Apple Cider Vinegar for Cats

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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 :)

Posted by Diana
Los Angeles, Ca
10/28/2010
[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.
Posted by Sheish
Barrow In Furness, Cumbria, England
09/13/2011
2 Posts
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.

Posted by Ilovemuzik
Portland, Or, Usa
01/13/2012
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!

Posted by Claibornel
Blacksburg, Virginia Usa
02/17/2012
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?

Posted by Melangelan
Independence, Missouri, Usa
11/18/2010
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?
Posted by Carrie
Orange, California
11/30/2010
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.
Posted by Hamlet
Toronto, Canada
08/23/2011
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.

Posted by Lauren
Washington, Nj
10/15/2010
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!

Posted by Maryann
Ny
09/23/2010
2 Posts
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!

Posted by Jean
Oviedo, Fl.
05/19/2010
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: http://earthclinic.com/pets/cystitis.html#ACV

Posted by Lisa
Wichiat Falls, Texas
05/25/2010
24 Posts
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 flower_razalia@yahoo.com
The product was a life saver because I had no money for a vet! Please email me!!
Posted by Jenifer
Ojai, Ca
06/19/2010
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!

Posted by Adelynn
Singapore
09/23/2010
4 Posts
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

Posted by Askol10
Milwaukee, Wi
10/21/2010
To abk from Oakland: your cat with hyperthyroidism, has there been any weight gain with the ACV?
Posted by Tara
Milwaukee, Wi
12/16/2011
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

Posted by Annie
Sydney, Nsw Australia
02/25/2010
[YEA]   "Yes - this is a miracle cure!!! It is unbelieveable - and pure fabulous magic........it 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)
Posted by Sheish
Cumbria, England
09/13/2011
2 Posts
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.
Posted by Maya
New York, Ny
01/14/2012
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.

Posted by Linda
San Francisco, Ca, Usa
01/14/2012
45 Posts
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.

Linda

Posted by Timh
Louisville, Usa
01/16/2012
1227 Posts
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?
Posted by Ktuck
Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
01/26/2012
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.

Posted by Teresa
Worksop, Nottinghamshire Uk
02/06/2012
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.
Posted by Bikey
Lockridge, Iowa
02/15/2012
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.

IÂ 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.

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

Posted by Abby
Reading, Pa
04/10/2012
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".

Posted by Claudia
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
10/25/2012
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
Posted by Pauline
Scotland
06/02/2014
Does spraying get rid of fleas, how diluted do you make it. Can this be used as house spray?? Pauline
Posted by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
06/02/2014
544 Posts
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.

Posted by Sue (Cypress, Texas) on 11/19/2009

[YEA]  Hello I am glad to say my female cat is mostly normal because of ACV/apple cider vinegar, with the mother in it. Organic style. Three vets couldn't tell me why she couldn't stop throwing up everyday. Sometimes twice a day! Ugh for her and me. This went on for 2 years and got worse.

She was struggling with dehydration, urinary tract crystals, unsociable and a crusted up chin ,that she would scratch to bleeding. Drooling, raspy meows and always hiding.

All the ointments, antibiotics, prescriptions, etc. and some expensive natural herbs I bought online didn't do it, she'd have to get fluid injections. The expense and no results still. (She had accidently licked her flea drops over the counter product) Vet said this wasn't the problem. Even though I believe the ingestion of it damaged her digestive system.

Please note, this was an over the counter product I do not use anymore and hope someday is off the market! I now use prescription flea drops that is safe in case of ingestion. You know how cats will groom each other. The safe product I use begins with an "R".

Anyway,thought about putting her down. She was miserable and I couldn't help her. And was losing any quality of life.

In desperation I decided to "Google" search how to give a cat apple cider vinegar. I had read that race horses and dogs get apple cider vinegar. And I use it for myself, too. Why not my cat?

So, thanks a million for sharing this miracle of information. In our society of information overload, why is this not even known to Veterinarians? Now I can keep my cat and my budget intact.

Posted by Hahumiaomiao
Santa Cruz, Ca
03/31/2010
Hi,

I'm so happy to find your post. My 7.5 yr. old female indoor kitty has been vomiting stomach acid frequently. The Pepcid AC that the vet put her on isn't very effective. And I'm concerned with the side effects.

I wonder if you could describe to me your kitty's situation. Was it similar to mine? Mine has been having acid reflux at night or in morning. But today, she started throwing up during the day.

I tried to get her to take a little ACV. But she simply refused, no matter how much I wet food or shrimp I use.

I would appreciate any suggestions you might have.

Thanks so much!

YW

Posted by Jessica (Arlington, Va) on 11/10/2009

After coming home to find my cat lethargic and disinterested in food & water, I realized his left ear was causing him extreme amounts of pain. I searched online for advice as I wasn't interested in an expensive vet bill and unnecessary tests. I stumbled upon the posts for Apple Cider Vinegar and tried it on my cat. I mixed one cap of ACV with one cap of tepid water, placed in an infant ear irrigator and squeezed as much as my cat would allow into the ear, massaging the area when possible. He wasn't a fan of the process, however, after one day he was purring and eating again. After 2.5 days, the infection released and drained. After 3 days, he's pretty much back to normal. Thank you!

Posted by Ethereal (Kw, Canada) on 11/09/2009

Instead of a water bowl we have one of those pet fountains. It has a charcoal filter in it. Will this make the apple cider vinegar ineffective?

Posted by Mitch
Picture Butte, Alberta, Canada
03/12/2010
I'm posting an answer, Re: Pet fountain w/charcoal filter. You probably have found out by now, but you also answered your own question.. Yes, the activated charcoal will indeed neutralize the acid in the vinegar. May I suggest that you add 1/2 teaspoon of the ACV (cultured, kinda cloudy, not clear) put onto wet cat food (canned), once a day will do though I have heard that some give it their pet twice a day.

I have four cats of various shapes and sizes, one of them balks a bit, but will eat in order to keep the others from getting his treat, if you have more than one cat, I suggest that they each get their own plate and that you give them their medicine all at the same time, so that one does not get more than its share.

I also give it to the one with the least manners first, etc. Easy to figure out the first time or so.

I give the ACV right on top and don't even bother to mix it in, if one is fussy, then just blend it a bit. It helps to use a fishy type of cat food, I use a salmon pate' and they can't wait, and even "bark" at me if I'm late... ha ha. I've checked out several web sites, however, this one (Earthclinic) was the first one I checked out and truly believe that my cats appreciate it as much as I do. Thank you so much!!

I also use the 50/50 ACVtoWater on the nape of the neck, using a cottonball to applicate into the fur. One cottonball is approx. one teaspoon, just toss it when thru. Works like a miracle. Hope that this helps.

Posted by Catlovequest
Lethbridge, Canada
11/20/2011
Johnny, my 12 yr old dry food indoor (occassional backyard romps) neutered male tabby started licking his lower belly. Completely bald, and soon little red dot/spots appeared where he was licking. There were what looked like 2 internal bulges -3 inches by 1 directly opposite of each other- with red dots , 2 inch above his johnny. (Not sure if that was there before he licked the fur off). Stopped giving him a certain commercial treat because I read that food allergy may cause itchy skin. But then he'd me- yowww, and make frequent trips downstairs. Then small bloody puddles. He'd go right in front of me which he'd never done. Then the hair started to grow back a little on belly, but he started to lick his groin area excessively. - Wonder if a stone is passing or if chrystals are forming in his johnny..... When I first picked up this scrawny mite infested kitty, I said in front of him and everyone around "I'll give you a good home. Give you everything a cat would want. But I cannot afford a vet, and if you get sick, I'll do my best without having to spend a ridiculous amount. "... So now I'm thinking it might be time to put him down and dreading that..... So at 7am Sunday morning, I started searching - cat peeing blood- and ultimately came here.... Went and bought ACV but could not find the "organic". Surprised he ate some on wet cat food... Now am waiting. Will post update in order that others may also reap the benefits of this helpful site.... Hope others will also post detailed information/stats so we will not feel the need/guilt to go broke when trying to help our beloved pets.

Posted by Vcanfield (San Antonio, Tx, Usa) on 10/24/2009

[YEA]  I started giving my cat 2 capfuls of ACV (the kind with the mother) in about 2 T of canned cat food for his UTI. I already took him to the vet and after pumping him with antibiotics, he still had symptoms. He has slowly getting better with the UTI, but the amazing thing was his weepy eye is gone. He has had the weepy eye for years and I have tried all kinds of ointments from the vet for his eye, but nothing has ever helped until he started drinking the ACV.

Posted by Martha
Dunbar, Wv
12/28/2011
Can someone please tell me what is the "mother" term mean in relation to ACV.
Posted by Bonnie
Ravenna Ohio
09/20/2013
The "mother" in apple cider vinegar means it is unfiltered--so all the good stuff is in there. It may look cloudy on the bottom, shake it a little then pour. It may cost a few pennies more but worth it. I put a few drops in water for my pets--and take it everyday myself. Hope it helps.

Posted by Plurna (Waverly, Georgia, U.S.A.) on 08/25/2009

I'd like to know how often you give cats acv on the back of the neck and how often in their water. This may have been covered at some point but I'm not finding it in the posts. Thank you for this site and your time.

Posted by Loulou
San Francisco, Ca, usa
09/04/2009
Thanks for everyone's input here. Very reassuring.

We suddenly found that our cat, LouLou was hosting a flea colony. In my desperation, I tried vinegar (distilled white). He's never been very fond of being combed, but the vinegar has gotten him very excited. He loves to lick my hands and his hair, sometimes he even investigates the bowl.

So, where some people might use vinegar to discourage some cat behaviors, mine just literally eats it up.

I will switch to ACV, but distilled white has been fine by him. Should I be concerned? Go figure. Here's a cat that like to eat shaven apple, raspberries and watermelon.

Posted by Saralin
Springfield, Il, USA
11/09/2009
3 Posts
raw (unpasteurized) Apple Cider Vinagar (ACV) has many positive health benefits that distilled white does not. That's why I use it in my own food and drink all the time (and b/c it tastes good, too!)

Posted by Patti (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) on 08/23/2009

[YEA]  ACV is a God send. I have 3 cats Darwin, Marconi,& Hypatia, and one, Marconi, is always coming down with crystals in his bladder. After repeated trips to the vet & surgery being offered (hubby said "NO". The cat's a male and shall stay that way), I found this site. Even with his medication and draining, he still was in rough shape. Ran out and picked up organic ACV and added 1/4 teaspoon to his wet cat food. He could spot it in the water bowl plus he'll only drink from the toilet anyways. He ate the food like a champ. So far it's been 5 months and no problems. It even helped the other 2 drop some pounds. Darwin was over weight & Hypatia was obese. Now they are fit and trim. They will continue to receive the ACV from now on.

Posted by Leigh (Melbourne, Victoria Australia) on 07/19/2009

[YEA]  My 3 yo male cat had surgery 5 days ago for a blocked bladder. He had also had 'crystals' when he was a kitten, even before he was neutered he managed to sort himself out back then with the help (or not) of some injections, tablets and a few consults.

This time was different he was in distress i rushed him to the vet on Thursday morning, they kept him there they said they sedated,unblocked him and had him on an IV drip but wanted to keep him for two nights. I paid visitsbut he became VERY distressed in there. Friday night, he looked near dead. I made them take out the IV drip and let me bring him home as there was no body at all in the surgery overnight.

He was happy to be home but by Saturday night i knew that he was blocking up again. I started to cry thinking of his options. I was physically ill. I didnt want to put him through any more surgery, nor did i want him to have to have his p---s removed. It seemed kinder to put him to sleep.

I found this site at 3 a.m Sunday morning. I got some ACV into around noon .. 50 parts ACV 50 parts water and started dripping drops onto his paw with a dropper.. the results were almost instant. He took off under the bed (not happy with me) but seemed to be sleeping soundly.

A couple of hours later he woke and went to his litter tray .. i was encouraged as this was more urine than he HAD been passing ..he kept making frequent trips to his litter trays (as they to with UTI) .. each time passing more and more urine .. i couldnt believe it!!!!!!!! I also made a capful to a cup of water and dropped a dropper full down his throat before i went to bed. He was already a different cat, almost back to his old self and this was only six or seven hours after his first doses of ACV!!

This morning i saw his sister trying to bury something on the laundry floor i thought it was a little worm/bug thing, it had two bits of kittylitter stuck to it. I picked it up it was actually a peice of conjealed* blood! It looked exactly like it has come out of his little p---s !! Did the vinegar help him to pass this!!? There were also larger and larger clumps of litter in the trays. I was so happy ..then! i saw him go in the tray himself ..the relief was written all over his face ..he did this huge wee!!

He has only been on raw beef/lamb/chicken since the surgery as he loves to eat this and won't eat the s/d science diet they sold me. he likes to drink water so im lucky .. im cutting out dry food as i think this is what caused it ..there was always some down for them to eat.

24 hours ago this was a different cat .. i thank the acv and testimonials from this site they've saved my little cats life! He is almost his old happy self ..im sure of it!

Not sure whether to keep him on the antibiotics the vet prescribed or not though. I was meant to give him 3 yesterday and only gave him one. I'm worried about them mucking up his ph levels and possibly constipating him. And i don't altogether trust the vet.

Posted by Multiplecatmom (In the middle of New Jersey) on 06/23/2009

Question - Reading numerous posts about Apple Cider Vinegar and Cats with Crystals. If it is not organic or raw is it ineffective?

Posted by Judych
Dover, Tasmania Australia
08/20/2009
4 Posts
i need to know if apple cider vinegar is effective if it isnt organic. im trying to buy some today through a friend but im isolated here and may not have access to it. judych. FEEL FREE TO EMAIL ME IF YOU CAN HELP WITH THIS. judych
Posted by Kyle
Jacksonville, Florida
09/08/2009
If the ACV is not organic (it may be filtered, etc.) it generally loses ALOT of its natural enzymes and is therefore not nearly as effective, if at all. Only try to buy the ACV with the "mother".
Posted by Joly
Sacramento, California
11/03/2009
The main thing is that is not be heated (pasteurized). It should say "raw" or "unpasteurized". But the best has the "mother"--the icky-looking stuff that makes it cloudy, and may be in strings. Very helpful if organic. Get that as soon as you can.


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