Terpenes and cats – education for concerned cat owners

Terpene und Katzen – Aufklärung für besorgte Katzenbesitzer

With the emergence of CBD products for pets came a widespread misconception that particularly affected cat owners. One article claimed that cats cannot tolerate terpenes because they cannot metabolize them. This misinformation spread quickly and is now appearing on the first pages of Google search results. But what is behind this claim?


The origin of the misunderstanding

The myth appears to have originated in an article about using CBD on dogs and cats. The author pointed out that cats are sensitive animals and formulated the critical statement: "Cats cannot metabolize terpenes." This claim, without scientific justification or reference to the source, was adopted by other sites and spread in identical wording.


Spreading misinformation

If you google cats and terpenes, you will find on the first pages almost exclusively results about the alleged intolerance of terpenes in cats. What is striking is that around 95% of these pages come from manufacturers of CBD products or from so-called “independent” advice websites. The presumed copies of each other reinforce the impression that the information has not been sufficiently verified.


Consequences for insecure cat owners

Because of these supposed facts, many cat owners have become cautious and avoid giving their animals products containing terpenes. But how justified is this reluctance? Owners who want to give their animals natural and, above all, herbal nutritional supplements inevitably come across terpenes.


The diversity of terpenes

Terpenes are secondary plant substances that occur in all plants. Many foods suitable for cats contain terpenes. Cranberries, nettle, catnip, licorice root, turmeric root, carrots, mushrooms, grass, lamb's lettuce, rose, valerian - all of these plants or parts of plants contain terpenes. But terpenes are not the same as terpenes.


Terpenes in detail

It is important to understand that there are different types of terpenes, including monoterpenes, tetraterpenes, sesquiterpenes, and diterpenes. For example, valerian contains monoterpenes, carrots contain tetraterpenes in the form of carotenoids, mugwort contains sesquiterpenes such as artemisinin and retinol in the form of diterpenes in carrots.


The myth of catnip

A good example of uncertainty is catnip, which contains iridoid terpenes and yet is often portrayed as unsuitable for cats. The statement that cats generally cannot tolerate essential oils is also incorrect. Essential oils always contain terpenes, which are responsible for the characteristic smell.


The Science of Terpenes

To clear up the confusion, let’s take a look at the chemical composition of terpenes. These compounds contain carbon or hydrocarbons and occur naturally primarily in plants. With over 20,000 different terpenes, it becomes clear that the blanket statement “cats cannot tolerate terpenes” is simply wrong.


The diversity of terpenes

It is virtually impossible to create a complete list of all the terpenes that cats can or cannot tolerate. An example is the hemp plant, which contains some terpenes that can be harmful to cats. Here it is important to rely on scientifically based information and not to condemn all terpenes across the board.


Education and knowledge exchange

It's time to share this article and promote education about terpenes in cats. On social media, pet forums, Instagram, or in personal messages to other cat owners, this important information can help clear up misunderstandings and improve cat welfare.




Finally, it is important to emphasize that not all terpenes are harmful to cats . This insight is important to reassure concerned cat owners and reassure them that not all terpenes are created equal. Thanks to scientific research and education, we can continue to offer our cats natural and healthy nutritional supplements without putting them at unnecessary risk.

We at CALMA can reassure you and tell you that our CBD cat oil was developed specifically for cats. It contains 0.0% THC + 0.0% terpenes and is therefore compatible with your cats!

Reading next

Der Trend: CBD im Kaffee
CBD ins Cremes

Leave a comment

All comments are moderated before being published.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Prof. Dr. Niemeyer

CALMA CBD expert

Dr. Niemeyer is a renowned expert in the field of cannabidiol (CBD) research. With a doctorate in pharmacology, she specializes in researching the therapeutic uses of CBD. Through years of work, she has made significant contributions to the scientific community and is internationally recognized for her research on the effectiveness of CBD for various medical conditions, including pain relief, anxiety and neurological disorders. Their work has not only deepened the understanding of how CBD works, but also helped open new avenues for the development of CBD-based therapies. Dr. Niemeyer is passionate about educating people about the potential benefits of CBD.