Last Modified on Nov 24, 2015
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a popular home remedy for a nearly limitless count of human ailments. Its most famous advocate, however, Dr. Jarvis of Vermont studied its use for animals just as much as with people and often found it to be an excellent natural remedy for infections, infestations, skin ailments, digestive complaints, and general health conditions. Cat owners time and again find that this most popular health remedy for pets applies to their own furry friends as well!
If you would like to use apple cider vinegar to improve your cat's health, you can add a small amount to their food or water (if your cat dislikes the taste or smell in one of these, it will often tolerate it in the other). ACV can also be diluted somewhat for topical use.
Natural Pet Cures: Fleas, ticks, upper respiratory infections, cystitis, ear infections, and ringworm have all been cured with apple cider vinegar.
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Apple Cider Vinegar for cats
I read you use apple cider vinegar for cats. Use part water, use part apple cider vinegar. My cats never have a bath and I use this method to wipe them down. Do you have to wipe or rinse off the apple cider vinegar?
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[YEA] I used a 50/50 mix of organic Apple Cider Vinegar and water. I just put a few drops of Apple Cider Vinegar in a cup, added a couple drops of water, to where its barley got any color, and dropped in a cotton ball. Then I dabbed the soaked cotton ball between his shoulders and a little on his paws, it's okay to let them lick it off. My Harley's pink eye was nearly cured by the following morning. I kept doing the Apple Cider Vinegar treatments for a couple more days to make sure the virus was gone. I would do treatments while he was eating wet food. It's the only way I could do it without him running away or being pissed at me. Lol. Good luck!
My 8 month cat is not filled out like his brothers and sister. He is skinny and does not eat very much. He has a loss of appetite and does not play like he used to. I think he might have worms. Can I give him Apple Cider Vinegar? How much in his water and food. Catherine
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[YEA] I have an older cat that every season with out fail she comes down with upper respiratory infection, she doesn't eat for days on end. This time it's been almost two weeks with out any food; however, she is drinking loads of water, so finally I had the hardest time getting her into a carrier then to the vets. It cost me $130.00 bucks and she was still the same, maybe worse. So finally I decided on vinegar, I didn't have any money at this time as it went all into the vet. However, I did have a cheap brand of ACV with no strong smell, which was absolutely great because she will not eat or drink if its been altered in any way, so I put a wee bit into her water, then a wee bit on her back as it's absorbed through the skin. Thankfully she didn't smell the vinegar and drank plenty. Prior to all this, she was spitting up a white foamy substance and her eye was terribly runny, so for the time being she is doing just great and is back to eating ok....
In response to my own message... My cat is doing even better, since her two week bout of upper respiratory infection and not eating at all//thankfully she was drinking plenty of water, since my previous post, my cat has made a turn for the better 100%// I am so happy for this site. I find so many people putting their pets to sleep rather than see them suffer, I think on a greater note I did the same thing because I spent way too much money on several rescue cats. They too had upper respiratory disease and at that time I didn't know about these natural solutions.Thank you Ted and company & friends for all your help and efforts put into this wonderful site. God Bless...
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[YEA] Thank you for all the testimonials!
I have a 16-year-old, Butch Catsidy, who has been with me since he was 3 months old. To say this cat has my heart is a huge understatement. He has always been prone to seemingly random sneezing fits. I think he has feline herpes virus, but three different vets have seen him over the years and weren't concerned about it. None of our other cats are afflicted, so I've been told it's just a fact of Butch's life.
Last Sunday, his regular sneezing turned into a full-blown URI. He got some antibiotics, as well as some Tramadol because he had basically developed nose plugs from all the discharge. Removing those so he could breathe and constantly trying to clean out his nose was apparently very painful. By Wednesday, I'd managed to remove all the blockage and keep it clear, but he wasn't eating at all. The antibiotics had nauseated him, and at one point, he threw up what looked like nothing more than nasal drainage. He had at least managed to hydrate with no problems since the illness started, but at three days with no food, I was beginning to fear the worst. Plus, he still had a rattle in his throat from phlegm. Then I saw the bottle of ACV and remembered my grandmother swore by it for all her minor ailments. I found this site when trying to determine if it was safe for cats.
Wednesday night, I put some ACV in his water. I also got some cereal because he is fascinated with bowls and spoons, and when I eat from a bowl he becomes very interested. I didn't want to give him milk, but at that point, any calories were good calories. I set up three bowls by his water dish - the milk, some gravy, and some soft canned food. By Thursday morning, he'd moved on to the gravy. So I diluted some ACV in water and rubbed some on his front paws, as well as on his neck. He continued with the gravy off and on throughout the day. I had a meeting I had to go that night, and I put more ACV on his paws and neck before I left. I was gone for about five hours, and I came home to a completely different cat than the one I left. The only rattling he was doing was purring, and he was bouncy and playful again and - most importantly - ravenous. He followed me into the kitchen and yelled at me, as he usually does, so I opened a can of his favorite sardine flavor food. He went crazy over it. We continued feeding him small meals all day and night Friday. Saturday, I was texting my husband when the sunlight caught my phone and cast a light on the back of the sofa. Butch went nuts chasing it! And his nose was totally cleared and back to pink.
Yes, he did have antibiotics, so I can't be sure how much the ACV had to do with clearing up the URI. We had given him his last one Wednesday because the nausea was so bad, and we wanted to get a different antibiotic in hopes it wouldn't upset his stomach so much. As far as I know, the ACV took over for the Clavamox and cleared the rest of the infection. At the very least, it cured the nausea and brought back his appetite.
I told my husband that a few people had said giving ACV to a cat would mess up the cat's pH balance. He's a biologist, and he said a cat would have to drink an entire bottle undiluted for that to happen, and antibiotics are more likely to throw him off balance. We barely made a dent in the bottle to get Butch back to 100%, so I'm a believer!
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I was able to heal my cat's pink eye, but he had an underlying respiratory infection that needed Vet attention. Story as follows:
Over the weekend, I realized that my 6 year old cat was not feeling well. He had just endured a move a couple of weeks prior which really stressed him out, but I noticed that he was squinting and winking his left eye a lot. By Monday morning it was swollen and had yellow discharge running from the corner. I knew I couldn't get him to the vet until the end of the week, so I searched for at-home-remedies. That's when I came across the apple cider vinegar remedy. I used this in conjunction with colloidal silver to heal his eye. This is what I did:
I bought a $5 bottle of organic apple cider vinegar from the grocery store. In a small container I mixed 1 tablespoon of vinegar with 1 tablespoon of water. I put 3 cottonballs into the solution which absorbed it all. My cat has dense, thick, long hair - so, I parted the hair at the nape of his neck as much as I could and squeezed the solution from the cottonball onto the area. I used my fingers to really work it into his skin and saturate the hair there. After squeezing the majority of the solution from the third cottonball, I took it and wiped over his bad eye making sure to remove all of the gunk build-up.
Next, I got a small bowl and mixed the same solution: 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with 1 tablespoon of water. I sat this in my bathroom sink so I wouldn't make a huge mess. I picked up my cat and saturated each foot with the solution. He did NOT like this, but I was able to get it done without too much struggle. He would then run away and lick it all off of his paws.
I did these apple cider vinegar treatments twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed starting Monday morning and ending today, which is the following Thursday.
I also have a bottle of 10ppm colloidal silver (the cost was about $12 for a 2 ounce bottle at the local health food store) that I used. I remembered colloidal silver giving me relief years ago when I had viral pink eye in both of my eyes, so after doing some research and seeing that it was safe to use on my cat - I began dropping 1-2 drops into his bad eye a couple of times a day in between the apple cider vinegar treatments.
It took a while, in fact, it wasn't until Wednesday evening that his eye started to look better. However, I knew that something just wasn't right with my baby. He was incredibly lethargic and only drank minimal amounts of water and refused to eat. I called the vet and made the appointment, the main reason being for his eye although it looked to have improved by at least 85%. When the vet saw him, she said she wasn't worried about his pink-eye, that it seemed to be healing and didn't even need any ointment. She just wanted me to continue keeping it clean. She took a rectal temp as well and it was 105 degrees. She said that a normal temperature for a cat is 101. It worried her that his pink eye was nearly healed and he still had a pretty high fever. She deduced that he had an upper respiratory infection. She gave him fluids and antibiotics so hopefully he will be on the mend soon.
I wanted to write this to let people know that the apple cider vinegar and colloidal silver method really do work wonders for pink eye, but to be careful and pay close attention to your cat because he may have more than one problem going on that the at-home-remedy isn't solving.
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Good morning everyone :-) I have just come across this site and am loving all of the positive information about ACV. I have a cat who appears to have a really bad flea infestation, she has long hair and can be very vicious so I can't see how I would be able to wash her or comb her - we have tried in the past but it has ended up with me having many cat scratches! We do feed her wet food so do I add a diluted mix of water and ACV to her meat and then do I still need to treat her topically - sorry I have to have specific instructions as my brain functions slightly differently!
We do have a second tabby cat and a lurcher - although the cats and the lurcher are segregated and don't mix with each other. Our lurcher Flo seems to have a skin problem of sores and is constantly scratching and nibbling but I can't see any fleas on her and I looked extensively
I am new to all of this so all your help and advice would be gratefully received.
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Ft Myers, Fl
[YEA] A year ago I adopted two cats from a woman; I was totally shocked at what I read in the vets.report: it said the cat was injected with the disease of Chlamydia to watch for negative results. I feel so bad for this cat as she is such a sweet loving cat.
I gave her apple cider vinegar with her cat food, it was complicated as she would not eat it because of the strong smell, so I cut the tip of fish oil cap. off and spread the oil on top of cat food and found it was eaten all up. She is getting a wee bit better but because of age not being on her side she struggles on a daily basis to live life as well as she can. I also bought an herbal mucus remover for her and that too works great wonders, this also helps her to keep her food down.
Animals have souls too. God Bless us all.
[YEA] I use a 50/50 mix with ACV and water and pour a small amount over my cat's normal dry food, I leave this for around 15 mins so all the ACV is absorbed into the food. I then mix a little nice wet food into the bowl with the ACV mix and the cat eats it up.
She doesn't love it but it's a good way to get the treatment into her.
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I'd like to see if anyone can get their cat to drink it. Take a video and see their reactions..
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[YEA] I rescue cats that people no longer want, I found that many of these cats were having problems keeping food down, I waited a few months and watched what they ate, if anything, then watched to see if they could keep/hold the food down, three didn't so I added ACV in with their food; I did this for at least a month, now two years later they are doing great and just as healthy as ever. Now on the other hand I have a cat that is picky by no fault of hers, she tries to eat but then throws it up, I try different types of wet/dry cat food, I tried to put a very small amount of ACV in her wet food and she wouldn't eat it at all. Finally after months and many times of trying I decided to take her to the vets. I paid $130.00 for what I don't know, the cat is still sick, she has a rattling sound while coughing and appears worse. I am so sad because this is the only pet I have rescued that I cannot help. Thank you.
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[YEA] I read earth clinic all the the time and I truly believe in holistic remedies for most illnesses. Last night, my 1yr old neutered male cat was straining, crying in the litter box with no production of urine. He made mutiple attempts, even found him squatting in the living room and yelping, obsessively licking his genitals. As an owner of many cats over the years, I knew exactly what we were dealing with. I just do not have the money to pay those vet bills and I KNOW there is a natural remedy that I could at least attempt before taking him to the vet. I ran to the store and bought a bottle of Apple cider vinegar, couldn't find organic with mother at the local grocery store so I settled for filtered. Immediately mixed it up with water 1 part acv, 3 parts water, put some in his water, and in his food. Pushed some through a syringe into his mouth and soaked his neck and random parts of his body so he would lick it up. Did this a few times between 6pm and 9pm and by 10pm he had peed in his box without straining. We woke up this morning and he had gone in his box even more. He is back to his playful self, eating, (reluctantly) drinking his Apple Cider Vinegar water (haha). Definately helped...I am going to continue with an organic brand for a while and see how it turns out. Definately worked as of right now. In the past, my cats would've been in emergency status at this point in a uti. I am very happy.
Make sure you dilute the Apple Cider Vinegar as much as you can, from all that I read, Holistic Vets only reccommend 1/4tsp twice a day, so they dont NEED that much but it cant hurt to push fluids. If your kitty isn't urinating at all after 12hrs he needs medical attention. That is too long to be blocked up.
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San Diego, Ca
[YEA] I found a cat roaming the streets day in and day out for over a year even during the coldest of winters, she was a ragged looking cat, small and very thin. I picked her up and brought her home and gave her can cat food where I found she couldn't hold it down for very long; also one of her eyes was closed and draining. I continued to give her cat food with ACV and opened a capsule of salmon fish oil and put it into her cat foo. It took her quite some time to adapt, but after a few months she started to gain some weight, then her bad eye stopped draining and was fully wide open. She has been with me for over a year now and she has filled out in one of the greatest ways I have ever seen, she is her normal weight, she can see better and was a shabby bunch of mangled fur, is now fluffy & beautiful. I love my animals, It's God's gift to us.
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Hope, Bc Canada
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[YEA] My cat called Kitty cost me $300 then $300 then $1450 the third time because of crystals. Had his vet told me apple cider vinegar would have helped prevent this on at least the second visit I could have saved Kitty a lot of pain and suffering not to mention three days at the vet and away from home. The end result being very little or no change at all. Kitty was going down hill quickly and I was at at my witts end and decided to try apple cider vinegar.
Within eight hours, he was my same old Kitty again.I gave him 1/4 of tsp to 1 and a half tsp water three times a day for at least four day and now twice a day. I think I will to this for ever (i have taken it myself for a couple of years).At the end of the day, I don't know if it will cure him but he seems so much more comfortable, so time will tell. By the way, I asked his vet if I could give Kitty ACV and he said it was not a good idea...I am thinking he was looking forward to another couple more visits to his surgery...also, Kitty now only has wet food with added water and no dry food at all...I feed him the "wellness"brand. Strangly the other vet at the same clinic said to never give him dry food but the first vet at the same clinic recommended that I give Kitty the brand they sell. Hmmmmmm
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I would like to give my 13 yr. old cat apple cider vinegar. Could you please advise the dose she is generally unwell, still eating and drinking.also has skin problems. What is the dilution ratio to bathe her coat.
Kind regards, Marlene
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