A residential study of the effects of CBD on an aggressive cat, Biggie, was conducted over an eight-week period to determine if CBD could calm the cat and eliminate its aggressive behavior on Riley, the family dog. After taking approximately 16.6 mg of CBD Isolate each morning placed in Biggie’s dry cat food, he showed a significant reduction in anxiety and fear, as measured by the cat’s behavior and lack of aggression towards Riley, the dog.
The experimental subject for this study was Biggie, a formally feral black cat, who was rescued after being attacked by a winged predator and seriously injured as a kitten. Biggie was taken to the vet, patched up, brought inside the house and after three weeks of hiding from the other two cats and the dog that lived in the house, Biggie slowly began to come out of hiding and get a little closer to the other pets. . At first, Biggie was afraid of Riley, a Golden Retriever dog, and would run away from her whenever she was around.
Over the course of about three months, Biggie observed that the dog did not bother the other two cats and that they rubbed against her and slept next to her. It was as if the dog was her protector. Slowly, Biggie moved closer to Riley, not even touching her. All the animals seemed to get along and there was peace in the home.
Suddenly one day Biggie came face to face with Riley and went crazy. He hissed and arched his back violently. He growled menacingly and headed towards Riley with both front claws extended, ready to attack the dog. My wife, who was standing near the kitchen, stepped in, scolded the cat, and tried to separate the two animals. When she did this, Biggie struck her with his claws and injured her on one of her hands and arm. Then she turned around and escaped into another room to hide.
This became the new norm. If Biggie walked into the living room, where all the animals congregated during the day, and saw Riley, she would go into attack mode and charge at Riley, causing more human intervention and more scratches on her arms.
This aggressive behavior lasted for about a month. We tried throwing water at Biggie, but it only angered him and he continued attacking Riley. We did not know what to do.
Finally, I decided to administer some of our CBD pet tincture to Biggie to see if it would reduce his anxiety about the dog and calm him down. I used Isolate 500mg pet tincture that we developed for the CBD Health Club brand for our eCommerce site. I administered a full dropper, which was approximately 16.6 mg of CBD isolate, each morning to her dry cat food. At first, she smelled the cat food and walked away. Later I realized that she was back at the table eating her cat food, so I know she was ingesting some CBD.
I continued to administer the same amount of CBD Isolate every morning for eight weeks and Biggie continued to eat it throughout the day.
After a week, Biggie began to relax more and the violent attacks stopped. She would still avoid Riley, but she would just flop into another chair or a different end of the couch. You could tell he was losing his fear of the dog and was relaxing more around him.
Although this was an anecdotal study, other environmental factors could have been involved and the amount of daily CBD intake was not scientifically managed, observation of the cat’s daily behavior showed that something was improving its disposition and its aggressiveness towards the dog was significantly reduced.
The result is that I will continue to give Biggie a dropper full of CBD Isolate every morning and monitor his behavior on a regular basis. Double-blind scientific studies should be conducted with a placebo group to determine CBD dosage levels and measure the behavior of cats after successive periods of administration.
Written by Michael R. Burns