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Posted by Jessi (Phoenix, AZ) on 08/06/2008
5 out of 5 stars

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?

Posted by Jay (Florissant, Missouri) on 08/05/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I used apple cider vinegar to cure my cat's urinary blockage after a 1500 dollar visit to the vet the first time this occured. A neighbor suggested trying a home remedy. I found this web site and learned about apple cider vinegar to cure cat's of urinary blockage.I had a syringe from the vet for giving my cat water to help him swallow his medicine I used this 6 militer syringe to give my cat ACV BY MIXING IT WITH ONE CUP OF WATER AND GIVING HIM 1FULL syringe in the morning and 1 at night the 1st 3 days then 1/2 a teespoon of ACV to his water dish which holds 2 cups.

I am pleased to report that MAX my male cat is doing fine and is urinating normally now will keep him on this for the rest of his life. my thanks to Earth clinic

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New York, NY
Replied by Janice
Coloma, Mi
What type of raw meat do you feed your cat? I would love to get one of my cats on raw meat (the other hunts for himself) but she will only eat dry food. I can't even get her to eat really good stuff out of the can!
Replied by Dianna
Citrus Heights, Ca
You can go to to find information about a raw food diet for cats. It has a recipe with bones and without bones as well as the nutritional supplements they need in a raw diet. It is a very helpful site and gives a lot of good information, even on canned foods. They do not recommend a dry kibble for cats because of the grains inherent in almost all kibble. They also give info on how to switch your cats from a kibble diet to canned food and then to a raw diet.
Replied by Elisabeth
Tallahassee, Fl
Hi, I just wanted to tell everyone that Wellness makes a canned food line called CORE that has no grains and is made with human-grade ingredients. It's expensive but worth it, in my opinion. My holistic vet told me about it and my cats have been doing much better since they've been eating it. As for raw diets, I was also told that if you're going to feed your pets raw meat you need to freeze it for a week first to kill all the possible pathogens; this is *especially* important if you are feeding non-organic meat to a sick pet.

Thanks for the great site, I come here all the time and ACV is a life-saver.
Replied by Kat
West Bend, Wisconsin
Several folks have mentioned raw food diets. I have had Great Success ( according to my 2 cats, ages 14 & 15) by using the raw food mixes offered on They have loads of info on the benefits of feeding raw, also tips on how to succeed in making the transition from commercial food to homemade raw food. Also offers a Kidney raw food mix(for cats w/kidney issues).

I should mention that my cats have Never liked chunky-style canned food. Always wanted pate-type food, so I was hesitant about trying to make my own food, as I don't own a grinder or food processor. But I went ahead and made their cat food anyway, using a clean scissors to cut up the chicken thigh meat into as tiny, diced pieces as possible!!! Well, guess what?! They Both Loved the food!!! From the first try, they preferred it to the Wellness grain-free pate-type food they've been eating all their lives!!! ( I know, 'cause I put a spoonful of both foods on each of their plates to see which they would go to first- and they ate the raw chunky spoonful first, licked the juices Clean from that area- and then rather boringly licked up part of their Once favorite chicken/herring pate-style canned food!!! Definitely worth investigating for yourselves, even if you only give them raw food once a day and canned Grain-free food for their other meals!!

Posted by Rathmussen (Montreal, Canada) on 06/03/2008
5 out of 5 stars

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
5 out of 5 stars

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.  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

525 Posts
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

525 Posts
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
5 out of 5 stars

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
5 out of 5 stars

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
5 out of 5 stars

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
5 out of 5 stars

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
5 out of 5 stars

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
1 out of 5 stars

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
5 out of 5 stars

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
5 out of 5 stars

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
5 out of 5 stars

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
5 out of 5 stars

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
5 out of 5 stars

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