Can Cats Get High on Weed?

As an avid cat lover, it is important to answer the question Can Cats Get High? It is true that some stuff that work on humans can also work on our pets, but it is crucial to understand that the make-up of a cat is quite different from that of a dog.

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We have often seen how something like catnip affects our purry friends. A catnip “high” is a different from a marijuana high for humans. It acts as a mild hallucinogenic and it heightens their senses.  There is absolutely no THC in catnip. Catnip comes from the mint family and has a strong smell that drives the cats crazy and when they digest it, it makes them sleepy. Cannabis comes from the Cannabis Sativa plant.

A vast number of studies state that there are positive results to treating pets with Cannabidiol (CBD) as it is perfectly safe for them. THC on the other hand, is quite different and it can harm them, even be life-threatening.


Many cat owners would like to know if second-hand inhaling, or eating a piece of a brownie would have an effect on their cat? It is also found that a cat might nibble on fresh marijuana leafs.

Unfortunately, many pet owners intentionally get their pets high. It could be that they believe it is funny, or it could be that they believe it has positive effects, especially when the pet is anxious, hurt or restless. Maybe they also think the cat or dog might enjoy the effects of weed just as they would.

What Happens when my Cat Gets High?

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When you cat eats raw leafs, it is quite probable that nothing would happen as the THC in the raw form is not psychoactive. Cats are also far more finicky than dogs and won’t easily consume things they don’t like.

When it comes to secondhand inhaling, it not likely to have too much of a negative effect on your cat or dog, as it really is a small amount inhaled.  If the cat is boxed- in or in room with an excessive amount, intoxication could take place. If you cat suffers from respiratory problems, it would be best to keep it away from smoke as it could cause conditions like asthma to flare up.

Consuming marijuana is a different story and depending on the amount taken in, a vet should be called as soon as possible. Marijuana poisoning in pets is not a joke as your pet could lose its life.


Symptoms to look out for are:

  • Stumbling or difficulty walking
  • Lethargy
  • Hyperactivity
  • Dilated pupils
  • Vomiting
  • Convulsions
  • Low heart beat
  • Urinary incontinence

How to Deal with - When My Cat Gets High.

If it is hard to get your cat to a vet if too much cannabis has been consumed, the next best thing is to induce vomiting or to absorb as much as possible. Activated Charcoal is available at almost any drug store, but should not be given if vomiting was already induced.

In a nutshell, it is not cool to get your cat high. If you think your cat or dog could benefit from Marijuana when it comes to a medical problem, look for a pet-specific product. Rather be safe and keep your weed and edibles in a place where you inquisitive cat can’t get ahold of it.