Apple Cider Vinegar for Cats

Last Modified on Oct 07, 2014

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 Bettierage (Baltimore, Maryland) on 10/06/2014

[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!

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.

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.

Danusia

Posted by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
09/10/2014
641 Posts
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!

Posted by Om
Hope, Bc Canada
09/10/2014
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

Posted by Diamond
Ma.
09/10/2014
34 Posts
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.
Posted by Rj
Atlanta, Ga
09/18/2014
2 Posts
[WARNING!]   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! ;-)

Posted by Lauren
Texas, US
10/07/2014
[WARNING!]   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.
Posted by Phyllis
Tuscumbia, Alabama
10/07/2014
[YEA]   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.

Posted by Diamond (Ma.) on 09/10/2014

[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.

Posted by Jd (UK) on 08/27/2014

[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.

Good luck

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..

Posted by Roza
Philippines
09/02/2014
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.
Posted by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
09/03/2014
641 Posts
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.

Posted by Diamond (Mass., US) on 08/07/2014

[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.

Posted by Sharon
Wayland, NY
08/15/2014
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.
Posted by Rj
Atlanta, Ga
09/19/2014
2 Posts
Have both of you thought about syringing down a diluted AV?
Posted by Jackie Page
New York, Ny
09/21/2014
5 Posts
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).

Posted by Sarah (Rhode Island) on 07/29/2014

[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.

Posted by Maurya
Santa Barbara
09/30/2014
I'm going to mix distilled water and ACV now to help Gilly, my male cat. Say a prayer for Gilly. Thanks M

Posted by Diamond (Mass., US) on 07/27/2014

[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.

Posted by Om
Hope, Bc Canada
07/27/2014
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

Posted by Rae
Charlestonsc
09/07/2014
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

[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

Posted by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
05/09/2014
641 Posts
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!

Posted by Sylvia
Australia
05/17/2014
2 Posts
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.

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

Posted by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
04/03/2014
641 Posts
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!

Posted by Robin Astby
Australia
04/16/2014
2 Posts
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.
Posted by Gracious
Blue Mts. Nsw Australia
06/14/2014
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. :-)

Posted by Om
Hope, Bc. Canada
06/15/2014
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

Posted by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
06/15/2014
641 Posts
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!

Posted by Jean (Derby, Kansas) on 12/01/2012

My cat has hyperthyroid fast hart beat drinks alot -of water. the blood test for this $32 dollars $34 office call. The thyroid food you get at the vet. Small bag-dry food $23 dollars. a case can food $50 dollars.

i spent $200.00 so for on just her ears and other things. so I no how much vet bills can be. so I think any one wants to try avc and it helps your pet that is a good thing. As long as you are doing right by your pet you have the right to take of pet - without anyone telling otherwise. and will try avc.

Posted by Carrie (Leichhardt, Qld/ipswich Australia) on 09/18/2012

Hi I was reading about giving my cat apple cider vinegar for uti and would like to add it to her water, but can not find how much to add, also will this hurt the other cats and the dog as they share the same water.

Posted by Belil
Los Angeles, California
05/11/2013
The usual suggestion by most people seems to be 3 parts (Filtered) water to 1 part Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother).

BTW. If you're going to feed it to your pet in a dropper, then make sure the dropper was not used for medicine, any chemicals, residues of any kind. If you suspect the dropper was used for anything (even non chemicals such as food etc.) then wash inside the bottle & all parts of the items, rinse reallllllllllly well to make sure no soap, chemicals of any kind are left on it before use.

I would not suggest just using alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to clean but if you do, then make sure that is also rinsed really well with (filtered) water.

Posted by Ruth (Holyoke, Mass) on 08/01/2012

My cat Snuggly poom had tapeworms last year and the vet gave him medicine and they dissappeared. But now he is sick again but this time I see no worms coming out of his rectum, his coat is dull looking, not eating moist can foods, peeing in different places around the apartment, looks very skinny, walks very slow does not play like he loves too. Can I try ACV for Snuggly?Do you think it's Hookworms?

Posted by Maria
Sour Lake, Tx
12/13/2012
that sounds like uti or kidney problem if your cat is old better than canned food feed it raw meat which is a species appropriate diet hope this helps along w the ACV
Posted by Arden
Hudson, Nh
10/22/2013
Hi Ruth- trying something like ACV is a good idea, but with the symptoms you described you need to get him to a vet for a diagnosis. Anorexia in a cat is particularly troubling as this can kick off liver problems. By rejecting food and changing his bahavior he is telling you that something is really wrong. In addition, whatever is going on with your little guy is severe and long-term enough to have affected his coat. Best wishes to you and to Snuggly poom.

Posted by Sharon (New Orleans, La, Us) on 02/26/2012

[YEA]  My 13 year old grey tabby Prince Leo of Prytania Street came down with chronic diarrhea when we moved. The move was very stressful. Initially the vet and I thought that it was stress related from moving since his annual physical and blood tests revealed that he was in excellent health organ wise. He had also lost a pound since moving and he has always been a lean muscular indoor/outdoor kitty.

You name it, I had every blood screening test done for liver, heart, diabetes, thyroid and whatever else was available including urinalysis. This is a somewhat "boutique" veterinary practice that is solely dedicated to cats so it is pricey, we're talking annual physicals w/shots at over $450. Urinalysis and fecal testing was extra as well as the various blood testing panels which put the bill a little over $900. The vet thought that it could be the possibility of aging or some kind of bacteria issue. She was convinced that since nothing else was wrong with him that this could be controlled since everything else had been ruled out. He had never been sick before and has never had to be medicated for anything.

I wasn't crazy about antibiotics but agreed that my poor guy was so miserable that we should go ahead and get rid of whatever evil bacteria was causing the problem as parasites had already been ruled out and follow up with a course of probiotics. The vet also was insistent on a ZD prescription diet to the tune of $35/4lb bag as well as an anti-inflammatory and vitamin B12 subcutaneous injections since it appeared that he was not absorbing nutrients from his food.

Within three days of the antibiotics the frequency of Leo's bowel movements dropped from 6/7 to 3/4 a day but still diarrhea. After 8 days of tricking leo into eating the two pills with the greenie pill pocket we were ready to start the probiotic phase that included capsules and a stool firming paste. We were to start the Prednisolone and B12 injections after 10 days of administering the probiotics, at which time I was to come pick up the prescription and report Leo's reactions. After the 10 days Leo was still having the diarrhea but the frequency of bowel movements did not increase.

Because we were administering so many different medications I decided to hold off on the B12 injections and tricked Prince Leo into eating the first Prednisolone with a greenie pill pocket on Wednesday the 22nd. It was administered at 6:30 PM that evening. By 9:30 PM Leo was vomiting profusely and having extreme diarrhea, he would not eat or drink any fluids. I immedidately got online researching diarrhea in cats and found Earth Clinic.

I always have Raw Organic Unfiltered ACV with "the mothers" since I am a vegetarian and make my own salad dressings. I also researched food. I was up all night administering the 1/4 teaspoon to 8oz filtered water with a water syringe (the kind you get from the vet to wash down medication) in three hour intervals. It was very difficult to get him to ingest the vinegar solution so I made sure that I applied some liberally to his paws since cats always lick themselves clean. I also did the 50/50 solution to the back of his neck massaging into the skin. I continued to coax Leo into drinking water and letting him rest.

Cats are not designed to eat grains which is a common ingredient in all cat foods. Notice those prescription diets never say GRAIN FREE!! I researched grain free cat foods and knew that one of my local grocery stores carried a human food grade grain free cat food by Wellness. The store opened at 7:00 AM and I can assure you I was the FIRST customer!! I avoided any of the fish flavors and stuck with the chicken, turkey & beef/chicken combo.

Whenever Leo hears a can opening he runs to the kitchen, although he was very weak, he sashayed his way in. I put a little of the oral solution I had mixed up in with two tablespoons of the cat food and some water. He gobbled it down immediately. Then went to lie down. He kept it down too!! I let him eat as much as he wants whenever he paws at me for food. He is now beginning to "fill out" in the spine area and his coat is glossy and silky. His stools are still soft but are beginning to form like mini logs and he is urinating just fine.

Who'd have thought a $6 bottle of organic ACV with "mothers" would be such a miracle cure. I will be continuing with this treatment until his stools are firm and then will cut back to 3 to 5 drops in his food for the future. This website is now my #1 bookmark for myself and Leo's health!!

Note: It is very important not to use ACV full strength from the bottle. Follow the dilutions and you will see improvement within 24 hours. Be prepared for the bowel movements to be very odorous!! To me that must be the bad bacteria being pushed out.

Posted by Jenn
Brantford, Ontario, Canada
02/27/2012
3 Posts
What about adding it to your cat's food? Since they eat & drink it mixes together anyway, right? I'm adding the water/vinegar mixture in his canned food to make it a little runnier, since he doesn't want to eat much, I find I can get him to eat more if I do this... He likes the canned food with the 'gravy' like consistency... And if giving him the ACV will help in anyway & also just to help keep him hydrated, this is what I started doing. Along, with also using the vinegar/water mixture for his drinking water.
Posted by Sharon
New Orleans, La, Us
02/28/2012
Hi Jenn, Yes I do add it to his food now for oral ingestion but I still dilute when I add as Leo has been through so much. He will not drink his water if I add a few drops to it at all. So I do add it to his food. I am still doing the topical as well. He is doing much better and is eating like a little piggy. Although his bowel movements are still very runny they are down to 2 to max 3 a day. He has definitely gained weight over the past 5 days and I have realized he did not require the B12 as he is definitely absorbing the nutrients. The grain free diet is a huge improvement. Once he has stabilized further and gained at least another half pound I will be switching him to a specialized enzyme and probiotic formula developed especially for cats who are eating a non raw food diet.
Posted by Kate
Chicago, Il
03/01/2012
Have you tried pumpkin puree for your cat? One of my cats got stress-related diarrhea and the pumpkin cleared it up immediately. You can mix it in their food or give it to them alone (some will eat it, some won't). All it takes is about 1 tsp twice a day for a few days. Works for dogs, too. :-)
Posted by Kg6170
Roanoke, Va
04/27/2012
I know this was posted a while back, but for those whose cats have occasional runny diarrhea, in addition to pumpkin puree, acidophilis can fix up your cat's tummy fast. My persian seems to have bouts of diarrhea with every change of the season, I add some acidophilis powder to his food and his stools go back to normal within a day or two. They make a special powder to mix in with your cats food, I think it's more palattable to them then made-for-people kind, my cats love it.
Posted by Servane
Manchester, England
08/02/2012
I read your story with interest as I've also been looking at the benefits of using ACV, in particular instead of the commercial pet treatments which I'm reasoning can't be good for them. One thing that I firmly believe about cats is their diet, cat food as you mentioned contains many things that cats can't digest. They are designed to eat raw meat and bones. I slowly changed our cats diet last year and with that came shiny coats, more energy, good teeth and NO smelly poos. So much information on the internet on how to do this. I urge all pet owners to look into it.
Posted by Nickie
Ruislip, Middlesex England
11/01/2012
13 Posts
Re; Servane's comments. My very fussy cat was running me ragged with her finicky eating as I had to continually try new brands to tempt her palate. Then I read the blurb on the tin, put out by one of the 'top' brands, and saw it only contained 4% protein. Figured I was paying £52 or $75 per pound for ground up fish heads or chicken guts so started a tough love assault. She still won't eat raw but now enjoys real chicken, especially the broth. She is probably about 16 and in spite of her junk food addiction is still healthy and has all her teeth. Now she has fleas which seem much worse after our wet Summer so thanks for all the remedies and tips on administering ACV.


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