Cats And Dogs Like Marijuana Too

 Posted by on December 28, 2011 at 6:15 PM  Marijuana Science  Add comments
Dec 282011

cat with jointDogs like marijuana more than cats.

I meant to write about this topic yesterday, but unfortunately life seemed to get in the way of my blogging pursuits again and there just wasn’t enough time. I have to confess, much to the outrage of animal lovers that read this blog, that I have blown marijuana smoke at my pets before. I’m not one of those people that force my pets to inhale my marijuana smoke. But if they come around when I am smoking marijuana, I kind of assume that they want in on the session. My cat will usually run away before the smoke hits her, but sometimes she just sits in the marijuana smoke and looks quite content.

All of my marijuana consuming friends and family ‘share’ their marijuana smoke with their pets. Some of them are a little forceful with it, which I don’t agree with. However, I don’t personally see anything wrong with second hand marijuana smoke if my pets come around for it, and it’s not in excess. Feel free to disagree with me in the comments section, because like always, I’d rather be proven wrong and facilitate discussion than to be right and never hear anything from anyone (that’s what blogging is about, isn’t it?).

There have been quite a few articles written lately about this topic. The first one that I saw was written by Dale Rodebaugh, for the Durango Herald. Here are some excerpts from the article, coming straight from the veterinarians:

Some veterinarians in Durango have seen a spike in the number of dogs poisoned by marijuana since the proliferation of medical marijuana dispensaries made the drug more accessible.

“We used to see maybe one case a year,” said Stacee Santi, a veterinarian at Riverview Animal Hospital. “Now we’re seeing a couple a month.”

Jennifer Schoedler, a veterinarian at Alpine Animal Hospital, has seen incidents of dogs getting into marijuana since she came to Durango in 1998.

“Dogs love the stuff,” Schoedler said. “I’ve seen them eat the buds, plants, joints and marijuana in food.”

Eric Barchas, a veterinarian in San Francisco, says on his website that he treats “stoned dogs” on a regular basis.

“Serious, long-term health consequences and fatality from marijuana intoxication are essentially unheard of,” Barchas writes on his site. “However, pets that are exposed to marijuana may display anxiety and are prone to ‘bad trips.’ They may lack the coordination to consume food and water.”

Vet Eric Barchas has on his website an entire entry dedicated to the subject, “Marijuana Intoxication in Cats and Dogs.”

Another article that I found was on the Huffington Post. My favorite excerpt from this article is “According to a 2002 peer-reviewed study on the subject, Dogs account for approximately 96% of all exposures to the drug, while cats–apparently more likely to just say no–comprise 3%, and other creatures round out the remaining 1%.” I suppose I could have just sited the study, but I’m a fan of the Huff, so I wanted to give them credit for bringing this to my attention!

I would like to point out to animal advocates (who are probably calling for my death at this point!) that “According to a study by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’s Animal Poison Control Center, only two deaths out of 250 pet pot cases have been reported — a cat and a horse, both of whom had other outstanding medical issues” (SF Weekly). I couldn’t imaging ‘sharing’ marijuana smoke with a horse…or perhaps it was just fed to the horse? True story – I once smoked marijuana with a high school friend that owned a spider monkey, and ‘shared’ my marijuana smoke with the monkey. He absolutely loved it! If you’re out there Andrew, that is still the craziest marijuana session I have ever had…


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  • Dennis Fullmer

    I have had one cat that was named smokie cause he would come running when I brke out my stash to smoke. He would sit in my lap and look up at me waiting for me to blow into his face. My other two cats I have had since Smokie died have not liked it at all they just run and hide. My good friend had a chiuhua that would smell me come in the door and would follow me around till we smoked.

  • Jill Swaar

    I had a pitbull that would get into my things to find my bag. I would cook with it and place the items on crackers and give it to him as a treat and he loved it. With his size it kinda calmed him down. Getting him cut really didnt help but “green” crackers helped him to relax and learn how to sit and speak.

  • jrmegada

    My brother had a miniature teacup chihauwa and it had seizures often. In order for her to eat and calm down he would feed her a lil nugget. It lead to her seizures happening less and less until the vet prescribed her phenabarbedal and within a few months she seized out to her demise…..

  • malcolm kyle

    Thanks to Prohibition we now have far more people locked in cages than would normally be the case. Apart from the fact that these extra prisoners are not contributing economically to society, it also costs 50,000 dollars per annum to incarcerate them. Additionally their families often go on government assistance, and it’s again the average tax payer who has to pick up the bill. Their kids may be taken into care or raised by foster parents, again with tax payer money. Now add to all this the court costs, jail costs, and the salaries of all those people that have to deal with the enforcement of prohibition, like police officers, judges and public defenders and you’ll start to get a fair idea of why “Black Thursday”, October 24, 1929 happened during the period of another of our great experiments – Alcohol Prohibition.

    * The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world.
    * 743 adults incarcerated per 100,000 population at year-end 2009.
    * 2,292,133 adults were incarcerated federal and state prisons, and county jails at year-end 2009, that’s approx. 1% of US adults.
    * Additionally, 4,933,667 adults at year-end 2009 were on probation or parole.
    * In total, 7,225,800 adults were under correctional supervision (probation,parole, or incarcerated) in 2009 – about 3.1% of adults in the U.S. resident population.

    Prohibition has helped fill our Prisons and Jails to capacity. Violent criminals, murderers, rapists and child molesters are released early to create space for so called ‘drug offenders’. Half of court trial time and also a huge chunk of police officers time is pointlessly wasted. Enormous untaxed profits from illegal drugs fund multi-national criminal empires which bribe law enforcement authorities and spread corruption faster than a raging bush fire. Prohibition takes violent criminals and turns them into multi-billionaires whilst corrupting even entire countries, including our own. Our drug laws are also funding the Taliban and al-Qaeda whose illegal opium profits allow them to buy weapons and pay it’s fighters more than $300 a month, compared with the $14 paid to an Afghan policemen.

    Maybe many of the early Prohibitionists did not really intend to kill hundreds of thousands worldwide, or put 1 in every 30 American adults under supervision of the correctional system. But similar to our “Great Experiment” of the 1920s, the prohibition of various other drugs has once again spawned rampant off-the-scale criminality & corruption, a bust economy, mass unemployment, a mind-boggling incarceration rate, a civil war in Mexico, an un-winnable war in Afghanistan and an even higher rate of drug-use (both legal & illegal) than in all other countries that have far more sensible policies.

    Prohibition is nothing less than a grotesque dystopian nightmare; if you support it you must be either ignorant, stupid, brainwashed, insane or corrupt.

    • Danny Winners

      Malcom this post is so well-written that I would like your permission to re-post it elsewhere.  I will cite you by whatever name you want.  Bravo!  Kudos to you for writing such a good piece. Â


  • billy

    I agree with you that dogs like marijuana more than cats. And I feel like dogs are almost like humans in that each dog reacts to weed differently. Ive seen some dogs freak out and panic and ive seen some dogs that love it and will even try to steal it and eat it. But ive also seen old dogs that are in pain, perk up and looked reliefed.

  • Pitamarie916

    My dog sits at my feet as I’m packing a bowl because she knows she gets to eat any stems I come across. She loves eating them.

    • smoky 420

      that’s my pit all
      the way

  • Madness Unstoppable

    In my experience cats like it better than dogs… but it’s all good. Never mind the animal freak jobs who think it’s “cruelty” they have a whole set of circumstances they are assuming to be true which are entirely just their perception (some stoned kid forcing it on some poor, poor dog). I had a cat who was OBSESSED with weed. He’d go from person to person trying to get them to blow it in their face. We had a doberman who was very old and we blew a little smoke in her face and she seemed to be feeling better than she had in years. I also gave it to a newfie once and he flat out hated it– and guess what? I never gave it to him again.

    Hate me if you want, I don’t care AT ALL about your negative opinion of me. So please, let me living in a different way from you cause you to have a stroke. That’s the best thing that could ever happen for me.

  • UTsucks

    My cat loves it. She craves it I think. When I go out to smoke it’s like she knows. If I don’t hide it really well, she will find and eat it.

    • JamesKelso

      Someone is selling you catnip. lol

  • Monsta1

    My turtle loves it… However it slows him down some.

    • painkills2

      good one :)

  • Weed man

    My cat sees me pick up the hooka attached to my vape. He comes and sits at attention, which means “I can haz?” I blow a little on him. He sniffs the air and squints his eyes then leaves and lays down on the couch. I never forced it on him. He made the choice. And he loves it.

  • Sunshine SuzQ

    i to have a cat that sits on my lap and she once ate a plant ….

  • Tom Martin

    I smoked with a famous chimp named Nim Chimpski @ Columbia University- The photo is in a book called “Project Nim”

    • painkills2

      Are you in the movie?

  • ScoobyDoo

    Myth has it that if you blow the smoke in the dogs ear it get’s higher. My friends did that to their dog, and it got really stoned. They took it outside to go to the bathroom and he just walked down the steps looked left and right and turned around to come back in. Then he ate like crazy lol

  • Jess

    I’ve met dogs that will follow a piece around the whole circle wanting someone to give it a hit. I also met a cat that will jump in your lap and smoke with you. He won’t even move, and you keep coughing and coughing. It’s strange, because I don’t smoke with my cats. They absolutely hate smoke of every kind. They won’t even sit in my lap if I cough from having to cough! They’ll move. That other cat though… He’s special, and his name is Sid.

  • Jess

    I believe that people who smoke cigarettes turn cuts off of smoke at an early age, making them prone to avoid marijuana smoke. People who only smoke marijuana probably have more stoner catz, because the cat’s aren’t stupid. They know the difference between good smoke and bad smoke. Just a side note. I’ve only met the one cat that smokes. Sid.

  • Dizzle

    Horses like it too. I shared a blunt with one years ago. I shotgunned it in his face. He held it in for about three or four seconds before blowing it out. Afterward, he went straight for his food.

  • snickels

    My 12 year old dog had many times come over to me while I was smoking and seemed to love it. I didnt give it to him all the time, but we did decide to try edibles for the anxiety that he got from thunderstorms.
    I can honestly say, that a small corner of a rice crispy treat did no more than calm him and put him to sleep. I definitely felt better about that than giving him some pharmaceutical drug. It worked so well that when he got sick, it helped us and him sleep because he would not lay down without valium during his last month with us. I would never do anything to harm an animal and I think more research needs to be done into this but it definitely has potential to help animals as well as people.

  • Tonya Truesdell

    I got a terrier that loves 2 smoke he will come over when we r smokn & scratch @ our arm, rut ur arm. lolzzz he’s 2 cute. he will buggg till u give him some. I love peanut ( our terrier) then he will go off & chill or play depending on his mood. he really enjoys smoking also eating steams & I feel very comfortable letting him. then we have another dog that don’t like it so he don’t hang out when we r smokn but he will eat the steams go figure he is strange lolzzz.

  • Curly Perez

    Sometimes I will give my dog a medicated doggy bones that come from the medical marijuana store. He’s an old dog and he loves them on cold days when his bones feel so stiff he can barely walk up the steps. They are a little pricey but worth it know he’s getting the correct dosage for his weight. I once saw some kids hold a puppies nose & blow smoke directly into the dogs nose. That puppy went to sleep an never woke up, it was very sad. But your right my dog loves to sit in with us, whenever we have a smoke session. I don’t see anything wrong with him just hanging out.

  • Janice Walker Joyner

    Birds love the seeds which they sing more.

    My cat is a connoisseur, and will only hang out or request a pinch of bud if it is of the finest quality. Loves the fresh leaves as well. Would rather eat them rather than grass.

  • Jason Kincannon

    I knew a chow that would nip at you leg and bark at you if you didn’t blow the smoke in his face, he would lick the smoke, once you were done and fired up a cig he would go chill out, he didn’t like cig. I don’t think you should force anything on any animal but hey why keep it from them if they want it? Animals like to feel good and get high too. Squirrels will eat bud, have you ever had a dog ravage your bag of bud?

  • micko

    screw the animal lovers….. Its not ok for them to have some weed, but it is ok for them to treat them like slaves and keep them in their house As (pets)………… they are outside animals all of them…

    • T_R_0_N

      That’s bs Micko – dogs are (pac) animals and if the alfa is in they want to be in — I fkn hate to see dogs in pins — I hate those who Pin — talk about slavery!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Joshua Phelps

    One time my dog, Buddy, woke my mom up at 5am and ran to the bong crying for my mom to give him a hit. I was weak, I miss that dude

  • Jdub

    My dog has diabetes and has to get shots twice a day w/ her meals. If she won’t eat, I blow a hit in each ear to stimulate her appetite. The other day she ate something that made her sick. She kept throwing up until I blew some Jack the Ripper in her face. After I blew it at her, she went to sleep until the next morning when her sickness passed and she was fine.

  • Tawny White

    My brother had an old lab mix who had arthritis and something wrong with her back. I didn’t feel bad what so ever blowing smoke in her face for the first time. I knew she was in pain…who wouldnt be? Anyway she liked it so much the next time she saw me sitting in my car smoking she came up and put her head on my lap and waited until i blew smoke in her face. After…she was able to walk longer and even run a little. It helped her out with her pain. She was my smoking buddy! Until she ran away into the woods and passed away…dogs do like smoke if you dont force it upon them!

  • motelhoneybunny

    Fyi…there is liquid cannibus for animals for use in pain, have cancer or other issues and those not eating. Dosage is given by weight . Site is

    • T_R_0_N

      Thanks Bunny!!!

  • Ken Morse

    I had a 185# Great Dane in the 70′s that use to love second hand marijuana smoke. Whenever we would light up at my house in Miami, Mingo would open his mouth and bite at the smoke, proceed to get stoned, act goofier than Marmaduke and then lay down on the floor and be very content.

  • Michael Murphy

    I was smoking a bowl one day and I had my snake, Kitzu, draped around my neck. I lit the bowl and she appeared to be facinated by the heat from the hot cherry on the pipe. upon further study, she hovered her nose right over the pipe and proceeded to “sip” the smoke with her tongue as though she was licking the smoke out of the air. A couple of rotations later, she got really relaxed. Before our smoke session she seemed timid and agitated but after her consumption, she was relaxed, mellow, and generally quite content. Snakes are known for contracting upper respirtory infections so I do not blow second hand in her face, or force her to “Smoke”. If she chooses to smoke, she will sip on the curl of smoke leaving the pipe after I have had my pull. i find this behavior to be kinda cute, and a bonding activity of sorts.

  • paul999

    My dog became addicted to the marijuana. She lays around all day, always hungry, and won’t get a job. Darn you Mary Jane!

    • lee

      I had a newfoundland hound once that ate a 1/4 oz of really good hash we found floating around in the gulf of mexico near panama city, fla. foolish pup layed around his food bowl for about 3 days eating and sleeping. After that all he wanted to do was play frisbee, eat and hump a leg. Ate-up! LMAO

  • Joseph Ihus

    I have been studying Marijuana for many Years, I read somewhere that 1 out of 7 pets enjoy the medicine, some pets have arthritis, some have glaucoma, Some have had broken bones, our pets are a part of the family and have feelings and pains, even anxieties as we humans do.

  • Kyle Outz

    my dog and my boys cat both love it, my dog knows it as scoobie snacks and the cat will put her head in the bag darn fiends

  • lee

    during the Vietnam war water buffalo would head straight for the marijuana patch when shit hit the fan near them. Hmmm. So did most of the GIs. lol. Cambodian Red Bud ooh raah LMAO

  • Cheryl

    My black cat loves it. He’s my smoke buddy. It helps my Bengals glaucoma. White female cat hates it.

  • Struggling mom

    What I’d like to know is if the benefits are the same for dogs as people. I have a beautiful 3 year old Rottweiler who is in chronic pain from some bone malformation and he doesn’t get around very well and he crys a lot. This makes me sad because he’s still a young dog. He’s on meloxicam and tramadol from his vet. He loves weed. When I’m trimming he will eat little buds I give him. Snaps em up! So I’m wondering if this would help for pain management. I’m currently toying with the idea of putting my 8 son with autism on non/psych Cbds. I think weed is a wonderful cure all. Only thing is I don’t know how to extract the Cbds and am not sure if animals tolerate marijuana the same way. Any thoughts?

  • T_R_0_N

    I would hate to stir up a stink with the aspca but if it’s good for our joint pains i bet it is for theirs too!! But I would think a little laced butter in their food or something edible would be in order — hell I’m no expert just my .02.

  • Fern”hood Girl

    Marijuana toxicity in dogs is not funny, cool nor should it be taken lightly. It’s irresponsible to leave a bag of weed layin’ around when you have kid’s or pets. It happened to me, the vet wanted $850 to keep him – a 25lb puppy – on IV overnight! That’s insane! I opted for the $300 version, make him throw up, which doesn’t always work (and didn’t in my case) as weed is an anti nausea drug. Then administer charcoal to absorb toxins. I had no idea when I rushed him to vet what he’d actually gotten into. All I knew was he could no longer walk, and had pee running out of him uncontrollably, scary!! So it cost me the weed and $330. Simply avoid giving weed to you dog, on purpose or accidentally! And blowing smoke in an animal’s passage way intentionally is ABUSE, straight up animal cruelty. An act reserved for moron’s at best.

  • joe

    I named my cat Cheech…….he’s an orange tabby when I got him at 8 weeks old first day I got him I was smirking a bowl and my cat walked right into the massave cloud of smoke and stayed there and waited for The next smoke cloud but cheech would only smoke when I was smoking and that is why his name is cheech!!!

  • moostafa

    I have a Pomeranian. And I’m a medical patient. Every time I go into my room to trim she devours the clippings. I can’t keep her away and when I try to she gets pissed at me lol. I also had another pom who passed away do to medical issues and he loved to eat them as well. He would Getty mad of I didn’t share it was crazy one day I didn’t share with him and he figured out how to open my desk drawer and snatched my sac and ate my buds lol I was mad but he was cool enough to leave me enough for a joint lol. I never force pets to do any thing but my poms will bug me of I don’t share. They literally climb on my chest and inhale the smoke when I blow out. I also had chinchillas Anna omg they loved to nibble on nugs. Is a plant in comes from the ground grows in any place toy want. Its been around longer than us I’m sure. I’m sure animals been eating it in the wild for millions of years.

  • Boski Kabzinski

    my dog knows when i have some, she will immediately walk up to me and smell the pocket i have it in and follow me till i start breaking it down. While im picking out the stems she begs and whines when i dont feed them to her. i believe my dog thinks she really is just one of the group cause she’s always been treated as such so its funny to introduce my stoner dog to friends that havent met her yet. The best example of it was when my ex and i had a session and left my dog outside, afterwards she came in sniffed the air and knocked over the bong then proceeded to lick up the water. Jealousy? perhaps

  • Katie Gummery

    i was under the impression that second hand smoke from a spliff or such alike it didnt then contain anything that could get any one high so i asume its the same for a dog or cat? xx

  • Wizsteve Wiz

    one of the best treatments for tapeworms in cats are fresh leaves not dried .while it doesn’t get them high it will remove those nasty parasites.

  • Dee

    My little Chihuahua, loves to get the steams from me to chew on & my cat will go out of her way to get to me when I smoke.

  • ladybutterfly

    Got an interesting question. Could giving my dog MJ, help her with her leg cramps? She gets them quite often & nothing seems to help.