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Apple Cider Vinegar for Cats

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Posted by Starlingirl (Oklahoma City, Ok, Usa) on 02/01/2011

Just wanted to let you all know that I have started using ACV on my 2.5 year old female. We had taken her to the vet when I noticed that she was straining in the litter box. He gave her a shot and gave us pills to give her. The problem is that she was born of feral mother. While she sleeps with us and never leaves the yard, she is not a touchy-feely cat. We could not get the pills down her because we couldn't catch her to do so. A very wise friend suggested grinding up the pill into wet cat food. That worked WONDERS. She was frisking around with our 20 pound male (she's 7 pounds) and playing with her toys; this for the past three days.

Until today. Unforturnately, today was also Oklahoma's blizzard day. She started straining again and crying. Someone earlier mentioned the look on an animal's face: "Fix it! " Thank god I found this sight because it may be another 48 hours before we can get her to the vet. I truly hope that the ACV works and I will let you know one way or the other.

Replied by Lezlee
Sacramento, Ca
If the cat is straining to go to the bathroom, you may try adding olive oil to the wet cat food. This saved the life of my aging cat. The doc said that straining to go poo puts pressure on the heart. He had stopped pooing altogether and hid in the bottom of a closet. I had to feed him water through a plastic syringe and the olive oil saved him. He had a healthy life for 2 more years and lived to be 20 years old.

Posted by Dianna (Austin, Tx) on 12/15/2010

[YEA]  A feral mommy cat sort of dropped off three of her feral kittens on my porch one night. They were about a month or so old and tiny and all of them had bad eye infections and ear mites. First I tried my grandma's old remedy of borax/water on a cotton ball for their eyes and ear mites. It wasn't helping. Then I remembered that ACV is good for this and put some straight ACV on the backs of their necks and (ouch) cleaned out their ears with the ACV and then put a few drops of castor oil in their ears. I also wiped off their eyes with diluted ACV. The very next morning no stuck closed eyes!!! Then it was only a couple of days til they were back to normal!!! And the combination of cleaning with ACV and then castor oil also got rid of the ear mites!!!

Replied by Sean
Tampa, Fl
[YEA]   This websight is really great. I was looking for a home remedy to save my cat from basically dying. She wasn't eating drinking or moving for 5 days and the so-called vet wanted a small fortune of course to just find out the problem. The vet for some reason gave me a bad feeling and his price was ridiculous so I took her home, found this site and tried giving my cat ACV that night. More good advice on this site was not to worry since my cat threw it up instantly, I calmly gave her another dose with a syringe and she kept it down the second time. I gave her about 6 teaspoons worth over two days dilluted in coconut water.

Two days later she was fine like nothing happened. I didn't do anything else but give her ACV. Two weeks later she had an unrelated horrible eye problem which I again thought of this website and again ACV came up and some suggestions said to put some on the back of their necks which sounded weird since the problem was her eye but again it worked in only half a day her eye went from looking like it was going to fall out to being completly fine.

Maybe for some pets the vet is necessary and other home remedies might work (there seems to be hundreds) but im posting this to say ACV worked for me these two times and maybe this will help someone else. Not only am I shocked and happy with the results it only cost me pennies compared to standard outrageous vet prices. Thank you Earthclinic and to the other posters here sharing their expeiriences.

Posted by Carrie (Orange, California) on 11/30/2010

Every year my Kittie gets a terrible upper respiratory infection that sometimes leads to bronchitis. The vet is always giving Antibiotics, benadryl, and Steroids. This year my baby did not get better he continued to stay sick, so the vet said keep him on the antibiotics for 21 days. Still sick, sneezing, and now he has developed candida yeast all over his mouth, chin, and lips. Again I took my baby to the vets and he said put Vaseline on it and give him lysine to build his immunity. He now has been sick for 5 solid weeks and has a painful sore on his face.

I found this site tonight and ran out and got the ACV for him. I have great expectations. The ACV should kill this candida on the spot and build his immunity system. He didn't seem to mind when I put it on his sores, in fact, he seemed to be o. K. With it. Then I added it to his paws and on the back of his neck. On the sore area I did not dilute the ACV but I did apply with a cotton pad, it is really infected and needs to be seriously dried out. After a few minutes I applied pure water and soaked a cold compress on the area to help dilute and mellow the area out. On his paws and back of neck I did half/half of Spring Water and ACV and I used a cotton pad to wipe on his fur. My cat is grooming himself and really not caring at all. I also treated my other baby because he is fighting the same sickness but does not have the depressed immunity from the antibiotics. He has Weeping eye, sneezing, and an occasional cough. I am super excited about this working and will absolutely keep you updated on his health. I should see an improvement hopefully within days and will update on this post with his response to ACV. He is a strong beautiful healthy Kittie that gets a horrible sickness every year in October.

Replied by Carrie
Orange, California
Kittie seems to be a little better today after 13 hours. He only sneezed once, is playing, and candida sore area looks better in some areas. He is eating and seems relieved and is no longer scratching from the pain. Black yeast fungus is almost gone after two wipe downs. He does have raw patch from were he has been scratching but the open sore on his lip is now dry. He woke-up and ate breakfast and seems like he likes the ACV. No runny nose - yah! Will keep you posted. Other Kittie did not sneeze all night.
Replied by Amarige25
Atlanta, Ga, Usa
I am so happy that your kitty is doing much better. People don't understand how important these kitties are to us and what great lengths we go to to keep them healthy and happy. This stuff saved my cat. He was vomiting and had diarrhea for 6 weeks after I changed his food. I was trying to help him but I didn't do it slow enough, and I think his body just rejected it. So after weeks of racking my brain, getting him to fast, and then giving him baby food and some bowel care for cats from the health food store, I stumbled on this site as well as another one. I swear by this stuff. Just don't give him too much and dilute, dilute, dilute. He likes it now. It's up to us not to overmedicate our animals. All of that stuff has side effects, but this ACV does not. I posted this video on youtube. I encourage everyone to watch it about how to give organic Apple Cider Vinegar to cats.

Posted by Jeepgal (Birmingham, Al) on 11/22/2010

My 2 year old Bengal Tiger Male Cat was acting like he had lost his equilibrium on a Friday evening. He kept falling off of everything he jumped on, which was rare. I immediately put ACV drops in his water and wet food. I normally feed him dry. I fed him wet food three times a day with 2 drops ACV and by Sunday evening he was almost normal and much better later in the week. I could not find anything he had gotten into, until I came in this weekend and caught him in my plants and he was favoring the Aloe Vera Plant. I have researched that plant and have learned the Aloe plant is poisonous to Cats. Mystery solved. I am a believer in Apple Cider Vinegar for humans and animals. This saved a vet bill for sure.

Posted by Lee-ann (Krugersdorp, South Africa) on 11/20/2010

Hi, I tried to get organic apple cider vinegar in South Africa but am struggling, might need to order online. In the meantime will it do any harm if I put a teaspoon of normal ACV in the dogs and cats water bowl? Codycat (from a shelter) has a runny nose, eye and frequently sneezes and breaths in deeply and this after 2 visits to the vet. He is going for his "op" in December and I can only imagine it getting worse. Any tips? Thanks

Replied by Jim
Forget the apple cider vinegar from South Africa - find a health food store (most grocery stores don't sell the "real" think (see note below) that sells apple cider vinegar "with the mother" (NOT "from the mother").

We were having continual problem with bladder stone formation and crystal formation in the kidneys. Once we started the apple cider vinegar we haven't had any trouble with that since.

The one we use for our three cats is "Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar" (I also take a tbs twice a day followed by a little milk and cereal to kill the taste). It's not pleasant to take - but given in about a tbs for a standard sized cat fountain they don't seem to notice. More they probably would - but care must also be taken not go overboard with too much cider because that can push their ph where you don't want it to go.

I change their water twice a week.

Hope this helps :)

Posted by Lee (Krugerersdorp, Gauteng, South Africa) on 11/17/2010

Hi, all the comments seem to point to ACV being great for both dogs and cats... Before going the "whole hog" and buying the ACV can I put a few drops in the water bowl that the dogs and cats share? My cat is the problem child - he's been twice for injections and yet his runny eye and nose does not improve! He eats, plays and chats and this has been going on since we got him more than 4 months ago from a shelter. I just want to make sure that by using the ACV for one animal I won't put the others at risk. By the way, anyone know how long a cat can go with a runny eye and a runny nose? Thank you all for a great read and the information.

Posted by Sonia Rivera (Orlando, Fl) on 11/17/2010


Replied by Ian
Hey earthclinic peeps I have a Male orange tabby cat who keeps having trouble with urinating, he has been to the vet 2weeks twice and has had surgery twice. The docs said it was due to urethra blockage both times. His first surgery was in April 2012 and again in May of 2012 each surgery was over $2,400. I took him to a V.A.C animal hospital where both procedures were done. It's now one year later and he is having the same problems. I don't have that kind of cash to spend right otherwise I would, but I was wondering about ACV, does it really work? I need advice, he's my best friend and I'm scared to lose him. If this remedy does work can I put in his water? If so, how much? I can't get him to eat a thing and he is starting to drop weight.. He occasionally will take a few bites but I rather have him eat his normal about and I don't want to compromise. That with AVC please help.
Replied by Om
Hope, B.c., Canada
Male tabby urinary issues.

In my experience, after caring for many rescue cats , these male cats need homemade food, raw but soaked meat in perox. Solution to prevent tapeworm. They need in addition dandelion tea which they like to slurp either in water and mixed into the food or given by syringe. Best to eliminate dry food. The tea gives them all the needed vitamins and some minerals. Just dig dandelions, wash them well using the entire plant, simmer in water til the plant is totally wilted, add a little more time for the roots. This herb attends to urinary issues, even healing severe kidney problems. In difficult cases you could look into MMS. Part of the urinary problem is often emotional, for example a cat wants to go outdoors but is an indoor cat or other emotional causes.

The dandelion water will have residue at the bottom but it can be poured off. It is an excellent remedy, also for people as I can well attest, especially diabetes. Give for about three weeks at a time and sporadically repeat. I hope all goes well. Keep your money for good food. God's pharmacy is not about extracting large sums, but service to fellow beings. Please stay away from polluted areas when collecting herbs.

Love Om

Posted by Jennifer (Lodi, Ca) on 11/08/2010

[YEA]  I found a 5 week old kitten about a month ago. She was starved, dehydrated & had all sorts of problems. Alot of which I was going to the vet for. However she had a horrible case of diarrhea that lasted for a month. She also was losing fur around her eyes, & was using the litterbox excessively. She was eating enough but barely was gaining weight. And she had a horrible case of fleas. After 3 visits to the vet, a clear stool sample & 3 things of medication, I was ready to take her to a different vet. I hated to tho, she kept getting things shoved up her rear, getting poked & handled. It wasn't easy for a kitten.

I looked up this website a week ago & started putting about 5-8 drops of Apple Cider Vinegar in her drinking water. The next day, she was springing with energy. Within 2-3 days, her runny nose & eyes stopped. The redness cleared from her eyes. She was able to breathe through her nose clearly. 4-5 days, I notice the litterbox wasn't being used as much & her stool wasn't as runny. Now its been about 7 days... She loooks more healthy (in weight). She hasn't gain a TON of weight. But it appears that she's more 'filled-in'. Her bones don't stick out as much. I believe that the ACV really helped with her digestion system, maybe even through in intestines. I notice that even her anus was very red & tender at first. Now, you can't even tell if there was skin inflammation... Just cleared up. The fleas are dying off. (I also use Dawn dishwashing soap in her bath- its another remedy for fleas. ) But the fur around her eyes are growing back in as well. I've noticed that her whole fur coat is looking more healthy. I know its only been a week. But all around, she's just looking so much better.

My other cats, I had to put in like 4-5 drops because they wouldn't touch the water. I even added a few drops to their wet food. Seeing how its working so well with my kitten, I should pass the remedy on to my other cats. Only because I've been worried about their safe-keeping. And one of them has a VERY sensitive stomach. Anyways... I'll def kept anymore thoughts posted. But I'm very glad I ran into this site. I always use ACV as my own remedy for multiple reasons.... But I never knew you could for animals too.

Replied by Limpy's Mom
Fayetteville, Ga
Someone please help me, my cat Limpy is very sick. She had bad teeth pulled 3 weeks ago. She is not eating much and breathing heavy and I took her to vet today. They found fluid around her heart and lung area they drained some out. They think it is some sort of mass or maybe infection. They gave me antibiotics. Would ACV help her? How much do I use?
Replied by Jade
Dallas, Texas
Hello, my kitty has auto immune disease. I was wondering if I could use regular apple cider vinegar? I dont have organic and what is the difference. Could be used for that and for the preventative of upper respiratory infection along with if she does get it along w that bronchitis type cough and wheezing when breathing. And what amount and how do u give and how often. Please advise, Thanks.

Posted by Elizabeth (Tacoma, Wa) on 10/20/2010

I'm fairly certain my cat Giza has acid reflux... Unfortunately, I am too low-income to bring her to the vet - but I do have organic acv. I'm very worried, as she has thrown up at least 2 times today - the last time, the bile had a pinkish color to it. Please email me if you have any suggestions! Ty :)

Replied by Diana
Los Angeles, Ca
[YEA]   Just wanted everyone to know that ACV works! I had a 6 week old kitten that seemed to have a leaky eye, with some help of google I figured out that he had conjunctivitis, aka pink eye. Not wanting to wait till I could get him to a vet, I found this site and figured I should try putting ACV on him. I did as several others suggested, rubbing ACV onto the back of his neck. I used the Organic ACV with mother in it. Some people talked about putting some ACV right below the eye but I was hesitant on the idea of getting it into his eyes, so I didn't do that. I put on at night and first thing in the morning, the kitten started to look better by the time I had to go to work. Then a couple more times at night, after work. I think it may have taken 3 or 4 days total, but with less frequency each day. The ACV got rid of the conjunctivitis and we have had no re-occurrences.
Replied by Sheish
Barrow In Furness, Cumbria, England
hiya, my cat has got conjunctivitis as well and I've read about putting it on his neck. I'm just not sure how to dilute it so please can you let me know how much you put on your cat's neck? Would appreciate any help you can give me. thanks

Posted by Cindy (Atlanta, Ga) on 10/15/2010

My 8 year old cat Sammie started having urinary blockages recently, and he could not urinate. We had to take him to the vet to have a catheter put in, plus a 3 day hospital stay and antibiotics. It cost a fortune. We were told he would have to eat a special Science Diet Urinary Tract cat food, which was also very expensive. After being home a week and eating the special food, he was still having problems urinating. He would squat and try so hard to go. He tried to squat in places all over the house, but still could not urinate. I knew that we did not have hundreds of dollars to take him back to the vet again. I felt like euthanization would be our only option, which broke my heart.

I got on the Pet section of Earth Clinic and read about using ACV, and how bad dry food is for cats. Dry food causes the crystals to form, which block the urethra. I took a syringe, with the needle removed, and mixed up some ACV and water. I started giving him two syringe fulls twice daily. I also went to the drugstore and bought some Azo cranberry tablets. I crushed them up and mixed them with water. I was giving Sammy the ACV & water, plus the cranberry tablets. The first day, Sammie was still straining to urinate, but by the second day, he like blew out and he urinated for what seemed like eternity. After that, he felt so much better, and he started acting like his old self.

Thank you Earth Clinic, for this helpful information. I am so pleased that it worked. I am not letting Sammie have any dry food at all, only wet food, and I mix water & ACV with his wet food. This has been 4 weeks ago, and so far, so good. I am continuing to give him the ACV/water and the crushed cranberry tablets/water. He is back to his old playful self, and feels so much better. And the best part is, he is able to urinate and not have to strain at all. I am all for taking your pets to the vet for health problems, but sometimes after you've spent lots of $$$$, you just don't have it. This website was a lifesaver, and I am just so glad we didn't have to put him down. I felt like this treatment was worth a try. It's cheap and it WORKS!!! Thanks again.

Replied by Ilovemuzik
Portland, Or, Usa
Hello, I am new to this site but so far, I am very impressed. I like the "no nonsense" way of communicating, it's nice to get straightforward answers about natural cures for a change.

My question. I have a 15 year old cat that was a stray when I adopted him 7 years ago. I didn't realize that feeding him tuna was a bad thing so within 2 weeks of having him, he has a urinary blockage. I took him to the vet and spent over $800 in vet bills. I have since kept him on Science Diet CD because I was so scared that he would develop that problem again. After reading this site, I am convinced that I have wasted a great deal of money over the years.

My question is, I would like to try to try a less expensive brand, in price, *not* in quality. I have no idea where to even begin, honestly. Does anyone have any good suggestions of a quality soft food? I just spent $79 on 2 cases of Science Diet, now I am feeling a little ripped off! :) My cat doesn't have any teeth so it would have to be a soft variety.

Thank you for any help and suggestions in advance, I am so thankful that I found this site!

Replied by Claibornel
Blacksburg, Virginia Usa
I do not know how much you want to spend but Wellness has some good soft canned cat food that is of good quality. I order it online but you can find it at any of the big box stores. My cat likes the turkey and herring flavor. There are also several brands of frozen raw diet mixtures that you can buy that when thawed should be easy to eat. I have a 14 year old cat that is having teeth issues now but he is able to eat these varieties. Good luck I hope that helps!

Posted by Maria (Baltimore, Md) on 10/09/2010

I found this site couple of months ago searching for natural remedies for my 10 years old neutered male cat. He pees with on his urine. Initially he started peeing on my carpets and I notice blood. I took him to the vet expend a lot of money and he continued the same. I have been giving him the ACV. He is not longer peeing out of the litter box and pees at least three times during the day and twice to three times at night, but continues peeing with blood. Please help! Any other natural remedy to cure the blood in the urine?

Replied by Melangelan
Independence, Missouri, Usa
I had a dog that was straining to urinate. Many things were tried and nothing worked and I have used Organic Apple cider vinegar for years for myself and pets. It turned out she had a 'stone' in her bladder. I still have it in a small container. It is a calcium ball about the size of a ping ball ball, except it is somewhat flattened. Could this be your cats problem?
Replied by Carrie
Orange, California
I had my cat on Science Diet for Urinary Tract Infection Food for most his life and this was a necessity for balance of the pH. I suggest you get special UTI Food at Vet.
Replied by Hamlet
Toronto, Canada
Your little guy is releasing himself outside the box b/c he's in pain, associating in his mind the box with the pain when of course it's not, but rather due to any number of medical issues. First thing to rule out in my mind based on what you describe is Feline Urethral Obstruction (FUS), being a blockage of the urethra by crystals formed in the urine to which some cats are pre-disposed, particularly early neutered males (i. E. , if done when the urethra is still in its infantile stage, or so some believe, but just as many say otherwise and insist that early neuter is completely safe, such that the debate rages on about early-spay/neuter although in my case I waited until my guy (DSH) was almost 6 mos. Old and the same for my female (Blue Russian), too--i. e., neither were early when spay/neuter was done--and yet BOTH wound up with FUS, such that some cats are just pre-disposed, their symptoms being the same and/or similar as you describe, and why FUS comes to mind). It could be something as simple as a bladder infection (antibiotics and that would be it) or it could be something more serious, such as FUS: if so, the "cure" is simple, though. It merely entails a removal of the blockage, using a cathedar and cleaning the bladder of crystals, with a simple change of diet thereafter for life to prevent further crystals. The vet will likely want to tell you all about a Rx diet, which at first I bought for mine, until I found out that the trick was all about feeding a low ash/low magnesium diet, with alternatives to expensive Rx diets out there. Please know there are far more and better choices on the market these days as compared to past days when it was mostly kibble (aka junk food) such that you needn't fret: besides, my little guy and gal both lived a happy long life--over 20 years--so don't worry!! . The main thing is to take your little guy to the vet as trouble urinating (especially with blood) isn't something to play around with. I say this for the benefit of others who may be reading this, trusting your little guy's been taken care of since. All the best.

Posted by Irene (Saskatoon, Sk, Canada) on 10/08/2010

I've been reading some of the feedback on ACV and am finding them very interesting. We purchased a kitten with very dirty ears over a year ago. Thinking it could be mites we applied drops and tried cleaning out the ears. Nothing we've tried has totally solved the problem and maybe not even begun to. The substance in the ears is of a black flaky nature. Possibly a fungus??? Would ACV be good? Has anyone tried it? Looking for a solution.

Replied by Lauren
Washington, Nj
We had the same problem and tryed all the prescriptions the vet had to offer and drops and everything. We found a product called R7 Natural Ear cleaner and ear drying cream. It worked wonders. I strongly recommend this product. Good luck!

Posted by Barb (Lynchburg, Va) on 09/05/2010

[YEA]  This is the first time I have visited here and desperately sought help for my lethargic cat; used vinegar yesterday and today and for the first time in 3 days she's eating and drinking again. Thanks guys; you rock!

Replied by Maryann
Hello. My male siamese 6 year old cat keeps getting UTIs. He had one a long time ago... But also one 9/8, he was bleeding. They gave him an antibiotic shot that was released over time. The bleeding stopped but the constant peeing didn't really. Now, 9/23 he is peeing blood again! I'm reading these posts... I have ACV here... Not the aloe though. How much and how often do I give it to him? Can I skip the vet?

I was told the ACV would also help with MY hairloss... True? Washing it or drinking it? *PEACE* Thanks!!!

Posted by Abk (Oakland, Ca) on 04/26/2010

[YEA]  Luckily I just happened upon this site yesterday in hopes of finding help for my cat who has been suffering from a hyperthyroid problem for about a year. He's gotten very thin (gone from about 16lbs done to maybe 10) and despite eating a lot he is still always ravenous when I get home and VERY demanding for food and water. Well, I read many of the successes with ACV for feline ailments, so I gave it a shot. The irony is that I use it myself, but never thought to give it to my cat. Well, I just want to say that after only ONE day of giving my kitty half a capful of ACV (I am using unpasterized ACV with the "mother") mixed with a half capful of water - I'm guessing this a 1/4 teaspoon or so - I am noticing a MARKED improvement with my cat. Normally when I get home he howls impatiently for food or water or both. Tonight when I got home rather late he just kept resting on his spot, looking at me. At first I was concerned that he might not be well, but when I could see him just watching me and purring I realized he was actually more relaxed then I have seen him in a VERY long time. He hung out and sat with me for quite a while before giving me his usual head-butt to request food. This is a minor miracle for sure. I just mixed the water & ACV in with his wet food and the liquid out of the food can. He balked a bit the first time (he's had 3 or 4 doses since yesterday), but he still ate it. The first time I did a whole capful (50/50 with water) and I thought that might be too much so I cut back to 1/2 a capful after that. Well, just wanted to let everyone know that all your feedback is appreciated and I hope my kitty continues to improve!

Replied by Jean
Oviedo, Fl.
My 3yr old male cat had and probably still has a blockage he has been in the hospital 3 days costing me 700.00 we were told he could go home, he was only home 3hrs and he began squatting to pee nothing came out he is going down hill at the moment and we are desperate an out of money for any more vet treatment, he is on antibiotics, his stomach is jumping and he has diarea right now, I'm hoping this ACV will work for him, he won't eat and probably won't drink either, so if anyone is out there how much do I give him by dropper into his mouth and do I dilute it with water ? please help, thanks for any help on this.

EC: You might find some helpful posts here:

Replied by Lisa
Wichiat Falls, Texas
This is to Jean from Oviedo Florida. Please email me!!! I just went through the same thing with one of my pets and I found something that worked!!!I can't put the name of the product because we are not allowed. But, PLEASE email me at
The product was a life saver because I had no money for a vet! Please email me!!
Replied by Jenifer
Ojai, Ca
this is for jean in florida in response to her may 2010 letter. in addition to wonderful ACV and for 30 years before i discovered vinegar, i had MANY cats, especially males, who had urinary blockage. I gave them aloe vera from the gallon (the juice) from a 12cc syringe orally and it worked miracles.i gave them many syringes thru out day and eve. my "kids"--dogs and cats-- lived 26 yrs, give or take a year!

I have taken it myself for all internal problems, heart, all organs, teeth/gums, tummy and more. it stops illness and then starts its slow but steady healing. i am a "walking miracle" and prefer natural healing to mycotoxins doctors dispense in their antibiotics etc. In my 20's drank 4 gallons a month and with my pets of course, and now i use less than one per month "decades" later. best of luck, jeannie!

Replied by Adelynn
Dear Jenifer,

Very inspired by your passion about aloe vera juice. Am looking for something to help my 15-yr old cat regain her appetite, which has declined drastically these past 2 weeks. Thing is, I don't know what is causing this loss of appetite. Acid reflux coz her kidneys are starting to deteriorate?

The spreading of her feline leukemia virus?

A parasite she got from eating raw food I gave her?

Liver failure from a corticosteroid shot?

She has a few possible problems all going on at the same time and our vet is out of town for another week, leaving me feeling helpless and sad. So can I ask.... You said aloe vera juice helped you with everything. Do you think it can help my cat here regardless of what the underlying cause might be, so she will eat and sustain herself till our vet gets back?

Did the aloe vera juice have to be special in any way? eg. Organic, no benzoic acid/sodium benzoate preservative.... My cat is otherwise acting healthy and happy. No lethargy, no vomitting/diarrhea/problem peeing, she's grooming after her (tiny) meals, she plays with me and purrs. Maybe not sleeping so soundly, and coat is straggly. Anyone else with an experienced/educated opinion on this please do respond also. Thank you very much

Replied by Askol10
Milwaukee, Wi
To abk from Oakland: your cat with hyperthyroidism, has there been any weight gain with the ACV?
Replied by Tara
Milwaukee, Wi
Does it have to be the organic kind?? Or, just any store boughten apple cider vinegar?

Posted by Suzanne (Quebec, Quebec) on 12/26/2009

[YEA]  1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar and 3 tbsp of water mixed in with 1 large tbsp of canned cat food

Replied by Annie
Sydney, Nsw Australia
[YEA]   Yes - this is a miracle cure!!! It is unbelieveable - and pure fabulous really really works. We have a brand new 2.5 month burmese kitten, and she has had chronic 'pink eye' (ala conjuntivitis / herpes), and we had been struggling with antibiotics and eye cream and not getting anywhere (never mind the cost of it all). So to find out about ACV (organic being the best) was just brilliant. A little on the back of her neck twice a day, and a cap in her water bowl......and she is so much happier now....... (from Annie, Sydney Australia)
Replied by Sheish
Cumbria, England
hi my cat has got conjunctivitis as well please can you let me know if you diluted the Apple Cider Vinegar to put on the back of the neck or did you just put it on straight? Also do you put it on their paws as well or just the neck? I'm glad you cat is doing well now.
Replied by Maya
New York, Ny
What I am reading here is SHOCKING!

As a doctors daughter and a cat owner of 7 cats I am shocked to see how many lazy- cheap people own pets.

Would you play doctor with a baby? Sticking needle ACV into a cat's eye or even feeding her this? Have you discussed this with a veterinarian? You would be horrified to learn what these things actually do. I am ok with some Respo K for kennel cough or a common cold in a cat, but please don't try to play doctors if you don't have the schooling to back it up. These are living creatures and they feel pain and sometimes the effects don't show right away, so let professionals handle medical problems.

Also, this is not the kind of world anymore where pets can run around in nature and be healthy. There are a thousand diseases they can catch outside, from each other, birds, mosquetos and most of all get hit by cars. BE RESPONSIBLE Keep your animals indoors and if you can't afford a vet, tell yourself you are NOT in a position to own a living creature and pet a fluffy sweater instead or get yourself a webkin.

Replied by Linda
San Francisco, Ca, Usa
Maya, please stop the name-calling. No one but you has said a thing about needles.

Your "shock" and name-calling are out of line on Earthclinic. For the most part, we are people who love and care deeply about our own dear animals whom vets have (very expensively) not been able to help. Therefore we seek further, and share information about things we know have worked.

Read the book by Dr. Jarvis, MD, whose work with ACV saved many farm livestock and other animals and humans as well, in Vermont years ago.


Replied by Timh Donate

Louisville, Usa
I will add to Linda's comment by saying that annually in any country thousands of pets are diseased because they are not properly fed, are never wormed, and never given any attention. This is the rule rather than exception in low and low middle class districts. In other words pets are NEGLECTED and Maya seems to condone this behavior. Even in middle and upper class districts pets are neglected, particularly of attention. Then again, how can one love their pets if they have no love for with to give?
Replied by Ktuck
Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
To reply to Maya: I just read what you wrote, and I personally think that your response was much more shocking than someone trying to "play doctor" AKA save their animal. You're using a guilt tactic which dramatically bothers me.

As a cat owner, you should know how expensive vet bills are. Also, if you failed to notice, many of these people took their cats to the vet first with no results. Unfortunately, not all vets care about our animals. They care about the money that comes from them. Most of them will never recommended a possible cure that comes $6 a bottle, and certainly not if it's not directly from them. Furthermore, It's not a matter of being "cheap" or "lazy. " When vet bills are totaling over $600 with no results, that's expensive for just about anyone and also quite frustrating. It's also very depressing knowing your cat isn't getting better. Being a professional doesn't mean they're all honest; They know people will pay anything to have their animal get better and take advantage of that.

About the statement you made, "Would you play doctor with a baby?" These cats ARE our babies. They're a part of the family. There are many, many people referring to them as their babies. You say you are an OWNER, but are you a LOVER? If your cat was facing death and your vet wasn't helping, you'd try anything, wouldn't you? Even if it meant disregarding "professionals"? I find it kind of insulting.

But to answer that, yes. I believe that almost all parents would try anything if the doctor was yielding no results and their child had a possibility of facing death. Do you think they would sit around and watch their child suffer? No. They'd do everything possible, as these people are doing.

You don't need schooling to know that when something is obviously working or dramatically helping such a large amount of people and their "babies", there is a high chance it will help theirs as well. You make it sound like we're feeding them poison. ACV is improving their overall health, not deteriorating it. If it was, it would be discontinued. Nobody on this site wants to harm their animal, otherwise they wouldn't be here.

There have always been bacteria, diseases, and infections. This is not something new. It is a common fact of life. Out in the woods, animals can get cut and have them become infected. They don't have vets, they just have their immune systems and instinctive knowledge on what plants to ingest to help. It's sad, but some of them don't have the immune system to handle it. In nature, only the strong survive.

But here in society, we have all our stuff put in front of us. The fact we can access our "cheap and lazy" ACV is still a miracle to someone with a sick pet. People would pay 60$ a bottle if it meant their pets health. Pointing out how inexpensive it is is more encouragement to try it, and also a simple benefit.

Does a cure have to be from a vet for it to be "right" or can it be from a health food store and be "wrong"? It's what your cats health says. So I must ask again, are you a cat owner or a cat lover?

I apologize if this created a negative tone from me, but I was quite bothered by that post. I don't want what she said to discourage people from trying it. My Leon (Leo for short) is the world to me. I've been putting it in his water dish for probably six months now, originally for flea repellent after a case of worms. His coat is now more shiny, never had any kind of Urinary issues, a mild skin irritation he had cleared up after we started, and most of all, he appears flea free!

I'm also just starting to drink it as well and I already feel improvement in my skin--I had my first glass a few hours ago. Well worth it! I'm so happy for the both of us.

Replied by Teresa
Worksop, Nottinghamshire Uk
I have a 16 year old cat just diagnosed with kidney stones last week I have been putting half teaspoon raw unpasteurised ACV daily in his food. However, I have had to leave him at the vet's again today as he had blood in his urine again. No blockage vet says, but has cystitis. Am I on the right track with the ACV? Has he not been on it long enough for it to make a difference yet or is it doing him more harm than good? I would appreciate your opinions.
Replied by Bikey
Lockridge, Iowa
I am glad you took your baby to the vet..... Anyone that has ever had kidney stones can tell you how intolerable the pain is! I am sure kidney stones and cystitus are caused by ash and taurine that is in nearly all cat food. ive even seen the ingredient in some of the high dollar cat food.

In my opinion once your kitty gets home, keep it on a strict diet of Purina One or a like catfood. cats that I have had with this problem never had it again with this diet.

I believe some home remedies work, but this is a serious problem that can cause death if not treated properly. It is essential to get your pet (other animals can have this occur also) to the vet as quickly as possible as soon as you notice symptoms. sometimes catherization is needed immediately.

Cystitis can can cause toxicity, kidney failure and death. The vet will most likely put your pet on an antibiotic as there is a great problability for infection.

PLEASE don't let your pet suffer needlessly by waiting on seeking treatment.

I've been an animal rescuer all my life. I also rehabilitate several species and offer sanctuary for all animals. I foster and work diligently to help adoptable pets find their forever homes. I work with my vet and use home remedies. I've been involved in hands on surgical procedures as well as others. I am also a farrier and horse trainer as well as certified dog trainer.

I love this website! And if there is anything I can help with ill be glad to! I hope your critter kid gets well soon!

Replied by Abby
Reading, Pa
Hi, I have a mancoon cat that is about seven. Over the past several years he has had UTI (goes to the vet on a regular basis). He has been getting UTI's since he was about a year and one half and has ruined a lot of my rugs, sofa, etc. Just at the vet (and yes the bills are very expensive - cat has insurance and I do not) was diagnosed with cystitis again and on an antibiotic. This dosage will be finished by tomorrow evening.

Are you saying after a few days or week after his antibiotic is finished I could put a very small amount of ACV in his canned cat food? I make hot water and mix the wet food so it makes a gravy giving him more water to drink and he loves it.

Would love to know if this might help me and my "Matte".

Replied by Claudia
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
ive had my male baby (cat) for 15 months just over this last month he's been peing everywhere and ive givin him the apple cider vinegar and baking soda in his food and with his water. He had a blockage and had gotten it out and was fine for a week... Ive had no money to take him, he hasnt had his needles and I was worried to call the humane society, but I had know choice today he wasnt peeing so I called and they took him from me I am waiting for them to call me and let know if hes going to be okay! Im on welfare and I just got a job and start tomorrow, how much will his cathederization be and if it doesnt work how much will the surgery be. I'll be broke for my baby I dont care I just need to know how much money im gunna need and what to do after when he comes home, im worried and cant get my mind of it. My cat is my baby I need him I cant go without him I need any information you can give me asap! I dont care if I sound stupid in this message im worried
Replied by Pauline
Does spraying get rid of fleas, how diluted do you make it. Can this be used as house spray?? Pauline
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Pauline!

The ACV and baking soda work internally - by changing your pet's PH and making the animal less attractive to the insects. Standard dose is three teaspoons into 1 liter of water; if your cat won't drink this water willingly, you could dip a paw and have your cat dry itself and thus ingest the ACV in that manner.

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