Why does it Matter if Your Cat is a Stoner?

When you smoke, do you go outside or sneak down to hotbox the basement? Does your cat lie in your lap each time you spark up? When you’re finished does he usually make a beeline for his food dish and then lounge around the couch until your next smoke session? You may not be actively blowing smoke in your pets face, but if you smoke around them, chances are they have caught a whiff or two. If they tend to move closer when you smoke, well chances are that you have gotten your pet addicted. If they move closer when you are smoking, they are actively seeking it out. I know what you are thinking: what’s the big deal? I mean it’s not like he has a job (although sometimes you wish he would get one), besides that’s what cats do anyway, eat and sleep.

Have you considered the health effects on your cat? Very few, if any, tests of the effects of marijuana on pets have been performed. However, the number of reports to poison control of pets eating marijuana edibles is increasing. The reports have been similar to that of humans who ingest large quantities of weed. Symptoms included deep sleep, inability to wake, anxious behavior, increased heart rate, and increased vocalization.

Based on these reports, it’s safe to conclude that marijuana affects household pets similar to humans. So does this mean that your cat gets the munchies too? Although no formal studies have been done, individuals who may have “encouraged” their pets to consume or that have accidently consumed marijuana have reported similar cravings in animals.  Some individuals report their animals have also been less active after smoking marijuana. This should lead you to be concerned for your animal. Animals are not conscious of the effects or dangers of marijuana. This means they will not be aware they are overeating while simultaneously becoming less active. Do not be surprised if your pet starts packing on some extra pounds.

What does this have to do with quitting smoking weed? Well have you been reading up on the withdrawals of marijuana that you will experience when you quit smoking? Guess what, if you have gotten your pet addicted inadvertently, they too will begin to experience withdrawals when you stop smoking. This means you will need to give them extra care to ensure they can survive the withdrawal symptoms.

If you notice that your cat is having serious or long lasting withdrawals, you may need to seek help from a veterinarian. Here are some tricks you might try to help soothe your pet’s withdrawals before taking them to the vet:

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  • Give your furry friend extra attention – Your pet may begin to withdrawal from normal interactions. Just like humans experiencing marijuana withdrawals, it is important to make them feel like they are not alone for several important reasons. The first reason is it will be difficult to tell if your pet is experiencing severe or life-threatening withdrawal symptoms if they are hiding in a closet or under a bed for a week straight. The second reason is it will help soothe them as well as yourself. Studies have shown that petting animals can increase the production of oxytocin, the stress-relieving hormone, while simultaneously reducing the production of cortisol, the stress hormone.
  • Increase physical activity – Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the active ingredient which gives marijuana users the “high” feeling. THC is fat soluble, meaning it is stored in fat cells. As you burn fat, the THC is transferred to your bloodstream and then filtered through your kidneys. An increase in physical activity will help to break down all the THC in of your system. The quicker you and fluffy burn off the fat storing that THC, the sooner you will feel like your old selves again. In addition, exercise will trigger the release of endorphins. Endorphins are a chemical released by the brain which produces a pleasant feeling and even eases pain perception. This will also help with any returning body aches, which have been masked by smoking weed.
  • Maintain proper hydration – THC is filtered through your kidneys as your body breaks it down. Proper hydration is essential for your kidneys to properly flush toxins and waste out of your body. Check to see that your pet is drinking an appropriate amount of water. If your cat is not staying properly hydrated, consider supplementing their water with Pedialyte, which veterinarians recommend when pets are having hydration issues. The more effectively you and your pets kidneys are functioning, the quicker your system will filter out the THC.
  • Monitor feeding habits – You want to make sure your pet has not just swapped smoking weed with excessive eating. Overeating can lead to many health issues in pets. It is important to regulate their diet to ensure they are not overeating. Feeding your pet a set amount of food either once a day or twice a day is the easiest way to monitor your pets eating habits. By feeding once or twice daily rather than just keeping the bowl full all of the time you can limit the amount of food they eat daily. This will also make it easier to tell if your pet has stopped eating altogether.

Although your furry friend may not be aware they are addicted to marijuana, believe me, they know exactly what you are going through when it comes to withdrawals. You should take this time to bond with your cat. Make sure you stay strong for them because the key to their success of kicking the habit falls solely on your success at quitting. The ONLY upside to your pet begin addicted too, is that now you can spend your time making sure they recover properly. This will help to keep your mind off of the withdrawals you experience. Hopefully, you will take the advice on this site and never pick up the habit again. However, should you happen to relapse, please ensure that you do not allow your pet to relapse too. Take your smoking outside or at the very least keep your pets away from you when you use. They have no choice in the matter so it is up to you to ensure that your pets are safe.