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Cats on Marijuana, bad?

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pinkfizzypops Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Student General Artist
I'm not asking is it ethical, because I believe if a cat likes getting high then there's no ethical dilemma.

I want to know is it bad for their health? Can the smoke hurt their lungs? And if it IS alright, will repeated exposer cause any damage or behavioral changes?

I ask this because I'm a pretty huge stoner, and a pretty huge cat enthusiast. If I rub my hands on my cats' faces after smoking, they get a contact high. My cat likes it, and will even sniff me down and find me when I'm smoking.
I blew smoke into my cats' faces out of morbid curiosity, and found the reaction to be stronger. The cats became paranoid and the male wouldn't stop licking his lips. I can't read their minds, but I don't think they enjoyed it very much.

I'm having trouble researching this, as with any search for marijuana info I've found more opinions than facts. I just wanna know if giving my cats a contact high from time to time will mess them up or change them, or if it's chill?
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Flufferz Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010
Cats metabolize THC in a different way than we do. The effects are slightly harsher [as in acting drunk rather than high, and more fatigue and confusion] and much shorter, with the THC getting out of their system within 24 hours. Contrary to popular belief, they do not remain stoned for the rest of their lives.

However, it is actually better for a cat to "absorb" it through the exposure of veins on the ear, rather than inhalation or digestion. Digestion is actually the worst way for cats to process anything.

However, most cats and dogs don't really enjoy the experience, as it isn't as pleasant for them as it is for people. I wouldn't toke up your cat anymore, plus you said you couldn't tell if he enjoyed it. He probably didn't. Plus, it's really hard to focus the smoke on the internal ear structure without it being inhaled. Despite the fact that marijuana hasn't been shown to be detrimental to human lungs [again, contrary to popular belief], it may still be to pets because their organ tissue genetics are different than ours, and they don't have proper THC receptors in their brain like we do. Because they process it so fast, it can be taxing on their system. Therefore if you just had to smoke him out, the less often the better to give breaks between the work his/her body is doing.

Overall, your cat isn't in any major health risk right now, but I'd suggest you'd stop smoking him out since he didn't like it. You wouldn't pin someone down and force them to inhale stuff would you?



[Vet student btw, ask if you have anymore questions. I researched this because one of my good friends frequently smokes out his cat, and I was slightly concerned. Plus I was curious.]
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ClusterInfinity Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010
Yeah, it's hilarious to smoke cannabis with pets, but I wouldn't do it often. Although, I've read most of the harm cannabis smoke causes is due to the temperature of the smoke, so it should be cooler after leaving your lungs. Remember cats have much smaller brains... so one hit of second hand smoke is enough to make them stoned lol

I'd stick with catnip >.>
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LeCorinthian Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010
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for your high.
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Coelyth Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010
It's probably a bad idea, especially if your cat doesn't seem to like it. Just give the kitty catnip or something. It seems that the main danger from marijuana ingestion for cats (judging from a link someone else posted in this thread) is that it can cause them to vomit, and that, combined with marijuana-induced lethargy, could lead to choking and suffocation. I'd say that there probably isn't any research into long-term effects of THC consumption on cats, so no one can say for sure what the long-term effects might be. If I were you, I wouldn't chance finding out with your cats.
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CindarellaPop Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
This troll is more obvious than a pride parade.
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azureastra7 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010
You have a responsibility not to give a pet anything that you wouldn't give to a baby.




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Ljudska Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010
i wouldn't give dog treats to a baby. :shrug:
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azureastra7 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010
Why not? You ever try a teething biscuit?
No too much diff.
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Ljudska Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010
can't say i have. does it have mechanically recovered meat product in it?
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azureastra7 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010
Not as much as your last hot-dog.
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