap, bones from a holiday meal, and burns from candles or Christmas lights.  (Quick tip: keep your cat away from packaging until all ribbons are thrown away in a cat-proof trash bin; bones should go in there too before letting your cat enjoy the festivities.)

The best thing we can do to protect our feline friends in these circumstances is to be prepared

  1. Make sure you always have the number for your regular veterinarian and for the closest emergency vet clinic posted in an easy to find place, as well as affixed to your cat’s carrier.  Consider making this a laminated card or luggage tag, which includes hospital name, regular doctor’s name, hospital phone number and physical & website addresses. On the other side, have your cat’s information: name, age or date of birth, breed, sex, known conditions or special handling needs, and medication/supplement list.   
  2. The Red Cross offers an app which provides first aid information which you can download here. This app provides quick access to first aid information for your cat. 
  3. Have an emergency kit ready to go, and keep it next to your cat’s carrier.  Be sure to include food, water, and other items that they would need in the event that you had to evacuate.  

What to Include in Your Cat’s ER Kit

In addition to medical information, have a minimum of 3 days worth of basic supplies: collapsible food & water dishes, favorite food & treats, unopened bottle of water, security items (soft blanket, toys, catnip), pee pads (accidents happen!) and cat litter box (plus litter).  If your cat eats raw food, always have an unopened package in the freezer which you can quickly grab and place in its own insulated container.  Having a few cans of high quality cat food or favorite freeze dried raw food mix may also be a good idea.

Include a list of what symptoms might indicate ingestion of a commonly found toxic substances like mistletoe, lilies, acetaminophen, and antifreeze.  A cat who has eaten something toxic may exhibit signs such as lethargy, drooling, tremors, vomiting, dilated pupils, and more. Contact your veterinarian or local veterinary emergency hospital immediately in the event that you think they might have ingested a toxin. If you are able, inform them what was consumed, when it was eaten and how much you think they ingested. They may advise you on how to induce vomiting or they may recommend you come straight to the veterinary hospital, depending on how far your pet’s symptoms have advanced.

In a smaller, labeled, container within your kit, include items like medications, supplements, rescue therapies, non-stick bandages, nitrile gloves, and an unopened bottle of artificial tears (great for flushing out eyes and wounds).  Talk with your veterinarian regarding which medications should be on hand for your cat’s specific needs. For older cats, this may include supplies for fluid therapy, preventatives for feline herpes viral flares, and additional support for older joints.  

Multipurpose Supplements 

  • Honey: in the event that your cat experiences a burn, it is important to note what burned them (candle, stove burner, electric cord) and get them veterinary care as soon as possible.  That said, there are a number of steps that one may take on their own first, particularly with thermal burns. It is vital to remember to cool them slowly, as doing so too quickly can cause shock.You can run cool water over the burn or use covered cool compresses.  Never apply cold compresses or ice without wrapping in a towel first. If possible, shave the fur around the burn so it’s easier to treat and monitor progress.  (This may be easier done at the vet’s office after pain medications are administered.) If the wound is not too painful, clean with warm soapy water, pat dry and apply Manuka honey.  Honey has been used for thousands of years in wound care and is safe for cats.  Make sure to cover the burn with a moist cloth when you are transporting your cat to the veterinarian, to keep the area clean and cool.
  • Hemp supplement: the stress of holidays, people coming over or having to travel can be lessened with calming supplements like hemp derived CBD. When supported the endocannabinoid system (ECS) excels at managing temporary stressors.  Your cat’s ECS is in high gear during these times and giving a dose of hemp oil 2-3 times daily should help him feel calmer. If your cat is already taking capsules, you may need to increase the dose or give hemp oil in addition to his maintenance support.  Contact us if you have any questions; we’re happy to help you with your cat’s individual needs. 
  • Essential oil blend or kit: yes, essential oils can be used safely in cats, helping providing another layer of immune system support (for wounds) and calming effect (for anxiety), among other health benefits.  Make sure to choose oil brand which source and extract responsibly. A drop of lavender oil around wounds can assist in microbial control, while blends containing chamomile provide soothing effects.   If you want to learn more, these resources can get you on the right track: First Aid with Veterinary Medical Aromatherapy (great to have in your first aid kit) and Animal Desk Reference II (very detailed).
  • TCVM or other herbal blend supplements: if your cat already takes such supplements, be sure to pack them in the kit.  If not, contact your holistic or integrative veterinarian and ask which first aid herbal blends they recommend. American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association’s Find a Vet function can help you find a holistic practitioner in your area.  

 

Traveling with Your Cat

Traveling with your feline friend, whether going to the veterinarian or visiting friends or family, can be stressful. It is safest to have them in a kennel or carrier, with soft bedding or a pad to lay on.  Ideally the kennel should be seatbelted in the back seat (like you would a child’s car seat) and many kennels and carriers have a place to secure the seat belt. It is not safe to have your cat roaming freely in your vehicle while you are driving. Your cat could become frightened and dart under the brake pedal or accelerator, possibly causing an accident. In addition, having a free roaming the vehicle is a dangerous distraction. Experienced feline travelers can wear a harness or seat belt harness. It is a good idea to make sure the lead or leash is short enough that if you have to stop, your kitty will remain in the seat.  

Make sure your destination is either cat friendly like these hotels, or that you’ve spoken with your host about your cat’s needs.  In general, keep your cat in the room in which you’ll sleep. Set the room as best as possible to a layout similar to one at home — anything which is familiar will greatly reduce your cat’s stress.  Most of these security items can be included in your ER kit. In addition to providing familiar smells, keeping your cat in one room gives her a place to hide from curious children and pets … and from bolting in an unfamiliar environment.  Just in case, have your cat microchipped prior to travel if this wasn’t done earlier in life.   

Please seek veterinary care as soon as possible following any use of first aid.  They can guide you on next steps and place the whole incident in your cat’s medical records. Take notes regarding what therapies were provided and when they were administered.  This will ensure that your feline friend receives the best care and is able to recover with less risk of additional complications. Emergencies and accidents may be unavoidable, but you can help your cat get through such tough times with a little knowledge and preparedness.

CBD & Situational Anxiety in Cats

Situational anxieties are something none of us want to face. As pet parents, it can make us feel powerless when we cannot protect our furry companions. After all, they look to us to keep them happy and safe. Many of the situational anxieties cats and dogs face are the same, but individual pets and their responses to various therapies can differ greatly — what benefits one may not help the next, especially with our feline friends. The first step in treating situational anxiety is to identify the cause.

 

Causes of Situational Anxiety in Cats

As you can imagine, and perhaps have observed first hand, cats can seemingly ‘freak out’ over the smallest things.  They love their routines and any deviation from such can create a lot of stress. Let’s take a look at common changes to your cat’s routine and how it might cause anxiety. 

  • Traveling by car — to the veterinarian, groomer, or vacation home — offers loud noises, vibrations, and usually a destination low on the list of cat favorites.  
  • Traveling by plane — to anywhere; cats generally can’t stand noisy places and these are the loudest.
  • Separation from preferred humans — applicable year round but especially when humans like to take extended vacations over the holidays.  Your cat loves you and is loath to be apart. 
  • Addition of extra humans in the home — common during holidays and school breaks — while your cat may love attention, sometimes it can simply be too much. 
  • History of traumatic experiences — PTSD is especially common in shelter adoptions, cats with feral histories, painful events, and of course, overt abuse.  These experiences often trigger cats in extreme ways; be cognizant your cat may need extra care if she has such a history.  

 

Fortunately many of these events can be anticipated and thus allow us to provide treatment in advance.  If the event itself cannot be avoided, there are steps we can take to ease anxiety for our stressed kitties, once we recognize their stress.  

 

How Do Cats Show Their Anxiety?  

Many will simply run and hide, preferring quiet dark places which are out of the way from traffic.  You can take advantage of this instinct by providing your cat with a safe getaway including soft, warm bedding, low light, gentle music and the basic necessities (water and litter box).  No animal likes to be cornered so always make sure that your cat has plenty of options for exits particularly around their litter box. This can help prevent anxiety associated with litter box use if your cat shares her house with other cats, dogs or small children.  

If hiding doesn’t ease their stress, cats may over groom, particularly in the upper arms, flanks and tail base.  They may become vocal, either yowling at night or hissing at offending targets. If matters worsen, or your cat is extremely stressed, elimination outside the litter box (urine or feces) may occur.  In the cat world, this is akin to shouting, “Help me! I am extremely unhappy!,” and often won’t occur until after running/hiding, hissing/vocalizing, or even clinging to your side, doesn’t resolve your cat’s distress.  

 

Tips to Ease Your Cat’s Anxiety

We talked about providing safe space for your kitty to run and hide, but what if you’re leaving town?  It is always a good idea to speak to your veterinarian prior to any travel so they may advise you on ways to keep your cat safe and healthy during their trip.  They can help you determine if leaving your cat at home is best vs a cat-friendly boarding facility, or even taking them with you. If you take her with you, check out these packing tips.   

 

If you leave your cats at home, never underestimate the comfort that choice provides to a cat — some will want comfortable beds as hiding spots and others will prefer high perches where they can get out of the way. Warm sunny spots, quality time with you, and music can also help calm an anxious cat.  Make sure a variety of safe places are present for your cats’ needs. And since you’re gone, make sure to leave a pillow case, blanket or T-shirt with your smell on it for added comfort.  

 

If your cat’s fear is something that cannot be avoided, like severe weather or a houseful of family members, consider adding a Thundershirt, calming essential oils (diffused in small amounts, essential oils can be quite helpful for cats), pheromone plug-ins, and herbal cat treats with l-theanine, chamomile and/or catnip.  

 

Can CBD Help My Cat’s Anxiety?

Absolutely!  Let’s talk about how … When we administer cannabinoids like CBD, they support your cat’s natural cannabis receptor system, called the endocannabinoid system (ECS for short).  The ECS has one main function: listen to and correct cellular stress signals.  It accomplishes this task by changing the levels of CBD and THC at the receptor level, causing a variety of chemical reactions which lead to your cat feeling calmer.  In short, administration of hemp-based CBD, can have a calming effect on the mind, and is soothing to the body, particularly when situational anxieties arise.  

Which CBD Product is Best for My Cat?

Developed by veterinarians, Canna Companion offers three different feline supportive supplements, all differentiated by CBD:THC.  When a whole plant product is administered, CBD helps mitigate the negative effects of THC, while allowing THC’s health benefits to shine — one of which limits the sedative effects CBD can have on your cat.  We want your cat stress-free, not a cute little furry lump on her favorite bed!  

 

We typically recommend our Regular Strength Feline capsules as the low CBD:THC supports the cannabis receptor system quite well for most conditions.  Start once daily administration ideally 10-14 days prior to the known stressor, continuing for a few days after the stressor is gone.  There is no need to continue hemp supplementation if your cat is no longer anxious and stopping “cold turkey” is acceptable.  

 

For those cats with multiple stressors or who need a punch to the ECS for high-stress times, our higher ratioed Extra Strength Feline capsules are preferred.  Begin administration as above, and if your cat needs more during times of extreme stress, it’s okay to give either formulation twice daily.  

 

What if your cat will not take pills or you’re leaving in a few days?  Try our Whole Plant Hemp Oil;  with a CBD:THC between the capsule formulations, it’s a great choice for smaller patients and those with strong opinions about capsules.  In addition, most cats only need 1-2 drops (0.05-0.1 ml) twice daily with or near a meal, and oils work very quickly … a few days to onset of action in most patients.  

 

Whatever your kitty’s needs, Canna Companion is here to help. Contact our Customer Service team or schedule a professional Consultation today.  Our passion is helping your cat feel her best no matter what routine changes come her way!

Winterize Your Home for Senior Cats

The days are growing shorter and the nights are growing colder. And as many of us know that can mean more aches and pains. Not just for ourselves, but for our elderly feline companions as well. Fortunately, there are options that can help us make the chilly weather more comfortable for our dear ones. Supplements, including Canna Companion, that help your cat maintain both joint and overall health are just one of many ways you can ease their discomfort.

One of the most obvious options, clothing, also seems like it may be the least likely to work. After all, cats are notoriously fussy about what they will or will not tolerate. Believe it or not, there are some cats who have to wear sweaters year round in cooler climates. There are plenty of others who won’t mind, especially those snuggler cats who burrow under every blanket.  Senior pets are often more slender and need that extra warmth the most. Choose soft material that won’t inhibit movement.  

Another excellent option is to offer a heated cat bed. There are many different options here, but the most important thing is going to be taking your cat’s own preferences into account. If they like to hide themselves when they sleep, try to get something that has a cover so that they may do so. Always look for heating pads designed specifically for animals. There are a number of different varieties available from ones that go in the microwave to electric ones that only heat up when they have weight on them. 

Additionally, even without a heat pad, there are ways to make their rest more comfortable. Elevate their beds so that they are away from cold floors, using stairs and ramps for older cats where needed so they can readily access favorite sleeping spots. Make sure they have access to what sunny spaces are still available. And double check their favorite perches to ensure that any nearby windows aren’t drafty. Doing this can also help your heating costs.

A few final precautions include keeping litter boxes out of cold basements or garages. In fact, there are a number of other good reasons to restrict access to garages. Antifreeze and deicers are both very toxic to cats. A little work and a lot of love can help your feline friend have a safe and comfortable winter.

National Cat Day

NATIONAL CAT DAY: October 29, 2019

Celebrate all things cat and spoil your fur baby a little more on National Cat Day.  We cannot say enough about our love of cats and all the wonderful things they bring to our lives: unconditional love and companionship in the form of fur, purrs, cuddles and the occasional bit of mischief.  Buy them a new toy; give them something extra delicious to eat; or just set aside extra time to spend with them. In other words, love your cat as the human servant you are! That love can be the most powerful tool you have to keep her happy, and recent studies show the bond which develops is no different from human children to their parents. Domesticated cats crave human attention and crave receiving it from their pet parents. 

Often the most effective way of keeping your indoor cat happy is to just lavish attention. Snuggle pet, and play with your cat every day.  This not only strengthens the bond between you two, it also helps you watch out for any changes in behavior which could indicate something is off. Plus, keeping your favorite feline on her toes helps prevent boredom and weight issues from lack of activity, and it goes a long way towards reducing emotional stressors.  If you do notice something amiss, hemp supplements like Canna Companion, may help get your kitty back on track. 

 

TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR INDOOR CAT HAPPY AND HEALTHY.

  1.       An active cat is a happy cat.  It is easy for an indoor cat to go stir crazy if they cannot get out internal energy. There are toys that look like mice, toys with feathers, battery-powered toys with flashing light and sound, laser pointers, toys that move and the simple toys on strings.  Watch what your kitty pounces on most, and get toys which mimic that behavior. Rotate the toys to keep her even more entertained.  
  2.       Help your cat model some of their natural hunting instinct by hiding their favorite treats around the house. Use special cat treat toys which make your cat work to extract the reward thus offering hours of mental stimulation.  Play toss the treat using dehydrated meats and watch your cat skitter down the hallway in hot pursuit. 
  3.       Consider getting a second cat as a companion. Having a buddy to run and play with can go a long way in keeping indoor cats happy and stimulated.  This tip is usually best limited to younger cats who need another set of teeth and claws to play with, or for those extreme extroverts that could tire a toddler. 
  4.       Spay and Neuter.  Always spay and neuter your cats as hormones can be drive them to try to escape outside to try and find a mate.  By spaying and neutering, this added stress is eliminated while at the same time eliminating any chance that it could contribute to the unwanted cat population.  Removing those hormones also drastically reduces some forms of cancer; breast (mammary gland) cancer is one whose risk drops dramatically in spayed and neutered cats. 

6 Benefits of Hemp for Cats

We adore all pets equally here at Canna Companion, but we’ll admit it—there’s something extra special about a kitty curling up next to you for a nap or purring as you scratch behind his ear just right. With the right combination of care and good genetics, cats can live happily by your side for decades. But cat owners have their work cut out for them in terms of keeping their pets safe and healthy over the years. Outdoor cats are exposed to all manner of toxic substances and other dangers, while indoor cats can become depressed or develop additional health issues.

A cannabis-based supplement can provide support for your cat in a number of health areas. But not all supplements are created equal—because cannabis dosages are largely unregulated, some products marketed for pets may still contain unsafe amounts of compounds like the psychotropic THC. The veterinary experts at Canna Companion developed a special formula that unlocks the supportive effects of the cannabis plant while minimizing the negative impact of THC. Here are some of the key benefits of hemp for cats.

Immunity

Your kitty’s immune system is the first line of defense when it comes to protecting her from sickness and disease, so it’s important to help her take good care of it. Infections and even genetic makeup can weaken that system, leaving her susceptible to health issues. Canna Companion’s hemp-based formula contains cannabinoids that help to support her immune system, promoting her health in the long run.

Mobility and Joint Flexibility

Chances are that your kitty has ruined at least one of your shirts or surprised you by stalking you from the shadows. Cats love to hunt, pounce, climb, and scratch. Not only does all that movement keep them in prime physical condition; it keeps them happy! But as cats age, their bodies and joints can weaken, leading to stiffer movement and other mobility challenges. You might notice your senior cat beginning to slow down, but that doesn’t mean that he can’t continue to enjoy playtime. To maintain a high quality of life, your cat needs to stay mobile. Canna Companion can ease joint discomfort that comes from normal movement while supporting overall joint health—leaving you with more mornings spent playing around with your kitty!

Digestive Support

Just because your cat can eat something doesn’t mean he should! Felines aren’t garbage disposals, and they don’t come equipped with iron stomachs. Unfortunately, cats are experts at getting into things they shouldn’t. Outdoor cats are at risk of ingesting toxic substances like antifreeze, while indoor cats can easily mistake human food for a treat. Substances like chocolate can wreak havoc on their digestive system and even prove fatal. While it may be impossible to prevent your kitty from eating something bad, you can help support his digestive function and the overall health of his GI tract with a supplement. Our plant-based formula works to keep your cat’s digestive system in peak physical condition and can help reduce normal GI distress.

Neurological Function

You probably know that your cat has a nervous system—but did you know that he also has an endocannabinoid system? This system consists of a number of receptors found throughout the tissues of the body. Canna Companion supports your cat’s endocannabinoid system with the help of phytocannabinoids, the natural compounds found in hemp. When stimulated, those receptors work to correct cellular stress! And because your cat’s neurological tissue contains a high percentage of receptors, activating his endocannabinoid system helps to support and maintain healthy neurological function.

Calm Demeanor

If your cat suffers from anxiety, anything from a bad thunderstorm to an unexpected visitor could cause her stress. The last thing you want is her climbing the rafters in panic whenever you have guests over. Canna Companion can help with that! Our supplement helps pets calm down during periods of stress, encouraging a normal, relaxed demeanor. With regular administration of our formula, your kitty may soon find herself much calmer during those periods of unexpected stress.

Comfort and Care  

Your cat may be in perfect health, but aging brings natural changes that can decrease his quality of life, leaving you feeling like you’re losing your best friend. We want to help you keep your companion comfortable and happy as the years go by, so we formulated our hemp-based supplement to support quality of life, promote relaxation, and help with normal discomfort. The best part is that it won’t take long to see the effects: you may notice changes in your cat’s behavior in as little as three to five days with regular administration!

Reap the Rewards of Hemp-Based Supplements

Nothing is sweeter than a happy cat! At Canna Companion, we’re dedicated to helping you promote your kitty’s health so that she can enjoy life by your side for years to come. That’s why we created a hemp-based supplement that supports a wide range of essential bodily functions in pets. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of hemp for cats or want to find out if Canna Companion is right for your pet, we’re happy to help—reach out today for a free consultation.

What to Pack for a Road Trip with Your Cat

People typically think of dogs as the pets eager to go for a ride in the car, leaping into the back seat and sticking their heads out the window without a second glance. But don’t count cats out just yet! Your feline friend can make an equally great travel buddy, provided you have the right setup and supplies.

At Canna Companion, our goal is to support your cat’s health and happiness in all situations, whether she’s traveling across the country or curling up on the couch with you. Have a road trip coming up? We’ve put together a handy checklist of items to pack when it comes time to travel in the car with your kitty.

Cat Carrier

Your cat shouldn’t be roaming freely while your car is in motion. She could get stuck somewhere in your vehicle, or worse—wind up under your feet as you’re trying to drive. Provide a comfortable cat carrier to keep her safe and help her stay calm on the drive. To make her feel more relaxed in her carrier, consider leaving a comforting item inside of it, such as your unwashed pillow case, some catnip, or organic chamomile tea leaves. Covering the carrier while she’s inside can also help set her mind at ease.

If you’re gearing up for a long trip and your kitty isn’t used to cat carriers or being in a car at all, you may need to introduce the carrier and vehicle gradually to get her used to the experience. With time and patience, you can have her settled in and ready to go for a ride!

Extra Food and Water

Car trouble is never fun, and it seems to strike at the most inconvenient times. A flat tire, engine trouble, or a drained battery could leave you and your kitty stranded on the shoulder for hours as you wait for roadside assistance. Prepare for these kinds of situations by packing more cat food than you think you need for the trip, as well as additional water. You may also want to bring collapsible food and water dishes if you plan to be on the road for more than 12 hours.

Leash and Harness

Maybe you’re going on a relatively short trip and don’t plan to take your cat out of his carrier, but it pays to be prepared. You never know when you’ll run into car trouble, have to take a detour, or encounter some other issue that keeps you on the road for longer than expected. Cats can move quite quickly when spooked or uncomfortable, so it’s important to either keep your furry friend inside her carrier or on a leash at all times when you finally do get out of the car.

If you’re going on a longer road trip with a cat, make sure to take pit stops so she—and you!—have a chance to eat, drink, and use the restroom. Break out that leash and kitty harness so your cat has a chance to stretch her legs as well. And if she’s new to the harness, spend some time getting her used to it before the trip.

Pet Tags

If your cat isn’t already microchipped, consider getting the simple procedure done before heading off on a long trip. The last thing you want is for your feline friend to get lost in a strange place! Whether or not she’s microchipped, you should also outfit her with a breakaway collar and tags so anyone who finds her knows exactly who to contact. On the off chance that your cat does get away from you, she’ll have the necessary contact info attached to her collar, bettering the odds that you’ll get her back safe and sound.  

Hemp-Based Supplement

Traveling with a cat can be stressful, both for you and your kitty. If he experiences anxiety, he might spend the whole drive meowing, scratching at his carrier, or even making a mess. If you know your cat gets particularly nervous on car rides, make things easier on the both of you with a hemp-based supplement. When administered regularly, Canna Companion can encourage a relaxed demeanor and help your cat stay calm during periods of elevated stress like she may experience on a car ride. Our high-quality supplement also helps to support normal GI tract health and mobility, working to keep your cat in great shape.

Emergency Info and Supplies

It’s impossible to predict accidents and injuries, but you can at least be as prepared as possible to tackle them when they happen. Make sure you have the contact information for your veterinarian and Animal Poison Control, as well as the details of any medication your cat may be taking. Pack extra doses of any medicine your cat is on or that you think she may need, and bring along a first aid kit so that you’re ready to treat minor injuries until you can get to a veterinarian.

Support Your Pet’s Health

We’re passionate about pet health, which is why our veterinary experts have developed a hemp-based supplement that provides natural support for your pet’s neurological, physiological, immunological, and endocannabinoid systems. Still debating whether hemp is the best choice for your cat or dog? We’re happy to help! Reach out today to schedule your complimentary veterinary consultation.

4 Common Health Challenges for Outside Cats

Felines are some of the most independent pets around. Most parents of outdoor cats can attest to that fact. Outside cats bathe themselves, sharpen their own claws and even hunt their own food (regardless of how much cat food you leave on the porch for them). However, despite these strengths, outdoor cats aren’t completely self-sufficient. There are quite a few problems they need your help with to stay healthy and in high spirits. That’s why it’s so important to understand these challenges and some of the best ways to manage them.

At Canna Companion, we harness the potent compounds in hemp to make pet-friendly products that support optimal health, comfort and care in cats and dogs. Above all else, our goal is to improve and maintain your pet’s well-being in any way we can. So today, we’ll be taking a few minutes to walk you through four common health issues outside cats face and how you can help your feline overcome them.

GI Tract Issues

Felines are naturally curious and love to hunt down different wildlife, meaning that your outside cat might be chowing down on insects, mice, birds, spoiled human foods and other potentially dangerous substances without you ever knowing. Even indoor-only cats (or those enjoying sunshine in a controlled space), will find a speck of dust or a crunchy leaf to pounce on, “kill” and eventually eat. Very few cats have the iron stomachs needed to process these materials, which is why it’s imperative to provide your outside feline with additional GI tract support.

Fortunately, there are a few high-quality pet products that do just that. For example, our Canna Companion pet supplement for cats utilizes a range of phytocannabinoids, terpenoids and other natural compounds to support healthy digestive processes and help maintain a healthy GI tract in your pet. Of course, even the best GI tract supplements can’t prevent all substances from negatively affecting your cat’s stomach health, which is why we recommend bringing your cat inside permanently to better control their daily diet. Barring that comprehensive solution, GI tract supplements are the next best thing!

Inclement Weather

It’s not difficult to imagine why many outside pets struggle with inclement weather, especially breeds and species that aren’t built to handle chilly temperatures. One of the reasons why so many pet parents prefer to keep their cats inside is because these animals have a tough time staying warm and healthy when left to their own devices outside. Without help, your outside cat can suffer from hypothermia and other adverse conditions caused by harsh weather, putting their lives at risk. Another potential risk of cold weather is your cat finding and ingesting toxic substances like antifreeze or rock salt. If you notice that your cat seems lethargic or disinterested in food when the winter months arrive, there’s a very good chance that the cold is affecting their health in one way or another.

The best way to protect your outdoor cat from inclement weather is to provide them with a safe place to relax and warm up. When temperatures drop and weather worsens, outdoor cats may seek shelter in dangerous spots like wheel wells or engine bays. When the vehicle starts, they can get stuck in the fan belt or tires, leading to severe injury. Consider bringing your cat into the house until the cold months pass to ensure her health and happiness. If that isn’t an option, then you might want to set up a small space in your garage for her to enjoy. There’s no need to risk your pet’s safety if you don’t have to!

Weakened Immunity

Your cat’s immune system plays a vital role in protecting them from a host of microscopic threats, including bacteria, viruses and even parasites. Naturally, the outdoors are rife with these dangers, which puts outside cats at great risk when their immune systems aren’t in top form. To exacerbate matters further, most outdoor cats don’t have the most consistent diets or sleep patterns, resulting in weakened immunity due to lack of rest or protein deficiencies. Last but not least, the immune systems of felines gradually weaken as they age, putting older outdoor cats in dire straits without some form of immune system support.

Once again, proper sleep and nutrition are crucial components of a healthy immune system in cats. Consequently, you should always provide your outside cat with a warm, safe sleeping space and a balanced diet that’s rich in protein. Beyond that, it’s a great idea to talk to your veterinarian about providing your feline with supplements that bolster his or her immune system. Products like Canna Companion help to support the immune system of cats, keeping their bodies strong.

Mobility & Joint Discomfort

Outdoor cats are constantly on the move, running, jumping and hunting at every opportunity. As you might expect, so much activity can put great amounts of strain on your kitty’s joints over time. Without support, this lifestyle can lead to mobility and joint discomfort, making your cat reluctant to remain active and enjoy life to the fullest. This issue becomes particularly problematic for outdoor cats approaching their later years since aging naturally weakens a feline’s joints.

Without question, mobility supplements for pets are the most effective way to protect your outside pet from this issue. For example, among other benefits, our Canna Companion supplement for felines mitigates joint discomfort associated with normal daily exercise and activity while supporting general joint health! Just be sure to consult with your veterinarian before starting your cat on any new supplement regimen.

Contact Canna Companion Today

Have any other questions or concerns about the health and happiness of your outdoor feline? Then be sure to call or message Canna Companion. We would be more than happy to provide you with any other resources or guidance you need to keep your cat safe, healthy and happy for many years to come.

5 Keys to Keeping Your Cat Happy

Unhappiness and stress can affect humans and cats alike. Despite their best attempts to appear calm and aloof, cats are very emotionally-sensitive creatures. Significant changes in their lives (such as being moved to a new home, losing a family member, or even a sharp decrease in exercise or activity) can trigger stress in felines.

At Canna Companion, there’s nothing we value more than maintaining the long-term health and well-being of companion animals. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of five key techniques you can use to keep your feline happy throughout every stage of its life.

  1. Exercise your cat daily

Physical activity is an essential component of entertaining your cat. It also helps maintain your pet’s ideal weight and strength. Try to spend about 30 to 45 minutes each day exercising your feline with toys that stimulate their hunting instincts. Bird feather toys, small mice toys attached to strings, and laser pointers will work perfectly. Cats are fickle animals, so split this exercise time into smaller 10- to 15-minute sessions and use a variety of toys to ensure that yours doesn’t get bored. If your feline completely refuses to touch its toys, don’t try to force it to play. Just wait a few minutes and try again.

As your cat ages, its joints and muscles make it more difficult to muster the enthusiasm to chase and bat at fake prey. Experiment with different types of toys, activities, or small doses of catnip to provide motivation, and consider speaking with your veterinarian about using pet supplements to support your cat’s general joint health. Canna Companion supplements even offer GI tract and immune system support for your aging cat.

  1. Create high spaces for your cat to roam and relax on

Most cats naturally seek out elevated platforms and perches. They developed this instinct because high vantage points are perfect for hunting small prey and avoiding large potential predators that can’t climb (like dogs and coyotes). Despite how safe and comfy your home or apartment is, cats just can’t shake their natural urge to find high places to hide and avoid confrontation, especially if there are other animals in the space. Buying a cat tree or two is a great way to offer an elevated space and a fun toy at the same time. You can also use tables, cabinets and shelves as heightened havens for your cat, but take care not to leave any breakable valuables on them.

  1. Provide companionship for your cat

Humans live busy and demanding lives, and that can make it really tough to slot time away for one-on-one time with our family members. Just like any other mammal, cats crave social interactions and experiences, so make an effort to dedicate 30 minutes or so each day toward socializing with your cat by petting and relaxing with it. If you travel frequently, consider adopting a second cat. The two will keep each other company and constantly exercise, through play and chase sessions, while you’re away, keeping them both content and physically fit.

Bear in mind special steps need to be taken if you decide to introduce a second feline into your living space. Cats can be incredibly territorial and hostile toward other adults, so it may be best to look for a kitten, though avoid kittens if your current kitty is older. Two adults can learn to coexist, but the amount of time this takes depends largely on whether both of the animals are calm and friendly toward each other or not. Regardless of the age of your new feline, be sure to use separate food and water bowls for each cat. Using one large dish for both of your pets can lead to overeating, undereating and constant fighting over these resources. Follow this link for a detailed guide on adding a second cat to your home, and be sure to keep in contact with your veterinarian if you need additional advice or assistance.

  1. Set your cat up with visual entertainment

Cats love to observe the world around them. You can stimulate this interest by placing bird feeders outside of open windows in your apartment or home, buying an aquarium or playing videos of nature on your TV. All those intriguing sights and sounds will fascinate your cat and stave off boredom for hours on end. This is a massive boon if you need to leave your cat without company for several hours each day. And if you’re feeling particularly ambitious, you can try putting your cat on a leash and taking them out a few times every day to explore the spaces near your home.

  1. Schedule regular checkups with your veterinarian every month

Cats are incredibly good at hiding discomfort associated with daily activity. This is another instinctual behavior designed to protect themselves from predators looking for weak and easy prey. This can make it incredibly difficult for owners to pin down whether their cat is distressed or hurting. To ensure that your pet’s daily life is free of pain and discomfort, consult with your local veterinarian to assess their condition. These medical experts can fill you in on any symptoms or injuries your cat is experiencing (including dental issues that are difficult to spot) and provide you with the tools and knowledge needed to assist them.

Use Canna Companion Supplements to Support Your Cat’s Health and Happiness

Keeping your cat happy, particularly as it grows older, can be immensely challenging, but there are resources you can rely on for help. As always, a trusted veterinarian will be your best source of support and counsel when caring for your cat, so take advantage of this relationship whenever possible. Be sure to talk with your veterinarian about arranging a supplement regimen for your cat, too. Canna Companion supplements can help your cat remain comfortable as it grows older and encourage a normal and calm demeanor as well.

Call or message us today to learn more about providing the best care for your cat and ensuring its happiness for years to come.

5 Bodily Systems Cat Cannabis Helps

Your cat is so much more than a source of companionship and entertainment; he or she is an essential member of the family who never fails to brighten your day, raise your spirits and comfort you. Here at Canna Companion, our mission is to ensure that your precious pet stays happy and healthy for many years to come. That’s why we’ve combined science and nature to create some of the most powerful natural pet supplements in existence.

Each capsule of Canna Companion contains a unique blend of Cannabis sativa strains (commonly referred to as hemp) that optimizes the incredible benefits of the Cannabis plant. Unlike marijuana, hemp products made from seeds and mature stalks of cannabis plants are completely legal to possess in any part of the United States. Furthermore, because hemp does not contain a large concentration of phytocannabinoids, it can be used to maintain the health and well-being of your cat without the risk of them becoming high or stoned. To help you determine whether Canna Companion is a good fit for your feline, let’s look at five cat ailments that cannabis can mitigate or prevent.

1. Joint Discomfort

As cats age, they become more susceptible to mobility problems and joint discomfort. Over time, normal daily exercises and activities begin to become synonymous with soreness and achiness. In more severe cases, even the act of stepping into a litter box can be incredibly difficult for older cats, and getting around the house can become troublesome, impacting their much-needed independence. To make matters worse, cats instinctively hide their pain to avoid appearing weak or vulnerable to potential predators, meaning you may need to be very perceptive in order to recognize such discomfort in your cat.

One of the best ways to prevent joint discomfort in cats is with a proactive supplement regimen. Canna Companion’s plant-based supplements help to support joint flexibility and mobility in cats of all ages, making them a superb way to provide their body all it needs for normal movement.   

2. Gastrointestinal Health

Cats actually have very sensitive digestive systems, causing them to vomit, go off their food and develop GI discomfort for no apparent reason. A healthy endocannabinoid system, your cat’s cannabis receptor system, is pivotal in maintaining a normally functioning GI tract.

The GI tract is a system of organs (including the esophagus, stomach, small intestine and large intestine) that allows for the digestion of food, absorption of nutrients, and elimination of solid wastes. This section of your cat’s body is intimately linked with the immune system and provides the means by which all cells obtain nutrients and moisture, which is why it’s so important to ensure that it functions properly. Canna Companion’s hemp supplements help to support proper GI tract health and digestive processes, by supporting a normally functioning endocannabinoid system.  

3. Immune System

The immune system is an incredibly complex array of cellular signaling and bodily responses which require cooperation from nearly all areas of the body: bone marrow, spleen, GI tract, skin, lungs and more.  Even your cat’s fur plays a protective role for the immune system, quickly shedding fur when a predator attempts to grab them, reducing the risk of physical injury the immune system must heal. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) also plays an important role in supporting a healthy normally functioning immune system and proper hemp supplementation can assist the ECS in its efforts.

Canna Companion is developed with the ECS and your cat in mind. The naturally-occurring cannabinoids (like CBD and THC) found in hemp help to support your pet’s immune system and promote their long-term health.

4. Neurological Health

Your cat’s nervous system allows each component of his or her body to effectively communicate with the others. It’s no surprise that a neurologic system not at peak performance, can cause significant reductions in your cat’s quality of life.  In order fully support this complex and delicate aspect of your cat’s body, you’ll need to make use of the best and most effective pet supplements in the industry.

Unlike many supplements and tinctures made from cannabis plants, Canna Companion products contain multiple compounds aimed at fully supporting the normal function of your pet’s endocannabinoid system. Put simply, a strong endocannabinoid system in your cat will support healthy neurological function, helping him or her maintain top feline performance.

Order Canna Companion for Your Cat Today

Canna Companion’s Regular Strength Capsule for Cats is a fantastic product to support and maintain your cat’s health.  Our supplements  support your cat’s endocannabinoid system, encouraging a calm demeanor, decreasing the severity of your pet’s temporary and/or situational anxieties and enhancing your cat’s quality of life. See our FAQ or contact us to determine which type of Canna Companion will work best for your cat.

Note: Be sure to consult with your veterinarian before starting your cat on any new supplement or health product.

If you’re interested in learning more about cannabis for cats or want more information on Canna Companion, then don’t hesitate to call or message us today. We look forward to hearing from you!