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Apple Cider Vinegar for Cats

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Posted by Masa (Queens/ Brooklyn, New York, US) on 01/13/2009

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  When my cat became sick when he was two years old with crystals he almost died. I had to give the poor thing a sex change operation (yes remove the penis) so he could live. Otherwise he would of died. It costed me over $4,000. He is 9 now. 95% of the time I give him that Science Diet C/D to maintaince him, UNTIL.... the vet forced me to give him another unianry test. Otherwise since this food is perscription he wouldn't give it to me. I knew this cat still produced crsytals because I gave him one test again 3 years ago and the doctor told me in a grave voice that he had really bad crystals. After I explain he is okay with his operation the doctor was cool with it. So here I go again paying more money for something I already knew. It really felt like the vet was doing it more for the money, holding cats food over it's head unless I paid money for this test. So I did, and started to research about natural ways to stop this. The test came back positive for the crystals and the doctor wanted to put the cat back on the Science Diet S/D and test him again in a month. So I really was fed up. The point is the cat can still pee, but of course the crystals aren't good. I told the doctor I am going to try soft food and 1/2 capful of ACV mixed in the food. So far since he has been on it for a week, I can say that he doesn't get as bloated AND he is much more regular. I will keep you posted, let's see if I got rid of these crystals once and for all. I will be testing him again in less than 3 weeks. I'll let you know what happened.

Replied by Mama Rose
Tempe, AZ
[YEA]   You're right about the vet being interested in your money and not about the health of your cat. I have a 17 year old Maine Coon mix that was diagnosed with crystals in his urine and was advised by the vet to put him on the Science Diet C/D or to operate. I told the vet I didn't have a lot of money (plus, it's $85.00 to walk in the vet's door!) and could she advise other treatments. NO, the only treatment was an expensive cat food or surgery. I am not about to put a 17 year old cat under the knife, that's crazy! And to pay excessive prices for a special cat food diet wasn't an option.

That's how I found this site and the wonderful effects of ACV. It cured my cat of his crystals in 1 month and made his coat shiny and healthy. He also had digestive problems, which also disappeared using the ACV. When I took him back to the vet (for a different problem), they insisted on doing a urinalysis based on their previous diagnosis. Imagine their surprise when his test came back negative for crystals! I told the vet that I had been treating him with ACV and the vet acknowledged that it was an effective treatment. He could have told me this $500.00+ ago, but their practice is dependant on people spending money on drugs and procedures to keep their pets healthy, not to actually keep pets healthy.

On a side note, my boyfriend and I also started taking ACV, his digestion problems are nearly gone and it has done wonders for my skin. Yea for ACV!

Replied by Elaine
Bettendorf, Iowa
[YEA]   Yea! and Yay! I too had a similar vet experience. My Angora Male (young) started the UTI concerns at two mnonth intervals. By the end of the second round of anti-biotics I decided to search the Internet. Thus, I found Earth Clinic. Each time the vet prescribed the high priced food and my cat would not go near it. The vet kept at me to bring him back in "in two weeks to check" him. I started putting a couple of drops of ACV in both my male cats food, each time a bit more. And!! I add water to make the food soupy. No problems in well over a year. They get ACV in every meal and love it. Thanks so much for sharing your experiences here and for guiding me in the natural way to go. Plus, saving me big bucks is nice. :o)
Replied by Melanie
Northfield, Mn
Elaine from Bettendorf, Iowa, Could you please tell me what type of cat food you do feed your cat? Im currently in heart ache with a 1 1/2 year old male cat who has reoccuring UTI's. I had tried the apple cidar vinegar treatment and it worked, unfortunately I stopped thinking he was fine. He now is showing signs of having another UTI. I have brought him to the vet twice and they gave him a UA finding crystals in his urine. We switched to the prescription Science Diet CD. The vet also gave him anti-inflammitory meds and antibiotics. The cat got another UTI after the antibiotics were finished. The vet did another UA and found no crystals but blood. He gave our cat a stronger antibiotic and urged us to get a water fountain, and give canned food. The canned food was not tollerated, he would vomit it. After about a week of the antibiotics the same thing, he had was urinating in the bathroom on the rug and straining in the litter box. The vet suggested an x-ray, we didn't want to do that. He ended up giving our cat some more anti-inflammitory meds and suggesting we give him a low-dose (81mg) asperin every other day for pain. He basically said it would run its course. The x-ray didn't guaranty anything either. We will not give him surgery. We just cannot afford this.I found a web site suggesting the acv, so I tried it. I want to know should I keep giving him the acv and how much. I also want to know what kind of food you are feeding your cat. We are pretty much on our last hope. We had him scheduled to be put to sleep tomorrow, but I cannot do it. He's not even 2! I feel horrible! PLEASE help.
Replied by Faithfullymb
Saginaw, Michigan
I can't stand it! When I hear people feeding their pets Science Diet foods I just cringe. I do pet food analysis' and these "Vet Approved" foods are pure crap! They failed on every level. I am no vet but I will tell you that in many cases, the vet food, on the Most part, did not do any good or made things worse. You are better off buying food with better ingredients. Please see my article I wrote for more information:

ACV is wonderful! I do cat rescue and use it consistantly. I rarely go to the vets with my own cats. It saved the life of my one cat. I got a little misting bottle and mix 1/2 part ACV, 1/2 part distilled water and spray it on a brush and brush away. My cats love it and reaps so many benefits. It truly is the cure that vets don't want pet parents to know about.

Replied by Momof3cats
Mahanoy City, Pa, Us
I have been reading all the posts, as I have a problem with one cat, and think ACV might help. But while in here, I have seen lots of folks talking about crystals in the urinary tract.

A couple years ago, my 10Yr old MaineCoon started peeing all over the house, and was crying in agony when trying to use the litter box.

Took him to the vet. (I feel fortunate that I haven't run into the 'greedy' vet problem some have). She knew I didn't have lots of money, and was heart broken thinkin I may not be able to save my kitty. Luckily for us, our vet had a simple recommendation, after telling me about the crystals that were built up in his urinary tract.

Our cat had been eating MeowMix his whole life... WOW.. possibly the WORST FOOD you could feed him!!! ( I had no idea, cuz he had be healthy up til then).

She recommended PurinaOne Special Care Urinary Tract Formula. And to never feed him any soft foods with ANY fish products.

She told me to give it about four days for the foods to circulate out of the system.

My sweet MaineCoon sits here sleeping next to me, happy as can be :o) It only took a couple days. He was better, and was no longer peeing anywhere but the litter box again.

He has had no issues since then.

With all that said... I know there is a big movement against commercial hard pet foods... Which I am no expert on. I am in the beginning stages of browsing the web to learn more about maybe making my own cat food... but this too has to be done right.

I don't recommend anything here, I am just sharing my experience with my MaineCoon.

Posted by Jewlz (Troy, MO) on 01/04/2009

[YEA]  Hi, just wanted to post my support for ACV for cats. I have 2 cats, one female approx. 9 years old, and a male approx. 4 years old. Both were strays that "adopted" us :o) My female had that goopy stuff in her eye the other day and I assume it was conjunctivitis. I soaked a cotton ball in ACV and rubbed it in on the back of her neck. I was expecting her to turn tail and run to sulk for a while, but she seems to actually like it. She kept sniffing at the cotton ball and not running away. The next day my daughter commented how her eye was all better and it is now back to normal. Her coat is also looking better and her appetite is raging. I just put my hand down in front of her and she stood up on her back legs and clawed and gently bit at my hands thinking I had food for her. My male cat also got uninary blockage some time ago and I got some expensive vet bills on that one. When he developed another one, I found the ACV remedy but couldn't get him to drink it from water. I did find another natural rememdy for some stuff you sprinkle in their food and I also used cranberry supplements. I also switched both of the cats to a more natural semi-raw diet. They eat twice a day now and do NOT get any dry food. Mornings they get tuna fish w/raw chicken livers and in the evenings I give them salmon w/raw gizzards, hearts or livers, just depends on what I have. They just absolutely love this diet. They stand meowing through the door when they know it's time to eat :o) Drives my hubby crazy. I also make sure I add additional water to their meals to make sure they are getting enough liquid. I can't get either one of them to just drink from a plain bowl of water.

Replied by Cindy
San Marcos, CA
[QUESTION]   I have a Kitty just under 1 year old, she is having an eye problem and I wanted to try using the ACV treatment. Can you tell me where to buy the Apple Cider Vinegar and if you can use any ACV on the shelf or should it be the the raw ACV. Also, how long do I need to use it once her eyes clear up?

In addition, we purchased the fountain water system for my kitties and they drink more water and they absolutely love it!

Replied by Dianna
Citrus Heights, Ca
Cindy, I can't help you with dosages of ACV but I found ACV at Trader Joe's and it is relatively inexpensive. I hope this helps.

Posted by Jessi (Fairfield, IA) on 12/23/2008

I have a cat who I think would benefit from ACV for her acid reflux condition, but she shares her drinking bowl with two house rabbits. Does anyone know if putting ACV in the common drinking bowl could hurt the rabbits?

Replied by Susan
Columbus, Ohio
I have two guinea pigs, one had a urinary problem and I added apple cider vinegar , a very small amount, I mix ACV and water 50/50 and add a small amount of that mixture to her water bottle, about 1/2 teaspoon. She has not had a problem since. After some research, I now also add organic cranberry juice, about 1/4 teaspoon to help in their vitamin C intake. Cranberry juice is also good in treating yeast, fungus, etc., when taken internally. For animals unsweetened is recommended, but you only need to use a small amount in the water. I also give this to my dog, ACV and cranberry juice. If your pets refuse to drink the ACV in the water, put a smaller amount in, it seems that even a very small amount is still helpful.

Posted by Jessi (Fairfield, IA) on 12/23/2008

For those of you whose cats are scratching and biting themselves, I'm told the source of the problem is usually the cat food. Find a natural pet food store (they're popping up everywhere these days) and put your cat on some natural pet food WITHOUT GRAINS, CORN OR WHEAT in it. Ask the clerk to make sure the natural pet food you buy doesn't have either of those 3 things. The scratching is due to an allergy to the ingredients in store-bought pet food, or to the grains, corns, or wheat your current pet food contains. I was told this by a knowledgeable source, passed it on to a neighbor whose cat was bleeding because it was scratching itself so much, and she reports the change in food cleared the problem up in the one month she's been doing it. She also commented on how little the natural cat food cost - she had been prepared for a big increase in her pet food bill, but it was negligible.

Posted by KG (South Brunswick, NJ) on 12/02/2008

[YEA]  Hi all.Our 3 yr.old cat Tum was lethargic when we came home on thanksgiving night,after seeming to have problems peeing for a few hours earlier.I took him to a 24 hour emergency hospital at 11pm,being the only place open at that time,especially on a holiday.I was told upon entering there was a $120 "cover charge" just for walking in.Fine.Ijust want my cat to live,I thought.Well when the vet called me in to discuss the problem,I found out he had a urinary blockage and they wanted to unblock him and do testing to find out exactly why,due to the tune of $1200,also while telling me he may need surgery on top of that.Being pretty strapped for money,like anyone else nowadays,I couldn't afford their testing.I started crying hysterically,not wanting to have to watch my cat suffer infront of us helplessly,and watch him die.The vet told me she'd unblock him,thankfully,but then we were sent on our way.He seemed ok for a few hours afterwards,but then started going in and out of the litterbox every 2 minutes or so.We knew we couldn't afford to take a trip to the vet or hospital,just because we already knew what it was and what it would cost.That's when I started frantically searching the net for a home remedy type solution,and the apple cider vinegar treatment was the 1st I came across.I was EXTREMELY weary and hopeless,but thought,hey I have nothing to lose.My husband immediately ran to the food store and bought a bottle.I gave Tum some WET food mixed with about 1.5 tsp of acv immediately,and the same amount at every feeding.I am so happy to report that out baby is almost completely better.He is not only making less than half the trips the the litter box than before,but it active again after only 3 days now.Sure he didn't like it at 1st,but mix it with food and if they're hungry,they'll eat it!We didn't force it down his throat(we've tried before with other meds and it was just us getting scratched and bit by him)but administer it by any means if you have a fussy cat!It is SO worth it.I just want to speak on behalf of all the loving animal owners who can't afford expensive treatment...please give it a try!There's NOTHING to lose.It has kept one of our family's best friends around!

Thanks a MILLION ten fold for those who have made testimonials and who have informed us on the use of avc for urinary problems for our cat,as it has saved his life and gave us such great hope,as well as returning our Tum to his lively,crazy young self!Please,please try it-if not now,as a last option.We did and we are so thankful.Thank you all so much.

Posted by Anne S-K (Innisfil, Canada) on 11/29/2008

[YEA]  First of all, I would like to thank the owner/founder and independent contributor for this wonderful site, along with all those those who have provided valuable feedback concerning folk remedies.

Our senior cat Pepper who is about 15 years old developed problems over a year ago, which started with listlessness, loss of appetite/drinking and vomiting. We took her to a Vet and was informed that she was not drinking enough and needed to be rehydrated, so she was kept overnight at the clinic for tests and was rehydrated by IV. The Vet later informed us that because of her age her kidneys were failing and tests showed they were in poor shape, he also said she would need to be on medication and a low protein diet which could only be purchased at the clinic.

After the awful ordeal of having to pop a pill down her throat every day, she showed no improvement and her symtoms actually got worse and she was deteriorating faster and was looking like a bone rack. I tried every kind of food to try to tempt her to eat but she would only eat about a teaspoon of food. It was very upsetting to see her so ill and thin so I returned to the Vet who told me that the kindest thing I could do was to put her to sleep. :( My family and I decided not to go that route and brought her back home.

After extensive researching on the net I found that others pets had gotten worse from this medication so I stopped giving it to her.

I also learned online that dandelion leaves were great for flushing the kidneys and body of toxins, so I started giving her a fresh one from the garden and chopping and mixing some through her soft food.

With the help of organic baby food and a fresh dandelion leaf daily, she slowly regained her appetite and stopped vomiting and was drinking lots of water.

A year later she has now fully regained her weight and is eating her regular crunchies and soft food and has a healthy appetite. The only thing now is she drinks huge amounts of water which I was told was the bodies way of flushing toxins out of the system which is due to her age and failing kidneys.

Two weeks ago she got a bladder infection and was straining to uninate but was only passing small drops, so I reseached the net and found EARTH CLINIC, after one day of giving her organic apple cider vinegar in her soft food and drinking bowl she started to unrinate and has been fine since.

"Another one of mother earths natural remedies"

We are now keeping Pepper on the apple cider vinegar perminately and our new kitten also.

Quess what? she is now also starting to drink normal amounts of water. :D

Thank you again for this wonderful site.
I hope my feedback also helps others.

P.S In winter I add dried dandelion root to Peppers soft food which I purchase in my health food store.

We add 1/2 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to her soft food and 1/2 a teaspoon to two cups of her drinking water every day.

fresh dandelion half of one small leaf from my garden chopped up fine and added to soft food three times a week, in winter 1/2 a capsule of dried dandelion root.

If you can't get your cat to eat the fresh leaf, try putting about 5 drops of dandelion liquid tinture in a full bowl of drinking water.

Don't ever administer full strenth cider vinegar or dandelion root directly into your pets mouth.
This would choke them.

Replied by Kristeen
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
My 2 yr. Old male (indoors) cat has not been able to urinate the last couple on days. He's always meowing, and he threw up a couple of times. We took him to the vet and found out he has FLUTD, something that is blocking his bladder like crystals. The vet said that if his bladder keeps filling up it will either burst, or his kidnies will burst, so we had to do a little thing that cost about 400.00 with the medications, but it was too expensive and we don't have the money, so we brought him Apple Cider Vinegar and here goes!! I'm hoping this will help him!!

EC: Hi Kristeen,

If you haven't already, please see for more information (and many success stories) about apple cider vinegar for bladder issues in cats.

Posted by Susan (Livingston Manor, NY) on 10/29/2008

[YEA]  I swear by ACV for heartburn and indigestion, IBD, and pesky urinary tract infections. It never occurred to me it might help one of my cats. My sweet little pumpkin pie, Rusty, is almost 17 and suffered many traumatic injuries as an abused kitten. Five years ago he had a kidney removed, has always suffered from bouts of colitis and upper resp problems, and now is suffering from liver failure. Oh yeah, and fleas and his severe allergy to them. Because of the liver problems, he cannot have topical flea meds. All of these issues, my vet tells me, could be handled by surgery and meds if I had a spare $50,000 and Rusty was 10 years younger. Well, I don't, and he isn't.

I was unable to get Rusty to drink anything with acv in it except tomato juice (don't believe everything you read about tomatoes and cats). So, about 1/4 tsp in a little 'mater juice or hidden in some beef broth or tuna juice and liberally applying it to the back of the neck, base of tail and around his privates were my options.

I started this regimen four weeks ago. Within a couple of days his breathing had improved, his watery-wheezing had diminished, and he was a little more active and social. Within a week, flea activity dropped dramatically, and he is no longer chewing on himself 24/7 (poor baby was so exhausted.) And, this morning, for the first time in almost two years, Rusty walked into the litter box and had a stool (poop) that looked almost normal, and not the fetid, muddy gray slop I had been cleaning off carpets several times a day.

More importantly, he has gained almost 1/2 pound of weight. His liver and colitis problems have made him very anemic (he had progressively lost five pounds in just over two years), and this weight gain is a blessing because it means he is actually absorbing some of the calories and nutrients in his food.

At Rusty's age and with his medical background, I am quite impressed -- and every so thankful -- with what acv has achieved for him.

If you are wondering if your pet might benefit in some way from an acv treatment, all I can say is you have absolutely nothing to lose by trying. Sadly, nothing is going to cure Rusty except some God-given miracle, but if his symptoms are eased so he can enjoy the rest of his life, that works for me.

Replied by Rj
Baton Rouge, La
Replied by Joe
San Diego, Ca
[YEA]   My cat Barbie has always had an issue with UTI or more likely Urinary Tract Inflammation. Periodically, she will go out to the litter box when I am there cleaning and will leave a drop of urine. This last time she stared at me and left a drop of urine on the rug and meowed. It is so strange that she tells me when she is having problems and $300 later she is back to normal. Well, a couple weeks ago she started up her little routine of leaving a drop and letting me know she was having an issue. I looked up this site on a google search and decided to give ACV a shot. By the evening I started, Barbie was flowing without issue. I saved not only $300 now but I saved the countless numbers of vet visits. I now place an 1/8th teaspoon to every meal and so far so good!

Posted by Pat (Monticello, Georgia) on 10/20/2008

[YEA]  My 5 month old kitten unfortunately has fleas and so he is constantly scratching and biting. I read on another website (written by a vet) about using ACV. You use 1/2 water & 1/2 ACV or just regular vinegar in a spray bottle. While you spray it on you also rub it into their skin. Apparently the fleas don't like the smell or the taste of it and won't stay on the cat.The article also said that cats don't like the smell of vinegar. It seems to be working. My kitten isn't scratching as much (hardly at all), but boy is he licking at the vinegar and water combination. The article also said that the vinegar and water combo will help heal the sores that were created from the scratching and biting. I just thought I would pass this on.

Posted by Asma (Hyderabad, India) on 10/15/2008

[YEA]  My cat (Leo) was diagnosed with feline cystitis last year. This weekend he started showing signs of it again and stopped urinating. Luckily I found this website and went out the same night and bought some ACV. Also switched him to canned food. The effect was miraculous! He started urinating normally within 12 hours (or less) and is almost back to his normal active self. I still can't believe how well it worked. My question is: How long do I continue giving it to him? I've reduced the dose from 1 tsp to 1/2 tsp per day (mixed in his food). Does anyone know the long term effects of ACV? Is it safe? Please do let me know if you have any information on this. Thanks a lot for this website and all of your posts!!

Posted by Patricia (Pittsburgh, PA) on 10/13/2008

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  Apple Cider Vinegar & Upper Respiratory Infections in Cats

This is my third day giving my cat ACV. Although this seems to be helping just a bit, he throws up every time I give it to him & then he is nauseous for a couple hours afterward. I don't know whether I should keep giving it to him or not.. Because him throwing up twice a day is not good for him. After he throws up, I give him another dose ( which always stays down) But, still he looks sick as hell afterwards! He hates me for it. I'll keep it up for another few days or so. Hopefully it will help out more than it hurts. My cat is 16 years old & has been since for months now. Vet visits have done nearly nothing to help... I'm hoping for a miracle. I will update with the status of ACV & Figuro in one week.

Replied by Eugene
Columbus, Ohio
I read your comment, and just wanted to confirm that you are not giving your cat straight ACV are you? You have to cut it with water or other liquid. At least a 1 to 3 ratio, so say half teaspoon ACV to 1 and a half to two teaspoons water. To give a example with human doses a person drinks 1 tablespoon ACV in at least 8 ounces of Water. Never take ACV straight.

Posted by Ashley (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) on 10/10/2008

[YEA]  I would just like to thank all who have told their stories and the web site for sharing this Apple Cider Vinegar cat (Kitty Kitty) was having problems going to the bathroom,wasn't eating or i decided to try this remedy before taking her to the vet and it worked i was soo happy to see her back to normal..thank you very much all.

Posted by Janet (Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri) on 10/02/2008

[YEA]  Recently, my cat Gracie started running to her litter boxes constantly with little urine being deposited. The vet was closed for two days. I wanted to help her & found your web site via web search on "feline UTI home remedies" and was so happy to find the Apple Cider Vinegar suggestion from other writers. It worked in 24 hours she was almost back to normal and after 4 days she is now urinating normally and fully. We're also putting her on a special dry food that will hopefully help. Thanks for the help everyone!!

EC: More remedies for Feline Cystitis here:

Posted by Regina (Mountain Home, Idaho) on 09/23/2008

[YEA]  Out of my 5 cats, 4 of them came up with Upper Respitory Infection. Since I couldn't afford Vet bills and meds for 4 cats, I searched the internet and found this site with it's testimonies of using ACV to treat URI's. So I began rubbing it into the scruff of the necks of my kitties and putting about a teaspoon into their drinking water. I also rubbed a little on their front paws so that they would lick it out. Within hours, the two with leaky eyes were cleared up and I noticed a change in appetite and energy in all of them. Now, 2 days later they still sneeze a little but no leaky eyes or runny nose, no lethargy or lack of appetite, no wheezing and hacking. I had used the ACV on their necks and paws every 12 hours and changed their water daily, putting new ACV in. This stuff stinks terribly but it truly does work. I plan on keeping some in their water for at least the next few weeks and might continue after that just to keep them healthy.

Posted by Lisa (Troy, Michigan) on 09/09/2008

I started the acv 2 days ago and am still in the process of hopefully healing my 2 year old female cat. She is not lethargic at all so I am hoping that she is stable and will eventually get better soon. I will keep you updated on Velma's progress.

EC: Hi, Lisa. Not sure what ailment you are trying to treat in your cat. Please let us know when you update the site! Thanks.

Posted by Jessi (Phoenix, AZ) on 08/06/2008

[YEA]  After reading all your comments on how effective ACV is for cat ailments I had to give it a try & it's made me a believer! When I got a stray 8 wk old kitten & realized he was sick with what seemed like a cold with mucus in eyes and sneezing (probably URI) & I hate to say but I was going to take him to the pound because I just can't affort vet bills on my fixed income. Then a friend told me about this site and I just happened to have some ACV as I use in salads because I heard it helps arthritis. So I added a few drops to his water and he lapped it up. Also put some under chin and down his front legs which he immediately cleaned off. Within a day I could see that his eyes were clearing up and he seems to be eating better and has more energy. I'm also giving it to my other kitten to make sure he doesn't get sick. Amazing!! I'm spreading this bit of good news to all my cat/dog lover friends. Thanks everyone.

Replied by Dianne
Winchendon, Massachusetts
Hi, i have a 6yr old female cat that constantly urinates on the mat in front of the litterbox or pees on the floor. The vet found nothing wrong could this be psychological and would apple cider vinegar help?I also have an 11yr old male cat that has recently started meowing loudly at nite and sometimes during the day, vet has done blood work results aren't back yet but she suspects Hyperthyroidism, would this help him and if so how do I administer it and how much?

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