Apple Cider Vinegar for Cats

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Apple Cider Vinegar   66  2   

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..

Posted by Connie
Tarpon Springs, Florida
05/12/2008
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.
Posted by Diamond
Salisbury, Usa
06/21/2011
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.

Posted by Kate
Atlanta, GA
05/11/2009
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.

Posted by Diamond
Salisbury, Usa
06/21/2011
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!

Posted by Diamond
Salisbury, Usa
06/21/2011
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.

Posted by Connie
Kansas City , MO
05/09/2008
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.

Posted by Diamond
Salisbury, Usa
06/21/2011
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 it.....it really works and its very safe to use on animals!!!!

Posted by Dede
Mount Sterling, Kentucky
09/16/2008
[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!
Posted by drgnfly447
Dothan, AL
07/05/2009
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.
Posted by Diamond
Salisbury, Usa
06/21/2011
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.

Posted by Diamond
Salisbury, Usa
06/21/2011
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.......

http://www.sweetadditions.net/food-drinks/chamomile-tea-benefits-for-skin-hair-and-eyes

Apple Cider Vinegar for Cats Instructions   0  0   

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.

Posted by Catmomma15
Cedar Rapids Iowa
11/03/2013
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?
Posted by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
11/04/2013
654 Posts
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.

Posted by Averil
New Zealand
08/13/2014
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

Apple Cider Vinegar for Cats: Warning   0  0   

Posted by Sai (Virginia) on 11/18/2013

[DEATH REPORTED]  I want to write to you today to let you know that I am placing a massive warning on ACV for cats. I gave my cat, after reading your message board, acv, just a few drops in his food as he was throwing up a lot and running out of kitty litter after peeing. Three days later he stopped eating. One month after force feeding, sub q fluids, appetite stimulants, pain killers, I had to put him to sleep. The vets felt a tumor. The first vet said that ACV contributed to liver failure and quick demise but holistic vet said no way. I just think that if your cat has an unknown underlying condition you could be playing with fire by giving him acv.

Rest in peace my love, Sai, the best cat in the world ever and never again.

Posted by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
11/19/2013
654 Posts
Hello Sai - I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved cat.

I have to agree with your holistic vet on this; your cat died from his tumour, not the ACV. While it's possible that taking your pet to the vet at the first signs of illness - repeated vomiting and voiding large volumes of urine - you may have been able to diagnose his underlying tumour condition, it is also just as likely that the tumour could be missed as they can be difficult to detect until they grow to a noticable size.

I am very sorry for your loss - it sounds like you gave your cat the very best care you possibly could - may he rest in peace.

Posted by Anne
Canada
06/04/2014
First of all I was sorry to hear of your loss. ACV is one of earths natural healers and cures so many illnesses.

Many years ago I posted my story on here about my cat whom the Vet said was on her way out due to old age and kidney failure and that I should put her to sleep. I declined his suggestion and instead researched the net and found this site.

Back then I was ignorant and believed prescription drugs were the answer. (They weren't) In fact the medication the Vet prescribed made her stop eating all together and her health worsened.

After learning about ACV I stopped the medication and started giving my cat diluted ACV in her food and also on her fur and she gradually started to eat again and regained her weight and started peeing normally. (Thanks to ACV she lived another year before passing away from old age)

Unfortunately Doctors and Vets are not educated in natural health remedies and only prescribe pharmaceutical products, which sadly are not the solution.

Having regular check up for your pets is the answer and surgery if needed, but man made chemicals do more harm in the long run.

If your Vet finds a health issue research the net for natural remedies. ACV did not kill your pet... Appetite stimulants and pain killers are the cause of liver failure.

Do your homework and read about pharmaceutical companies and their products. (The lists of side effects and deaths from pharmaceutical drugs is scary)

Nature has provided us with everything we need to heal ourselves and our pets naturally.

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Posted by Joan (San Jose, Ca) on 06/13/2013

I have an 11 year old intact male cat who leaks in his sleep. Will ACV work for cats and how much should I give him? He weight about 11 pounds.

Many thanks, Joan Smith


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