Apple Cider Vinegar for Cats

Last Modified on Jul 27, 2014


Apple Cider Vinegar

Approval Ratings
YEA (60)
NAY (2)

[YEA]  01/05/2008: Tricia from Hamilton, On, canada: "A couple of weeks ago I responded re ACV remedy, I was very pleased with the results. I am sending my comments again because when I think of the money I spent at the vet which did not cure the cats ear infection and this simple solution of ACV worked so well. Its a wonderful solution, our cat seems to be completely healed, no more scratching what so ever."

[YEA]  12/18/2007: Tricia from Hamilton, On: "I have a seven year old indoor siamese, have been having trouble with his ears getting dirty for the last year and a half, vet has treated him with clavamox and prednisone and even though the scratching stops it returns as soon as the meds are finishedl. I recently read the article re apple cider vinegar and the dirt in his ears is basically almost gone and the scratching has stopped, obviously this method is working but I still do not know what is causing the dirt. The vet said it was an infection and the clavamox would cure it but it did not. I have to say I am extremely impressed with the acv remedy. Hopefully in time this will cure him completely."

05/09/2008: Connie from Kansas City , MO replies: "Could be that the 'dirt' in your cat's ear is ear mite droppings. These droppings look similar to sprinkles of table-top black pepper. A vet can tell you for sure, but I'd bet your pet's ears are infested with ear mites, a common problem in dogs and cats."

[YEA]  12/12/2007: Karen Chafe from Melbourne Beach, Florida: "I have a female feral cat who has always had upper respirtory problems along with crystals in her urine. Morgan wrote in saying her cat also had crystals, was wondering if the ACV has cured this. Also if it will help with the respirtory problems this cat has. When they do put her on antibiotics her breathing gets better - the rest of the time I can always hear her breathing as she always seems stuffed up. She sneezes on a regular basis to help clear her nose. She does seem to smell with no problem despite this. She is 6 yrs old and the only one of that feral batch that has this problem."

06/21/2011: Diamond from Salisbury, Usa replies: "Karen from Fl. I feel that if antibiotics do a huge amount of damage to humans what do you think it can/will do to a smaller being(animal)? another person says to try an put Apple Cider Vinegar on the back of the neck, or try to put it in the food; I use tuna as it's very strong then buy fish oil caps, cut the tip of cap off an put in on top of cat food to camouflage the smell of acv. I hope this works for you.

Good luck"

[YEA]  12/06/2007: Carrie from Pittsburgh, PA: "Every winter (once we turn on the furnace) my cat suffers from constant scratching. It has gotten to the point that he scratches all his hair off his neck and he has scabs all over the area. He does not have fleas. I have tried every pet spray, wipes, drops there is. I did not want to take him to the vets, only because to him, it is tramatic and I can't stand to see this cat act like he does at the vets, and I did not want him to be on any steroid treatment. So looking on the web one night hoping to find a "miracle" for this cats condition, I stumbled across something about apple cider vinegar. I decided I would try it, what could it hurt? I decided to put a few drops in his water and mark his water bowl to see if he drank any. I was never so excited when I came home from work and found out that not only did he drink some of his water, but the scratching and CONSTANT licking has stopped!!! I came home to a very playful, happy cat. I am thankful I read about apple cider vinegar. Don't be afraid to try really works and its very safe to use on animals!!!!"

[YEA]  09/16/2008: Dede from Mount Sterling, Kentucky replies: "I wish I had known about acv helping kittens with uri. About 3 months ago I had 4 separate litters of kittens. ( I have taken in strays and my yard is full of cats) Each litter had 5 kittens. being new at this I didn't that the kittens gooey eyes and sneezing would turn out to a very heart breaking experience for me. I had no money to take one let alone 18 kittens to the vet when they just got lifeless and died. I have 4 new kittens now and they have the gooey eyes and sneezing as does the older cats. My prayers have been answered in finding your web site. I've done treated them all withe acv and in hours I have seen improvement. I also put acv mixed with table salt on my husbands poison ivy and he is not burning and itching. Thank you Thank you!"
07/05/2009: drgnfly447 from Dothan, AL replies: "I have 5 kittens that are about 3 weeks old. This is my cats first litter and she seems to be taking great care of these little ones. I don't know what or when this all started, but 4 of these babies eyes are completely crusted shut. The 5th baby has one eye crusted shut. I found a website that said to brew a teabag and apply lukewarm to the affected area twice daily. I like the sound of using ACV. The problem now is, how much can you safely but on babies that are this young? My children will be heartbroken if these little ones die. Thank you in advance for any info that you might be able to give me."
06/21/2011: Diamond from Salisbury, Usa replies: "Dede from Kentucky;It's not good for humans to use table salt it's too abrasive an can do irreversible

damage, especially to the liver which is always at risk, therefore it's worse for animals. I would just stick with Apple Cider Vinegar for tiny animals. ACV and sea salt might be good for your husband, I buy sea salt at the super market very affordable, also good for animals. I'm so sorry about you losing your kitties with same diseases. There are vets. Stations, nation wide that will help you with spay & neuter, just don't allow them to give too many shots, tell them you need to cure them of the diseases first in order to build up their immunity. I use Apple Cider Vinegar for all my animals. I had a female dog I thought may have a uti so I gave her sea salt in her water and she's great.

Also the very best rebuilder(as I have same kitten stray, upper res. Infect. )I give all my animals non fat yogurt(Plain) it's a pro-biotic like an antibiotic.

I took all my dogs off any & all man made dog foods, they both gained enormous amounts of weight, so now I give them fresh veggies, and fruits....... this evening I gave them fresh strawberries, watermellon an plain non fat yogurt.

Even my silly kitten likes all this because she sees the dogs eat this. She thinks she's one of the pack.

The best cleanser for the organs especially the liver is berries; fresh or frozen. I always heard;that when in doubt! Do nothing!! Or best to ask. I'm in the same boat here but with great success, it's well worth it, and it's rewards are even greater. Good luck."

06/21/2011: Diamond from Salisbury, Usa replies: "Drgnfly447 from Al. Camomile is great for every remedy under the sun, it's soothing remedies would be great for the cat(s) which I use for myself as well as my kitten with upper res. Infect. I also use boric acid, now to really get at the core of the problem is the inside the body needs treatment, so then you use the acv. Here is a great website to fill you in on more info. concerning what camomile is used for other than drinking......."

Apple Cider Vinegar for Cats Instructions

03/03/2013: Monica from Palmyra, New Jersey: "I would like to make some suggestions for getting a cat to take Apple Cider Vinegar. I tried putting 1/2 tsp in his canned food and found he didn't want his food. Tried putting it drinking water... Wouldn't drink. Finally I mixed 1/2 tsp ACV in 1. 5 tsp tuna juice and put it slowly into the side of his mouth with a syringe and he lapped it up. Ran out of tuna juice so mixed up some strong chicken broth using a "base" or concentrated chic broth paste. He took it just as well as with the tuna juice. I know this adds salt, but some vets recommend a pinch of salt to stimulate them to drink more to help dilute the urine even more.

Charlie had been to the vet to be "unblocked" (expensive! ) He came home peeing little bits, often and licking his privates immediately after each pee. So he was still very irritted down there and I feared a relapse. So far, 3 days on the ACV and he is peeing less often, a little more each time and doesn't lick himself immediately after each pee."

11/03/2013: Catmomma15 from Cedar Rapids Iowa replies: "What is the recommended time frame for using ACV for cats? It is believed that my cat has a stomach ulcer and a mild upper respiratory infection and after the past research I've done the last few days, his behavior and symptoms match up except with the being finiky of drinking water normally. I can't get my cat into the vet right now due to low funds. Im looking into getting him feeling better on his own if I can. I have him on doxycyclene 1/16 of a teaspoon with 1/4 of L Lysine. He has responded to this so far 4 days of this twice a day very well but If I can get him feeling better the rest of the way using ACV, should I do this twice a day and for how long? Also because he has a couple of small sores in his mouth, he will only drink water from a syringe or if it's mixed into his food to make it like a chili consistency but let me assure you his water intake has NOT stopped completely he just finds it more acceptable to drink from the syringe or have it put into his food. I trust that this will help and I've mixed the applecider vinegar with tuna and he took it very well..This was actually easier than giving him meds. He is much more active than he has in the last 4 days since I've been doing the doxy and L Lysine mix but I'm willing to try a secondary method or replace my current one. So please let me know how long you would recommend trying the ACV when the doxy-l lysine combo has made a huge difference. Also can I continue to use both or 1 and again the biggest thing is since I introduced it to him tonight, how long would be a good time frame to give before setting an appointment. I'd like to see him get a vet appointment, but money is low and won't have any til the end of the week but would like to try and save some money if possible. please help. Any suggestions would be good. Will his drinking go back to normal also?"
11/04/2013: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Catmomma!

Feline herpes is a virus; antibiotics are dosed not to treat the herpes but to prevent secondary bacterial infections, ie pneumonia.

As a general rule, antibiotics given 5 days or less *usually* do not majorly affect the internal flora of the GI tract. Antibiotics given 5+ days tend to remove all the "good" bacteria in the gut and set the body up for yeast overgrowth and yeast related issues down the line. So keep that in mind as you dose the doxy.

The L-lysine is something that is dosed as an ongoing daily supplement in herpes positive cats. For flare ups some dose 500 mg 2x day - so 1/4 tsp and pm. Once the flare up is under control you can reduce to a maintenance dose of 250mg am and pm - so 1/8 tsp am and pm.

Stomach ulcers are not typically associated with feline herpes, however cats treated with certain medications during a herpes flare up may develop them. Why is it you feel your kitty has stomach ulcers?

If this were my cat I would up the dosage of L-lysine to 500 mg 2x day. I would stop the antibiotics if I saw him really improve; I would be on the lookout for respiratory complications that would require the continued use of antibiotics [7-10 days]. I would continue mixing ACV into the wet food, and use the syringe to ensure he is getting hydration. To check for dehydration use your thumb and pointer finger to grasp the skin over his shoulders and pull it up, into a tent shape - then release. In a hydrated cat the skin snaps right back into shape; in a dehydrated cat the skin sinks back slowly: if you can count to three for it to sink back [ one one-thousand, two one-thousand, three one-thousand] you need to get more hydration into your boy. Consider getting Pedialyte for babies [for electrolytes] and mixing that into some tuna oil from the can and getting him to drink some of that.

The flare up may last weeks or months, depending on the age of your cat; if your boy is a kitten then once the flare up calms switch to the maintenance dose until he is a hale and hearty adult and discuss possible side effects or elimination with your vet."

Apple Cider Vinegar for Cats: Warning

Approval Ratings

[DEATH REPORTED]  11/18/2013: Sai from Virginia: "I want to write to you today to let you know that I am placing a massive warning on ACV for cats. I gave my cat, after reading your message board, acv, just a few drops in his food as he was throwing up a lot and running out of kitty litter after peeing. Three days later he stopped eating. One month after force feeding, sub q fluids, appetite stimulants, pain killers, I had to put him to sleep. The vets felt a tumor. The first vet said that ACV contributed to liver failure and quick demise but holistic vet said no way. I just think that if your cat has an unknown underlying condition you could be playing with fire by giving him acv.

Rest in peace my love, Sai, the best cat in the world ever and never again."

11/19/2013: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hello Sai - I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved cat.

I have to agree with your holistic vet on this; your cat died from his tumour, not the ACV. While it's possible that taking your pet to the vet at the first signs of illness - repeated vomiting and voiding large volumes of urine - you may have been able to diagnose his underlying tumour condition, it is also just as likely that the tumour could be missed as they can be difficult to detect until they grow to a noticable size.

I am very sorry for your loss - it sounds like you gave your cat the very best care you possibly could - may he rest in peace."

06/04/2014: Anne from Canada replies: "First of all I was sorry to hear of your loss. ACV is one of earths natural healers and cures so many illnesses.

Many years ago I posted my story on here about my cat whom the Vet said was on her way out due to old age and kidney failure and that I should put her to sleep. I declined his suggestion and instead researched the net and found this site.

Back then I was ignorant and believed prescription drugs were the answer. (They weren't) In fact the medication the Vet prescribed made her stop eating all together and her health worsened.

After learning about ACV I stopped the medication and started giving my cat diluted ACV in her food and also on her fur and she gradually started to eat again and regained her weight and started peeing normally. (Thanks to ACV she lived another year before passing away from old age)

Unfortunately Doctors and Vets are not educated in natural health remedies and only prescribe pharmaceutical products, which sadly are not the solution.

Having regular check up for your pets is the answer and surgery if needed, but man made chemicals do more harm in the long run.

If your Vet finds a health issue research the net for natural remedies. ACV did not kill your pet... Appetite stimulants and pain killers are the cause of liver failure.

Do your homework and read about pharmaceutical companies and their products. (The lists of side effects and deaths from pharmaceutical drugs is scary)

Nature has provided us with everything we need to heal ourselves and our pets naturally."


06/13/2013: Joan from San Jose, Ca: "I have an 11 year old intact male cat who leaks in his sleep. Will ACV work for cats and how much should I give him? He weight about 11 pounds.

Many thanks, Joan Smith"

General Feedback

10/01/2012: Kittcatt from Minnetonka, Mn,usa: "I hope this posts without me joining. I have a disability that limits how often & how long I can be on the computer at any given day/time in a week/month & I may not be back on this site for awhile although it seems very interesting. (Today/this evening is a better day).

As a Cat Owner only since as an adult (30 years old) & continuing, having had 2 cats die of old age (adopted older), I wanted to take the best care possible. But what frightens me when I'm reading on this site that in Holistic and Natural, so many cat owners allow their cats outside. This puts the cat in harms way & one person talks of spending so much money then lets the cat out & it doesn't come back & blithely comments possibly a cougar got it. That to me is so sad. Not to mention the distruction these cats are doing to birds when they are let out. Please, reconsider this practice and make your cats indoor cats (or monitor their outdoor time in a limited area). They can be very content inside. All 3 of mine were or is. There is no need for them to go out. Actually, I was trying to find something for my cat's ear problem; Dot has a lot of wax buildup deep inside then gets debris, & I need to clean them. So, the ACV sounded like an good alternative to medication if there isn't an infection -which I will double check on her annual visit this month. (No scratching, etc. ) But -many were discussing ACV with UTI's. However, with humans, Cranberry juice works to acidify the urine & kill the bacteria. Since cats can eat cranberries, this may be a better option that Vinegar which makes it alkaline. I'm not sure if cat's urine pH is similar to humans but I would think so from the smell."

11/13/2012: Elwynevenstar from Barstow, California, Usa replies: "I don't agree with what you said about the cats being so content with staying inside all the time. I have never known a cat to agree with you either. They are ALWAYS much happier with an outside regimen. I am of course speaking of a supervised one--a limited area as you did mention--not letting them run wild. If you don't do this they are tortured--always sitting at windows gazing out at what they cannot do--a miserable existence. They need regular exercise and as long as it's supervised, there is no reason not to let them go out."
04/23/2014: Ruth from Pennsylvania replies: "I agree for the most part about letting them outside; however, I am concerned about the increase in numbers for feline aids is on the rise. Thought?"
04/24/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Ruth!

I found this of interest:

What can be done to prevent the spread of FIV?

"Cats should be kept indoors so they do not fight with a FIV-positive cat. Depending on where one lives, the rate of FIV-positive cats ranges from 4 to 24 percent. A FIV-positive cat can live with a FIV-negative cat as long as neither cat is a fighter, or the FIV-positive cat has no teeth. (FIV-positive cats commonly have severe dental disease, which often means it is necessary to remove all their teeth.)

There is a vaccine for FIV, but Best Friends does not recommend it because the vaccine does not have the best efficacy and, after a cat is vaccinated for FIV, the cat will test positive for the virus. At this point, no test can differentiate whether a cat tests positive for FIV from the vaccine or from having the infection. If a cat escapes and is picked up by local animal control, and then tested, the cat may be killed because he or she tests positive."


Raw Vs Filtered Apple Cider Vinegar

02/08/2013: T from Benton, Ar: "For cats, do you use raw, unfiltered ACV or filtered ACV? Is one better than the other? Thank you."

06/12/2013: Wen from Benton, Ar replies: "raw, unfiltered ACV with "the mother" and organic is best."

Side Effects

10/28/2012: Prism from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada: "I've been taking 1tsp of ACV with 8oz water myself for quite a while now and almost every warning is to use a straw because it can damage the enamel of our teeth. Well wouldn't it do the same thing if our pets drink it too?"

Topical Apple Cider Vinegar

09/19/2011: Cat Woman from Wellston, Ohio: "Is Apple Cider Vinegar safe to spray on cats? thanks"

Urinary Issues

Approval Ratings
NAY (1)

[NAY]  11/04/2012: Fooshcat from Grand Rapids, Mi: "With all of the positive reviews I was very hopeful for ACV. Our cat was using the litter box, but straining to urinate. It was the weekend - of course. I gave him some canned food with ACV on it and he ate it, also put a couple of drops in his water. The problem progressed into a full blockage and now he's at the emergency vet. Will have to stay for 1-2 days. I'm glad this has worked for so many people, I wish it would have for us."

09/16/2012: Nita from Harrison, Mi USA: "So I notice my cat Tinka has not been herself. She losing weight meowing a lot and urinating all over the place. I'm worried sick. So I come up on this site and going to try the apple cider remedy.. Hopefully my baby gets better because I will be devastated if anything happen to her... I will keep you guys updated on her progress. Please pray for her that this works... Any other suggestions please let me know.. Thanks guys sincerely a worried pet lover"


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