Apple Cider Vinegar for Cats

Last Modified on Aug 27, 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.

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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 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
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 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 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
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 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
557 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
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
557 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
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
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
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
557 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

Posted by Deb (Wake Forest, Nc) on 02/06/2012

[YEA]  I should have done this long ago, since it was information I found on Earth Clinic, that saved my cat's life.

In late December 2010, my cat started having serious problems urinating, back and forth to the box, meowing, nothing happening. Occassionally a drop the size of a green pea, in the litter box. I had just moved, was completely broke and a vet bill was out of the question. I knew what was wrong with her, a bladder stone had all but closed off her urethra, tiny bit of urine tinged with blood was all she could pass. I had dealt with this many years ago with a male cat.

Having no $$ I hit the internet and found this wonderful site. I didn't have the 'organic' ACV that everyone said to get, but did have plain ACV from the grocery store. I started giving it to her in a dropper, 3 parts water to 1 part ACV. I'm lucky cause she's a feral cat, she'll eat anything. I bought some small cans of 'special diet' cat food, any brand that says Urinary Tract Formula, on it. I mix 1/4 of the food with 3 droppers of ACV and some warm water to make it soupy, she ate it all. In a couple days, her pea-sized drops became grape sized and continued to increase until back to normal. It took 2-3 weeks for her to be completely back to normal. It has been over 2 years, a couple times she has passed small stones and a very small amount of blood, but that was in the 1st 6 months. Since then, no problems what so ever. Once I missed giving her the ACV for a couple days and it started right back up, never did that again! So now she has the same food mix every morning, along with 1CC of the water-ACV mix 4to1 from a syringe slowly into her mouth before her breakfast.

She is fine and now 16 years old! I can't thank this site or all the contributors for helping me to save her, when there was nothing else I could do. Thank You to All of you!

Posted by Deb
Wake Forest, Nc
2 Posts
Wanted to clarify, made a mistake on the measurement at the end of my post, it should be a 3 to 1 ratio and I checked my syringe and it's ML not CC, so its 1ml of the 3 parts water to 1 part ACV mix. Also, please do NOT give your pet straight ACV, its too strong and not necessary.

To the lady with the cat that has kidney stones, I don't see why the ACV wouldn't help, since it dissolves bladder stones, seems like it would do the same for the kidney stones. I know, the 1st couple weeks is hard, but after that, its smooth sailing! During the first couple months, I noticed occassional blood in the urine, common sense would tell me that she had passed a stone, as the ACV dissolves them to a smaller size, they can be passed, but will cause a small amount of blood in the urine. This hasn't happened in probably 18 months or longer.

My 'Shadow' has been fine ever since I got her back to normal with the ACV, its been over 2 years, she's still on the same thing and going great. But I will have to give her this for the rest of her life, it takes no time for the stones to come back, but as long as I am diligent, she's fine. Once you get it cleared up, you will have to continue it forever, but that's a small price to pay for a healthy, happy kitty. It's only 5 min of your day and I can't stress enough how well this works or thank Earth Clinic enough for the info.

Good luck with your kitty!

Posted by Villainesse
Santa Rosa, Ca
Don't fret, whichever your dropper says: 1ml = 1cc
Posted by Max
Hey I seen this thread and found your post looking for a uti cure myself for my maine coon outdoor/indoor cat who is also peeing blood and meows alot during urination. So I am going to follow your method hoping for same results :) but I had a question about the end pf ur post on the ongoing delivery of acv. I didnt understand it much do you still give same amount in food from when you started? Or lower it or sumthing. Mainly bcuz my cat is tough to get to drink plain water let alone Apple Cider Vinegar mix. But tried a little with sum salmon flakes cat food "canned" and he enjoyed it all soupy like. So it looks good so far only in that way off giving it to him. But im a guest to this site and cant promise ill be on top of replies but would appretiate if u emailed me if u happen to see this? Basically just wanna know if u stayed to the same amount the entire time. Thnk you for your very helpfull post none the least. Heres my email Maxj99(@)comcast(.)net (if u could subject it "acv for cat" or something id spot in my horde of spam mail that fills my email box id be very greatfull. )

Posted by Kelly (Florence, Tuscany, Italy) on 12/10/2011

To everyone who has taken the time to share their stories on Earthclinic, THANK YOU. This is such an excellent website with a wonderful community. I read it all the time, and I came here looking for help immediately when my cat got sick, and thank goodness I did. The 65 reviews of Apple Cider Vinegar convinced me that it was the right thing to give him. So here's my story:

My cat, Aurelio, is 5 years old. He's a healthy inside-outside cat who lives in the country. Although Aurelio loves to be inside with us during the cold months, my husband and I noticed that he was spending less time inside recently (December). He would come home, beg for food, eat rapidly and practically scream to go back outside. When we wouldn't open the door right away he would run through the house, looking in corners, and behaving very strangely until we let him leave. This went on for about a week and then one morning I noticed spots of blood in the bidet and a strong cat-urine smell, but with no visible urine. It bothered me, but our cats often nick themselves while digging outside and I thought maybe he had cut his paw and maybe the litterbox had been full so he had used the bidet for peeing (this isn't unusual - this is a cat who has been known to use the people toilet). Three days later I saw the same thing again and then I got really worried and went online to research blood in cat urine. Meanwhile, my husband had left town for a week, leaving me with no car and therefore no access to a veterinarian. We live out in the country and it's the holiday season, so there weren't any friends easily available to help. Once I realized that Aurelio probably had cystitis, and maybe for longer than a week, I panicked. I was especially concerned by the warning that a male cat can become blocked, and I knew that I was working against time.

So this is what I did: As soon as Aurelio returned home for dinner on Day 1 I gave him 1/4 tsp. Organic ACV 1-1/2tsp water in his wet food. I took away his dry food. He actually seemed to really enjoy his dinner, so it was no problem. And only 15 minutes later he went to his litter box and peed a small amount, though I couldn't see if there was still blood in his urine. 3 hours later I gave him the same dose of ACV/H20 in a smaller amount of wet food. He ate it and within 20 minutes he went back to the litter box and peed again - this time slightly more and no blood that I could see. This happened once more that night and again the next morning. He seemed to be feeling better too - no meowing, no running around the house - he was calm and had a good night's sleep. In fact, he was so well in the morning that I let him go outside after eating his ACV breakfast. He returned home in the evening, Day 2, and I started the same routine again - this time his urine was significantly more - I'd say it was about half of a healthy pee, 2 times that night and again the next morning after I gave him his ACV breakfast. Day 3 was exactly the same. Aurelio was jumping around, happy, healthy and actually begging for his ACV food.

On Day 4 there was trouble. Foolish me thought that he was well enough that I could give him a tiny bit of dry food and it would be fine. It wasn't. After eating his meal (again, the same as before but dry food) he started behaving strangely. Screaming to go outside. Running to the bathroom every 5 minutes, trying to pee in the bidet (not the litter box). About the 4th try, a little bit of watery blood came out - maybe three drops. This happened again 10 minutes later, but only 2 drops. And then he couldn't go at all. He started to look really tired and he was breathing rapidly and had very alert eyes. I was so upset. How could I have done this?

It was 10pm and I had no choice but to increase the amount of ACV. So I took a medical syringe and mouth-fed it to him like everyone recommended. It was about 1/2 tspACV enough water to fill the syringe. It wasn't difficult as he actually seemed to like it. His first dose was at 10pm. I gave a second syringe at 1am and another at 4am, then we both fell asleep. At 7am he peed - but it was only 2 drops of watery blood. I gave him breakfast of his wet food with 1/2tsp ACV 2-1/2tsp H20 and then another syringe. He fell asleep again and woke up 3 hours later, asking for more. I continued to give him a syringe every 3 hours on Day 5 but by the afternoon it looked like he wasn't getting any better. He hadn't even tried to pee since that morning and I was worried that I was filling him up with water and creating a dangerous situation. So I called my husband. He told me: in 2 hours I'll call you back and if you think it's an emergency, I'll have someone come get him and take him to the animal emergency. So I waited. Aurelio was so lethargic he hardly seemed to wake up when I shook him. And I thought for sure I was on the verge of losing him. And then - miracle of miracles - at exactly 2 hours later, about 5pm on Day 5, just when my husband called me back, Aurelio jumped up, trotted to the kitchen, asked for his ACV meal, ate, took a syringe and then trotted to the bidet to pee. And this time he peed a full, clear stream with no straining whatsoever!! I nearly fell to the floor with relief. I continued on his syringe routine and he peed stronger and clearer everytime for about 5 times that evening and once again in the morning. He slept well, he looked healthy, and everytime he woke up, he asked for his medicine. Day 6 he was healthy and happy again and I cut back his syringes to 1 every 4 hours. Day 7 and he is back to normal, still continuing to give him syringes and ACV in his wet food. I won't be giving him any dry food for at least a month.

As far as I have seen, ACV is truly a miracle-cure, thank you all for this wonderful advice! I do, however, have one question about something that concerns me and that's Aurelio's rapid breathing for about an hour after having ACV. Is this normal? It seems to me that he goes through 3 stages after eating ACV food/taking an ACV syringe: 1) He's extremely energetic, like a kitten playing 2) settles down but seems uncomfortable or in some slight pain and has rapid breathing 3) about 1hour after taking his ACV he is back asleep again, settled and purring. This happens everytime like clockwork. Should I be worried that I am causing him some pain? And this might be unrelated but he also licks at his right side. Is this an indication of something else going on besides the cystitis? He is back to peeing normally again, and he really seems to like his ACV, so I'm confused. Again, THANK YOU ALL!! :D

Posted by Anoosh
Half Moon Bay, Calif.
I am responding to all the ACV posts for cat ailments. I have a 4 year old sphynx that has has a chronic sinusitis or cold or something for the past 2 years. He has been through every medical regime possible for cats-including a round of antibiotics for fish. He has been on the traditional rounds of antibiotics, super power antibiotics, drops, double doses, double rounds, multiple antibiotics simultaneously and etc. Nothing made a bit of improvement and I was told it was simply going to be chronic.

I recently began making Kombucha for my own use and decided to give the cat 1 tbls. A day orally with a dropper. We are on about week 6 and this cat is cured. We went from him sneezing and literally blowing-sorry.... -great big gobs of snot everywhere-the walls, the windows, the furniture, our bedding (very very gross) to not one sneeze in over 3 weeks. It took about 3 weeks to see a difference, but I am more than hopeful that he will be cured. His breathing is clear and no longer has that gurggly sound to it. I suppose store bought Kombucha would work also and much cheaper than any vet bill.

Posted by Joyfulsunrise
Phoenix, Az
This is an amazing website ~ I have just begun the ACV one hour ago ~ will review further into the protocol use ~ however ~What is the MOTHER in relation to ACV?

I have been using _____ for years; in human use adding drops to drinking water really quenches thirst; a nice touch in 114 temperature / Arizona heat

Thank you so much ~

Posted by Tretiak
Katy, Tx/ USA
I read a post about Kombucha for your cat. Mine has the exact same chronic snotty issues. Can someone please tell me if you know if kombucha extract diluted would do the trick? I am not brave enough to make my own tea. Also should I use Apple Cider Vinegar too?
Posted by Om
Hope BC, Canada
Tretiak from Katy. Tx With cats and upper resp. I have a post on EC but here you go: take a baby teasp. with turmeric powder, open the hatch and put the powder on the tongue. Immediately close the mouth. Keep a paper towel in one hand and watch out when kitty begins to retch. All the phlegm will come out. Repeat as needed. My cat was free of trouble in just three days. I was so amazed! Turmeric is a natural antibiotic and good for liver and 500 other things.

Anyway, as soon kitty can smell again, he will eat his dinner. All the best Om

Posted by Worried Cat Owner (State College, Pa) on 12/02/2011


Make sure you buy the ORGANIC apple cider vinegar WITH THE MOTHER!

I have 8 yes thats EIGHT cats. One got a SERIOUS infection in both her eyes so bad they were pasted shut almost all the time. Vet visit cost $64 and eye drops that I didn't see much improvement with.

Every day another one of my cats came down with an infection in their eye. I was so worried about how I was going to get ahead of this crap running rampid thru my beloved cats.

I found this website and went and got a container of the organic apple cider vinegar for $3.67.

To apply the vinegar I used a very small syringe. I put vinegar in it and then applied it to the back of their neck making sure it got down to the skin. A cotton ball works too but the syringe works really good. I also used the syringe and gave the cat with the worst infection some of the apple cider vinegar in her mouth - followed it up with kitty treats.

I did apply some to the tops of their front paws (this is so they will lick it off) too.

I've only applied the vinegar to the cats about three times (I apply it morning and evening) and I SEE A DEFINITE DIFFERENCE! I can only hope everyone else sees the results I have. It's unbelievable.

Posted by Pob406
Philadelphia, Pa, America
Hello. I have really enjoyed reading the testimonials about acv. It really is a remarkable product. I have a sick 5month old male Siamese kitten @home. I just adopted an adorable 1.5 year old female Maine Coon mix & she got a stress cold due to her recent spay. She was spayed the same day I bought her home from the shelter. It took her about a week to start sneezing. But by then my little guy had already started sneezing as well. He was really tired on Dec 24-25 but was still eating. He stopped eating on the 26th. I have been feeding him goats milk w/a dropper to help keep him hydrated & to provide him w/nutrition. I have also been rubbing the Apple Cider Vinegar on his neck and giving him that in the dropper as well. He seems like he's getting better since I started giving him the acv, but his nose is still stuffy.

Should I try children's nasal spray? As long as he can't smell he won't eat. I even tried heating his food, but he didn't want it. I'm just wondering how long it will take before he starts to eat again. I had to pay one rather large bill twice due to a mix up this month w/a money order. Otherwise I would take him to the vet right away. I've been an emotional wreck since he's been sick. He's my special little guy. Any insight about nasal decongestants and a time frame for a kitty cold to pass would be much appreciated. Thanks for your time.

Posted by Kittyboogers
Carnelian Bay, Ca
I had a cat with a VERY serious URI; at one point he stopped eating and became emaciated. The lysine I gave him for the URI (which helped dramatically) wasn't working and too hard on an empty stomach. Finally I read to give tuna out of a can... esp. the juice. It worked! He couldn't resist the smell and started eating. He would eat a bit, turn away, then I would say "keep eating" and put him back in front of his plate. Then praise him for eating and stroke him. Pretty soon he got his appetite back and I didn't have to coax him anymore. Between the tuna, putting him back in front of the food, and rewarding with praise and affection (and after he started eating, lysine plus fresh air did amazing things for the URI) he gained all his weight back and was almost healthy. But the great outdoors that was getting him healthy also seemed to have dangers as he didn't come back one evening: could have been coyote, mean dog or ignorant tourist assuming he was a stray (no collar).

Now I'm using ACV for my new kitten who struggles with eye infectons. I swipe diluted and sometimes full strength across his CLOSED eye and by morning his eye is wide open again. I need to try it in his food and more often for a few days to kick the thing, I think.

Posted by Scott
Miami Beach, Florida
[WARNING!]   "Please remember. NEVER use the ACV full strength. It's highly corrosive and I'm certain it burns like hell. I have 6 rescue cats and I use 1 capfull of ACV to 1 cup water applied to their closed eyes for the stuff that starts to build up and ultimately turn into something nasty. The same solution on a clean cotton ball for ears and again the same mixture on hot spots on 1 cat that is always getting them. Have also used the ACV and water solution on the same cat for contact dermatitis and have used it on myself for seasonal allergies (eyelids and nasal openings).
Posted by Mary
Port Ewen, Ny
Well, so funny I have 9 cats and 2 chiuahuahas and I had the same exact problem. 3 of my kittens are white got them with servere upper respiratory infections and antibiotics cleared that up it took 6 weeks. BUt because of the upper respiratory infection they got servere pink eye and eyes were glued shut with puss yellow n then green used antibiotics from vet and 6mnths later their eyes still get a black drainage that has to be cleaned a couple of times a day. So I'm now using the Apple Cider Vinegar due to the vet bill are getting pricey and it clears up in one cat but goes to the next so I'm keeping it on hand and using it instead

Posted by Gale (Interlochen, Michigan Usa) on 10/12/2011

[YEA]  A church member told me about the earth clinic site three weeks ago. I have three cats--the one I am talking about is a male Pixie Bob that found us 7 years ago. My Vet said he was approximately 5 months old at the time. I immediately tried to find his owner and in doing so discovered that Bobbie had a problem--first of all when I picked him up he peed on me and that is probably why he "found" my home in the first place. Bobbie would go sometimes in the litter but mostly wanted to go anywhere on the floor he wanted. He was also very territorial. In the winter months he would also pee on my furniture throws and my husband and me. He acted surprised when he peed on us and jumped down immediately like he didn't know what he was doing. My other two cats are also males... one is a Raggdoll and the other a domestic tabby.

I took Bobbie to the Vet. He was fixed and given antibotics for UTI. Three years later over holidays he had total uriniary tract blockage. Six days at Vet with catheter and whole works to the tune of $2000. Still no real commitment from Bobbie to use litter. I then changed his diet (not Vet's advice) to completely raw with dry only as treats.

Last month he had another total blockage. Before my Vet (now for 7 years) examined him she told me it would be $1000. And it was--along with special diet of feline SO canned/dry catfood to be kept on for one month. That alone was $80. It made him have an urge to pee all the time. He was also to take prednisone pill form. He acted crazy so I thru that out after two day. He was miserable and was just squatting to pee anywhere and everywhere.

Three weeks ago a church member told me she had 7 rescue cats. Said to try ACV. I am in the 12th day of mixing ACV 50/50 in drinking water and food and rubbing on back of neck. This time Bobbie's quantity of urine has increased and he has not peed on the floor in the house anywhere since I began using ACV. After 7 years I have prayed for this day. I had decided that another bout this problem would end in me having to put Bobbie down because his UTI was dictating how my husband and I lived our lives.

Yesterday I purchased the organic ACV with Mother and will use that from now on. I am also taking back the canned catfood I didn't use for a refund after reading the ingredients on the can--pork liver and pork byproducts! Do vets even read these ingredients listed on food they recommend for your pets???

Will post again in three months with update. Thank you so much for this website.

Posted by Jenn
Pittsburgh, Pa Usa
Where on the back of your cat's neck did you put the ACV? Kind of like if you use a topical flea treatment? How did you put it on? With a cotton ball or maybe one of those oral needle-less syringes?

My poor cat has such a stuffed nose and as awesome as ACV sounds I have yet to find a clear instruction on how to use it. He's terrified of going in a carrier because he's been an indoor only cat. He's just over a year old.

Many thanks for any help!

Posted by Mary Beth
Saginaw, Michigan, Usa
2 Posts
Hello Jenn - Yes, you can put the ACV on the back of the neck where you usually put the tropical flea stuff. Ironically enough, fleas HATE ACV!!! They "flee" the stuff!

Also, you can put some on kitties paws so they can lick it off. I took a spray bottle, and mixed ACV and water. I mist a brush and then use on my kitties. Overall, this is very healthy for your kitties.

PS: I am the church member who recommended this site to Gale. I am so happy she found relief for her Bobby.

Posted by Rosetta
Williamsport Pa
Really hoping that Apple Cider Vinegar trick does it I don't wanna keep spending thousands at the vet.

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