A residential study of the effects of CBD on an aggressive cat, Biggie, was conducted over an eight-week period to determine whether CBD could calm the cat and eliminate his attack behavior on Riley, the family dog. After taking approx. 16.6 mg of CBD Isolate every morning placed on Biggie’s dry cat food, he showed significantly reduced anxiety and fear, as measured by the cat’s behavior and lack of aggression towards Riley, the dog.
The experimental subject of this study was Biggie, a formally feral black cat, who was rescued after being attacked by a winged predator and severely injured as a kitten. Biggie was taken to the vet, patched up, brought into the house and after three weeks of hiding from the other two cats and the dog living in the house, Biggie gradually began to come out of hiding and get 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.
Within about three months, Biggie observed that the other two cats were not bothered by the dog and would rub against her and sleep by her. It was as if the dog was their protector. Gradually, Biggie got closer to Riley, without ever 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 beserk. He hissed and arched his back violently. He growled menacingly and started for Riley with both front claws extended, ready to attack the dog. My wife, who was standing nearby in the kitchen, intervened, scolded the cat and tried to separate the two animals. When she did this, Biggie hit her with his claws, injuring one of her hands and her arm. Then he turned and ran into another room to hide.
This became the new norm. If Biggie came into the living room, where all the animals gathered during the day and he spotted Riley, he would go into attack mode and charge Riley, resulting in more human intervention and more scratches on his arms.
This aggressive behavior lasted for about a month. We tried splashing water on Biggie, but that just made him angry and he kept attacking Riley. We didn’t know what to do.
Finally, I decided to give some of our CBD tinctures to Biggie to see if it would reduce his anxiety around the dog and calm him down. I used the 500 mg Isolate pet tincture that we developed for the CBD Health Club brand for our e-commerce site. I administered one dropper full, which was about 16.6mg of CBD Isolate, every morning to his dry cat food. First he smelled the cat food and walked away. Later I noticed he was back on the table eating his cat food so I know he ingested some of the 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 about a week, Biggie began to relax more and the violent attacks had stopped. He would still avoid Riley, but he would just throw himself on another chair or another end of the couch. You could see he lost his fear of the dog and relaxed more around her.
Although this was an anecdotal study, other environmental factors could have intervened and the amount of CBD intake each day was not administered scientifically, observation of the cat’s daily behavior showed that his mind somewhat improved and his 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 periodically. Scientific double-blind studies with a placebo group should be conducted to determine dosage levels of CBD and measure the behavior of the cats after subsequent administration times.