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Marijuana usage by humans is a politically-charged topic, which has nothing to do with cats. However, the effects on cats who have been exposed to marijuana in the home, through no fault of their own, is a different matter. This reader wants to know the potential danger to cats who are exposed to marijuana. He writes:
Is marijuana toxic to cats? Will inhaling second-hand pot smoke cause problems? How about eating marijuana brownies or the leaves of the plant? I've heard that it it just the same as catnip as far as cats go, but I wouldn't want to do anything to harm my cats.
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September 11, 2008 at 3:17 pm
(1) Ben says:

I’d love to read your reply out of curiosity alone, but for some reason the link just points to “http:///” for me.

September 11, 2008 at 4:30 pm
(2) Franny Syufy says:

That’s strange, Ben. It works fine for me, and there is no triple /// in the url. Try it here:
http://cats.about.com/od/healthfaqs/f/marijuana_cats.htm

September 12, 2008 at 12:55 pm
(3) Kenny says:

I’m a life long herb smoker and a cat fanatic. My tabby cats Cheech and Chong both enjoy my herbs with me. I’ve had them both for eight years since I rescued them from a shelter here in DC. No issues here.

August 29, 2011 at 10:33 am
(4) Leslie says:

Hi, my name is Leslie and this may sound a bit odd, but, you left a comment a long time ago about cats ingesting marijuana, and that your cats had been exposed with no problems at all. I know this is kind of out of the blue since it’s been so long, but I’ll try and ask anyways, and hope you reply! Now I have Med Mari. and I also have a 20 year old cat that is on a narc. pain killer, and I also give her a really mild, more natural product for constipation because of that pain killer. Anyhow, lately, and it’s not the first time/s, she really hasn’t felt like eating much, and I go through a ton of soft cat foods trying to keep her eating for the last year, it’s costing me a fortune, but I love her so much, and like all cats should be so lucky, she’ll die like a queen, she’s a lucky kitty and she always (these days) sleeps on my bed on a padded blanket that has a heat pad under it. Of course she loves that. 2nd half of this email to follow;

August 29, 2011 at 10:34 am
(5) Leslie says:

Hi again, Now after telling you all that you’ll have a little more info about what I’m talking about. What I’m wondering (related to your reply given awhile back) if I should give her some of my herb to help give her the munchies, so she’ll eat more and would she feel better like we do, was my hope, (I know you can’t really know the second part) but, if I was to give her some, I have noooooo idea of how much to give her, at all (I don’t smoke in my house, and I don’t like the idea of blowing it in her face, as I know she’d “really” hate me then) so it would have to be given orally somehow. She already hides from getting her meds 2 times a day, so I know she doesn’t have kitty Alzheimer’s at least! ;) Do you have any idea how much I should give her, that’s the big question, she’s only about 2 and a bit pounds now, but otherwise she’s healthy and everthing worked great, it’s amazing for 20 years old, she a little calico kitty. You know I know her dieing is inevitable, but I just want her to be comfortable in her last days, that keep on lasting, ;) because I know what constant pain can do! Okay, thanks so much for your time, I hope you don’t mind replying to me, I guess time will tell? You have a great day, Leslie

September 11, 2011 at 10:57 pm
(6) brad says:

well… idk about such an old cat but wen i smoked with my cat he just sat in the car and we blew the smoke near him he ended up fine and purred the whole time. if anything i think itd be kinda like aroma therapy for them. oh n he ate a lot that night i doubt itd do any harm on a regular basis but i dont do it on a regular basis so i wouldnt know that.
p.s. sorry to be the unintended replyer but oh well i guess do with it what you will

November 2, 2011 at 12:40 am
(7) annielu1234 says:

Leslie, I hope it helped. I hope you are getting some more time with your baby.
One of my kitties is not eating. She is having some other issues. She has been losing weight for the last year. I’m not ready to let go of her. She is still up and moving around. I have been trying different things. I don’t smoke. I did ask someone who smoked to take her when they smoked. I’m hoping it increases her appetite and she gains weight.
Anyone judging us, should really look at those who are kicking and beating animals. We just want to have some more time with our kitties.

September 12, 2008 at 1:15 pm
(8) Lee Jones says:

I had the same problem as Ben (using Firefox if that matters).

Anyway, I love my cats too much to take risks with them, so I’ll stick with not given them any drugs or medications (even 2nd-hand) unless prescribed by a vet. :-)

September 12, 2008 at 1:25 pm
(9) Franny Syufy says:

Enjoy your little joke, Kenny. If you really have cats, I feel very sorry for them.

March 30, 2011 at 4:51 am
(10) Anti-Ignorance says:

Not a joke. Half of your article stating the dangers of cannabis to felines is a joke.
Bradycardia is NEVER associated with cannabis, I don’t care what species you are. Cannabis has always been associated with tachycardia, the opposite. I, personally, have witnessed first hand the increasing heart rate of humans and animals alike after ingesting cannabis, have you? I doubt it.

Please, show me one case of a cat death to cannabis.

September 21, 2008 at 7:54 pm
(11) Karen says:

All the websites I’ve seen so far are lacking evidence either way. Some say its harmless and others say it causes seizures and death. There is also an assumption that cats in nature would never encounter cannabis. My kitten tore into a plastic shopping bag of “wet” marijuana leaf when he was 4 months old (I am a medical marijuana patient) and apart from scattering leaf all over the place and peeing on the bag, he also apparently ingested some of it (there were leaves hanging out of his mouth). This was something he chose to do on his own, and I’m sure if he were outdoors and encountered a cannabis plant he would eat it. It seems to cause his eyes to dilate and give him energy. The next morning he was back to normal again.

February 15, 2009 at 12:38 pm
(12) Zach says:

Give me a break. I’m not saying it’s a good idea to be blowing carcinogenic particulates into your innocent little cat’s repriratory system is a good thing to do, but when testing the LD50 of marijuana (the point at which 1/2 of subjects died of overdose(, and the effects of marijuana on rats, they injected THC directly into the cerebrum of the rats, aka an intracerebral injection. I’m guessing that, while it may not be a good idea to have your cat toke up as frequently as you and your buddies do, I’m sure your cat will never die- for God’s sake, marijuana is jut about the most benign substance on the face of the earth..water will kill you sooner, and in fact kills more a year- as there is not a single documented report of “marijuana overdose”. Like I said before, water poisoning is much more common..in fact, demineralized water is actually toxic to our bodies as it leaches the natural minerals from our bodies. I don’t know, it’s just something to think about..

July 5, 2011 at 4:48 pm
(13) Marihuana overdose? says:

There is no such thing as marijuana overdose its not a chemical made in a lab.

August 8, 2011 at 5:34 pm
(14) Fonarik says:

There is such a thing as Marijuana overdose….it’s called sleep!
On topic, while obviously it’s not advisable for your cat to smoke as much as you, a little second hand now and then or even an occasional direct inhale won’t really do any harm.
This said as I currently have a 12 year old cat who is completely healthy and runs around and plays as if he was much younger, and he has smoked his share of herb over the last few years, granted he never tried until he was at least 5 or 6 years old. ;)

February 22, 2009 at 1:54 pm
(15) Koofteh says:

So what evidence or data do you have to back up tts are smaller than humans, so that just makes them more susceptible?

If you had done your research, you would know that ingesting marijuana does nothing. It needs to be combusted, or heated in an oily substance, for the psychoactive material to come through. I’m guessing this is the same in a cat’s digestive system.

As far as second hand marijuana smoke goes, it has almost no effects once you’ve already inhaled it. Blowing it out into another humans face won’t get them high because 99 percent of the THC is absorbed by your own lungs in 2-3 seconds.

So you’ll be fine if you don’t blow it directly into your cat’s face, and even then just because any kind of smoke is bad.

I’m astounded that you just respond to people with nothing to back up your claims. You might be a cat owner but you are not a pot user, so take it from someone who is both a user and a cat owner.

February 6, 2011 at 1:42 am
(16) Marie says:

As for you sir, marijuana ABSOLUTELY has effect if ingested. Maybe you should do some research of your own if you don’t believe me. If you are going to talk crap at least know what you are talking about

March 16, 2011 at 3:56 am
(17) Cassie W says:

Uhmm.. no, eating it does absolutely nothing. I’ve done it. The marijuana HAS to be heated for anything to happen. Eating might give you an upset stomach, that’s about all. A cat might puke and then it will feel fine afterward. That’s probably the worst.

Source?
Cat owner for 19 years (I’m 19), pot-smoker for 5.

November 21, 2011 at 5:10 pm
(18) Peter Jennings says:

Dear Koofteh, I agree. There is evidence of humans ingesting the oil and it is killing of the cancer cells via the THC in the oil. Not just cancer cells but has helped and cured/kept at bay numerous ailments, some very serious. Some have cleared up melonomas by simple rubbing the stuff on it.
Purely smoking it has no effect apart from making you high that is. It has to be ingested as an oil.

Please see the film “Running From The Cure” on youtube or where ever you can get it. It’s a canadian film.

My 12yr old russian blue cat has just been diagnosed with squamus carcinoma around her bottom jaw. They won’t operate so I am going to try giving her a very small daily dose when I can get my hands on some. Can’t hurt, as she has only been given a few months anyway and if it can work on humans…
Regards

February 22, 2009 at 4:46 pm
(19) Franny Syufy says:

Kooftah and other marijuana “experts” who posted here:
Kooftah sez: “If you had done your research..”

If YOU had done your research by reading my entire article including the linked URLs, you would see that the ASPCA Poison Control Center was one of the sources for my statement. Marijuana is listed in its database as toxic to animals. It goes on to say: “According to the ASPCA
APCC Database, the most common side effects of marijuana
toxicosis are depression, ataxia, and bradycardia. Other signs include agitation, vocalization, vomiting, diarrhea, hypersalivation, tachycardia, hypothermia,
mydriasis, urinary incontinence, seizures, and coma.”

“Iím astounded that you just respond to people with nothing to back up your claims.”

See the above.

March 16, 2011 at 4:00 am
(20) Cassie W says:

That’s just ridiculous. Marijuana CAN cause the exact same symptoms in humans. The thing is that it’s an extremely small percentage. Everyone is different and everyone responds to things differently. The same is for cats. That’s like how chocolate is supposed to be “lethal” for cats. My cats drink chocolate milk sometimes (I have 4 of them) because they absolutely love it and none of them have ever had diarrhea, vomiting or any other signs of side effects. Not even gas. And I know a friend who has given her dog chocolate as a treat on occasion and he loves it. Never has anything bad happened. Every animals is just as unique as every person. The fact is that marijuana is practically benign and only in rare cases does it cause any severe problems, and that’s usually in people that already had predispositions for addiction or psychosis or a bad heart, what have you.

June 21, 2011 at 3:02 pm
(21) Chels-bud says:

Don’t ever feed your dogs or cats chocolate! It may taste good to them but of course it does in that form. If you(or them) ingested pure coco beans it would taste horrible and I know from experience.
Yes, given a little bit of the candy, there will be no side affects on the animal but coco is poison to them.
Would you consume a small amount of cyanide or be fine with being fed it because it simply tasted delicious?
No.
Duh!

September 14, 2011 at 2:20 am
(22) mean girl says:

All I have to say about the findings the ASPCA has found: They kill more cats a year than pot does!!

Also my cat comes running when i smoke pot…Id say she is probably at least a little instinctual, and pot is a plant lol!

May 1, 2009 at 12:12 pm
(23) Kevin says:

Excuse me Ms. Fran, but only marijuana smokers would know what effects are caused to them. You have to remember that both cats and humans are individuals. Also i would like to know why its so bad? Alcohol gets more people into more trouble every year and marijuana is only illegal because the government isnt growing it and selling it like they are tobacco.

May 2, 2009 at 7:16 pm
(24) Franny Syufy says:

Excuse me, Mr. Kevin. I am not concerned with what marijuana smoking does to humans, but I know a heck of a lot more about it than you think I do. BTW, check your research. The government does NOT grow and sell tobacco. It allows it to be grown and sold because of the money it makes on taxes. Some day, the same thing will likely apply to marijuana.

But I digress: I AM concerned with what marijuana does to cats. I would no more intentionally expose my cats to marijuana plants and/or smoke than I would offer them a shot of vodka.

March 16, 2011 at 4:05 am
(25) Cassie W says:

You are extremely ignorant. You’re talking about something you know absolutely nothing about. Have you ever heard of FIELD RESEARCH? It’s when you find out the truth for yourself. I absolutely love my cats, and personally I’ve never blown smoke in my cats face or forced them to be in a room with me while I smoked. But I would never in my life compare marijuana smoke to a shot of alcohol. If I gave a shot of alcohol to my cat I am almost positive it would kill him. You’re probably one of those disgusting people who keeps their cat indoors and declaws it. People like you make me sick. The animal is wild and the marijuana plant is wild; it’s very possible that the animal could come across weed and ingest it and I’m sure its happened and the animal didn’t die. The only reports of an animal dying from marijuana is in lab tests where they inject THC directly into the bloodstream of the poor animal. THATS CRUELTY.

March 16, 2011 at 2:12 pm
(26) Franny Syufy says:

Cassie:

You have absolutely NO IDEA how much I personally know about marijuana. And yes, my cats are all indoor-only because my husband and I were tired of scraping their bodies off city streets. NOOOOOO! None of my cats are declawed. Since you claim to know so much about me, you’d surely have seen the many articles I’ve written about declawing, which is a cruel and inhumane practice.

The fact that you posted elsewhere in this thread that you give your cats chocolate milk only points out how ignorant you are about what is and is not safe for cats.

June 1, 2009 at 6:27 am
(27) Jeff Spicoli says:

Please let me know of one single documented case of anyone going into a coma from ingesting
Cannabis and me and my cat(Meowy Wowie)will eat an entire 6 foot plant together.
With all the speculation, i think i’m gonna have to go with someone who has actually exposed their cats to cannabis. I’m with you Kenny!:-)

July 18, 2011 at 10:03 pm
(28) candice says:

hahahahaha :)

June 1, 2009 at 7:22 am
(29) Jeff Spicoli says:

For whatever it’s worth, According to Petwellbeing.com, Of all pet cannabis intoxication cases, only 3 percent are felines.

June 15, 2009 at 5:49 am
(30) smokin joe says:

i let my cats decide, sometimes when i light up they’ll leave the room, other times the get right up in my face looking for a little exhale.

August 30, 2011 at 2:19 am
(31) Delilah says:

Oh my goodness, how true is this!!! : )

June 27, 2009 at 1:34 am
(32) Noah says:

I have two indoor cats. Both about 10 years old. One was a rescue and has suffered from colitis since he was a kitten. He has had bouts of vomiting and soft / bloody stool for 10 years. I’ve tried a number of special diets and prescription remedies to try to ease his condition all with little or no success. His condition bothered him so much that he would eat very little food and would become weak. Finally after much research I offered him a fresh cannabis leaf (which I grew legally in California as the citizens of this state have had the wisdom to legalize this very effective and non-toxic plant for medical use). Now it’s well known that cats like to eat grass for it’s fiber and I have grown ‘cat grass’ for them in the past but whenever they would eat it, they would throw up so I half expected this sort of event. That is not what happened however. First of all, both cats showed a very persistent attraction to the leaves. They seem to love the taste and they are able to keep it down easily. They show zero change in personality or behavior other than a great happiness and desire to eat the leaves. In fact they learned what a cannabis leaf looks like after only twice encountering it and now they can see it coming and they beg and hop and purr with excitement while I prepare the leaf. After about a week of one or two fresh cannabis leaves a day I noticed the changes that I had hoped I would see. Poiny, the cat with colitis, had better, firmer stools with less and less mucus / blood. His appetite improved and he has put on weight. My other cat, Otto, has seen a desirable effect as well with better overall digestion and stool and a good source of fiber that doesn’t make him vomit.

Now, I wouldn’t have responded to this forum if I didn’t see something amazing. I know these sites are often full of hear-say and half-truths and ignorance and sure some good info too. I know that the moderator of this site will most likely detest my attempt to treat my cats myself. I don’t care what she has to say, I have done the research myself and I know cannabis is one of the most effective non-toxic medicinal herbs the world has ever known.

In a world of prescription happy doctors and vets that will over-medicate you and your pets to death (see Michael Jackson….and also my own uncle), I just thank God there are truly good natural alternatives for a healthy happy lifestyle.

Good Luck

July 10, 2009 at 8:22 pm
(33) Avanipala says:

If a cats eats marijuana, likely side effects will be vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhea. They may seem like they have the flu. This occurs because their bodies are trying reject what it has injested. Other cats may not show any side efects at all. I cannot say whether death might occur or not, but I have read that it is poisonous not toxic. But why chance it? If the cat gets high from eating or inhaling marijuana, he does not realize where these effects are coming. He also might act silly to you, but is actually freaked out of his mind. You don’t know. They also don’t get addicted and start feining for it. I am a Veterinary student. Work with the INSPCA, live with, and have rehabilitated all different kinds of domestic and wild animals. I also take part in extra curricular activities. However, if you love animals WHY even take the risk. For your own amusment and experimentation. Treat your pets like children. Duh.
I actually told myself I would not get caught up in this drama, but I couldn’t resist. Have a nice day.

August 24, 2009 at 6:20 am
(34) long live cats says:

I have had my cat for about 12 years, only been smoking about 5 years, but from then on my cat has also smoked with me. It just comes right up to me when i pull my sack out it knows whats up. some animals don’t like it but i know a lot of animals that do, and i don’t care what some official says when i can see proof that it isn’t harmless to animals

August 24, 2009 at 6:27 am
(35) above says:

*Not harmfull sorry

September 9, 2009 at 8:41 pm
(36) Chloe says:

Catnip is a perennial herb. It is a member of the Mint family Labiatae, it is also a distant relation of marijuana. It is well known for it’s ability to get cat’s high. Anytime a cat overeats, even catnip it is going to throw up. Cats will eat marijuana if it is in the wild and two of my cats eat it and one doesn’t, it is a personal choice if they don’t like it then keep it away from them. My cat runs out of the room every time he hears a lighter, the one that doesn’t eat it..

October 19, 2009 at 3:52 pm
(37) Caroline says:

I didn’t want to jump on this but I just have to. It’s funny because until you have had some kind of significant personal experience with the herb, you have NO idea. Period. I don’t care what you read or if the little rats you fed it to seemed “lethargic”, you have NO idea.
I have touched the stuff once, experimentally, and decided it wasn’t for me. My husband smokes it like a chimney. ALL of our animals, including our 3 dogs, 1 goat, 5 cats, and a bunny, LOVE marijuana. They will congregate around the sofa together the minute he lights up and everyone takes big breaths. …the goat doesn’t come inside, but the rest do.
While I would also love to see just ONE documented death or coma or seizure from marijuana use in humans (the fact is, that since the beginning of recorded history, marijuana has NEVER killed anyone for overdose, and it was used all the way back in ancient Eqypt 3000 years ago as a birthing herb because it simultaneously helps with contractions while reducing the pain), none of our animals have ever gotten sick to any degree off of it. It does not “wig” them out or “freak” them out. They are quite able to put two and two together and figure out that the smoke or eating the leaves creates certain reactions in their body, namely “lethargy” (the herb mellows many people out, though some types will give you energy), and a heightened appetite.
I don’t know where this “vet trainee” gets the whole “loss of appetite” or what kind of crackhead wrote that research article (’cause crack WILL wig you out), but just about anyone can associate the munchies with a smoker. Half the idea behind medical marijuana is appetite increase, emotional crutch, pain reduction, anxiety relief, etc. The whole diarreah, choking, puking, seizures and coma thing….yeah, some cats can’t handle the plant in their digestive system. My brother is fatally allergic to Tylenol, Aspirin, and Motrin. I’m fine taking all three, TOGETHER if I had to for some reason. Point is, different animal, different tolerances. Nothing is good for everyone. On a side note, people might have seizures and coma as well if you injected marijuana into their BRAIN. Or peppermint for that matter. Or Olive Oil. All good things in the WRONG place. I think I’d have a seizure if you just TOLD me you were going to jab a needle in my brain. Yay for animal lovers stabbing rat brains to save pets!
Back to cats. As already mentiond by a more informed poster, catnip is an offshoot of marijuana. Like they say in Toxicology, the poison is in the dose. If you feed an entire plant to a six-week-old kitten, granted there’s enough room in that little tummy, it might get a bit ugly. I would fully expect a horrid puke-fest, some poop rivers, and who knows, even a seizure or two. Two words. System shock. If a person drinks 10 gallons of water in a single go, they die. Their cells drown. Or nine pounds of apples. System shock. If you fill a syringe with marijuana resin and jab it into kitten’s brain and let loose, I would expect seizures and horrible death. NO ONE shoots up marijuana. NO ONE. No one shoots up their CATS with marijuana. And do you have any idea HOW MUCH marijuana a cat would have to smoke or eat to get a whole syringe worth of resin into their brain??? Has anyone looked at the logic of this? It is a MASSIVE dose.
We live in an area where the plant is extremely popular, and even grows wild all over the place. We see wild animals such as deer, rabbits, raccoons, and feral domestic animals happily munching on the stuff all the time! Literally! We’ve NEVER heard of a wild animal found dead of a marijuana overdose. Or a person. Or an animal, as a fact. The lake is notorious for pot smokers and their mellow pets. It’s a small town of a few thousand and we know hundreds of people here. NO ONE has EVER mentioned ANYTHING adverse happening to one of their animals after a good smoke. In fact, our neighbor’s cat recently died of leukemia and he was eating and apparently pain free until he just didn’t wake up one day. I’ve had a whole litter of 3-month-old kittens contract leukemia a few years ago. I’m not sure if the leukemia killed them, or the starvation. Leukemic cats don’t eat. They are in pain. This one was fine, thanks to his daily dose of happiness.

As I’ve said, my husband smokes it several times a day, and has done so for the last….37 years, since he was 15. He is highly intelligent, actually working as an overseas contractor repairing machinery and computers, he served quite some time in the military, and is one of the happiest and positive people I know. And trust me, that is No Thanks to the military. All of our pets, cats included, smoke with him. Our oldest cat just died at 16 years old. He’s had her since she was a kitten. She was born at his friend’s house, in a box, in the “smoking room”, aka “the fog bank”. I’m sure you understand. A very active, healthy, friendly cat, very calm, never had any health prolems and died healthy of old age. Had a litter of kittens herself, at 18 months old, in case anyone wants to bring up the fertility effects. We got her fixed after that. If that is not a living testament, I don’t know what is.

The poison is in the dose. (And hell, in the placement. Who shoots up rats with marijuana? That’s not even an accurate study!)

Bottom line, show me a single cat that has died from a REASONABLE amount of marijuana ingestion or inhalation. Show me anything that has.

December 5, 2009 at 11:25 pm
(38) beamer says:

My cat Beamer (Devon Rex) loves to eat “pot” leaves fresh off the plant. The most he has ate in one session is 3 large leaves then I stop him. He gets a little weirder than he normally is, than settles back down a few hours later. Doesn’t appear to hurt him.

December 11, 2009 at 9:10 pm
(39) 420kitten says:

Seriously, just like people, animals have the right to choose. I definetly do not condone holding your cat down and blowing it in their face, however, whenever I load a bowl and my cat runs and sits down next to me, what am I supposed to do? I love my cat more than I love my friends,if I’m going to smoke out my friends who want it, I’m def going to smoke out my cat. The most she does is lay with me, LOVES it when I pet her, and goes crazy when I bring her treats. Pretty much the same as me when I’m high. So I say, if you’re animal is asking for it why not? I’m sure they were getting contact highs from it when it USED to be grown everywhere NATURALLY. But just because the govt wants to say it’s illegal, it gets a bad rap.

December 15, 2009 at 6:26 am
(40) merry xmas says:

hi every one my cat actually likes it. when i light up a joint he always comes and sits on my lap. so everyone just settle down and let the cat decide lol.

January 29, 2010 at 6:34 pm
(41) tracy says:

2 friends of mine got a kitten high with pot smoke in a paper bag. The kitten couldn’t eat or use the litter for 2 days and then it did nothing for half of day 3 and then it died. I was in the room but didn’t know it could be bad. I’ve never spoken to either friend again. It’s wrong to force a cat to get high.

April 2, 2011 at 6:58 pm
(42) JACKASHMELLO says:

@ TRACY: I AGREE 100 PERCENT THAT IT IS WRONG TO FORCE A CAT TO GET HIGH, HOWEVER THEY MAKE THEIR OWN DECISIONS WHEN THEY EITHER CHOOSE TO STAY AWAY FROM THE SMOKE OR COME NEAR IT ;] I TRULY FEEL THE INCIDENT YOU N YOUR FRIENDS CAUSED WAS JUST PLAIN STUPID APPARENTLY. & IT’S QUESTIONED AS TO WHY THERE WOULD EVEN BE A PAPER BAG INVOLVED IN SMOKING WITH YOUR CATS? WTF? COMMON SENSE? MY OPINION, THAT IS ANIMAL CRUELTY AND THE DEFINITION OF FORCING AN ANIMAL TO DO SOMETHING IT DOESN’T WANT TO DO. SIMPLY FLICK THE LIGHTER N THEY EITHER GO IN ANOTHER ROOM N PLAY OR SLEEP, OR THEY RUN UP TO ME PURRING (W/PUSS’N'BOOT EYES.. FROM SHREK) HAHA LOL…. ANYWAYS, MY POINT IS THEY ARE LIVE BEINGS NOT SCIENCE PROJECTS.N

February 4, 2010 at 1:53 am
(43) owl420 says:

I was asking because I am a Legal marijuana user & I hv my rx here in California….I was gone for 2 weeks away from my cat & I was told by the person who watched her that there was no chewing,etc… I hv been home for over a month now…& it seems to me as if she might hv an allergy to smoke…she is chewing herself up…so now instead of me smoking, I am using a vaporizer that takes out all the poisons in weed & leaves ya with the THC (what makes u high) & leaving a fan on for her….I will be calling the vet though ty for hearing me out Peace

March 15, 2010 at 9:44 pm
(44) frank says:

Not only did my cat love it, he had variety preferences! In my early years of smoking when only resin or the lower THC content herbal strains were available, my cat always left the room when I lit one up, just as he would when I smoked a regular cigarette. Then, one day I scored my first baggie of the ‘skunk’ variety- The cat was sniffing all over it as I wrapped one up, so I lit it expecting him to leg it as usual… No way, not this time! He just wriggled closer blinking and giving sniffs of the smoke. I even blew some at him- he loved it and for the first time he stayed with me while I got nice and toasted.
This behaviour was kept up for the last 15 years of his life, when I had resin, he refused to be a part of it, and when I had high strength stinky, you couldn’t get rid of him. He died at the grand old age of 20, pretty good for a cat, so I don’t think his habit harmed him

March 18, 2010 at 11:22 pm
(45) bk says:

I have a related question– I’m a regular smoker and my cat seems fine with and even fond of the momentary effects that being around marijuana will have on him. On a day-to-day basis, he’s an entirely happy, healthy and well-loved cat but he’s also FIV positive. Should I be taking extra precautions to protect him from inhaling the secondhand smoke? He loves being in the middle of a group of people smoking or just sitting in my lap and of course I hesitate to lock my little buddy out of a room he wants to be in.

I tend to think of marijuana as incredibly curative instead of purely detrimental like tobacco (which he’s barely around and only outside) but with him being FIV+, should I be removing marijuana smoke from his indoor environment, if only for his respiratory system’s sake? He’s into it, though–

April 8, 2010 at 10:15 pm
(46) alex says:

So the human brain has 32 THC receptors, which it has acquired from thousands of years of sitting back and lighting up. However animals don’t smoke weed, and as such dogs are the only animals that have THC receptors in their brains, the have 2. Cats have none. So your cats dont get high, they just like being around people and having human interaction.
Smoking weed for all this time has also giving humans the ability to process the THC, this is something that cats have a very hard time doing. So while your cat will most likely be fine, it is possible that it could contract THC poisoning. This is bad and can result in liver failure

April 28, 2010 at 8:32 pm
(47) ellotsmommybrandi says:

My cat ran away in the winter in Northern Michigan and was gone for just shy of three months. When he was found in someones garage he was only walking on three legs. I didn’t have the money to take him to the vet so I cared for him myself. I de-wormend him and he still had the runs and worms. One month later I did it again and the same. After three weeks of being home he still had not walked on that leg. I am a medical marijuana patient and take cannabis pills for joint pain and gave him a very little amount mixed in a little wet cat food. Amazingly the next day he started walking on that leg and has been since. I got a perscription to take care of the worms but he still has loose stool. If he goes a whole day without the cannabis he starts favoring that leg. I am wondering if it is the pills that are giving him the bathroom problems. There is no THC in the pills, it is cooked out in the preperation of them. What do you think. Please comment intelligently.

September 7, 2010 at 4:04 am
(48) YoungSmoker says:

I have been smoking since i was 11…so 3 years. Yeah, Im young, but I can toke for hours. (Any useless comments about me being young, i dont want to hear them.) I have a 7 week old kitten named Phantom and started smoking with him when he was 4 weeks. I dont give him ALOT. But every time I pull out a bag he comes running to me and hops up on my shoulder. Ill exhale and he’ll stuff his face in it while im making smoke rings. After his 4th hit Ill usually remove him from the room from further baking. After I am done smoking Ill see him munchin on his food and alittle bit uncoordinated. He enjoys it when i pet him and sits there and purrs. I leave the window open after I smoke so he can breathe of course, and the next day he seems fine. How long should I wait in between smoking with my cat and by myself? I dont want to overwhelm him but I must say he is the greatest smoking friend I have ever had <3 Always up to smoke a bowl.

Thank you!

October 9, 2010 at 4:44 pm
(49) Fred says:

My cat will come out and join me, in the car on the driveway when i go out for a joint, getting in the car of his own accord. He would either sit in the seat next to me or sit on the parcel shelf.

As a teen i would sit in my room smoking and my cat at the time would come and chill in the room with me.

I’ve known many cat that have come up to me and sat with me while i have been smoking out and about.

It is clear that they like it, either the smell or the effects. just so we are are clear, it has always been thier choice.

October 13, 2010 at 2:49 am
(50) anon says:

My cat was in rough shape and knew it was in its last days, and i made the poor decision to blow some cannabis smoke in its face to maybe help ease the pain. My cat ended up having a seizure right after i did it and died the next day. I feel awful about it.

October 22, 2010 at 9:47 pm
(51) JS says:

Everybody is different. Animals are no different in that fact. My dog is allergic to animal meat / food / products…. period. Vegetarian dog.

This is like the drink “Tab”….Remember, they made it illegal or something? Because they shot massive amounts of Saccharin intra-veniously (AKA I.V.) into test animals which of course, killed them. Then re-tested years later with realistic doses and humane treatment and the animal subjects were fine. I started seeing “Tab” back on the shelves of grocery stores.

TO THE AUTHOR- Your responses clearly show you’re biased against exposing cats to marijuana. But if people own cats for 15+ years (etc, read all the above stories) and these cats live happy lives then why not?

TO THOSE WHO GIVE A **** – In regards to my cats, I’m going to let them be around me while i smoke next. I’ll let them decide. So far I smoke in my “Green Room” and have a towel outside the door. However – Several times now my cats have been found rolling around on the towel, pulling it out from the crack, my cat will meow constantly, be more lovey, more friendly, RIGHT AFTER I’VE SMOKED.

So how can people sit there and say its BAD BAD BAD, when there are a dozen or more stories on this page from people who’ve been doing it for years? LET. THEM. DECIDE.

” Avanipala says:
If a cats eats marijuana, likely side effects will be …..”

LIKELY HUH? You may be in vet. school, but I don’t have to be in law school to tell you that’s pure, 100% speculation. Because you don’t seem to have any real experience, being in veterinary school doesnt give you a “I’m right” badge. Purely hypothetical, depends on the cat.

And to “anon” … Don’t beat yourself up. (If it had a siezure, it was probably on the fast track to something fatal anyways.) There is no way to tell what did it, but what really matters is that your intent was to lessen his/her suffering. That you cared.

October 22, 2010 at 10:13 pm
(52) JS says:

FRAN – Here’s a quote taken directly from your reply.
“Marijuana comes from a plant called “Cannabis sativa.” The chemical in Cannabis that produces the altered states of consciousness human users enjoy is called “delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol” or “THC.”
Although marijuana is sometimes prescribed for relief from pain and nausea from chemotherapy in cancer patients, and for certain conditions in AIDS patients, there is nothing beneficial in this plant for our feline friends….”

Actually, most Marijuana that people use for whatever reasons come from any of hundreds of strains from any family of Cannibis Indica, or Cannibis Sativa (or a hybrid of both.) There is also a third strain, Cannibis Ruderalis, which isn’t commonly utilized.

Please explain (Scientific proof? In your own words, you claim to know marijuana, enlighten us!) why you claim there are absolutely NO POSSIBLE medicinal uses for Felines (More specifically, housecats?)

But back to you – Cannibis Indica will usually produce more of a body high, better for body related issues and sleep etc. Cannibus Sativa will usually produce more of a psychadelic high, a mental high, which is why it’s sometimes classified as a hallucinogen (However, I’ve never hallucinated off any natural marijuana with nothing laced etc.) Cannibus Sativa is great medicinally for daytime use for the mental stimulation, whereas Cannibus Indica will usually be preffered by medicinal patients or for a mellow, sleep inducing high, after work or towards the end of the day. Everyone is different, this is just a summary from my own experiences and some people I know.

So what’s your experience? Oh wait….none. You might want to add a disclaimer or something, that says “I don’t know what I’m talking about when it comes to Marijuana, I just took 20 seconds to check it out on Wiki. And I don’t remember the 60′s.”

October 25, 2010 at 9:35 pm
(53) Zach says:

To the previous commenter my hat goes off to you. Case closed – there really is no need for further discussion. Everything that needs to be said has been said. …. here puss…

October 28, 2010 at 11:12 pm
(54) kittykatzmom says:

I know my cat likes to sit with me when I’m having a bowl because she knows that right afterward she will gets lots of affection and petting. I have two very old cats and the smoke hasn’t bothered them in all the years we’ve been together.

When I smoked cigarettes, my very favorite cat, who sat on my lap all the time, got a tumor in her nose and I had to put her down. It’s what got me to stop smoking cigarettes.

November 17, 2010 at 3:53 am
(55) Carrie says:

Well I have to tell you all, my cat is very unwell. I have been a smoker for about 10 years and yes while she hangs around me when I smoke I dont like to blow it near her. This last weekend I had some friends over and they blew smoke in her face twice, since then she has slept most of her time away and it is now wednesday and she has not returned to her normal self (4 days). She will not eat, she gets very cranky everytime I touch and pat her….and keeps flinching her eyes and sometimes her tonge falls out of her mouth. The smoke was not overly strong and same as I would always smoke.
So YES I think it does effect animals, so much so I am scared she will not return to her normal happy self and I have ruined her life….I am in tears writting this and only hope to god when I get home today she has had some positive changes…or we are off to the vet.
To all those that have cats…..please think of what would happend if you did kill them!

January 15, 2011 at 2:32 am
(56) Maria says:

It’s been a couple months since you posted this – I hope your kitty has recovered well and is back to normal.

Just wanted to let you (and everyone else) know a few things that I just found out last month and wish I’d known before:
-If your cat acts sick, don’t wait a day to see if it’ll get better – illness can progress quickly in cats (especially older cats), so take it to the vet immediately.
-Cats can only go a few days without eating before they get liver failure…if your cat doesn’t eat, take her to the vet for prescription food and force-feeding instructions. If you can’t get to a vet immediately, feed the cat unflavored Pedialyte with a syringe (my vet told me to do this). Once you do visit the vet, he/she will probably give you special food and go over force-feeding options. You can mix the food with water and feed the cat with a syringe until it starts eating on its own.
Note: Don’t start force-feeding the cat real food until you’ve seen the vet. If the cat is having pancreas issues, eating rich food or too much food can make it worse.

I hope this was helpful.

November 17, 2010 at 5:03 pm
(57) Kevin says:

I see a lot of FALSE information on here as far Cannabis, Cannabis is a 2 fold substance. In can be utilized by the Neurological System, Endocrine System and Immune Systems it can also be broken down in Olive Oil and made into a medicinal paste, which I make for myself, I have cured cuts, which should have required stitches, in less than 10 days! I have completely boosted my immune system and I do not get sick anymore, and I have taken care of a problematic cyst in my foot. The human liver turns THC into a 4 time more potent substance called 11- dioxyl, which acts as a pain reliever. Your CB2 receptors are responsible for utilizing Cannabis when ingested by eating! The body’s CB1 receptors which are located all around the front of your face and near your Pineal Gland, are designed to utilize for ingestion thru inhalation! Now smoking Cannabis helps with Mental Disorders like ADD, ADHD, OCD and other forms of mental disruption. Im a going to list below a few of the US patents on Cannabis, WARNING: its shocking!!!

US#6630507 Cannabinoids as Neuro- Protectants and Antioxidants

US#7109245 Vasoconstrictor Cannabinoid Analogs

US#6113940 Cannabinoid Patch and Transdermal Delivery of Cannabis

US#20050165088 Compositions Comprising Cannabinoids for Treament of Nausea, Emesis, Vomiting, Motion Sickness or Like Conditions

US#20080103193 Methods for Making Compositions for treating Pain and Cachexia

US#20080262099 Cannabis as an Inhibitor of Tumor Cell Migration

November 22, 2010 at 4:05 pm
(58) Bob says:

My current room blew a few hits in my cats face, not only was it messed up for two days, but it passed away on the 3rd. Please if you love your cat DON’T DO IT!

December 21, 2010 at 10:01 am
(59) lucy says:

i have vets evidence that this f***in evil plant has such heart wrenching effects on cats that eat it. My cat as usual went into my neighbours house, where the drug is on display and grows freely. I had so many tests on my cat done, she died within two days, kidneys failed , the liver and finally the damage to her affected her f***in brain, she then went blind……….no cure………………

Franny’s note: I am terribly sorry that your cat had to suffer this way. BTW: Since this is a “family” site, I’ve edited the language a bit.

March 2, 2011 at 6:06 pm
(60) Kevin says:

Lucy your cat got sick because of pesticides, not the plant! Before 1907 Cannabis was used for dogs and horses! The Chinese discovered that there horses had a rapid recuperation period when given a bit of Indian Hemp to nibble on! The plant is awesome and can offer so much! Its the only Dioecious Annual that has both Male and Female counterparts! Its Resin is medicine, its stalk is shelter, and its seeds are food! Its a survival plant really! Stop blaming the weed and start blaming the lies you have been told!!!

April 10, 2011 at 2:43 am
(61) Terrrie Frye says:

My cat has been driving me crazy for 11 years, I just can’t even go into it all here, but suffice it to say I have had many cats over the years, mine, my kids’ cats, etc., I am a great-grandmother, living in the country or the city, and I have NEVER encountered one like this. And besides all the other stuff, she never purrs or cuddles.

It got to the point where it was either the pound or something, and I chose the something, which is my cannabis olive oil that I make to use in salad dressing, baking, whatever. (Also a medical marijuana patient in California.) I do a lot of different things with it, make ointments, right now i am working on a lotion that absorbs into the skin faster than an ointment, for arthritis, etc.

Anyway, I digress. Lat night I went to see a friend play at the anarchist cafe, and afterwards standing around talking, I started to ay that I gave my cat an eyedropper full of my cannabis olive oil to my cat, and all these pot smoking anarchists, medical or not, jumped right down my throat about cannabis being really bad for cats, not really knowing for sure, just parroting what they heard or that’s what it seemed to me.

And here is part of an email I sent my friend today, who was there and heard it but didn’t jump on me too:
PART ONE
“”I was really taken aback when everyone immediately jumped on me about cannabis being bad for cats. It really upset me that they were anarchists as well!! Anarchists parroting whet they heard somewhere, or that they thought without knowing why, capiche? Why would cannabis smokers immediately say it is bad for cats? Smoke is bad for everyone, but the oil is more healing I believe.

It really got to the point where for her it was the pound or something, so I chose the something. And that something was a dropper of my cannabis olive oil that I make.

April 10, 2011 at 3:00 am
(62) Terrrie Frye says:

PART TWO

Not only does she love it, but it has changed her, not that it makes her groggy or anything like that, although it did the first night! But it calmed her down considerably. And, the olive oil seems to keep her from spitting up so many hairballs. And, she is drinking more water, which I was worried about urinary tract infection since it is more common in cats that eat only dry food, and she hates any canned cat food I have tried.

Her personality has not changed – she is still very territorial and still challenges me, but it is not as bad. I have been doing it for 2 weeks now, and I have not seen a down side to it at all.

So anyway, I looked it up, and it has been used with animals for:

# Anti-Spasmodic medicines
# Analgesic (Pain Killers) medicines
# Colic relief
# Sedative or ‘comer-downer’ medicines

April 10, 2011 at 1:21 pm
(63) Terrrie Frye says:

PART THREE

and here is the link to that page – it may be about horses and cows, but they are still animals, not humans. As they said, what doesn’t kill us doesn’t kill them, and it’s not like a dog who got into the brownies and overdosed or something. It’s a measured eyedropper about 4 nights a week.

Also, my cats symptoms were EXACTLY the opposite of the ones listed here in this warning against giving cats cannabis:
http://cats.about.com/od/healthfaqs/f/marijuana_cats.htm

I just love (roll eyes) when people make negative comments here on a subject they know nothing about and some don’t even seem to have cats. I really did love the positive comment by the woman who doesn’t smoke but her husband does.

June 21, 2011 at 2:57 pm
(64) Nick says:

I have had my cat Ponch for about 9 years now and I’ve been lighting up for the past 5-6. As with other comments that I’ve read, at first I could really only but low grade weed. Around this time my cat generally avoided me (she was skiddish around our family so we just accepted her fearful behavior as her personality).

As I became more of a stoner and was able to score “better” weed, Ponch took notice. We would light up in a huge circle (we would hang out in big groups haha) and Ponch would run up and lay down in the middle of us, standing to breathe in our exhales and climbing up to us and sniffing our hands/fingers, pipes, etc.

She quickly became our mascot as she was ALWAYS there to smoke with us whenever we were. And her side effects? Munchies, just like in humans. Whenever we roll downstairs to the fridge to eat, she’ll follow us and eat some food from her bowl and then run back up to smoke more with us.

Another example of how this is completely harmless to my cat is that whenever I’m trying to smoke and blow the smoke out of a window, my cat will jump into the window and MOVE HER HEAD INTO THE SMOKE CLOUD. Well I’ll just change windows…. NOPE. She’ll jump into that window too.

My dog on the other hand hates having a weedy haze in the air, she’ll run out of the room if it’s too fishbowled and she’ll jump off your lap if you exhale anywhere into her personal bubble.

June 21, 2011 at 2:57 pm
(65) Nick Part TWO says:

Everyone who claims that it’s “bad” or “harmful” clearly have never smoked with their pets, in particular cats. Did I mention my friend’s cats both like to get high with us? Or how about my friend’s dog? I don’t need to because my story and so many others stories on here are all pointing to the same conclusion. It’s not bad. Also, I’m not giving the thumbs up to trapping your pet in a fishbowled room, blowing smoke directly into its face, etc… but in my case, if Ponch is going to claw open the door to my bedroom, run up into a hazey cloud, and lay down right in front of me… well… I’d think that she loves it very much. :)

November 7, 2011 at 1:36 pm
(66) Stewie says:

My 2 cats Kit and Kat have both been in the presence of cannabis smoke through their own choice as all my doers in my house are open they choose to sit with me while smoking, and I’ve never had a problem with either one, they just sit with me and mong out

December 21, 2011 at 8:02 pm
(67) Kitty owner says:

I have been having my kitten since she was 10 weeks old, and she on her own free will comes around when we smoke. She just likes to be around it, she lays next to us and just purrs. She will either, sleep, eat, or play. Simple as that. But it’s obvious she likes to be around it though!

December 29, 2011 at 12:13 pm
(68) Jessica says:

Cassie, you’re a fool. Ingesting weed produces just as much of a high, if not more of a high, as smoking it. Especially in the case of a small animal. Pot-smoker for 5 years? I’m calling your bluff.

January 5, 2012 at 10:33 pm
(69) delibirds says:

All I can offer is my personal experience. I’ve been smoking cannabis regularly since I was 16 (8 years). I have owned many pets in that time, and they have all been exposed to cannabis smoke. I never blow it directly at them, they’re in the room when I smoke. The only effect it has had on my pets is laziness/tiredness. They hardly freak out, and if they do it’s from something that would normally make them alert, like a loud noise.

We take my two current dogs to the vets quite often, especially one that suffers from seizures. No problems have ever been reported, and our vet and I suspect that exposure to cannabis helps curb the seizures one of my pups gets. They’ve been with me for 3 years and are just fine.

January 10, 2012 at 8:31 am
(70) puffin says:

my cat eats whole fresh pot leaves, LOVES them, goes absolutely insane when he sees one, he’s been eating them for about a year and no side effects whatsoever, maybe he’s a bit lazier but that might be because he’s growing out of kitten-hood.

February 3, 2012 at 7:08 pm
(71) Thomas says:

Okay so I used to smoke weed and my cats like to chill with me so they’re generally around me. Well one of my cats, pumpkin seriously LOVES the smell of weed… He would always lay/sleep in the back of my closet where I hid it and it actually scared me that my mom might wonder why he was always back there and find out haha. Anyways I google’d marijuana and cats because I’m thinking of smoking weed again and I’m pretty sure pumpkin likes marijuana too, well atleast the smell of it. And I think he likes getting high because he would always meow at the bathroom door to get in when I was smoking. And I was wondering if he can come in with me again when I start back up. As you can imagine I can’t really remember if I let him in or not but I’m pretty sure I did most of the time unless I didn’t want the smell to get out. But we give him medicine in his treats for a heart problem and since cats are so small I’m guessing the effects on their hearts are worse so unless I find out it’s safe I’m just gonna have to keep him outside.
Sorry this was so long I kinda rambled, anyways thanks for the website/post. Everyone have a good day! :)

February 7, 2012 at 7:56 pm
(72) daniel carter says:

My cat love to come to my lap and breath the smoke i exhale while smoking cannabis. It is obvious for anyone who can see her purring after smoking how much she enjoys it. I have had her for over 10 years now and, according to her veterinary, she is in perfect health.

March 10, 2012 at 4:29 am
(73) Rusky says:

Marijuana is completely harmless to cats – just as it is for humans.

March 13, 2012 at 12:31 am
(74) Red Eye Jedi says:

Well, Cats DO indeed have CB1 receptors(1) and more than likely DO experience a buzz . like all creatures , each is different and likes different things.
Some run from pot, some run FOR pot, and some just dont really care.
having said that, if some come to it and others run, its safe to assume that it does SOMETHING to/for them or they would not react in such a way. (this is called observation)

freedom of choice is really the best option, dont force them.
My cat LOVES it, only other time he begs as much as when i smoke a j, is when i crack a can of tuna (i give him a spoon full once in a while)
if we were to stop doing everything that was damaging to our bodies then life would be pretty dull. quality has to be taken into account as well as how long they will live. like looking at this computer screen that gives me effin headaches. or the Mc Dirtys that has me craving a Big mac that does more harm than good but tastes effin awesome!!! its a choice.
i know he does love it, as much as tuna. and as long as he shows with his actions (dont always need words) how much he enjoys it, i will continue to let him indulge with me from time to time as well.

never mind the fact that no one or no animal has ever died from thc under normal circumstances (no, injecting thc into ANY part of ANY being is not a “normal circumstance” as marijuana plants no NOT have thorns ……lol )

1: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10362691
(this is called a source)

March 19, 2012 at 2:57 pm
(75) Lady says:

I’m not sure if this has been mentioned in a previous comment. Use a VAPORIZER!!! It’s an electric machine, most about half the size of a toaster. It heats up the medical marijuana (very safely) although does not burn it. As it heats the medical marijuana, a vapor is produced which contains cannabinoids. You just inhale the vapor & the effects of medical marijuana begin. It leaves the user with a “clean” high because ALL of the toxins that go along with smoking are excluded from your vaporized medical marijuana hit, making it a safe & efffective way to use medical marijuana for you and/or your cat. You also get the most THC from a vaporizer as opposed to smoking. When smoking medical marijuana, the user only gets about 30-65% of THC (depending on what device the user is smoking out of. I.e. a bong or pipe) but a vaporizer gives the user around 94% of the THC. A user can also use not only the medical marijuana buds, but the stwms as well since they do contain THC as well. And once the user has spent a bowl from the vaproizer, the user can take the un-burned leaves & stems & make a light THC oil or butter :)

May 11, 2012 at 3:00 am
(76) Sasha Rose says:

Hi there my name is Sasha and I have had Multiple Sclerosis for 14 years and I had a Tabby cat. I use medical marijuana and when I would smoke in my room, my cat would come into my room when she smelled I was skoking and just lie there relaxing feeling good. Then she got up and would go eat like the munchies. My cat when she was a kitten I had her fixed and her shots she was an inside cat and was healthy. A month before she turned six years old I took her to the vet and this would was the second time she received her vaccinations and by that evening she was sick foaming at the mouth and all the vets wanted 200.00 for blood work and and additional 200.00 dollars for ex rays and my cat needed an IV. and spent hundreds and she did not make it.
I will tell you this, never blow smoke in a cats face and when I smoke
I have my window open, remember second hand smoke hurts those around you even animals. Cats lungs are smaller and cant take that much, so they should not be allowed in the room until your finished smoking. I have so much pain and muscle spasms so bad and it does help me so much, I have a different life now that I smoke. My cat passed and I have another but she is younger so she is not allowed to smell the room after I smoke. Good Luck.

May 17, 2012 at 1:18 am
(77) Dana says:

Going to make this very simple to everyone like it or not the fact of the matter is!!! Your health smoke all you want be it cigarettes or marijauna at the end of the day your only injflicting health problems to yourself , animals and families!!

May 29, 2012 at 11:52 am
(78) ling ling says:

I had a cat that lived for over 20 years, and LOVED the aroma and effects of herb. At an older age she began to have kidney problems and thyroid issues, also severe arthritis. Herb was the only thing that seemed to relieve her pain and allow her to relax. Since thc content is in fact greatly diminished within 3 seconds after inhaling, second hand smoke is not the best method. Over the years I would save my roaches and scrape all my resin out of my pieces for personal use (various reasons). Since resin stays lit (cherried) much longer than freshly ground herb, I had the idea of using it on my cat one day. Sounds kind of crazy… I would set up a few incense burners around us and fill them with small amounts of cherried resin allowing it to burn. Believe it or not, my cat loved this and it worked wonders. Nearly instant purring, relaxation, and she appeared to be relieved from some of her pain. She moved around with less difficulty and her appetite really did increase. Today I have two healthy cats that don’t need bud… but they go insane whenever i burn! They love the smell and come running over whenever i light up.

May 31, 2012 at 9:02 am
(79) SRam says:

It calms my kitten and gets her to try different foods. She is actually a very intelligent cat.

June 29, 2012 at 4:54 pm
(80) tacc2 says:

Cannabis isn’t toxic to cats at reasonable dosages. However, be very careful about dosage when dealing with oral cannabis. Cats are many times smaller than us and seem to be much more sensitive to it, a little goes a long way. Please be advised that it IS possible to kill a cat (or other small animal) with a smaller amount of ingested cannabis than you would think. Especially if you’re talking about hash or oil. Look up the LD50 for cats and THC and this will give you some idea. The leaves (not the buds) should be very safe though. I doubt kitty could eat enough of them to hurt herself.

November 15, 2012 at 4:56 am
(81) ciaraa says:

I have 2 cats, one male grey and white tabby (kush ) and a grey and white tabby/Russian blue girl (Mary Jane). I used to smoke weed but I quit. My fiance still does, and whenever he smokes kush loves it and goes right up to him. My fiance will blow only ONE HIT in his face and kush is happy. he’ll sometimes go get water or food after, sleep or play. Although, Mary does not like it as much. The smoke scares her a little bit. If it gets blown in her face she doesn’t freak out, she’ll just come to me and lay down. I would never feed my cats weed. As humans we cannot digest a lot of it even though it does not harm us. So just from that fact I would never. If they like it, or have pain I would think there’s no issue in it. I have an old cat, she can barely walk and almost nevrt eats. I blew smoke in her face(when I did smoke) and she ate. I was really happy. No one likes smoke in their face but if you try it and they have a good reaction they obviously enjoy it. I know my babies do a lot. I would much rather blow a hit in my cats face if it was in pain than to EVER give him/her chemically filled medications.

November 21, 2012 at 2:05 am
(82) Lauren says:

Man. I didn’t know people figh on these threads. Anyways, MY cat loves to get high. I I set the bowl down he sits by it and digs, digs like he would be covering up his poop in the liter box. Is it just because its a natural smell?

December 23, 2012 at 9:42 am
(83) Liz says:

It amazes meat the world allows alcohol, cigarettes and guns, all of which only serve to rob people of life and quality of life, without adding a single benefit, yet the medicinal use of cannabis is largely banned around many countries of the world. As tne owner of a 20 yr old, arthritic Siamese cat (Missy) with poor appetite, poor renal function and an intense dislike for having medicine shoved down her throat (mutually stressful on a daily basis) I’m drawn to the benefits of giving Missy a little marijuana to address her pain, appetite and general feeling of week being, without the need for the byproducts to be eliminated by the kidneys as the NSAIDS would be. I’m unable to find any recipes for making a tincture to rub on her skin or a meal I could feed her. Could somebody help please, we have no medicinal pharmacies here as the plant is banned outright. Thanks for some very interesting and enlightening articles. Opened my eyes!

January 18, 2013 at 10:31 pm
(84) chris says:

This page needs some facts!

Firstly, Cannabis is effective if digested but the human gut cannot absorb the thc properly if it is not mixed with soluble fats or alcohol.
If you can ingest 2 pounds of cannabis then you will die from an overdose but i doubt anyone on earth can consume that amount!

Long term exposure to cannabis is very dangerous for most animals and you will find heart/lung problems more common in aging felines.
Cats eating cannabis plant leaves are fine as long as there are no nasty chemicals used on the plant. (Leaves contain very little psychoactive compounds)

Anyone who blows there smoke at there pets is just a cruel immature little child! It is illegal to get your pet high for a reason, they are not human and one day you will look back at how you behaved and you will want to kill yourself but you won’t because your probably a coward.

February 8, 2013 at 9:33 am
(85) Nick Dunn says:

I’m literaly in tears……. My poor Bubbles, he was born 7 months ago and me and my buddies thought it would be fun to get him high. They put his face at the top of the bong and blew smoke from the down tube forcing the smoke into his body. They all laughed as the smoke rolled out of his nose. Now hes dead, his hips gave out and he went brain dead. I will never forgive myself. I will always remember his little beedie eyes lookin up at me, and they were usualy crossed. My point being Adult cats yea sure they can smoke all they want, but a baby kitten whos brain wasnt even half way developed yet, thats a no no in my opinion. Its like when a drug addicted pregnant mother uses drugs, the baby usually has alot of health deffects. I will never forget you Bubble Johnson, and even know you didnt know it, you are the reason im sober.<3

February 27, 2013 at 2:30 pm
(86) cavey says:

I have a cat and she thinks my plants are hers and has for years I can’t even water them without her coming running and she won’t eat them until loaded with trics which she licks off the tips of the leaves and she has no unusual side effects of this but by her watching them i assume she likes the effects………my conclusion……..SMART CAT

April 9, 2013 at 9:26 am
(87) CharlieR says:

I cured my 14 yr old cat of Cancer by giving him Cannabis Oil orally. He was diagnosed by my vet as having Squamous Cell Carcinoma and was told he would die very fast. I gave him half a rice grain dose twice daily for a week and a half and the tumour inside his mouth was totally gone. I took him back to the vet after only 1 week of treatment and the tumour had reduced in size from 1.5″ down to the size of a dime. The vet said “Miracles do happen!”.
So, in response to your question, NO, Cannabis cannot kill, it only cures.

April 27, 2013 at 5:17 pm
(88) Quinnlan says:

I’ve had several experiences when it comes to enjoying cannabis to cats, and in all those occasions, the cats really seem to enjoy a good bowl.
they often come running when im toking up, and they get super affectionate.
one or two good puffs should do no harm to any cat, and they don’t seem to become dependent on the stuff

May 7, 2013 at 2:04 pm
(89) Felix says:

All I’ve gotten out of anything I can find on the internet, about cats and dogs and weed is not to give it to the young ones. I’d say let your pet decide. Offer it to them in the form of a bud, a leaf, some sugar cookie bits, or what have you. I wouldn’t reccomend blowing it in thier face, but if that’s what you want to do, I wouldn’t xonsider it cruel until you hold them down, or lock them in your smoking room. Cats do what they want. If they don’t want to be around it, unless they can’t move, they’ll leave. I’ve never seen a cat forced to get high, but I know when I smoke, my cat will leave, or she’ll come sit on my shoulder. She has gotten high with me many a time, and she’s just over a year and a half old, and took an intrest in my smoking about 7 months ago.

May 7, 2013 at 2:29 pm
(90) DavidNORML says:

Some science about marijuana.

Being a member of NORML and a botany major, though not a cat owner, I can tell you exactly what happens to the brain (most likely a cats brain as well) when THC enters the brain.

Normaly, when a nuron (the cells in your brain dedicated to passing information) fires off an electrical charge, ie-passes on information, it will rest for a bit before firing again. Thc tells the nurons to keep firing, therefore magnifying every experience and every thought, as well as certin facets of your personality. This is why lethragy is often a side effect, given that relaxation is enjoyable, it becomes much more enjoyable while high. While certin effects may differ from person to person, the above is always true. Younger cats, I’d say below six months, shouldn’t intake THC, as this may affect the brain negatively, as thier mind is still developing, and having thier thoughts magnified, may not only be unpleseant, but may incur learning disabilities, and even lead to a seizure or death, depending on the method of intake, and the amount and streanght of the dose.

Basically, wait until your cat is old enough to be fixed before doping him up.

June 18, 2013 at 1:12 am
(91) TaylorDawn says:

I have a question….. My cat, binx, has apparently gotten snake bit. I have absolutely NO money to take him to the vet, and no family or friends to borrow money from. This cat is my LIFE. He’s my lil turd, and I love him with all my heart. I’m worried!!!! He’s obviously in pain… I’ve given him a wee bit of benadryl and milk. He’s just been kinda sitting in the floor and drooling. I need some straight forward answers here, from someone who knows what they are talking about. Would it be a bad idea to maybe gently blow a lil in his ear???? I’m afraid, that since it raises the heart rate, that it might spread the poison. I’m not sure how long its been since got bitten. I just came outside and he was sleeping in a clothes basket. He’s been jumping up on top of things, so I don’t think it’s TOO serious…. but I’m not sure….I know it’s some sort of poisonous bite, bc he has all the symptoms, drooling, nictitating membrane showing, swelling, lethargy, doesn’t wanna be touched. I just wanna know if it might be beneficial to get him a lil high so he can sleep the pain off. I have smoked my pets up, they love it. Also, I’ve read studies that said it could help with pet arthritis and depression. but will it spread the poison?

June 27, 2013 at 7:20 pm
(92) ladyjane says:

Have never smoked marijuana but because of brains in humans not being fully developed before the age of 25 I worry about teens smoking weed. My now 45 year old son started smoking secretly with his dad at about 15 I don’t know if it was the amount or if he had an allergic reaction to it (he had a lot of allergies) but he ended up having a psychotic episode and has never recovered, the doctor said he may have had a predisposition to mental illness but no one else in the family has. I am writing this because it seems everyone one else has been just talking about the positive effects of marijuana and not the possibility of harm. I was a volunteer for hospice many years ago and saw and heard how helpful it was for nausea and pain, just wanted to mention that their can be severe side and permanent side effects for some individuals. I am not sure as a mother that I would ever want to take a risk like that with any child. Blessings lj

August 7, 2013 at 1:33 pm
(93) jo says:

idiot understand why anybody would wnt to get their cat high on weed ??? …. There is just no need for them to be high !

August 31, 2013 at 11:51 pm
(94) joe says:

uh, weed is absolutely harmful to animals. expecially cats.

i know, being as two of my cats straight up died after getting into my bag and eating some. and no, it wasn’t anything else. when the vet did an autopsy to find out, she said the bloodwork came back with lethal levels of thc in them. you what thc is mainly in?

weed.

and you can absolutely overdose from it. don’t even lie and say you can’t, just to skew an argument towards your side. it doesn’t even matter. i actually have first hand experience with that, and i’m pretty sure mine trumps yours, considering i help maintain a growery.

November 21, 2013 at 5:03 pm
(95) read this guys says:

Do not smoke your cat up until it’s at least 4 and you should be ok. Eating healthy and excercusr is the most important to your cats health. I find with my big boy tabby hesvquite mature and healthy so I feel smoking with him is fine. It gives him energy , appetites , etc. But I know in high doses. Too frequent he will be more dependant mentally on the weed as cats don’t have much else to entertain their mind. I find with my friends cats which are not tabbies and have less healthy bloodlines, especially when introduced to marijuana smoke at too young an age , had caused quite a bit of smoke damage to their brains growth. Now as older cats they are skinny, sketchy and not too bright sadly… I suggest you all invest in a vaporizer , highly quality like a volcano. This will allow you to vapourize the thc. Allowing a clean smoke for your cat! Then you just squeeze the bag towards the cat allowing it to smoke. If you smoke the weed yourself then blow it at cat is pointless! You took all the thc in your lungs!

December 28, 2013 at 3:29 pm
(96) lila says:

cannabis has been around for at least 5000 years.there is a whole school of Ayruvedic medicine that deals with cannabis as medicine issues………..Hare Kaki is her sanskrit name.the mother of all plants….i give my old cat some cannabutter from time to time and he is fine..16 yeqrs old.lila

January 28, 2014 at 6:56 pm
(97) Bob says:

I have two cats who I have been keeping away from my plants for a long time. That is, until I read about the Dr. in California studying the health benefits of eating the leaves. The leaves are collected prior to the plant going into bloom, meaning no medicine present yet. The leaves, according to the research are healthier than spinach. He has been juicing raw leaves and giving them to sick people who are part of the study, with astounding results.

Anyways, so I gave the cats some leaves. They went at them and still come for them with more zeal than they do for catnip, I guess they know what they need. There is NO high in the raw non-flowering stage leaves.

The results? My old female cat who was born with a nervous condition and twitches all the time, making her totally dislike being petted, now sits our laps and we rarely see her twitching. The male cat who was getting regular treatments for dry skin, now has the most beautiful coat and the dry skin problem only comes back when I don’t have any leaves for them. Unfortunately, our grow laws don’t allow enough plants for me to keep them in leaves daily, as I am eating them too. The female cat also regresses when there are no leaves to eat. Within 2-3 days their health issues return, but not as severe as they used to be.

February 8, 2014 at 6:45 pm
(98) don says:

My dad’s girlfriend has a large abundance of cats. We have one cat in particular that loves marijuana. Once he hears the lighter flickering, we can hear him at the door meowing. Let him in and he’s standing right at the feet of whoever has the weed. You put the joint down on his level and he sits and sniffs it and licks his nose a little bit. Joint moves on to the next person and the cat follows the joint.
He loves it and I have never noticed any adverse side-effects.
The cat, “Rocky”, mostly sits and rubs his face against walls if nobody will offer a hand and besides that, he just chills. When he doesn’t have it for some time, the siamese in his blood comes out and he gets hardcore attitude.
I know that this may not be the situation in most circumstances, but if the animal loves it and shows no negative physical symptoms, is it really that bad?

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