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Natural Cystitis Remedies for Cats

Last Modified on Nov 28, 2015

Feline Cystitis, sometimes known as Feline Urologic Syndrome, yes many cat owners are all too familiar with this particular problem. Feline cystitis can affect both female and male cats, although it is more common among females. The catch-all phrase Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disorders (FLUTD) is inclusive of a number of disorders, but cystitis specifically refers to an irritation of the feline bladder. The condition occurs as a result of an infection in the bladder and will cause tiny crystals to form, which blocks the normal passage of urine. This can be very painful for your cat as it will be difficult for them to urinate as they normally would.

Cystitis Symptoms: Your cat with cystitis will need to urinate more frequently but upon attempting it, will generally only be successful in having just a few drops pass at a time. You might also notice that your cat will discontinue use of the litter box when it needs to urinate, as this condition is very irritating for them and they are more comfortable using a cold, hard surface such as your bathtub, sink or countertop. It is also likely that the consistency of the urine will be thicker than it normally would be, the scent will be strong and foul smelling, and the urine will contain traces of blood. If this sounds like it is in line with your cat's recent behavior then the chances are high that they are suffering from cystitis.

It is not known exactly what causes feline cystitis. The same condition in dogs or in humans would be caused by a bacterial infection, however most cats with this problem do not have bacteria in their urine. If your cat is affected by cystitis you may want to temporarily increase the amount of canned food that you are feeding them. Canned food as opposed to dry food has higher water content, and at this time you want to increase the amount of water that the animal takes in and decrease the mineral content of the diet.

Additionally, there are several homeopathic treatments that can be administered to help clear up this very painful and distressing problem for your cat, such as Nux Vomica, Chimaphila or Cantahris. Although you will want to have the exact cause of the condition diagnosed in order to choose the correct treatment.

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Posted by Nickwilliams (California) on 11/28/2015

[YEA]  Hello,

My male cat Samson has cystitis. He has been going to the vet off and on for a year now with occasional occurrences of cystitis. About a month ago, he started to have a more frequent occurrences so we took him in for a check up. The vet did the whole check up and helped him pass his stones ( cause I know my wife and I could not). They gave him a prescription of Orbax and Dasuquin which is just and anti-inflammatory and a joint health supplument for 120 dollars. My wife and I religiously gave him his dosages for 2 weeks then he had a major flare up. He was trying to pee running back and forth box to box (5 separate boxes). We would let him outside to be comfortable and try to pee out there and not much help.

One morning he and I had had enough. Started doing research online about home remedies for cats with cystitis (since these beautiful animals have been around since the Egyptian days). I came across this website and started to read these testimonials from all of these fellow cat lovers. So I had my wife call the vet to get him in to make sure it wasn't more than cystitis. It wasn't. He stayed all day and got shots and blood work.

Once he came home I started this regimen of Apple Cider Vinegar and I swear this stuff is amazing. I haven't given him his other medications only ACV for 6 days and he has made major improvements. He is peeing a lot more, not spending long in box, not going back and forth, not scratching then squatting, nothing like he was before. His eyes have cleared up and he is more energetic. He has made a 180° turnaround. He actually drinks more wate now. He doesn't seem to mind the taste. ACV is inexpensive, healthy, organic, non gmo, and has been around for thousands of years. I drink it for health and so does Samson, Coal, Stonie, and Dott. His siblings. I truly cannot express my gratitude for this website and this product. Saved my cats life from misery and pain.

His dosage is:

Am. ACV 1/8 teaspoon to 4 parts filter water..5ml

2 -3 hours later another .5ml

I repeat this all day. Feeding as normal.

This routine continues for big flare ups when I notice issues with urination. Then we reduce to just three times daily.

Posted by Kathi (Louisville, Ky) on 11/02/2015

[SIDE EFFECTS]  After giving my cat the recommended dosage of vinegar for his UTI I noticed he was salivating more than normal. Is this normal?

Posted by Stephanie (Cadillac) on 08/27/2015

[YEA]  Thank you! In less than 24 hours from giving first dose of Apple Cider Vinegar in soft food my cat is better! Her belly was bloated, she was peeing on anything soft (including my bed), and would growl when you touched her belly. Today she is happy, pain free and her belly is soft! She used her litter box and is sitting in the sun cleaning herself! I thought she was a goner, with me working for the schools and my husband changing jobs did not have the money to take her for tests.

Gave her half and half of water and Apple Cider Vinegar yesterday twice and today again on her food and she is my Josie again. Thank you!!!!!

Replied by Terry Schneider
Alberta, Canada

[YEA]   I have read ALL the comments on ACV which I agree 100%. Organic and Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is the best for breaking down crystals and dissolving them (this can be purchased at the health food store). Its always better to add a few drops of "concentrated cranberry juice 100% pure" (can get this at a health food store also) to the moist cat food. Another good ingredient to Always add to your cats moist food daily is "Pure Pumpkin" (about a teaspoon, can be purchased at Walmart, but make sure its "PURE"), this gives extra moisture to the moist cat food, this was recommended to be by my cats vet. Your cat will urinate more and keep the unitary tract healthy.

My tabby Meko is experiencing UTI right now, so tonight I have started him on...Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar (5 drops) 100% Pure Concentrated Cranberry Juice (5 drops) and a teaspoon of PURE Pumpkin in his moist food, along with about 3 tablespoons of water (mix well, should be a little runny in texture). I will continue to do this 3 times a day for 7-10 days depending on how he is doing.

A good idea is to add about 7-10 drops of ACV to the water they drink daily. Mix the ACV in the water so they cant tell you have added it. Its not at all harmful on cats that drink ACV on a daily basis, it keeps their urinary tract from getting crystals.

I hope the above information is helpful to everyone...and remember "Pure Pumpkin" is always a good thing to add to your cats moist food on a daily basis...Your cat should have 1 moist serving a day (recommended by vet).

Replied by Ginny
Durban, South Africa

I can't tell you how grateful I am for your advice. Mischief was in agony but in one day he was so much better thanks to Apple Cider Vinegar. I made parsley tea (recommended by homeopathic vet), a few drops of Rescue Remedy and a little ACV. Mischief did not mind me squirting it into his mouth. He is now off conventional "vet recommended" dry food and I give him cooked chicken and livers and once a week fish. None of my animals will take raw food. I add in a bit of coconut oil. No more dry food as this all started when his teeth hurt him also from eating this poison. Thank you so very much.

Best wishes, Ginny

Posted by Circadio (Boston, Ma) on 08/23/2015

Hi there, I was just reading over your post about using apple cider vinegar for a UTI, and I noticed a mistake.

In the description of how it works, you have stated that "when the vinegar enters the body, it creates an alkaline environment that kills. However there are three issues with that statement.

1) Vinegar is comprised of Acetic Acid, and is of course, a very acidic compound. Thus when you put it into the body, it creates an "acidic" environment by lowering the Ph.

2) This does not affect "bacteria" as stated, as a feline UTI is not caused by a bacterial infection. It is instead caused by bicarbonate cystic crystals, which physically obstruct urine flow.

3) Lastly, this means that in truth, the vinegar is working to lower the urine Ph, which in turn causes the the bicarbonate obstruction to dissolve. Its essentially the same as if you were to throw a "Tums" into a cup of vinegar water, it would dissolve at a much higher rate than it would in just plain. This is because the blockage in the urinary tract is comprised of highly "basic" components.

Source: I am a 3rd year medical student, this is very simple to me.

Not trying to be difficult, and I appreciate what you guys are doing, I'm 100% organic myself, as well as my family and pets. Thanks again :)

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hey Circadio!

I tried to see just exactly *whose* post you were commenting on, but was unable to do so - it appears you are commenting on the title page, or from the many comments in this topic, ie 'you guys'.

Not trying to be difficult, but I wanted to address some mistakes in your post.

1) While raw apple cider vinegar is acidic - containing acetic and malic acides, it turns into an effective alkalizer once inside our body. This is because apples in their natural state are alkaline. Any food, including vinegar, undergoes oxidation when digested by your body. This oxidation process turns apple cider vinegar alkaline because that is it's natural state [ie apple] even though it contains malic acid and acetic acid.

Read all about how raw ACV works:

2) A feline UTI - urinary tract *infection* - IS caused by bacteria. The key here for cats is that cats usually do not have bacterial UTIs - they have Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD)/cystitis, often involving the struvite crystals that you mention.

3) This is not how it works. ACV does not lower the PH/make urine more acid - it makes it more akaline, or helps bring an acid PH more in the balanced range. And - not all urinary crystals are bicarbonate in composition - some are calcium oxalate, which do not dissolve in acetic acid/with an acid PH.

Bottom line: raw, unpasturized ACV has proven to help many pet owners keep their pets healthy. It may not be the answer to every problem, but it can provide great relief to some pets.

Source: over 45 years PE [practical experience keeping all manner of pets healthy]

Posted by Natalie (Marietta, Ga) on 06/11/2015

[YEA]  I just want to thank everyone who took the time to post information for other pet owners like me to see. I love both of my cats as if they were my children so when there in pain I cant be worried enough and I work as a Vet Tech and even after getting the doc to help treat my baby and after finishing his meds, like some of you my cat continued to have blood in urine and spend lots of his time straining in litterpan like he had the urgency to go. I had a very hard time giving him the apple cider vinegar but once it got through his system he was like nothing had ever happened and seemed to feel relief as Im sure this all was painful. I donno what caused it to happen, I think stress had something to do with it, but it has not came back and after the first day dosing him with the ACV, there also was no more blood in his urine. Thank you All again. As my fur kid thanks you too!!

Replied by Marre

I have a beautiful cat who is my baby. I have taken her to the vet twice before for urinary tract infections. She has been put on medications, has become stressed due to the travel. Now it is the third time in as many years she is having this problem. I love her & don't want to do anything to contribute to the problem. I have heard apple ciders is helpful. Is there any other advice you lovely people could offer?
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hey Marre!

My advice would be to ensure your cat is on a grain free diet and grain free treats. Many canned foods contain grains and high amounts of sugar; these can contribute to UTI's.

Replied by Jann
Antioch, Ca

Dispensation of vinegar. How did you give it to your cat? Dropper or in food? My cat doesn't like wet food.

Posted by Sindy (Montreal ) on 05/14/2015

[WORKED TEMPORARILY]  Ok so I've been a huge fan of ACV and always have been. It's worked in the past to cure UTI for my cat and possible crystals (struvites). A few days ago my cat who is prone to blocking due to struvites crystals was going to the little too often and just a few drops. I started mixing ACV with his food and cranberry pill I get at vet with water and can food only. I stopped all dry Food. I kept an eye on him all day and the drops of urine stopped. I knew he was completely blocked. I gently palpated his bladder and it was clearly hard. IF NO urine passes at all, within 24-48h your cat can die. I waited a bit longer and kept giving him ACV with his food mixed with water ( half a cap full, he ate it ) he would try to pee in other places but nothing. It was a Sunday and only the vet hospital was open. At 11:30 pm I said that's it, I'm taking him. His urethra was bruised and pulsating, non stop liking. They inserted a catheter and were able to push stone back in bladder ( that's good ) she emptied a good amount of his bladder. We did X-rays saw 1 stone. Did urine test to see which stone (struvites dissolve with acid and special urinary food those form from having not enough acid in food ) ( oxalates stones require surgery, those form from high acid level in food) thankfully it was again struvites. Got can food to stay on for 1 or 2 months ( royal canin urinary s/o. Meds and took my cat back home ALIVE!!! He could have died it was a matter of time. Here's my advice, if he doesn't pass urine and clearly in pain don't wait. It would have been cheaper at my vet but all in all worth every penny and cheaper than expected. Most vets let you pay gradually. STOP FEEDING YOUR CAT dry food!!! Get canned food ( if you can good quality no fillers grain free ) look for coupons online, call the company ask for coupons to try food! Always mix food with water, cats don't drink enough which is one of the main causes of bladder stones. Never leave food out, free feeding is a no no. Invest in cranberry pills. My vet charges me 8$ for 30 day supply. You don't know if your cat has oxalate stones, if it does than giving him more acid will make it WORSE. Please, know your cat's condition before finding a cure. ACV is amazing for UTI make sure you maintain ACV once a week when cat is cured as it is usually chronic But if it doesn't improve his UTI go to the vet. If cat cannot pee an X-ray around where I live can be 50$ a urine test 25-60$ Know his condition before treating it, many symptoms are the same. Prevention is key, no dry food only wet or raw food even better mixed with a lot of water. I'm so grateful I took my baby to the emergency.

Replied by Mindy
Peabody, Massachusetts

My cats vet bill has officially reached $2000 today due to my cat Wally. He has been having issues urinating and has been on different meds over and over. He's had catheterization twice, many ultrasounds and xrays, overnight stays at the vet.... I can't watch him suffer I am desperate! I am buying Apple Cider Vinegar tomorrow and pray that it works for Wally.
Replied by Sindy

hi Mindy.

I'm so sorry for what you and Wally are going through, I know how frustrating this can be. I wanted to let you know that if Wally is on acidifiers that adding acid to his consumption is not good. Also ask what kind of crystals he has if any, oxalates require surgery. He can also get an operation done to widen his Urethra. Did they rule out cancer? Stress also place a huge role in affecting bladder health. If I were you, I would get a second or third opinion because you should be ableto have clear answers of what is the cause of this. Best of luck to you both, keep us posted!

Replied by Sandra

When my cat had urinary problems ie unable to urinate he was in and out of vet having catheter etc... I started him on cranberry powder and also I used purslane which reduces inflammation in the urethra .... I didn't use S/D food recommended by vet after researching ingredients.... He has not had any problems for 4 years... also used homeopathics which worked well....
Replied by Sue
St. Jospeh, Mi

Can you tell me which homeopathic remedy you used?
Replied by Kathy
Minneapolis, MN

I am interested what homopathics worked as well.
Replied by Michelle
Manitoba Canada

Hello from Manitoba Canada! I also have uti problems with my 2 yr old male cat. I'm wondering how your cat is doing today? Have you continued giving ACV routinely? Any more problems? Any recommendations for food? My cat didn't have stones just crystals. The vet recommended Med Cal dry and wet although It sounds as though I should only give him wet food. The dry has Corn meal gluten in it which normally I would avoid due to allergies and go product. Then I found out that this acts as an acidifier for the problem. Not sure what I should do the vet says no ACV let the food do the trick. After the amount of money he charged me To have the surgery to unblock him I don't trust the vet completely. I would love to hear from you... Thank you I appreciate your feed back:) Michelle

Posted by Gabriele (Canada) on 03/23/2015

[WORKED TEMPORARILY]  My cat Charlie is 6 years old and weighs about 17 pounds, he had a blockage a month ago. I took him to the vet and he stayed there for 3 days. After returning home with all the medicine he didn't get better, I took him back and he stayed another 4 days but he still had trouble!

One night when he was blocking again I found this site thank god, I gave him 1/4 teaspoon with water and it worked but two days later the same thing happend. I increased the dosage to 1/2 teaspoon and 2 1/2 teaspoon water and gave it to him and he peed a lot again. I gave him this formula twice a day but he can't pee again!!!!

Please help, I don't know what do do. I don't want him to suffer!

It's been a month since he first got sick! Taking him to the vet didn't help, I took him 3 times already!

Replied by Ginger

My vet uses antibiotics for one or two weeks.
Replied by Rhonda

Our cat had this and we changed his food. It is called A taste of the Wild. It is expensive but cheaper than a vet bill. He hasn't had any trouble now for 6 years. Until your cats system normalizes with the new food, a company called Effective pet Wellness can help you with cystitis and building his system back up after the harsh antibiotics. (needs probiotics and pre biotics to balance and replace his gut flora) And PetAlive has a UTI Cystitis natural product for 36.95. I am a vet Tech. I hope this helps.

Posted by Pkm01 (Michigan, US) on 01/18/2015

My little kitty girl had a uti about 2 yrs ago that wasn't responding to the vet prescribed antibiotic treatments (2 courses), so gave the acv/water mix (equal amounts) and within 3 days she was completely back to her regular self (& duties). All I can say is WOW! Pretty fast relief for her (so very happy) & my pocketbook was impressed also. Now her big brother is having an issue, so its his turn with this treatment. ACV is pretty amazing. Tons of more uses for my "kids" & the rest of my family.

Replied by Kathryn
Ontario, CA

I was wondering how often you gave the Apple cider vinegar??? And how did you give it to your cat??? In the food??? Squirt directly in the mouth???

Would like to know more please...


Replied by Alyssa
Salem, Or

It seems to me that my cat is doing the same thing as your cat. I called the vet and that would literally break the bank! So I was wondering where can you can ACV? Is it water or what is it? Also does it matter what kind of wet food? Help! Thanks :)

EC: Hi Alyssa, ACV = Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (with the 'mother')

Replied by Alejandra
Bc, CA

Hi there I was wondering if your cats mouth foamed a bit with the Apple Cider Vinegar and water mixture?

I have my boy a little dose to start cleaning him but he hated it and he spitted foamy a bit.. Please let me know guys.. Thanks

Replied by Diamond
Ma., US

I put ACV in my cats and dogs food but I also use a cover up such as a fish oil capsule, just cut the cap open and pour it over the food.
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hey Alejanra!

If your cat foams at the mouth then your mixture is too strong -just add more water to dilute to adjust to your cat's preferences.

Posted by Liz Allen (Wolverhampton) on 12/21/2014

[YEA]  My 6 year old cat Roxy started passing bloody urine a few weeks ago. The vet examined her, made sure there were no lumps or blockages, then diagnosed her with cystitis before giving her an anti-inflammatory injection and prescribing a week of Loxicam. The infection cleared up but, as soon as Roxy had completed the course of Loxicam, she started passing blood again. I didn't want to put her through the stress of another visit to the vet (she loathes it with a vengeance) so I did some online research for natural remedies and thankfully found this site. I spent £5 in a health food store on a bottle of apple cider vinegar (raw, unfiltered, with the 'mother') and gave her 1/4tsp of vinegar diluted in 2tsp water twice a day mixed in thoroughly with her food. She had a good sniff of her bowl and knew I'd put something in it but ate it all up without any complaints. Within 24 hours she was peeing normally! Due to its health benefits, I'm continuing to give her just one of the above doses each morning in her food to keep her urinary tract in good working order. I'm really grateful to the people on here who posted their experiences with apple cider vinegar and allowed me to make an informed decision which, thankfully, was the best thing for my Roxy.

Posted by Satsquach (Vancouver Island, CA) on 12/09/2014

[YEA]  My just over a year old fixed indoor cat started displaying signs of cystitis or toxicity due to my lovely Christmas tree or my bad diet choices for him....blood in his urine... long before I could figure it out. Most recently ( 2 days ago) started howling in pain. Urinating in weird places; not his litter box as he is well trained. Became incontinent, loss of appetite, lethargy, hissing. I thought he was stressed or maybe just picked up "amother" animals scent or was just trying to mark his territory.

This is what got my attention. I thought my baby was dying!! My heart dropped. After doing some research on the interwebs and contacting friends, I came to discover that 90% of all brands of dry cat food are bad for our feline companions. I started my boy on a mix of apple cider vinegar mixed with water last night. As he is a fussy drinker and will not drink standing water, I dripped the mixture on his paws and torso... Places where he could groom himself at first. I had already gotten myself a 5ml syringe and used the same mixture two hours later to syringe feed (drink) orally. Gave him natural wet food with the same mixture every 2 hours. Syringe feeding him the mixture of liquid in between. BAM!! He is showing amazing and significant signs of improvement!!! I am so relieved!! Be sure to check ingriedents... you will figure it out with some more research... I'm switching to an all natural brand of food for my boy from now on And putting a cage around our Christmas tree! Lol. Hope we Have helped.

Replied by Rick
New London Ct

Can you tell us what brand of dry cat food did you find that didn't aggravate the cystitis? I have 3 cats--a mother and her 2 boys, 6 yrs old, and it's one of the boys with the urinary problem. I'm going to start the vinegar treatment right now, then go get some natural ACV. I'll post later to tell how it goes. Thanks! Rick in CT

Posted by Jessica (Austin, Tx) on 11/30/2014

[YEA]  My 2-yr-old male Tucker began showing signs of a UTI on Wednesday afternoon, the day before Thanksgiving. He never goes outside the litter box, and I saw a very dark colored puddle on the tile in the corner. I called the local vet clinic, but they did not have any appointments left for the day, and were going to be closed until Monday for the holidays. Only a couple of hours later, poor Tucker was hopping in every box around the house, dropping a few drops of urine. Much worse than the mess, was the appearance of blood. It went from cloudy, to pink, pure blood. I began to panic. Although he wasn't yowling in pain, I knew he was miserable running from box, to litter box, to corner. I called the emergency vet, who informed me that I could bring him in, and if I needed help with the bill, I can finance the $1000 with a pet insurance. I was brokenhearted. I was so scared I was going to lose him, especially with the scary amount of blood he was passing. I found this site online, and figured it was sure worth the try. I went to the store, picked up some ACV and some cranberry extract. I also had on hand a prescription of 100mg doxycycline from my doctor, which I found out is the most common antibiotic given for cats with UTI's. I dumped out the capsule and separated it into 5 piles, as I read that 20mm is the dosage for a cat Tucker's size. I mixed the antibiotic, the cranberry extract and a 1/4 teaspoon of the ACV in a half can of wet food. I also poured a little bit of oil from a can of tuna into it to disguise the vinegar taste. Tucker ate it. He immediately ran to the box and passed a little more urine and blood. After several anxious hours, I fed him another serving of the concoction before I left for family dinner on Thursday for thanksgiving. When I got back, he already started acting like he was feeling better, playing with the other cats. I gave him the same formula twice a day through today. His health has steadily improved, going from pure blood, to pick, back to a little dark, and is now completely back to normal color. He is still going a little more frequently than normal, but still improving.

THANK YOU to all of you who posted this information. I believe that without this site, I would have had to take him to the emergency clinic and don't have any idea how I could have paid the bill. The stories I read on here gave me a little hope, and it paid off wonderfully. Tucker and I owe everyone a big hug. Thanks again.

Replied by David
Fresno Ca. Usa

How much cranberry extract should you use?
Replied by Lori
California, US

I have an 8 yr. old male cat no issues, what can I give him daily - something natural that will prevent kidney, bladder stone issues, etc. At many healthstores there are products for people called stones no more, and or prevention of this issue, there must be something I can do. I'm challenged financially so a thousand dollar surgery for such issue would be impossible, and I hear that pet ins. you have to start it on your pet when it is very young, so how can we assist our pets well being with a dose of prevention?
Replied by Jennifer
Austin, Tx

[YEA]   Jessica, my boy gets annual/seasonal urinary problems. I am also in Austin. I'm curious as to which emergency vet you called. I've had to take my kitty in during the holidays as well.
Replied by Michelle

Hi there I read your comment since I am now also going through uti treatment with my one cat. Wondering if your still giving yours ACV and if you've had any more problems since the first time he started showing symptoms? Thanks we just spent a fortune at the vet having him go through the surgery to unblock him.

Posted by Sue (Rockford Il) on 11/09/2014


My cats have had urinary troubles before and that is the first time I've read about AVc to help prevent or heal infections and prevent fleas. I started putting it in their water dishes, (2 tbs for a gallon of water) but ive noticed this past week my male cat Sin has been going to his litter box multiple times in a short time frame only to not actually go. And then today I noticed him trying to go outside of the litter box only to produce a drop of urine. I'm very worried about him as I know this can lead to blockage and stones in male cats that is fatal if not treated but as I am pregnant and unemployed we do not have the emergency funds to take him to the vet for two weeks let alone for a procedure should he need one. Am I putting the correct amount of AVC in his water? Can anyone suggest a better way to get him to take it as we have not seen him drinking lately either.

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hey Sue!

Sorry to hear about Sin's troubles.

You might try mixing ACV and water - 2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup water, and dipping Sin's paws in this solution - he will have to lick it off to dry his paw. I would do that every hour if I could. Please check to make sure he *can* go pee and is not blocked. Blocked is a life threatening emergency and if are unable to go to the vet you might try reaching out to local rescues to see if they can help.

Replied by Stef
Nj, Ct

When my cat is showing symptoms, (he is 15lbs) I dose 1/2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar mixed w/ 1 1/2 tsp filtered water twice a day. I ONLY ever use Bragg Organic raw~unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother!!! He will NOT eat or drink ANYTHING that has even a drop of Apple Cider Vinegar mix in it. He is extremely finicky on a good day. I have to give it to him orally. I use a 5ml push syringe and slowly but surely get it into his mouth. He is NOT a fan. After he begins showing improvement with urinating. Usually day 3 after seeing consistent urine amounts, I feel confident that he is definitely going without a problem. No more small pea size drops. I dose him 1/2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar w/ 2 tsp filtered water once a day for 2 days. Then 1/4 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar w/ 1 1/2 tsp filtered water once a day for 2 days. I do a full 7 day course of treatment. First to alleviate symptoms and provide him relief from pain, second to get him urinating back to normal amounts again, and third to give his urinary system a good week of getting the ph back on track. Currently we are on day 6 today. He was yowling all the time and I noticed he was off when it came to eating. Then it dawned on me that there wasn't much pee in his litter box and no poop. After the 1st dose his yowling was less and after the 2nd dose he was no longer yowling and crying in pain. I also now feed him Purina Pro Plan Focus, Urinary Tract Health Formula. It helps reduce the ph in urine and adds low dietary magnesium. I have to spoon mash it until it is like pt which is the only type of canned food he will eat. Sigh

I add filtered water to it (he loves it with water). The cans are small and depending on his mood I feed 1-2 cans a day. I can only feed a decent size soup spoonful at a time otherwise he sucks it all down and in a few minutes vomits it back up. He is a gluten when it comes to eating canned food. No problem with dry food. He just goes bonkers eating the wet too fast. After his UTI is cleared up he returns to his normal diet. However I think going forward I will continue to give some of the canned food as "treats" during the week. Found a homeopathic additive for his water. 1/2 capful to his filtered water everyday. I actually measured out how much water goes into his bowl and put it into a small Tupperware then added 1/2 capful. I use this as the water used to add to the acv. It's by Natrual Pet Parmaceuticals and it's called Urinary Tract Infections. Also found cat treats for urinary tract health. He hasn't had a uti in several years, at least 4. This is by far the fastest he has felt better, his symptoms went away and he was back to peeing normal. Hope this helps. I have always done the 7 day treatment, always with success. My daughter had to do this recently for her kitten. The amount of Apple Cider Vinegar was adjusted due to age and weight. Again, successful. This time I added the new canned food and the additive to his water.

Replied by Kari
Liverpool, NY

Thank you so much for this helpful post. My little 15 month old guy just started struggling, and then tonight, howling and drooling. I really can't take him to the emergency vet- so I tried the acv. I'm hopeful that it will work.

Also omitting dry food for a few days, and just canned.

Thanks again!

Posted by Basia (Vancouver, Canada) on 09/29/2014

[YEA]  Thank you for posting! ....ACV saved my adult female bengal from so much unnecessary stress and me from some serious vet combination with a herbal remedy I got over the counter at my local pet store (one of the ingredients of which was Cantahris) her symptoms cleared up in 3-4 days.... <3

Replied by Sokka

We have completed two rounds of meds : Baytril, antispasmodics and pain meds. Diagnosis is cystitis. I would like to use the ACV for preventative and flareups. How much do you administer?
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hey Sokka!

Contributor Angela (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) recommended on 05/09/2010 1cc 2 to 3 times a week.

Read about her experience on EC:

Replied by Lori
North Hollywood, Ca

We used 1/2 Tablespoon of ACV to 1 1/2 Tablespoons of water. You are using the wrong amounts of each. Please don't feed your cats ANY dry foods. Only wet. The most important thing is water and making sure your cat is REALLY getting enough.
Replied by Michelle

Hi there I read your message wondering if the herbal remedy you used for the uti with your cat was a tincture, herb or pill? Thanks, I appreciate your help.

Posted by Terri (Clarence Center, NY) on 09/12/2014

Hi ive been reading the posts here, cause I think my cat has a problem. I had first thought it was behavior, but when I saw him peeing in front of me, a red flag went up. I'm gonna like right now try the ACV; how many times a day and for how long do you treat with this? And also should ya do it a few times a month for maintenance?

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hey Terri!

If this were my cat I would treat 6 times a day for the first 2 days, and then drop it to 2-3 times a day for a total of 3 weeks. If your cat won't take a mixture of ACV in water [try 1 part ACV to 10 parts water] try dipping a paw in the solution so he will lick it off and ingest it that way. As a maintenance it would not hurt to give some in his food on a daily basis.

Replied by Twinkletoes
Cadogan, Pa

My cat was diagnosed with a bladder infection yesterday. He is on Clavamox 2 times a day for 14 days. DL Methionine 2 times a day for 30 days. Should I try ACV or wait until his meds are done. If so how much and for how long. Please help my little man is miserable!
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hey Twinkletoes!

Please do a google search and read up on DL Methionine. It would appear that ACV is contraindicated. It sounds like you need to follow up with your vet to rule out bladder stones. ACV may help you cat but it tends to have an alkalizing effect on the body and if your cat is prone to stones then you might wish to consider remedies that will replicate the acidifying qualities of the DL Methionine.

Posted by Jacqueline (New York) on 08/05/2014

[YEA]  My 3 year old male cat was straining in the litter box all day yesterday and completely unable to produce any urine.

He was also licking his genitals frequently. He is on a diet of canned food with about 15 small pieces of dried food mixed in Morning and night.

I immediately gave him about a 1/2 teaspoon of powdered probiotics which helped him with a mild UTI problem 12 months ago. Unfortunately his condition worsened over the next few hours as he appeared more uncomfortable, bloated and lethargic. I then tried 1/2 teaspoon of D-Mannose mixed with 1 teaspoon of water administered with a dropper in his mouth. When his condition worsened I worried I should have taken him to the vet.

After reading this site I gave him 1/4 teaspoon of ACV with 1 teaspoon water by dropper into his mouth. I did this again 2 hours later. He had difficulty walking was completely lethargic and I started to worry he wouldn't make it thru the night. Thankfully about an hour later he went to the litter box and passed a small amount of urine. Half an hour later he passed more and seemed much less uncomfortable. I breathed a huge sigh of relief.

I finally went to bed at 2am and when I woke in the morning he seemed almost himself. I gave him 1/4 teaspoon each of probiotics, D-Mannose and ACV this morning and will continue to do so periodically over the coming week until I am sure he is fully recovered.

Thank you SO much to all who posted detailed information on how they treated their cats with ACV. You saved my cat a tremendous amount of pain and what would have been very stressful for him and expensive for me if I had to take him to the vets.

Replied by Gene
New Bedford, Ma

Can you please call me I need info on how you treated your cat. Please call asap. 7744130255
Replied by Jo
Maine, US

One of our cats is having this exact same problem right now. He is a neutered almost 6-year-old Russian Blue/Maine Coon mix and he has been having a very hard time urinating, only going in tiny pea-sized amounts and straining to go all over the house. He is also constantly licking himself "down there" and meowing quite a bit, although the meowing is totally normal for him since he has always been an extremely vocal cat ever since he was a kitten, so I don't know if the meowing is due to pain/discomfort or not. He is eating fine, so I take that as a good sign. He just ate almost an entire can of wet food and I mixed some water in it to give him some extra moisture. We have just started giving him organic apple cider vinegar mixed with a little water with a medicine dropper (he won't eat it if we put it on his food) and we plan to do this about every hour and have our fingers crossed that it will help him. An expensive vet bill really isn't in our budget right now as we are about to have some pretty expensive electrical work done on our house, so we REALLY hope this works!!