There are viral photos on the internet that captures the moment a cat got high on marijuana after eating the herb.
From the photos, one can see the leaves of marijuana in a tube. The tube was handed over to the cat and ‘she’ stuck its tongue out to have a taste.
Just after chewing the leaves, the cat got high:
How Marijuana Affects Cats
Cats may be exposed to marijuana by ingestion of cigarettes or dried pot leaves. Products containing THC are becoming more common at dispensaries in a variety of forms, and can all cause marijuana toxicity in pets. There have also been reports of secondhand smoke causing intoxication.
When inhaled or ingested, THC enters the body and binds with neuroreceptors in the brain, including norepinephrine, serotonin, and acetylcholine. This binding alters normal neurotransmitter function.
The most common side effects in cats are:
- Loss of motor coordination or balance (stumbling)
- Urinary incontinence
- Low heart rate
- Low blood pressure
- Respiratory depression
- Dilated pupils and glazed over eyes
- Vocalization such as crying or whining
- Increased stimulation to noises or fast movements (some cats may experience hallucinations)
The signs of exposure can begin anywhere from 5 minutes to 12 hours after exposure, with symptoms lasting anywhere from a half-hour to several days.
If your cat is showing symptoms of toxicity, or you believe that they may have ingested marijuana in some form, please call your veterinarian immediately.