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Apple Cider Vinegar for Cats

Jul 30, 2016

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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Posted by Christina (Atlanta, Ga) on 05/26/2015

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?

Replied by Wendy
Columbus, Oh
No, you do not need to wipe down the cat after applying the Apple Cider Vinegar/water solution. Just let the cat air-dry.
Replied by Sarah
Will doing this help my fixed male cat with his frequent UTIs? I was also thinking of mixing half milk and half water, is this safe for my cats if it will help him drink more to stay hydrated and prevent this problem in the future?

EC: Hi Sarah,

Please see Earth Clinic's cystitis in cats page for more information. Apple Cider Vinegar is the top remedy.

Posted by Ashley (Texas, US) on 02/05/2015
5 out of 5 stars

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!

Posted by Bandit (Corona, Ca) on 01/13/2015

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

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Bandit!

You certainly could give your kitty ACV, however what you describe does not sound like worms.

In a severe infestation of worms you would see worms in the stool, blood in the stool, and a big belly on a skinny cat. The lack of appetite and weight loss sound something else - diabetes or a renal condition.

Some cats are just skinny cats, some are just genetically formatted to be fat cats - so take that into consideration. But a skinny cat with no appetite that is lethargic, that sleeps a lot that goes off by himself to be alone... if that were my cat I would see the vet.

Replied by Anna
My cat had worms and I never knew until he threw one up. Medication wouldn't make him better and he was still sick-I didn't know what was wrong because he had a wormer at the vet more than a month earlier-sure enough he had worms, they were so bad the stongid didnt touch them. He was eating ok and he didnt have a bloated stomach etc.
Replied by Texas Cat Woman
Nevada, Currently
We were rescuing a small colony - one Momma cat, 3 litters and 1 litter from one of her babies of the 3rd litter. We had one kitty that was not gaining weight as he should have been. When he turned 5 months old we took him in for vaccinations. Neutering was the following month. Anyway, he was very very very upset. It really caused him quite a bit of trauma. When we got home and he was out of the carrier, the first thing he began doing was wheezing, and as I was coming to him, he tossed up the most giant hairball I have ever seen in my 60 years of caring for cats. So......maybe.....some butter in his mouth? Maybe massage his tummy? and I believe it was Dr. Becker that shared that kitties throats are not vertical! They are horizontal! Good to know when it comes to helping coax something up.
Replied by Karen
West Australia
It's his diet. What are you feeding? Processed pet food?

Posted by Diamond (Ma., US) on 11/07/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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...

Replied by Lauren
Maryland, US
Hello, was it the dark color of ACV or the Clear kind?
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Lauren!

It is the dark kind, but it is very specifically the Apple Cider Vinegar that is organic, raw/unpasturized, 'with the mother'/live cultures type. The clear or white vinegar is mainly used for cleaning or pickling.

Replied by Jessica
Dayton, Ohio, United States
Will regular vinegar work as well?
Replied by Sandra
New Mexico, US
The clear regular vinegar will not help. It must be organic Apple Cider Vinegar or any other Raw-Unpasteurized/filtered vinegar
Replied by Gala
New York

Can you please let me know the dose of the ACV you gave to your cat?

When did your cat start eating again? My cat hasn't eaten for 4, and has diarrhea. How did you get your cat to eat again?

Thank you.

Replied by Jaylynn444
San Diego

Just like humans, animals need a clean, healthy diet too. When people eat McDonalds, non-organic cows milk, and other junk food, it makes them sick. If cats are fed "junk food" (read the ingredients! If there are bi-products, throw it out! Trader Joes has a few very inexpensive cat foods that have pretty healthy ingredients! ) they will get sick too. The brand "Blue" is really healthy, but it is a bit pricey. Your cat getting sick every year is MORE expensive though. My kitties LOVE the Trader Joes Holistic Cat food! It's also healthier for them to have both dry and wet food. I keep their bowl filled w/dry food, and at night I give them a tablespoon of wet food (Trader Joes) as a treat. When I say "do you guys want your dinner"? They come running! Btw, my cats have never gotten sick, ever. I'm a Holistic Nutritionist, and I've been studying the effects of food on people for over 11 years. Most illnesses, diseases, etc. are preventable - and curable by the same thing - a clean, healthy diet. Think about this - when was the last time your heard about a wild animal getting cancer, or allergies? They don't. Only animals fed by humans get sick if they're not fed a clean diet. Good luck, I hope this helps!

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Jaylynn!

I DITTO you on the human junk food; junk in = junk out, in the form of health troubles.

I tried to search out the food you recommended and could not find it under Trader Joes. The TJ brand of pet food IMHO is not suitable for pets because of the high grain content, which is associated with UTIs in pets. Despite repeated searches I could only find a 'bench & field' holistic brand that appears to be sold by TJ's which does appear to be superior to BB and the TJ's in house brands of kibble.

As always with any diet we feed our pets it pays to read the ingredient label; if you see grains in the first few ingredients it is probably better to skip that brand and move on to a grain free diet.

Replied by Stephanie
Hopewell Virginia
Hi, does the ACV have to be the organic unpasturized kind? Because after reading about the uses for ACV I went and bought some ACV and didnt think to look at the ingredients. I got the White House brand of ACV, its dark colored but I don't see any where on the bottle that its raw or unpasturized, but it does say it's all natural will it still work?
Replied by Emma
El Paso
No -- you must have the mother in it. It will be junky looking at the bottom, be packaged in GLASS -- not plastic -- and cost between $4 and $10 for a small bottle. a lot of cost for vinegar; a very small cost for health.
Replied by Norma
Where do you buy ACV with mother? One of my indoor cats came down with a respiratory infection and I need to purchase the ACV as quickly as possible. I only have regular ACV which I understand does not work. He runs from me and hides under tables and beds after I tried putting terramycin onto his eyes.

I also care for 17 outside feral cats and some have infections.

What is the best dosage and method of getting the ACV into these cats/kittens?

EC: Most grocery stores now sell organic and raw apple cider vinegar with "the mother". If not, your local health food store will carry it!

Replied by John
Memphis, Tn
Cats in the wild do not, for the most part, live as long either. In the wild a cat living for 20-25 years is unheard of as they are eaten, or something happens to them. Some may but overall most don't like most humans do not live to be 100+ either.
Replied by Laura Leveque
5 out of 5 stars
Could you please let me know your thoughts about ACV on Persians? They tend to have delicate immune systems. What are your thoughts on raw local honey added to a cat's diet?
Replied by Luisa
Sun City
My cats have been on the Trader Joe's diet and one of my cats has lost a lot of fur since. I went to this holistic pet store and she told me she might have food allergies. She looked up the ingredients and said that some of the them weren't good. I now am switching to Feline caviar free spirit holistic. Hopefully she can get her beautiful fluffy coat back just like she had before.

Posted by Bettierage (Baltimore, Maryland) on 10/06/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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!

Replied by Anne
New Zealand
I'm wanting to use ACV on my cat, but didn't want to go ahead until I found out how and where to apply it and in what strength. I know the benefits of ACV, and I have started taking the Organic one again, as I sometimes have trouble accessing lemons to have a warm drink in the morning before breakfast. This column has been helpful, as I dont like giving my cat the flea and worm treatment in one, because it is so unnatural and costs $22 a month. I was treating her about 3 monthly with it and using a comb in the summer months to try and keep on top of the flea problem. I read a few comments on this forum that have been helpful and assured me that I would like to try her with ACV.

One thing I would like to share with readers is that I use colloidal silver a lot as a natural antibiotic. Putting it on a wound from a cat fight and giving it to her orally has ensured that it is working similar to an antibiotic, but without side effects. I keep it up for a few days. I use the liquid and sometimes the jelly form. It is great on burns too. It is something that the koala bears should have been treated with when they had burnt paws from the Australian forest fires. It brings almost instant relief and avoids blistering from my experience when used on a person, so judging by that, it must eliminate lingering suffering for animals. I can't sing its praises enough. I do recommend the strength 10ppm (parts per million) at least. I hope this is helpful to many readers. It has many other uses including use for viral infections, parvo virus with dogs, parasites, etc., etc. Google it and you will find it deals to hundreds of different ailments, diseases and viruses.

All the Best in seeking the best natural treatments for your pets!

Replied by Suseeq
Sydney, Australia
Everything you say is about collidial silver is absolutely true. I also add it to the dogs drinking water and they are both in good health one is 13 years old , yes it's a shame they didn't treat the koalas as it would have given so much relief, but what do we know we are just the dumb public. Thank goodness there are people like us always willing to help our animals in every way.
Replied by Jean
Killingly, Ct
What is ACV?

EC: ACV = Apple Cider Vinegar

Replied by Saundra
Hendersonville, Nc
To Butch's mom: I can SO identify with you! I have a 15 y.o. orange tabby named Lucky & he's been with me through SO much! Last night I put Adam's flea spray on him & he stayed drooling. This got me a little worried because of his age, & he's a little thin, which worries me in & of itself. (But he can still have attitude; that's for sure! ) After & in the bath, I saw tons of fleas on his belly, mainly; cuz I cleaned his face & head pretty well of fleas. He slept in the warm bathroom last night. I sprayed the apple cider vinager on him this morning & no drooling reactions like before. I'm hoping that will get rid of the fleas because with 5 cats-even though they're indoor only-the fleas are a huge problem! Your post caught my eye cuz you obviously love your cat very, very much, as I do mine. If you want to contact me (to share cat superiors or something; or share any tips on caring for aging cats - it was of great interest to me to hear how Apple Cider Vinegar helped your baby.

Posted by Candice (Mesquite, Texas) on 09/18/2014

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.

Replied by Diamond
Ma., US
5 out of 5 stars
Candice; This is rather odd that the first page I hit coming into this forum was your site. I'm saying this because I have a now 12 year old cat that has upper respiratory infections for quite some time. A vet. treated her (very expensive) only to find it did nothing for her. She was going way down on her weight so bad I was crying and ready to put her to sleep, when I found that it is safe to give our pets ACV. After two weeks I was at wits end so I decided to try the ACV and with-in less than a day her watery eyes cleared up & no more signs of being terribly sick. She was back to eating constantly and wanting even more food. Even though she is 12 years young she loves beating up my dog/ and being a Bruce Lee type model she give him the karate chop and puts him in his place. I'm not too keen on antibiotics as I almost lost my own life via these conventional meds//antibiotics and a close call of a heart attack. Also I lost a cat with wrong usage of meds.via yet another Vet. The saddest thing ever was the Vet called me at home that same eve. to ask if my cat was dead yet(?) What a promising life for this Vet I must say.

Posted by Danusia (Salisbury, Uk) on 09/10/2014

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.


Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Danusia!

If you cannot handle your cat, that is a shame, as getting the fleas off via bath and coming is so effective. You might try cutting your cat's claws and using a bathing bag or grooming bag.

That said, adding the ACV to the food helps repel fleas by alkalizing your cat; the balanced PH makes your cat less appealing of a meal for fleas. Some folks actually spray or dip their cats in an ACV solution to topically repel the fleas. If your cat is taking the ACV in his meat you are off to a good start. Another way to alkalize - and this would also be of benefit to the lurcher - is to add baking soda to their drinking water - a maintenance dose would be 1/4 teaspoon to 1 liter of water, and this their only drinking water.

For the lurcher, you might also try a good bath and then a dip in Ted's Mange Remedy; even if he does not have mange of any kind, the solution does a good job of cleansing the skin.

FYI I am also a fellow lurcher lover here! I no longer have 'Leo the Lurcher' but he sure was a hoot and thief to boot!

Please let us know your results!

Replied by Om
Hope, Bc Canada
Hi Danusa ----

Reading on "untouchable" cats, can you lure him or dump him into a cat carrier. Then put the carrier into a tote. Fill with ACV 50/50 water and slosh it a bit, talking nicely with soothing sounds. Take top off a chink, and spray ACv mixture on head and back 'cause you have not scared him by filling up more than 2/3rd. The fleas would have climbed up above shoulders.

Let it sit for about ten mins. Then release the sweetie in a limited area where he can shake. Or in a sunny spot.

You could also use unsaturated Borax in the mix which is really effective.

Meditate on it and then proceed.

Namaste, Om

Replied by Diamond
I read over a year ago to mix either lavender oil or peppermint oil with lemon juice and water then put it in a spray bottle & spray away and it does wonders for all my pets.
Replied by Rj
Atlanta, Ga
1 out of 5 stars

Essential Oils should only be used by a professional, they can be very strong on our animals. I think both would be too strong for their noses though the peppermint is great for keeping the critters away. And being that they groom I would not want that in my cats or dogs internally. I keep a peppermint and water mixture around at all times for ants and other crawlers inside and outside of the home.

There's a product called Garlic Barrier which I mix with water (1/4 cup to a pint of water) and lightly mist them with that before they go out on the deck; keeps mosquitoes away.

There's also Diatomaceous Earth which, from what I hear can also be put in a spray bottle but I have only applied to the animal while protecting OUR lungs/noses with a bandana or mask.

Small amounts of garlic in the food does the trick too.

Best! ;-)

Replied by Lauren
Texas, US
1 out of 5 stars

Peppermint and Citrus (lemon) are toxic to cats. Please do NOT spray your cat with these oils. They can slowly build or have quick negative effects, leading to death.
Replied by Phyllis
Tuscumbia, Alabama
5 out of 5 stars
I completely agree about the essential oils, but need to caution about garlic. I have two Boston Terriers who have Epilepsy and I discovered through elimination that after a while it increased the frequency of seizures.

What I use for flea prevention is Artemisia Combination by Nature's Sunshine once a month. One of the ingredients is sweet wormwood and parasites can't live in wormwood. While it also has garlic, giving it only once a month doesn't seem to have had a bad effect as far as seizures are concerned. I haven't even seen a flea in over two years and they've never tested positive for any kind of worms. So we prevent a number of parasites with one stone.

Replied by Diamond
Ma., US
I agree about the garlic. Also I used Lavender oil & lemon juice one time over two years ago and my pets are doing just great....

Replied by Sarah
I treated a flea infestation using diatomaceous earth. I sprinkled all it liberally over the cats regularly (once a day), and used a fine sieve and sprinkled it all over my floors - carpeted and wooden and tiles - and left it to sit for a week. I vacuumed it up and then treated it again to be certain. It cleared up a really bad flea infestation really well.
Replied by Rootdr
Ft Myers, Fl
No diatomacious earth unless you want your entire house covered in white powder. No orange oil unless you want to burn them badly. and the answer for many skin conditions in cats is brushing and then aloe from an aloe plant applied to the skin. Works like a charm. I will be trying the Apple Cider Vinegar for their remaining fleas. Thanks so much for that.
Replied by Linda
I just bought peppermint spray for dogs and cats. I've sprayed both, now I hear don't spray peppermint on cats. Why?
Replied by Suseeq
Sydney Australia
Peppermint oil is harmful to cats if ingested.

Posted by Diamond (Ma.) on 09/10/2014
5 out of 5 stars

A year ago I adopted two cats from a woman; I was totally shocked at what I read in the 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.

Posted by Jd (UK) on 08/27/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Good luck

Replied by Diamond
I read some where that ACV diluted can be put on a cats back/ fur, and I am assuming to get the same results, I do it for my cats.

Posted by Sandy (Phoenix, AZ) on 08/27/2014

I'd like to see if anyone can get their cat to drink it. Take a video and see their reactions..

Replied by Roza
That's my question too.. I am having difficulty giving ACV to my cat through syringe...she keeps on spitting it and she has bubbles on her mouth..pls help! My cat has urinary infection and I wanna help her.
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Roza!

You might try 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt into some wet cat food as a remedy for your kitty. Feed it just once - no need to repeat.

To get your cat to take the ACV, make sure you have the right kind; raw, organic, 'with the mother'/live cultures. Take 1 part ACV and 10 parts water and dip your cat's paw in the solution; your cat will lick her paw to dry it and she will ingest the ACV in that way. Dip paw in solution as often as needed until you feel good about the amount she has taken in.

Replied by Diamond
Ma., US
Roza... Using a syringe in a pets mouth is not good, if not administered properly she could aspirate and die. There is a certain way to do it. Also I found a better way to cover up the smell of ACV I was reading a journal where it is safe to use pure honey/ or what is called honey pacifica I used the pure honey very small amount and put it in her water, she is now drinking ACV & honey .

To the person with the wild cat(?) I have one the same, in order for me to get her with the ACV is to have solution ready, when the cat is sleeping, sneak up on her with wet cloth// or sponge or cotton ball then gently and very quickly apply then run. Smile. But that's how I get it on her.

Posted by Diamond (Mass., US) on 08/07/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Sharon
Wayland, NY
That is heartbreaking to hear about the rattling cat and how you paid $130.00 to the Vet that was no help. I too have a cat with the same problem and no idea what else to do to help him. I also rescue cats and made my mission in life to pay for spay/neutering for stray/feral cats.
Replied by Rj
Atlanta, Ga
Have both of you thought about syringing down a diluted AV?
Replied by Jackie Page
New York, Ny
Syringing fluids down a cats throat is never a great idea. It can easily get into the lungs, which can cause Aspiration Pneumonia. Especially with something "pungent" like Apple Cider Vinegar - which can cause them to gag on it.

I would just add a few drops to a strongly flavored and/or irresistible food - Like Tuna or Tuna Water (Which is not good to feed to cats regularly, but, once in a while, it's OK). Or on a slice of Chicken/Turkey/Roast Beef. Or, maybe in a small amount of Meat Baby Food (Gerber's Stage 1).

Replied by Diamond
Ma., US
When this cat is sick she will not eat any thing at all, I have tried and failed, however she will eat the dry moist and still this is not helping her any at all, she is rapidly losing weight. It's been like a little over a week and all she eats is a small amount of moist cat bits. The vet couldn't help her and neither can I. She eats when ever she can or feels up to it. Also she knows if I put any thing in her food, she is an expert on sniffing her food and knows. :-) When she is feeling better she is some funny little hellion on wheels, I just adopted a rough-tough dog a Wheaten/Terrier mix; My cat gives the dog the evil stare and walks up to him and gives him a Bruce Lee chop; Claws and all. Too funny. I love my mentals.
Replied by Debbie
Portslade Uk
Hi, I would give your cat virgin coconut oil. You can spread it on your cats paws and she/he will eat it that way. Look it up on here. It has many, many health benefits.
Replied by Beverly
Oregon, US
USE milk thistle .. one drop per pound of body weight. over a few days they will begin to eat and gain weight.

Posted by Sarah (Rhode Island) on 07/29/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Maurya
Santa Barbara
I'm going to mix distilled water and ACV now to help Gilly, my male cat. Say a prayer for Gilly. Thanks M
Replied by Chris
Ct., US
I would NOT recommend feeding your cat dry, kibbled food, especially if there is a history of urinary tract problems.If you are feeding your cat mainly dry food, I ask you to please research this topic and share the info with others. I suspect it has caused urinary tract blockage with one of my cats before, as well as several of my friends has some good info posted by a veterinarian.

Once I fed my cat canned food-only (canned food is water-rich) there was never again any urinary tract problems. I would suggest only feeding dry food in small amounts as a treat.

If you are feeding a large amount of homeless cats and must give them dry food, then I would recommend giving a dry food that is formulated for urinary health. There are commercial brands available that are reasonably priced.
Replied by Paula Osullivan
Oceanside, .Ca
My rescue kitty male 8 years old neutered has always used his litter box he was crying then urinated on the carpet in front of me.That was a first. I don't have money for money for vet bills.but managed to get him to vet..they wanted to do test but I didn't have the $ so they checked his bladder - it was empty - good sign.Gave me antibiotics/amoxicillin for him for a week.I thought he was better ..but 2 days after antibiotics were finished he was crying in litter box again.

Do you think ACV would work? He's very picky I don't know if I can even get him to drink diluted ACV..any response would be much appreciated.thanks you..Concerned MaMa in Oceanside Ca.

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Mama!

I get my cats to take ACV by mixing it into wet/canned cat food. 3 tablespoons to 1 cat wet food stirred really well. I will use a can of tuna ifI am out of canned cat food. The strong smell of the canned food seems to hide the scent of the ACV and the strong flavor masks the ACV and my cats take it without issue. I will add extra water so it is really soupy to get them to take in *more* water/ACV, so they have to lap it down to get to the meaty chunks of the meal.

Replied by Jan
San Diego, Ca
To: paula o'sullivan 8/6/2015 pets urination:

Once my cat cried and urinated -vet found he was CONSTIPATED/blocked up. He was trying to defecate, but only urine would come out. They gave him an enema + fluids. You can do this yourself.

Posted by Diamond (Mass., US) on 07/27/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Om
Hope, Bc Canada
How wonderful to read your story of rescue kitty. It is so uplifting. I have done this most of my adult life and have now just six cats, one big dog and a rescue poodle in my care. And there is so much love.

Thank you. Namaste, Om

Replied by Rae
God bless you, I have two cats and feed lots of strays and some of them are in bad shape.

Posted by Sylvia (Townsville Qld Australia) on 05/09/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Sylvia!

Congrats on finding a remedy to aid your kitty!

I did wish to add that its very likely your vet had no idea about the health benefits of ACV; its simply not taught in vet schools. Olde timey vets may suggest a home remedy, but the new, fresh out vet school in the last 10 year types will simply have no clue. 20 years ago I advised an avian specialist vet about adding ACV to the water of my flock of 200 birds - this to treat the water to discourage parasites as opposed to metronidazole; a couple years later I heard from another bird keeper about this same vet now suggesting adding white vinegar to the drinking water of a large flock to discourage parasites. Clearly something was lost in translation, ie ACV vs white vinegar - but at least the specialist vet was paying attention to the birdkeeper [with the specialist experience].

Kudos on treating your cat - and for going with your gut on the wet food!

Replied by Sylvia
Hi Theresa, Thank for your feedback. Kitty is still doing great but I watch him constantly for any change. A friend of mine (who is not really into the ACV thing) suggested I give Kitty ACID URINE tablets twice a day with food. The tablets contain ammonium chloride.Have you heard of these and do you think if I start Kitty on them, I should continue with the ACV. Once again any info or advice would be helpfull. Thanks again.
Replied by Michelle
Winnipeg Canada
Thank you for your post! I had an identical experience and spent nearly as much as you at the vet. Leaving frustrated but relieved my cat was still alive after a scare where at the time I felt like I had no choice. Anyways I am also having great success with the ACV. I'm just thrilled that he doesn't automatically lick himself now after urinating. I'm also giving him "rescue remedy" which is well known for alleviating emotional stress. I also agree that it's hard to trust the vet when they are profiting from both their prescription food and the treatment follow ups. A family friend had a cat that also had this problem and after many return visits to the vet they did the ultimate surgery to turn their male cat into a female. They spent 10k on their cat when all was said and done! I would luv to know if you received this response pls send me an quick note to let me know I'm trying to figure out this website and connect to others like yourself. Thanks all the best to you! Cheers, Michelle

Posted by Marlene (Australia) on 04/02/2014

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

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Marlene!

For oral dosing, you can add three teaspoons of raw, unfiltered, 'with the mother' type ACV to a tall glass of pure water; if she won't drink it willingly, you could use a syringe to get it down her; tip her head back and insert the plastic tip of the syringe into the corner of her mouth and gently drip it into her mouth. If that is not an option, you could stick her leg into the glass of prepared ACV solution and get the fur soaked down to the skin; the act of licking herself dry will cause her to ingest the ACV solution.

For bathing, although you do not indicate what sort of skin issues your girl is experiencing, you can take 1 part ACV and 10 parts water and use this as a rinse after first thoroughly rinsing any shampoo off of her. Since you want the ACV to remain on wet on her skin for as long as possible, towel her off but don't towel her dry - and then place her in a warm room until she is thoroughly dry and cannot take a chill.

Good luck with your senior girl!

Replied by Robin Astby
I would not be giving any small amount of Apple Cider Vinegar to Cats as it is Alkaline forming. Other Vinegars are Acid forming. Any small excess into Alkaline PH you are messing with trouble & cats will not be able to 'Pee'. It is a Vet. emergency to be able to get cat to pee again usually with antibiotics & other meds. Any Vet will tell you this. Needing an Acid diet of meat.
Replied by Gracious
Blue Mts. Nsw Australia
Re using Apple Cidar Vinegar for cats and the fact it is alkaline. The ideal, from my experience, is to give it to them 2 wks on, 1-2 wks off, then repeat. Watching how your cat responds and modify the dosage and frequency accordingly.

Both humans and animals respond best when treatments are given to assist the body to 'heal itself' - continuously giving ANY treatment does not enable the body to do so. For those with open minds [and for us who question Medical intervention AND cost] this statement can make sense.

It is vital that all cat devotees stop feeding their feline buddies all the 'stuff' that most vet's are saying they have to have. [the industry is polluted by manufacturer's giving large incentives to promote their products] AND we need to research/think about what Cat's would naturally eat before they were domesticated. e.g. eggs [yolks only] - ANY meat they could get hold of and particular poultry [many red meats are way too RICH for them or if they found even dead they would only eat a little of] and yes even SOME herbs!

NO felines need DRY FOOD! They are loaded with chemicals AND sodium which is ONE of the reasons cats are now getting Kidney issues younger and younger.

Yearly vaccinations are also NOT necessary -they bombard the body with chemicals and ONE only dose of most of them are effective for the life of a cat. AND... yes I realize this is another issue.

When we stop and use our own good common sense about WHAT a Cat needs to be healthy and do lots of research about Natural Treatments and Remedies, our cats will all be a lot healthier and we can be Happier as we know we are giving our Buddies the healthiest life we can.

THANK YOU for this wonderful site where Animal Lovers can share their experiences of what works. :-)

Replied by Om
Hope, Bc. Canada
Gracious from Blue Mtn, Austr.---- thanks for your post. I heartily agree. I once asked a vet if he had ever heard of cats attacking cow/bull for food. He had never thought of it. The fact is: watch nature. Cats eat small fry and that is the food for them. Large animal's meat could be toxic for them.

Much is a lucrative business through public ignorance. Save your money and think, not THIMK.

Namaste, Om

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Gracious!

I LOVE this: "Both humans and animals respond best when treatments are given to assist the body to 'heal itself' - continuously giving ANY treatment does not enable the body to do so..."

This is so true! Thanks for the reminder!