Apple Cider Vinegar for Cats

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Apple Cider Vinegar   68  2   

Posted by Rathmussen (Montreal, Canada) on 06/03/2008

[YEA]  I took the tip from someone on this site to put ACV on the scruff of my cat to help with a respiratory infection, and not only did it help her condition a bit, her whole coat has become magically lush. I don't know if it was spread everywhere from us petting her or brushing her with a baby brush, or if it was absorbed through her skin and spread from there, but wow. She was always a scruffy runt, but now she's downright regal looking!

Replied by Tina
Chicago, IL
I tried putting the ACV in my cat's water and food... just a drop. They won't eat the food or drink the water. I was so excited about reading how all of you solved your cat urinary problems, but if they won't eat or drink anything, I'm back where I started...PLUS I'm stuck with a gallon of this stuff that I'll end up throwing away. Also tried the pumpkin for my dogs with loose stool. Their stool is STILL loose after a week and now the stool looks like pumpkin! GRRRRRR.

EC: Try putting it on their fur and letting them lick it off. That seems to be the most effective way, according to a few of our readers.

Replied by Jill
Cranbrook, BC Canada
I also had an issue with getting my cat to drink/eat ACV but then I realized that i had some of that sticky hairball stuff that you put on cats paws, so i mixed the ACV with that, spead it real good on the paw and poof!...she licked it off just like that! This is my first time trying ACV for my cats bladder infection so im hoping this is going to work wonders like i've been readin so far on this site....I'll keep you all posted!
Replied by Diamond
Salisbury, Usa
I have tried either or apple cider vinegar for certain infections, with my cat I gave her Apple Cider Vinegar in her food, she did great but because of her on going upper respiratory infection is seems like it will be an on going thing. Then my older dog was acting very strange, she likes the kitten but just out of the blue she attacked the kitten & was really tearing into the poor kitty, what I had figured was that the dog may have had an infection as well as my kitten so I put a little bit of sea salt in the dogs dish of water and the same day she seemed a little better an the same water with sea salt was finished the next day, whatever it was she seems to be better, thank god and thanks to this website & Ted for making it possible.

Posted by Tonya (Houston, TX, USA ) on 05/04/2008

[YEA]  Outstanding information on this site.

Why isn't Apple Cider Vinegar a staple in every household? Truly a life changing remedy the doctors sure don't tell you about. Thanks a million to everyone who took the time to provide VALUABLE information on this site. I'm using it now for my cat who almost died from crystals...a urinary blockage. The vet wanted to perform a painful $1,500 surgery, but the ACV is doing the trick to regulate his PH levels. Unbelievable...

Replied by Laura
Columbus, OH
Hello, I'm writing in response to the page on your site where people are supporting the suggestion of using apple cider vinegar for cat ailments. I'm curious what specifically was done with the ACV. My cat has chronic cystitis, aka FLUTD or UTI and I end up taking her to the vet about once a year. After numerous expensive tests, they never know what causes it and just end up writing me a prescription for an antibiotic. How much ACV was used, and how was it administered? Thank you so much, I look forward to hearing from you!
Replied by Terese
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
re: Crystals in Cat's Bladder: My cat has the same problems. It was so bad I had to lock her in the bathroom. I ordered Carpon (which are cranberry pills). I melt them (two pills) in about an inch of water and I mix it with her wet food. She hasn't had a bloody urine since. Dr. Belfield's webpage has all kinds of great remedies on here. The carpon saved my cat's life. Several rounds of antibiotics and vet visits never cured her. The Carpon did. One thing is you have to be careful. Get your cat x rays to see if the crystals in her bladder are struvite or calcium. I know it makes a difference. Please read Dr. Belfied's site to find out more information. My vet told me there were no crystals on her x rays... I gave her the Carpon anyway. She is no longer having problems. I give it to her every other day.
Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn
ACV for Cats: Hi Laura, The easiest way to give your cat ACV is to add it to its drinking water. If your cat usually drinks about one cup of water per day, I would begin adding l/4 to l/2 tsp to its drinking water (your cat might refuse to drink it if you put too much in it to begin with) and gradually increase it to about l tsp per day. If you get the desired result, hold it at that level, if not, you might add a wee bit more.
Replied by Connie
Tarpon Springs, Florida
Apple Cider Vinegar for Cats. Joyce, thank you for the amounts of ACV to add to drinking water. We use a drinking fountain with a small charcoal filter for our kitties. Will the filter remove the curative properties of the ACV and baking soda? Also, will it do our younger cat any harm to drink the water when he doesn't have any urinary pH problems?
Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn
Response to Connie: The answer to the first is I see no problem with the younger cat drinking the same water with vinegar, and the answer to the second is that long time use of the vinegar in the water should not create any problem.

If you can find a copy of Dr. Jarvis' Home Remedies, he states that adding vinegar to the drinking water of many farm animals is beneficial, including the two legged ones (chickens, ducks, humans, etc.)

Replied by Katya
Omsk, Russia
Regarding acv and cats...I have never seen our cat drink water although we have provided it....she lives exclusively 100% on wild rabbit so I think that she obtains all liquid necessay this way. She is heavy and has a GLORIOUS coat and condition.
Replied by T.C.
West Memphis, Arkansas, USA
I have been involved in animal rescue for over 6 years, which has resulted in 7 cats, 1 dog, 2 parrots and 4 smaller birds. 5 out of the 7 cats are older fur-people. I've quit combatting and allow them to use "Wee Wee" pads vs the litter box. Urinary tract meds help for a bit but problems always seem to come back. They (dog and cats) use community water bowls distributed across my home for their convenience, of course. Will dosage make a big difference by helping the cats and not helping the dog should I only add 1 teaspoon per bowl and work my way up to 1 tablespoon? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Dog has red mange and cats problems are mainly urinary tract related. Thanks.
Replied by Diamond
Salisbury, Usa
T. C. From USA;

When I give my animals any thing wich consists of different dosages or dif. Meds. I use seperate rooms only until they have eaten and/or finished their food with meds. In it. That way I am sure who gets what and when. ACV is good for cats and dogs in sm.amounts.

Have you found Teds cure for mange on these sites? It is the very best ever, I had a kitten infested with red mange, by the looks of it, it looked so discusting and made me sick to my stomach, I couldn't give up on this sad looking kitty that kept biting at her self to stop itching, it took me a solid three months only because it was a kitten on top of the mange she had upper respiratory infection, so I had to let her rest inbetween because by her being so frightened could have set her back even further/her heart was beating so fasy I was worried. Plus not many cats care for water much less baths.

Today several months later she is doing great, she is the demon she should be for a kitten, but I'm still working on her upper respiratory infection's.

I hope you let us all know how you do with your pets mange(?) good luck.

Posted by Tonya (Houston, TX, USA ) on 05/04/2008

[YEA]  Apple cider vinegar is great for crystals and UTIs in cats.

The vets would be out of business if they recommended ACV, because it heals almost everything. In addition to all the skin disorders that cause scratching and hair loss, I have cured my male cats crystals which almost killed him 4 yrs ago. I had great success clearing another cats urinary tract infection. Wish I had known about this remedy last year when I had a house full of foster cats with upper respiratory infections. It cost a bundle having them all on antibiotics. People and their pets should have Apple Cider Vinegar everyday for many many reasons as reflected in this outstanding site. Thank goodness for the Internet, because this is information the doctors sure won't tell us. They have an expensive office visit and a toxic pill for everything..

Replied by Connie
Tarpon Springs, Florida
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR FOR CATS: Please, please, please tell me how much Apple Cider Vinegar to give my male cat who is being plagued by alkaline urine. My poor baby had that expensive, painful surgery because I didn't know anything about ACV and he was suffering terribly. He is now able to pee normally after the surgery, but he continues to get those white gritty mucus plugs every once in a while. I have been giving him diluted ACV, but I really need to know how much to give him.
Replied by Diamond
Salisbury, Usa
Pat from St. Louis; I don't know as any animal ever over dosing on ACV but try small amounts like a tablespoon full in the cat food, I camouflage the strong smell of Apple Cider Vinegar by putting fish oil caps(cut tip off)apply it to cat or dog food, its also great for all the animals. Good luck

Posted by Pat (St. Louis, Missouri) on 03/23/2008

[YEA]  ACV remedy: My two cats, 9 months and 2 years, wouldn't drink the ACV in their water. So I took a gallon jug of water and added 1 drop of ACV. They drank it.

When the jug is 3/4 empty, I refill it with water and add another drop of vinegar and have kept repeating this, slowly increasing the amount of ACV by 1 drop. I have been doing this for about two weeks and they are tollerating it well.

Soft stool has been corrected, and fur is glossy and smooth. Still have some trouble with flatulance in 2 year cat.

Thanks so much!

Posted by Jessica (Medford, Oregon) on 03/17/2008

[YEA]  At first I was sceptical that something so simmple and natural as Apple Cider Vinegar could cure my cats eye infection and upper respirtory problem. So I went out and bought eye washes and eye treatments. They didn't work. so in my last efort to avoid a costly vet bill I tried the ACV. I just rubed a little into the nap of her neck. she ran off to sulk and then not more than not more then 2 hurs latter her eye had dramatically improved. I reapplyed the ACV one more time then went to sleep. I am happy to say that today Ebony ( my cat) feels and looks 100% better. I cant belive it myself but this stuff realy worked. Don't believe it just try it. the bottle only costs $1.00 or so and there is no harm to your cat. you have nothing to lose.

Posted by Debra (Salem, NY) on 03/02/2008

[YEA]  Apple cider vinegar is helping myold cat with her scratching and digging - she was just raw from all this - I was at my wits end - had tried everything, including the steriod and antibiotic treatments to no avail.... she is healing! I am also putting some in the dogs water :) They are drinking it too - Red (the cat) also gets it dabbed on her raw spots - within two treatments I began to see a difference. She licked and chewed so much, she constantly threw up most of her food - she is now happier and so are we! Thanks

Posted by Casey (Lancaster, PA) on 02/23/2008

[YEA]  Dreading another vet bill, I looked online for a home remedy to clear up a "goopy" looking eye infection developing in one of my cat's eyes. I read that if you massage a little ACV into the scruff of the neck, it clears up within minutes. Very hard to believe, I know - but I decided to give it a try. I massaged some into his neck and he promptly ran off to hide for awhile. He came back out about an hour later, running around and playing. I looked at his eyes and honestly couldn't even tell which one had the problem. Two days later, still all clear. I don't know why or how it worked, but it did and I'm very thankful someone posted the suggestion and I wanted to pass it on.

Replied by Kate
Atlanta, GA
To Sooyoung - are you using organic apple cider vinegar? (I get mine from the health food store). Also, my cats wouldn't drink their water even with a tiny amount of ACV, but I put a small amt (no more than 1/2 teaspoon) in the bottom of the bowl and then added a canned cat food and mixed it with a bit of water. My female kitty who had UTI would eat the food with the ACV. Within 24 hrs she is playing and acting like her old self. Try doing it that way, I believe it's a universal solution and I'm so grateful to have learned about it. Also I know it helps skin disorders because when stressed I get an extremely itchy and flaky scalp. I tried every shampoo etc but nothing worked. Now I just use a cotton ball do dab ACV on to my scalp and let it sit for 10 minutes or so before shampooing. It immediately eases the itching and also makes my hair glossy and healthy!

Posted by Sooyoung (Cambridge, MA) on 02/19/2008

[NAY]  I have 2 cats - both around 10 and 11- one who is already on pred allergy pills. I do not give her pills regularly unless I see scratching symptoms since it's supposed to cause diabetese in the long run. My other cat who is 10 years old has never had this scratching problem. but recently she started scratching around the neck severely. I had my place renovated and I thought it was the dust. so i gave her a bath and have been trying to keep my place clean as possible. Took her to the vet, blood test, gave her a bath, flea drops, etc. When I add vinegar to their water, they don't drink it. So, I tried putting it on their fur. They hate it and my other cat scrateched her face so badly that she had a reg scar that she never had before. I guess it works for some and not for others.

Replied by Diamond
Salisbury, Usa
Sooyoung from Cambridge, Ma.

Never give up hope there are many alternatives, which beats the conventional meds.way.

For one; the conventional meds. Still maybe in their system, it takes months for animals to get rid of these conventional meds in the system, same as humans, and of course these meds. make them worse and more itchy.

Try putting Apple Cider Vinegar in your cats food such as a strong smelling tuna, then get fish oil caps, cut the tip off an put the oil on top of cat food which will camouflage the smell of acv; also fish oil is good for cats skin & fur plus many other remedies. All my animals love it. Good luck

Posted by Arif Jinha (Carleton Place, Canada) on 01/29/2008

[YEA]  Our cat was suffering from raw patches of skin and loss of fur, and one spot that likely started from scratches from the other two cats that she had licked raw to the point that it was a scarlet red wound, slightly crusted with a lot of hair loss. We used a few drops in the water, and sponged the affected areas with ACV. In less than two days, we are happy to say her skin is healing, her coat is healthier-looking and the bad scratch has begun to heal, no more brigh red. miraculous! I tried to find any journal articles from peer-reviewed veterinary medicine journals but could not! We were even advised by a pharmacist that using ACV was a silly idea. This has convinced me that we really have a problem in the way traditional science evaluates these remedies. So many anecdotes of success, but researchers ignore it! thanks!

Replied by Diamond
Salisbury, Usa
Arif from Canada; If the medical industry had real cures do you think they would be as greedy or rich?

My thought is, it's all about power and control.

I do hope we can keep this great site running, its a lot of fun, it's very informative and we get to meet people all around the world, I just love it.

Plus I have healed an saved many pets lives since this site. Thanks an good luck

Posted by Marcella (Petaluma, CA) on 01/26/2008

[YEA]  ACV for Cats: Three Cheers! My seven-month-old rescue kitty came into my home with an upper respiratory infection and later developed some conjunctivitis in his left eye. Following the advice on this page, I gave him a dropperful of ACV right into the fur on the nape of his neck and massaged it down into his skin. Some of the liquid ran down the sides of his neck, where he licked it off. Within 90 minutes of his first dose, the conjunctivitis started to clear up, and his energy perked up considerably. He is now free of both the upper respiratory issue and the eye infection, with no vet visit needed. I know give him a maintenance dose every few days and yes, he's a little stinky from the vinegar, but happy and healthy nonetheless. I've also started taking the ACV myself. Good stuff.

Posted by Tricia (Hamilton, On, canada) on 01/05/2008

[YEA]  A couple of weeks ago I responded re ACV remedy, I was very pleased with the results. I am sending my comments again because when I think of the money I spent at the vet which did not cure the cats ear infection and this simple solution of ACV worked so well. Its a wonderful solution, our cat seems to be completely healed, no more scratching what so ever.

Posted by Tricia (Hamilton, On) on 12/18/2007

[YEA]  I have a seven year old indoor siamese, have been having trouble with his ears getting dirty for the last year and a half, vet has treated him with clavamox and prednisone and even though the scratching stops it returns as soon as the meds are finishedl. I recently read the article re apple cider vinegar and the dirt in his ears is basically almost gone and the scratching has stopped, obviously this method is working but I still do not know what is causing the dirt. The vet said it was an infection and the clavamox would cure it but it did not. I have to say I am extremely impressed with the acv remedy. Hopefully in time this will cure him completely.

Replied by Connie
Kansas City , MO
Could be that the 'dirt' in your cat's ear is ear mite droppings. These droppings look similar to sprinkles of table-top black pepper. A vet can tell you for sure, but I'd bet your pet's ears are infested with ear mites, a common problem in dogs and cats.

Posted by Karen Chafe (Melbourne Beach, Florida) on 12/12/2007

[YEA]  I have a female feral cat who has always had upper respirtory problems along with crystals in her urine. Morgan wrote in saying her cat also had crystals, was wondering if the ACV has cured this. Also if it will help with the respirtory problems this cat has. When they do put her on antibiotics her breathing gets better - the rest of the time I can always hear her breathing as she always seems stuffed up. She sneezes on a regular basis to help clear her nose. She does seem to smell with no problem despite this. She is 6 yrs old and the only one of that feral batch that has this problem.

Replied by Diamond
Salisbury, Usa
Karen from Fl. I feel that if antibiotics do a huge amount of damage to humans what do you think it can/will do to a smaller being(animal)? another person says to try an put Apple Cider Vinegar on the back of the neck, or try to put it in the food; I use tuna as it's very strong then buy fish oil caps, cut the tip of cap off an put in on top of cat food to camouflage the smell of acv. I hope this works for you.

Good luck

Posted by Carrie (Pittsburgh, PA) on 12/06/2007

[YEA]  Every winter (once we turn on the furnace) my cat suffers from constant scratching. It has gotten to the point that he scratches all his hair off his neck and he has scabs all over the area. He does not have fleas. I have tried every pet spray, wipes, drops there is. I did not want to take him to the vets, only because to him, it is tramatic and I can't stand to see this cat act like he does at the vets, and I did not want him to be on any steroid treatment. So looking on the web one night hoping to find a "miracle" for this cats condition, I stumbled across something about apple cider vinegar. I decided I would try it, what could it hurt? I decided to put a few drops in his water and mark his water bowl to see if he drank any. I was never so excited when I came home from work and found out that not only did he drink some of his water, but the scratching and CONSTANT licking has stopped!!! I came home to a very playful, happy cat. I am thankful I read about apple cider vinegar. Don't be afraid to try really works and its very safe to use on animals!!!!

Replied by Dede
Mount Sterling, Kentucky
[YEA]   I wish I had known about acv helping kittens with uri. About 3 months ago I had 4 separate litters of kittens. ( I have taken in strays and my yard is full of cats) Each litter had 5 kittens. being new at this I didn't that the kittens gooey eyes and sneezing would turn out to a very heart breaking experience for me. I had no money to take one let alone 18 kittens to the vet when they just got lifeless and died. I have 4 new kittens now and they have the gooey eyes and sneezing as does the older cats. My prayers have been answered in finding your web site. I've done treated them all withe acv and in hours I have seen improvement. I also put acv mixed with table salt on my husbands poison ivy and he is not burning and itching. Thank you Thank you!
Replied by drgnfly447
Dothan, AL
I have 5 kittens that are about 3 weeks old. This is my cats first litter and she seems to be taking great care of these little ones. I don't know what or when this all started, but 4 of these babies eyes are completely crusted shut. The 5th baby has one eye crusted shut. I found a website that said to brew a teabag and apply lukewarm to the affected area twice daily. I like the sound of using ACV. The problem now is, how much can you safely but on babies that are this young? My children will be heartbroken if these little ones die. Thank you in advance for any info that you might be able to give me.
Replied by Diamond
Salisbury, Usa
Dede from Kentucky;It's not good for humans to use table salt it's too abrasive an can do irreversible

damage, especially to the liver which is always at risk, therefore it's worse for animals. I would just stick with Apple Cider Vinegar for tiny animals. ACV and sea salt might be good for your husband, I buy sea salt at the super market very affordable, also good for animals. I'm so sorry about you losing your kitties with same diseases. There are vets. Stations, nation wide that will help you with spay & neuter, just don't allow them to give too many shots, tell them you need to cure them of the diseases first in order to build up their immunity. I use Apple Cider Vinegar for all my animals. I had a female dog I thought may have a uti so I gave her sea salt in her water and she's great.

Also the very best rebuilder(as I have same kitten stray, upper res. Infect. )I give all my animals non fat yogurt(Plain) it's a pro-biotic like an antibiotic.

I took all my dogs off any & all man made dog foods, they both gained enormous amounts of weight, so now I give them fresh veggies, and fruits....... this evening I gave them fresh strawberries, watermellon an plain non fat yogurt.

Even my silly kitten likes all this because she sees the dogs eat this. She thinks she's one of the pack.

The best cleanser for the organs especially the liver is berries; fresh or frozen. I always heard;that when in doubt! Do nothing!! Or best to ask. I'm in the same boat here but with great success, it's well worth it, and it's rewards are even greater. Good luck.

Replied by Diamond
Salisbury, Usa
Drgnfly447 from Al. Camomile is great for every remedy under the sun, it's soothing remedies would be great for the cat(s) which I use for myself as well as my kitten with upper res. Infect. I also use boric acid, now to really get at the core of the problem is the inside the body needs treatment, so then you use the acv. Here is a great website to fill you in on more info. concerning what camomile is used for other than drinking.......

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Posted by Monica (Palmyra, New Jersey) on 03/03/2013

I would like to make some suggestions for getting a cat to take Apple Cider Vinegar. I tried putting 1/2 tsp in his canned food and found he didn't want his food. Tried putting it drinking water... Wouldn't drink. Finally I mixed 1/2 tsp ACV in 1. 5 tsp tuna juice and put it slowly into the side of his mouth with a syringe and he lapped it up. Ran out of tuna juice so mixed up some strong chicken broth using a "base" or concentrated chic broth paste. He took it just as well as with the tuna juice. I know this adds salt, but some vets recommend a pinch of salt to stimulate them to drink more to help dilute the urine even more.

Charlie had been to the vet to be "unblocked" (expensive! ) He came home peeing little bits, often and licking his privates immediately after each pee. So he was still very irritted down there and I feared a relapse. So far, 3 days on the ACV and he is peeing less often, a little more each time and doesn't lick himself immediately after each pee.

Replied by Catmomma15
Cedar Rapids Iowa
What is the recommended time frame for using ACV for cats? It is believed that my cat has a stomach ulcer and a mild upper respiratory infection and after the past research I've done the last few days, his behavior and symptoms match up except with the being finiky of drinking water normally. I can't get my cat into the vet right now due to low funds. Im looking into getting him feeling better on his own if I can. I have him on doxycyclene 1/16 of a teaspoon with 1/4 of L Lysine. He has responded to this so far 4 days of this twice a day very well but If I can get him feeling better the rest of the way using ACV, should I do this twice a day and for how long? Also because he has a couple of small sores in his mouth, he will only drink water from a syringe or if it's mixed into his food to make it like a chili consistency but let me assure you his water intake has NOT stopped completely he just finds it more acceptable to drink from the syringe or have it put into his food. I trust that this will help and I've mixed the applecider vinegar with tuna and he took it very well..This was actually easier than giving him meds. He is much more active than he has in the last 4 days since I've been doing the doxy and L Lysine mix but I'm willing to try a secondary method or replace my current one. So please let me know how long you would recommend trying the ACV when the doxy-l lysine combo has made a huge difference. Also can I continue to use both or 1 and again the biggest thing is since I introduced it to him tonight, how long would be a good time frame to give before setting an appointment. I'd like to see him get a vet appointment, but money is low and won't have any til the end of the week but would like to try and save some money if possible. please help. Any suggestions would be good. Will his drinking go back to normal also?
Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
Hey Catmomma!

Feline herpes is a virus; antibiotics are dosed not to treat the herpes but to prevent secondary bacterial infections, ie pneumonia.

As a general rule, antibiotics given 5 days or less *usually* do not majorly affect the internal flora of the GI tract. Antibiotics given 5+ days tend to remove all the "good" bacteria in the gut and set the body up for yeast overgrowth and yeast related issues down the line. So keep that in mind as you dose the doxy.

The L-lysine is something that is dosed as an ongoing daily supplement in herpes positive cats. For flare ups some dose 500 mg 2x day - so 1/4 tsp and pm. Once the flare up is under control you can reduce to a maintenance dose of 250mg am and pm - so 1/8 tsp am and pm.

Stomach ulcers are not typically associated with feline herpes, however cats treated with certain medications during a herpes flare up may develop them. Why is it you feel your kitty has stomach ulcers?

If this were my cat I would up the dosage of L-lysine to 500 mg 2x day. I would stop the antibiotics if I saw him really improve; I would be on the lookout for respiratory complications that would require the continued use of antibiotics [7-10 days]. I would continue mixing ACV into the wet food, and use the syringe to ensure he is getting hydration. To check for dehydration use your thumb and pointer finger to grasp the skin over his shoulders and pull it up, into a tent shape - then release. In a hydrated cat the skin snaps right back into shape; in a dehydrated cat the skin sinks back slowly: if you can count to three for it to sink back [ one one-thousand, two one-thousand, three one-thousand] you need to get more hydration into your boy. Consider getting Pedialyte for babies [for electrolytes] and mixing that into some tuna oil from the can and getting him to drink some of that.

The flare up may last weeks or months, depending on the age of your cat; if your boy is a kitten then once the flare up calms switch to the maintenance dose until he is a hale and hearty adult and discuss possible side effects or elimination with your vet.

Replied by Averil
New Zealand
Hi there, just a tip to offer on rehydrating not only your pets but humans also. A very kind and invested pet shop man saved me a trip to the vet with a very dehydrated 7 year old male cat whom I love. My cat had refused to eat or drink for 3 days and was very pinch skin dehydrated, on contacting the pet shop he suggested I boil up some rice with a lot of extra water. Once it has cooled down keep giving it like I did every 20 mins until they are inclined to drink for themselves. The reason is that rice water is full of electrolytes and costs little. I had to force feed it to my cat approximately 3 times before he started to drink again for himself. Then I added some chicken stock as a natural anti-biotic as I didn't know what had caused his issue and he came right very quickly. Hope this will be useful to someone as dollars aren't always easy to find. Cheers, Averil

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