Urinary Tract Disorders in Cats

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Posted by Elwin (Pictou, Nova Scotia, Canada) on 08/31/2009

[YEA]  This site is awesome. we inherited Archie from our granddaughter when she went to university.That was about 8 years ago. Granddaughter is about to enter medical school. Archie is 17 years old. A couple of weeks ago,his urine slowed down big time. less than once a day, and then,just a mall clump in the litter box> We took him to the vet, and after exam and blood work and prescription,and $240.00,the prognosis was thathe was in the early stages of renal failure. We gave him the pills(Baytril 15 mg. for ten days. It worked, but barely. just a small amount of urine once,and sometimes, less than once, daily. He became lethargic,and a few days ago, I held him in my arms,and had a teary momentI decided then that that I would do anything I could to keep him around for a few years longer. I got in to this site. The solution: 1/4 tsp of apple cider vinegarin 2 tsp wet cat food. Within a day his urination amount was normal, and now,within a 24 hr. period, he is urinating 3 times-and good substantial ones. He's also back to normal-he played with his catnip mouse this morning. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Cheers: Elwimn Hemphill, Pictou, N.S., Canada

Replied by James
Orange, Us
12/05/2010
[YEA]   What worked for me:
My healthy lean male cat of 3 years started showing signs of serious bladder blockage just a few days ago. We have fed him a mix of newman's own organic cat food half dry/ half wet, but he is a crunchy food addict so would eat mostly the dry and only the wet when really hungry. He was lean and healthy so we didn't worry much about this then. He also doesn't seem to drink from his water bowl all that often. He started acting really lethargic and then noticed him doing the litterbox dance, going in and out without peeing much if at all, this was at night and our vet was closed. I did research online and worried about the dangers of full blockage and the need to take the cat in asap, but the emergency vet charges big markups, so we decided to wait til morning for our regular vet as long as he continued to show signs of at least getting a few drops of urine out on most of his litterbox trips.

We also started giving him oral doses of diluted raw apple cider vinegar mixed with a "d-mannose" supplement every few hours using one of those plastic syringe squirter things you can get at a pharmacy. I had read many testimonials online about people having success with this issue by supplementing the vinegar, seemingly as it would help to quickly drop the urine ph. The "d-mannose" is the main ingredient in cranberry juice that helps with uti, and thought that if he had any bacterial uti issues this would help and couldn't hurt.

So to be safe I stayed up all night observing him and giving him the doses every few hours and in the morning just before we were to take him into the vet we noticed he went to the litterbox and had a noticeably larger urine amount which was a relief so we decided to hold off on the vet and keep up the doses. We also cut out dry food and gave him wet food with broth or distilled water and microwaved it a little so it was a little warm, he lapped up the broth and ate a little, towards the of the evening he started peeing larger and larger amounts and started to regain his energy and playfulness and didn't seem to be in discomfort anymore.

The next day he seemed fully back to normal, though we are continuing to give him one dose of Apple Cider Vinegar and d-mannose and will continue to give him only wet food with added water or broth heating it up slightly as he seems to prefer. If most of these bladder blockage problems are caused by dry food and grain causing higher pH than ideal in the urine it makes sense that the apple cider vinegar supplement would help by quickly lowering the pH in the urine. Plus it is super cheap, and so far has worked a miracle for us. You can google this remedy to find out more.

Our dose was 1/4 teaspoon acv(vinegar) mixed with 1 teaspoon distilled water with 1/8 teaspoon "d-mannose" powder per dose. To give it orally my gf or myself would hold the cat and lift his scruff so he couldn't move his head much while the other person would squirt the liquid in the back of his mouth. Now that he is back to full energy this is getting harder as he resists more so I decided to squirt it and lightly rub it in on his side when he was laying down cleaning himself and he happily lapped it up. Worth a try especially for those who are worried about huge vet bills.

Replied by Spice's Mom
Cape Coral, Fl
12/28/2010
My male cat is 11 yrs old and was recently diagnosed with Diabetes and I have been having a problem with him leaking urine for about 2 yrs. Antibiotics make him very sick and only seem to help while he is taking the antibiotics. He doesn't have a problem with the litter box when he has a recent insulin shot, but when his blood sugar rises he has issues with leaking large puddles. He also still drinks large amounts of water. He has had bad UTI's in the past, not sure if this is diabetes related. I am starting him on the ACV treatment today to see if it helps. Does anyone have advice for me regarding diabetic cats and UTI's? I would really appreciate any advice. Thank you in advance! Spice's Mom
Replied by Vinnie
Auckland, New Zealand
02/14/2011
Hi there, I was so happy and thankful to read this thread; some years ago I lost my first cat to the dreaded crystals. It devastated me. After many years, I was asked to take in an abandond cat (now 3yrs old) to save his life, and 2 days ago he was diagnosed with said crystals. I was so scared. The vet was really nice and helpful, but after catheterising only gave me anti inflammatories and Hills perscription as further treatment. The hills bix list brewers rice as their key ingredient, and the wet food pork by-product, neither of which thrilled me, but anything for him to get better! However, on doing a bit of research I find that dry food I. E. the biscuits are possibly part of the problem - we fed him expensive store bought bix for breakfast and snacks prior to the crystals, so I was really concerned to be feeding him these to make him better.

Did not know anything about ACV before finding this page, wasnt even sure if you could get this 'mother' stuff here in Aotearoa New Zealand, but yay, yes I can. So have just bought some and will get started now - so good luck to us, and thankyou thankyou to all the people who take the time to post here! Kia ora.

Posted by Shellye (Austin, Tx) on 08/19/2009

[YEA]  I came home from a week long vacation in the mountains to find that my Texas Ray (10 yr. old neutered indoor/outdoor male) was suffering from a UTI. Crying in pain, constantly licking himself and searching for a soft place to urinate I noticed only a few drops came out. Poor baby! I found this website and spoon fed him the recommended 1/4 teaspoon of ACV and 1 teaspoon filtered water. He took it surprisinly well. -no major fighting to resist it despite the taste. Almost immediately the crying and pacing stopped! About 2 hours later I mixed 1/4 teaspoon ACV and 2 teaspoons filtered water into some canned cat food that he ate enthusiastically. This morning (12 hours after 1st dose) I gave him a third dose of 1/4 teaspoon ACV and 1 teaspoon filtered water and 20 minutes later he was able to urinate easily with no noticeable pain. I will continue to administer this dosage to him for one more day.

Thanks for the advice!

Posted by Kyle (Jacksonville, Florida) on 07/19/2009

[YEA]  We have a male cat who developed urinary crystals and after a $1,000 vet bill, I was forced to look for a homeopathic, inexpensive alternative. When he developed it again, I started giving him about 1/2 teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar (ACV) in some warm water with his dry food every morning and the urinary crystals completely disappeared in a day or two. If your cat won't eat the food, try putting less ACV in the warm water at first and gradually build up the amount. I also try to give him some wet food a few times a week (I wish I could only give him wet food, but it is far more expensive). Now I give this to each of my cats daily and they are completely healthy.

Posted by Janet (Manchester, Lancashire, England) on 07/15/2009

My beloved Bobby has been suffering for several months now on and off with UTI. His tract keeps blocking and he has been in a lot of pain, squatting all over the house and trying desperately to pee. This weeks episode was the worst as he was sick and had the runs with it too. Rushed him to the local RSPCA where they emptied his bladder which was full of blood, took him back today but his bladder was not full so they left him. Told me his outlook is not looking good and I am devistated as he is my baby and only 9 years old. He is a fat cat and I have been told to put him on a diet which is impossible as I have three other cats. He is having to take Cystease tablet at the moment but the vet basically has told me that his outlook is not good as it is a problem which will keep re-occuring. I found this site and have bought some acv. Put some in a syringe with water but it went everywhere except in his mouth! Have added some to his food and water but as all the cats share and he never eats a full bowl at once I cannot guarantee that he will eat any of the hidden acv. I shall keep trying though. Seems too good to be true that this can cure cats of this problem. I am scared to death that the next time I take him to the vets will be the last time. Will keep on trying and pray to God that it will work.

Replied by Liisa
Port Ludlow, Washington
08/01/2009
I wanted to respond to Janet from Manchester; you might want to try switching to a different food. I had a Male cat that had this problem and the only thing that helped him was to put him on very high quality food that does not have animal-by-products in it. If that still does not work try switching to a grain free food. This is an easy thing you can do that would benefit all of your cats. Our cat that had this problem went on to live until he was 17. I hope this helps.
Replied by Paula
Sunderland, UK
08/04/2009
Hi i would like to reply to janets message, i have a male cat who was constantly getting uti's he was on special dry food also, however my normal vet was booked up so i made a appointment at a different practice, the vet asked me about diet and recommended changing to a wet food permantly and purchasing a water fountain, that was 7 months ago and so far no problems, all my cats drink more as they love the filtered water fountain, and no problem
Replied by Janet
Manchester, Lancashire, England
08/28/2009
[YEA]   I posted a message well over a month ago about my nine year old cat Bobby. He was having regular bouts of not being able to pee and in a lot of pain. I took him to the vets twice and the last time the vet told me if it happened again I would have to have him put to sleep. I was devastated and searched the net for a solution. I found this site and thought I would give him a try with the ACV as well as Cantharis tablets, which I also read were good for UTI's. Since his last bout of not being able to pee I decided to buy him slices of cooked chicken which I then coated on one side with a drop of ACV and then crushed a Cantharis tablet into the same side. I then fold in half and cut up into tiny pieces. A lot easier to give to him rather than sprinkle on his food as I also have three other cats who all share the food. I did not think I would be able to do this either by forcing the tablet down his mouth. Anyway, so far he has been fine and well and I have had no problems. I give him one tablet in chicken every morning and continue to give him a chicken piece later in the day when I am home from work. I rub in a tiny drop of ACV and he loves it. I want to thank everyone on this site who has posted suggestions for this problem. Fingers crossed that he continues to have no more problems.
Replied by Empressmegami
Hackensack, Nj
07/20/2010
People, I noticed that many of you put your health and that of your pets in someone else hands. As someone who work in the field call medicine, I have one word of caution for those who do this--use your intuition, question everything, leave no stones unturned, ask for inserts for all drugs, be it pills or vaccines and read these things before you take them because you might just save yourself some agony. I know some people in the profession do not like when you ask them questions, but if you get that vibe you should seek help someplace else. I feel that genuine people who went into the field to help other people will answer your questions and will never view you as bothering them, but remember you have to ask questions and also try to take a hint. I have tried so many times to give people the opportunity to ask questions, asked them if they want to read medication inserts and 9 out of 10 times patients are so confident that they neglect to ask simple questions that could help them. I noticed one person mentioned how come his vet does not know of this simple remedy and my answer is that s/he may well know of it but if he tells you this then you would not need to visit the vet. On the other hand, s/he may have no idea that this works which means he does not understand what triggers ailments in the animal kingdom to include us. Some of us go to school and all we rely on is what we are taught. I did it for about 15 years before I realized that most times things are not working, people get sicker and more dependent on things that do them more harm than good. After stepping back from the situation, removing the blinders I realize that I can really depend on what I have thought because it appears that what I have been taught is meant to keep people sick so they can come back for more service. Think about it and listen to that little voice inside your head. Ask questions. How do I know that I would not get better whether I took that antibiotic or not? Who says I would not have been better already if I did not take that antibiotic? Did that antibiotic create another problem in my system that may take time to show up? What ingredients are in that antibiotic that I am asking for. Simple questions these may be but, you may be surprised at what you could learn. Think people- that is for yourself, and not base it on what mainstream media programs you to think.
Replied by Rainman
Central, Vt, Usa
07/21/2010
Empressmegami from Hackensack, I think what you said is very good advice. However, the reason why most of us are here is because of the bad advice of our doctors (veterinarian and medical). For instance, if I listened to the advice of my veterinarian, he would've killed my dog. We were constantly asking questions. He said, nothing is wrong, it's nothing to worry about, it can't be that, this is the best thing for your dog. Well, after seeking resources like this site, my once almost dead dog (in the care of a veterinarian), is now getting healthier under the advice of the folks here and other places. The medical field is blind or ignorant to the damage they are causing and covering up. While not required, Nonmaleficence, primum non nocere, or "FIRST, DO NO HARM" was the first thing I learned when I was entering the medical field. It's one of the basic ethical values a medical person should be sworn to obied by. This oath seem to be overlooked by doctors. Instead they bathe in the piles of money they make dishing out harmful substances like they are candy. In short, WE do not trust our doctors advice anymore. We can't afford the risk. I urge everyone to question your doctor and then do your own research.

Posted by Eqn (Orange County, CA) on 06/07/2009

[YEA]  Thank you to all of you for taking time to share your experiences and writing down the dosage used. My cat was suffering from a UTI this afternoon and I quickly conducted an internet search for natural remedies to alleviate her discomfort and cure her infection. I was thrilled to find this site and all of the feedback from other cat owners. I was also thrilled to find a bottle of ACV in my pantry. This remedy seems to have worked! I had a syringe and used it to administer 1/4 teaspoon ACV with 1 teaspoon water. She did not like this at all (who can blame her for the taste?), but she took it like a champ and within 3-4 hours was taking a nap, able to relax at last. I went to the pet store and found some feline urinary tract cranberry tablets and also purchased canned cat food (she normally eats a dried food diet). I mixed one tablet in with a small can of cat food - she ate this happily. And, once 5 hours had elapsed, I mixed a second dose of 1/4 tsp ACV: 1 tsp water in with some canned/soft cat food and was happy to see her devour it as she normally would do ( I was worried the smell of vinegar would offend her, but it did not appear to). I am happy to report that as I type this, she is napping comfortably! Thanks to all of you once again for sharing your experiences; I hope this continues to assist other cat owners facing this crisis.

Posted by Yann (Phuket, Thailand) on 04/10/2009

[YEA]  My 3yr old male cat Jang suffered from UTI..he struggled just to urinate..One morning, i found him lying on the floor ...very weak...ive rushed him to the vet...and guess what...my total bill is $700....but thn to see Jang back on his feet makes me happy...Was told by the vet that this might happen again unless i changed his diet....I stumbled upon your website....ACV works wonders....its been 4 months and he is a healthy cat...no mor UTI...His diet include 2 capful of ACV, cooked in brown rice, mix veg and minced chicken....he love it so so much...Thanks Earthclinic!

Posted by Cathy (Subang Jaya, Selangor / Malaysia) on 02/15/2009

[YEA]  Cosmo, my neutered 8 month old cat, had his first case of UTI (frequent urination with little urine) sometime in November 2008. The vet prescribed Cystone which is a herb that encourages drinking. I did not really believe in this but I gave it to him anyway. It didn't work. His UTI became worst and he started to have blood in his urine and he licked his privates with a vengeance.

I took him to another vet and he was given a course of antibiotics which cleared the infection.

However, I noticed there was again blood in his urine 3 days ago. As I felt that the UTI will become pretty constant in his life (and he's still so young!), I figured that I would need to consider a holistic approach to this. And that brought me to this site.

I bought a bottle of ACV last night and gave it to him (1/4 tsp ACV to 1 tsp water). I repeated that this morning and by this evening, his pee is a healthy flow with no sign of blood! PLUS! He's not going in and out of his litter box. :)

I intend to continue giving him the ACV for at least 5 days and to monitor his progress after that.

I am really grateful for this website. It's relieved Cosmo's discomfort, and saved me tonnes on vet bills! Keep up the good work!

Posted by Renee (Sonora, CA) on 02/03/2009

[YEA]  I am so thankful for this website! My 13 year old cat has had UTIs a couple of times in his life. And about $150 each time I take him to the vet. Well last week I noticed him going to his box often. Then he went into the bathroom & went on the rug. The urine was bloody. So now it's 9:30 at night & we don't have 24 hour vets here. I felt so sorry for my cat - he must have been in alot of pain. So I planned on calling the vet first thing in the morning. Then I got on this website, & read about the ACV. Now it's 10 at night, and I get dressed to go to the store, because (of course) I didn't have any ACV. Well, when I got back I mixed about a half capful with some tuna. He didn't eat very much, but by the next morning he was better! I kept giving him the ACV for about a week, and now you would never know he has a problem. I am so happy to find this remedy I am recommending it to everyone I know who has cats. Thank you so much!

Posted by Apryl (Hooks, Texas ) on 01/19/2009

[YEA]  Last night hubby and I noticed that our cat was acting very odd. He wasn't using his litter box and would "squat" every few minutes all around the house like he was trying to urinate. His coat didn't look so good and he was having trouble walking and he couldn't sleep. It was a Sunday night and today is a holiday. There wasn't any place open to take him. He was trying to go to the bathroom and let out the most horrible crying noise. It brought me to tears. I just felt so helpless. I came across this site and decided to try acv. We went to Wal-Mart at 3am to get some as we didn't want to wait and watch him suffer. It's been less than 24 hours and he's already feeling better. He isn't squatting all the time and he actually has been able to urinate some and is using his box again. He's finally able to sleep as well. I gave him a lot more than what was suggested from the people on this site because I was terrified he wouldn't make it through the night. I honestly have no idea exactly how much I gave him. He won't eat wet food at all, so I bought his favorite treats and saturated with with full strength acv. I also used a dropper and gave him a bit mixed with water (not sure how much of each as I was in a panic and wasn't using measurements). I also added some to his water. I think I will keep doing this until he is better, then I'll just continue to add some to his drinking water. I'm so thankful to have found this site and so glad that our kitty is feeling better. I know he has a way to go, but the improvement was almost immediate. To be honest, I had my doubts at first but decided it was well worth trying and was really the only option I had at 3am. Don't hesitate to try this. It really works and works fast. I will still take him to our vet just to make sure he's ok, but this may very well have saved his life as he was looking so horrible I was afraid he wouldn't live through the night. Thanks!

Replied by Dallas
Atlanta, Ga, Usa
12/05/2010
Of importance, I saw a post regarding ACV being dangerous to kitties with renal disease -- which was critical for my household of 4 cats, (Maggie has early kidney disease -- which subQ fluids are maintaining). I was going to put ACV in the water bowl (as Isabella has UTI and is a somewhat wild rescue getting used to housemates and being inside - and she would NEVER let me give her a ACV by mouth as catching her to get to vet took an hour... With much disarray and a few wounds (me) :) She was given an antibiotic shot 10 days ago. She is better but still not peeing as much as she should.

I have given her 1/4 tsp ACV in wet food 3 times now, and also Vitamin C powder and will continue to do so. Thanks to all fellow kitty lovers for posting (and check out "Simon's Cat" on You Tube if you want a laugh)! He has really nailed kitty behavior in his animation. And one last tidbit -- anyone who has outside cats they also take care of in cold weather, check out Snuggle Safe discs that go in microwave and stay warm for 8-10 hours. Heat according to your microwave wattage and tuck in their bed/blankets. They will LOVE you even more. God speed --

Replied by Crazy Cat Lady
Cookeville, Tn U.s.a.
04/30/2011
My female Manx has had blood in her urine. Funds are low here and I had been treating her with human antibiotics that can be used in felines. I hope this works. She has been feeling really badly.

Also used this on my male dsh cat. He has been acting like something has been stuck in his throat and vomiting a LOT in the early morning. I have suspected it was a hairball. Tried mineral oil, Vaseline, and a store-bought hairball remedy with no success. I used the mixture that people used here 1/4 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar and 1 tsp distilled water via oral syringe. I felt bad because immediately... He got sick. Out came the GIANT hairball he has been gagging on. Strange, but neat! My other female dsh has been acting as if she has the start of a UTI as well. She got the same as the others. Both females spit just a little out. Will update on the worst case, which was the Manx. Thank you so much for the advice. I take Apple Cider Vinegar daily myself.

Posted by Rosy (Orlando, Fl) on 01/07/2009

Female kitty peed on herself:

I am concerned about my female kitty Mora, she is about two years old. We are in the middle of switching her to a more natural diet. She was on Solid Gold's Indigo Moon formula, which it grain free, but I had wanted to switch her and my male to a raw diet. The male seems to have switched fine. It has been about a week with the raw only. Right now we are struggling, as she only wants to eat the kibbles. I have it put up in a spare bedroom. I have been feeding her a freeze dried Venison formula, and when I think they may eat it, some raw chicken that was frozen in a tube. I feed them both about an ounce, at first and if they are still hungry I will warm up more. I do not heat in the microwave. Well now that I have gotten through the current situation, my main concern. This morning they were hungry and I was defrosting some raw and it would be a while before I could feed them. So I gave both of them a treat. It was a cranberry treat that they have both eaten for over a year. Shortly after that I saw her walking around the house with a wet bottom. I went to dry her off and noticed it was urine. I cleaned her with a damp washcloth, she wasn't too happy, but not as upset as when I cleaned her bottom when she got poo on it. So I don't think she is feeling to spunky. I went to look up on line females peeing on themselves and noticed a really rancid cat pee smell. I went to the littler box, and it wasn't there, she had peed in a tent that I had put up for them in the corner. It was thicker than normal and very yellow. It had also got part on the carpet. So now I think she had been going to hid in her tent cause she didn't feel good and ended up peeing with out knowing it. What makes this more upsetting is yesterday she was great, and we played all day! The urine smell isn't normal, it is very stinky, I am not sure how to describe it but it isn't like a strong pee smell, it is just strong and stinky, but still pee like. Has any one else had this same thing happen? I don't have a regular vet, and I don't want to deal with finding one that won't think I am a nut case with the raw food.

Replied by Mary
Regina, Canada
01/07/2009
Hi: I don't have cats but 2 small dogs. I have been told to fast them for 1 day anytime i switch over to raw. If for example we go on holidays and have to drive. I do not pack raw, they eat dry for that time. Regarding your female cat, I have a trick that I use. I have 2 miniature pinchers that have been on raw most of their lives. When I have an issue, I feed them live yogurt that I have cultured myself with milk and acidophilis. They get this until problem resolves itself.

Hope this helps,
Mary

Replied by Rosy
Orlando, Fl
01/09/2009
[YEA]   Update on my fur baby Mora,

I mixed together 1 tablespoon of organic ACV with 1/3 cup filtered tap water. I gave my kitty 2 tsp by syringe 2 times a day. At first she was ok with it, which isn't my kitty, She then slept for a couple of hours and ate. She peed in the litter box one more stinky pee before bed. So bad I had to empty it for the second time that day. In the morning she put up some fight with the ACV mix, but I got it in her :)~ She ate some no grain canned food and was frisky for a while then slept most the day. That night I gave her one more dose and I had to chase her and got part of it on the wall, so she must be feeling better. I haven't noticed the stink, and she is much friskier. I will try the fast when I start her on raw again, see if that keeps her from getting too dehydrated in her protest!

Posted by Jeannie (Houston, Texas) on 12/15/2008

[YEA]  Thank you so much for the apple cider vinegar remedy! I had a male cat who recently developed a severe bladder infection. I came on this site and read about the apple cider vinegar cure. He would not eat or drink so I put one capful of organic apple cider in a bowl (cat bowl)then filled the bowl with water. I then took a dropper and filled it, wrapped him in a towel tightly, and gave him the dropper slowly by mouth. I waited several hours and did this again.There did not seem to be much improvement first night, but by next day he was perky and he could urinate without crying. I continued ths same treatment the next day, making sure he was able to pee even a little(as I did not want to keep giving water if the urine flow was completely blocked)Slowly but surely each day he was better and better. Today it is like it never happened.The strangest thing though is yesterday he went into the kitchen, and started trying to get oil out of the olive oil bottle....so I poured him some and he lapped it up.

I am going to be adding both apple cider vinegar and olive oil to his diet from now on. I think the apple cider vinegar was a life saver when my kitty needed it. Thank you!

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.

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

Posted by Krista (Jarvis, On, Canada) on 11/23/2008

[YEA]  My Cat Binx had been suffering from a Urinary Tract infection 1 month ago. Of course at that time I had no idea what to do and It was 1am on a Saturday, so I made an Emergency call to my Vet. Within 2 days he was good as new! To the tune of $429. Then 2 weeks later the same occured again, so back to the Vet. This time it cost $189 plus he had to be put on Expensive canned food. I thought all would be fine after that.

The next week he was sick once again, and my hubby and I could not afford to spend another dime on vet bills, so I searched high and low on the internet and came across this site...A TRUE GOD SEND!!! As soon as I read all the testimonials I knew it had to work. I rushed out and bought a jug of ACV. I gave him 1/4 of a tsp, mixed with 1 tsp of water, and put in syringe. I pinned him down and made him swallow it. He hated it and gagged, so i filled up the syringe with water to help with the bitterness. Within 4 hours I noticed a difference already. After 24 hours he was able to urinate normally, and looked great. Now Two times a day I make the same mixture and put into his wet food, he takes it like a trooper! LOL It has been 3 Weeks, and I have my old cat back. His fur is shinnier, his eyes are brighter, he is spunky once again. This is something I will keep him on for a long time. IF YOUR SCEPTICAL, IM TELLING U IT DEFINITLY WORKS, AND IT SAVED MY 6 YR OLD CAT'S LIFE!!!!

Posted by Pat (Brookings, OR) on 11/05/2008

[YEA]  ACV works! Kitty, who is 7 was suffering from a 3rd round of urine problems in past 2 years. Displayed blood in urine, discomfort. Vet would only prescribe antibiotics again if extensive tests done so found this site and thought we'd give it a try. Blended 1/2 tsp. ACV into her wet food at each feeding, 3 times a day and 1/4 tsp. in her 1-1/2 cup water dish. Same day there was improvement and 4 days later under this regimen she is sleeping peacefully, and appears to be urinating normally. Give it a try, using unfiltered ACV bought at the health food store, don't know if that's necessary tho. Thanks again!


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