Natural Cystitis Remedies for Cats

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Posted by Heidi (Basel, Switzerland) on 03/13/2012

[YEA]  So, sooo impressed with ACV... Here's what happened:

I noticed one morning my Somalian cat had difficulty urinating and would try to go several times with traces of blood increasing as she kept trying. I then noticed there were droplets of blood on the floor as she walked around the house though no signs of her peeing outside her litter tray. I tried the following steps:

- Wet food only (in this case, she eats canned tuna)

- 1 teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar spread over the day mixed well into her meals (and a little in her water on day 1 & 2)...

(Note. After getting the ACV I tried the dropper approach others have used and as I suspected, she hated it and is now afraid of the dropper and the noise it makes when it releases liquid...)

Day 1 when I noticed the blood she had 1/4 teaspoon in 4 different mini meals (she usually eats twice per day so fed her early and more frequently to get the ACV working and ensure she ate it).

Day 2 (i. E. About 18 hours later) she was able to pee fully in one go. I couldn't see any blood (so there might have been a little) though there definitely wasn't any blood on the floor again.

Day 3 again she was able to pee fully though I noticed she had constipation from the meat only diet so in the evening I gave her dry food.

Day 4 she was able to pee fully and the constipation had gone and I'd returned to 2 normal sized meals with the 1/2 a teaspoon of ACV in each meal mixed in well.

On about day 6 I started to reduce the dosage of ACV to 1 teaspoon one day, 1/2 teaspoon the following day. It's now day 8 and I'm still giving her 1/2 teaspoon per day and I'll do this for perhaps 2 or 3 more days. I'm so pleased - My cat Lily & I thank everyone who posted!

Note of caution: A few times I didn't mix the ACV in well enough to her food and she had a coughing fit as she inhaled the smell or couldn't handle the flavour. Thankfully when it was mixed in well, she ate all her food like normal.

Posted by Fae0305 (Asheville, Nc, Usa) on 01/08/2012

I have a 5 year old female who seems in good spirits. She is interested in food, cuddling, purring, and playing with my other cat - a male kitten. The only thing is that she keeps entering the litter box but only to scratch the walls. Her vagina also looks a little irritated. I was thinking maybe the kitten accidentally scratched the area around her vagina making it painful to pee but she doesn't seem in pain.

I started giving her ACV (1/2 tsp) with water by syringe around midnight last night. I started again at 6 this morning and again at 9. She continues to only scratch at the litter box. But otherwise is behaving normally. Still no pee.

Any guidance is appreciated. I will continue with the Apple Cider Vinegar every three hours and will take her to the vet if she doesn't pee today. I don't know if she actually has a UTI tho but I certainly don't want to wait til she is in pain.

Posted by Ashley (Fort Mcmurray, Alberta, Canada) on 12/25/2011

[YEA]  This post saved my cat's life. He was recently in for a urinary tract blockage, which cost me over $2500.00 to treat. He was home for two days and blocked up again - no urine what so ever. It was a holiday, nowhere was open, and I was contemplating having him put down. The vet agreed to see him without charging me the $500.00 emergency fee, and tried to catheterize him and couldn't. I was beyond hope.

I found this post, and tried the apple cider vinegar, and I kid you not he peed within 20 minutes. I kept giving him small doses by mouth (in a 1 ml syringe) every 30 minutes for 2 hours. He was up peeing all night, and filled the litter box. I am so gratefull!! Thanks!

Replied by Matwood
Carmichael, Ca
[NAY]   Remembered this thread as I was sitting here going through old pics of my Cat. In may of 2011 he had a horrible urinary tract infection.. Found this site and thread and read all the great stories about ACV. We bought some immediately and started giving it to him. After a few days he seemed better, started going in the litter box and seemed like his old self. We were so happy but sadly... The ACV didn't work. He ended up getting a complete blockage and we lost him last May.

Posted by Laura (Racine, Wi-us) on 12/19/2011

[YEA]  Holy smokes- A Christmas Miracle! We were having the terrible discussion about having to put our 5 year old cat down the week of Christmas because we could not swing another $350 vet bill like we did last week for Buddy's cystitis. I read this website, went to the store at 11:00 at night to buy a $1.19 bottle of generic apple cider vinegar. I put it in canned cat food and a touch of milk- he ate a tiny bit, I tried it with just cat food, he again, just ate a bit, so I thought I was unsuccesful, but at 1 am he followed me down to the litter box and squatted and succesfully urinated. He bound up the stairs playfully and nearly knocked down the Christmas tree in his enthusiasm!

Replied by Marina
Brooklyn, Ny
[NAY]   I tried this cure for four days. My cat died yesterday.

He started with blood in his urine, which cleared up after day one. He was urinating painfully, but seemed to be in much better spirits days 2-3. Yesterday, he clearly had a blockage and was suffering terribly. I rushed him to the vet, they voided his bladder. It seemed to go well until he had a heart attack while they were sewing the catheter in. The exact reason is unknown, but being in so much pain for so long certainly taxed his system. He could not be revived.

I believe if I had treated his problem as an emergency in the beginning instead of trying to care for him at home before taking him in, he would have had the strength to survive. I made a decision that cost him his precious life.

Replied by Tyty
Mougins, France
[YEA]   THANK YOU FOR THIS POST!!!!!!! My parents just moved country and flew their cat over for us to look after. The flight was clearly stressful and I noticed a few days after that she was straining to pee and leaving pee/blood drops in the corners of rooms. I couldn't take her to the vet and did'nt want to put her back ito the box that she is now terrified of so I began google searching what the problem is and found this site. Last night I gave her her ACV and soft food and found a big pee this morning and a happy cat! THANK YOU soooooo much!
Replied by Nora
Jamaica Plain, Ma
[NAY]   Replying to Fae0305 from Asheville, Nc, Usa: My male cat has gotten cystitis a few times. ACV didn't help. I found that while he is suffering from cystitis, just putting a small amount of CranActin Syrup, made by Solaray, on his lips eased the condition--I purchased the CranActin Syrup via I think I only had to apply this to him lips once--he licks it and ingests it. Then feeding him nutritious canned cat food that has liquid gravy twice a day has kept him well for the past year. I feed him Nature's Variety's Homestyle by Prairie, Duck Chicken Stew or Turkey Liver Stew (I put a few drops of cold pressed olive oil in that food) mornings and then in the evening, I give him Weruva Chicken in Gravy. I get both brands via I think that he gets enough liquid that way plus the distilled water I give him in his water bowl. I have found that I can then give him a small amount of dry food, about 1/16 of a cup as a snack daily--I give him Taste of the Wild, Canyon River Feline Formula with Trout & Smoked Salmon flavor. I buy this at a small supermarket, Pemberton Farms, in Cambridge, MA. It is processed with purified water. So far he is doing well. I also give him four vitamins daily--Nu-Cat Multi-Vitamin/Mineral Supplement. I buy this via

Posted by Paul (Los Angeles, Ca, Usa) on 12/12/2011

[NAY]  Just some feedback on my experience. Sat afternoon my cat who is a year and a half, showed me he was having trouble peeing. I started researching on the net, was seeing the prices involved in catheters, etc... Seemed 800.00 was a common number, and that frequently the number moved into the thousands as the operation was needed again and again. I called a 24/7 vet here in LA but they would not quote any sort of general price range for the procedure, till I came in and paid 125.00 for an exam. I think they know if they say a large number over the phone that they will scare away business. But if you are there and have already committed to 125.00 and your pet's big eyes are staring at you in front of them they can make more of a sale. But I just don't have that type of money. I love the little guy, but I don't have insurance for myself. So, I thought I'd try the apple cider vinegar since there seemed nothing to lose. He didn't like it much. It didn't seem to do anything as fas as I can tell except make him unhappy. I tried to make him as comfortable as possible on Sunday otherwise, he wanted to be with me and so I kept him near me most of the day. He became increasingly lethargic. Lots of tears. I knew I was making a rational choice but emotionally it was tough. Critters die... Cycle of life... Sometimes you have to let them go. I took him to bed with me at midnight and noticed around 3AM he had left the bed. At 4:30AM I went to check on him and he was dead on the floor in the living room.

He had a good life with me and he was a good little buddy for 15 months. He had playmates with neighbor kitties, good food, and a person who loved him. He knew it. It was a very affectionate and close bond. I know it sounds terrible and heartless to some, but is it less heartless than numerous operations with strange people in strange places. He had a day and a half of increasing discomfort and I imagine was in a great deal of pain at the end- but every surgery would have left him in pain for a while too. It is easy to be frightened of death and I think we take it too far. There are times to let loved ones go. But I am also sharing my experience as a word of caution to those who are attached to their pets. The ACV might or might not work. Just be aware of that if you choose that course. My cat was fine on Friday evening and dead on Monday before sun up.

Replied by Shavano
Santa Fe, Nm
this website is fantastic for some things and horrifying for others. People who cannot afford to take a sick pet to the vet SHOULD NOT HAVE PETS!!! Letting a poor sick kitten (15 months old) die a painful death when it could have been a simple uti, and probably would have cost less than $100, is disgusting!!! It is NOT the "circle of life."
Replied by Astrid
Stroudsburg, Pa
"this website is fantastic for some things and horrifying for others. People who cannot afford to take a sick pet to the vet SHOULD NOT HAVE PETS!!! "

Pleeeease! Yes, only rich people should have everything? We're not talking about a $100 vet bill here. I currently owe my vet over a thousand dollars. Last spring I took my sick cat to the vet for a UTI and he wanted $700 up front for a catheter. I did not have this and turned to herbal remedies (including cranberry and ACV) and he improved. He's still with me and recovered but is sick again now. This is a chronic problem for him. Do people like you know how many animals are put down in shelters? Why shouldn't low income people be able to take these unwanted pets in and give them good homes as well as the wealthy? I have four cats and three of them have had very few, if any, health problems and I have given them good lives without tons of money. I also tried to get health insurance for the one cat who has chronic UTI problems and was turned down due to the "pre-existing condition" clause so the one cat that needs the help the most is the one that gets turned away from ASPCA insurance which is an organization that claims to care the most about pets but ends up basically being all about business.

I've had some success with ACV but have to dillute it in water in a dropper and then give the cat another dropper (or two) of water right after to wash the bad taste out of his mouth. It's more successful giving it to him this way as cats generally don't like the taste of it (understandably).

Replied by Alex
All Places Cats Are, Texas
[NAY]   My heart goes out to Paul in Los Angeles who lost his kitten after making the incredibly difficult decision to try a home ACV remedy when forced, by finances, to forego veterinary treatment. I have very restricted finances (SSI) and have great compassion for his predicament, and for his bravery in writing to this forum. Here is info I found out in my situation:

Urinary problems in cats have very different causes: inactivity, stress, less frequent feeding, bacteria, fungus, parasites, viruses, stones or urethral plugs (crystals or other material), and most often the cause is "idiopathic" (no traceable cause). Typically, when a cat is stressed the muscles around the urinary tract tighten; fear keeps them less mobile; they urinate less; toxins/debris concentrate in the urine, breed bacteria, irritate and inflame the bladder lining and urethra and cause a UTI. The extra attention and frequent small feedings of wet food required to treat it with the ACV may be all a stressed cat needs. It relaxes, receives more fluids in smaller more acidic feedings, and urinates. A few good streams of urine might relieve the problem. To paraphrase Dr. Earl Mindell, MD, ACV is considered "a system tonic. It can discourage and inhibit the growth of bacteria and PREVENT urinary infections", but it is not an antibiotic; by creating more acidic urine it can PREVENT the formation of urethral obstructions, but would take much time to dissolve one. Female cats, due to their very short urethra, are not generally put in a life threatening situation from UTIs or urethral obstructions, but male cats have only hours once a complete obstruction is formed. With complete blackage the kidneys are no longer able to remove toxins from the blood and maintain proper fluids and electrolytes in the body. If the obstruction is not relieved, the cat will eventually lose consciousness and die. Death comes often from heart failure due to electrolyte imbalance, but the suffering prior to death is great.

My cat, Xander, showed no pain or stress. I took him to the vet to find out what kind of problem the blood in his urine was and if it was treatable at home - cost $60 (2AM Emergency Vet) He was completely blocked. Death from the blockage was imminent. Had I not taken him in it would have meant a quiet (he was always quiet) but excruciating death in hours.

IF YOUR MALE CAT HAS UTI TROUBLE there is no time to try home remedies, take him to the vet. It will cost you an office visit. If it is treatable, you can use ACV, or get antibiotics/antifungals (fish antibiotics /fungals - ask your vet to help you with amounts), or just about anything else online, BUT if it is an obstruction you will need to choose between euthanasia or surgery (which often does not have a terrific outcome). You will suffer - the loss of your pet, or the loss of money, but your beloved pet will be spared further suffering and go to whatever lay ahead as quietly as his little cat feet used to bring him to you. (and you will know that you did absolutely everything that you could)

Posted by Linda (Flemington, Nj) on 09/02/2011

[YEA]  I am hugely thankful for this site, and all the postings for helping me figure out how to help my cat! Had noticed some weight loss, more isolative behavior, alot of licking his "pee-pee" and very recently, some distressed meows in my 5yo male. It finally dawned on me, what the problem was. I hate to go to the vet because they push vacs, and I know they are more toxic than effective. So yesterday I started the ACV, mixed in fish juice, syringed orally, a small bit at a time, using guidance from other's experiences. About noon today, he had a bitty urine, tinged with blood, then not long after, he released a large amount of tinged urine in the box. I had set up a temporary litter box with white paper to better inspect it, and segregated him from another cat and the dog.

I began the ACV in soft food/water a little more than 24 hours ago, and he is back to behaving his usual self, purring, plopping on his side, expecting to be petted, looking for food. I know I need to continue the ACV at some level, feed soft food and improve his hydration in order to prevent a recurrence. I am so grateful to have found a site of such natural wisdom!

Posted by Sharon (Hermosa Beach, 90254) on 06/15/2011

[YEA]  ACV REALLY WORKS!! I have a 2 year old taby... Dewey. A few weeks ago my husband and I started finding slight traces of blood in our bathroom sink, we had no idea where it came from until my husband saw Dewey squat and pee in the sink. We immediately took him to the Vet to find out that he had Cystitis. I looked on this site the next day and read about ACV for cats so Dewey immediatley went on an ACV mix, 6cc x 3 times a day. Roughly one cap in a 1/4 cup water. I'm using an oral syringe and he really doesn't fight back while I'm squirting it slowly into his mouth. It's been 3 days and he is peeing normal again!! I plan on keeping him on half that dose for a few weeks, just to be sure his ph is balanced. Then maybe once per week as a precaution.

***We also have an older cat who needs 100mm of fluids eveyother day... the vet said it would be a good idea to give Dewey 100mm everyday to see if it would help flush his baldder, which I did along with the ACV.

FYI...I called the Vet to let them know and she mentioned that Cosequin is good for their bladder lining.

Thank you Earth Clinic for allowing all of us to share our stories and help one another!

Posted by Smn (Ireland) on 11/28/2010

[YEA]  Just wanted to give some feedback on the use of apple cider vinegar in cystitis for cats. My cat was ill with cystitis (so badly that she was going to the litter box every 3 minutes and she even sprayed out couch, she had never ever done this before) we brought her to the vet and he gave her antibiotics which improved it for a while but it came back. Reluctant to get into a cycle of antibiotics, as I am with myself, I searched and found this site.

I started giving her a third of a teaspoon of ACV mixed in with tinned cat food and a teaspoon of water (she ate it as was delighted to get tinned food, normally I only give her dry) I continued this twice a day on the third day upping to half a teaspoon each time. I put a couple of drops in her water also. By day 2 she was substantially better, still trying to pee with little result, but not as often, and managing to pee slightly more in volume, by day three she appeared to be completely better, and doing big pees in the litter box, she now seems completely back to normal.

Thank you very much for all the advice here, very helpful. Just one question, how long should I continue giving the ACV to her? S

Replied by Lorena Turcios
Van Nuys, California
My friends Im so blessed to find this site. Tiger is 12 Years old hes is peeing everywhere but his only doing little dots, so I decide to use your ACV and his first dose was one hour ago please pray for him. I have faith this really goin to work on him. Someone told me to take for the vet but when they told me about how much it cost and it will be most of the food money at month here at my home. I have three children to feed. I said to myself not to worry about it has to be another way to cure him and I find your site and we will see if it works with him I will let you guy knows. Mean while keep him in your prayers please. Lore Turcios
Replied by Matwood
Carmichael, Ca, Usa
[YEA]   First let me say that I am so happy that I found this site and this thread. About 2 weeks ago our 2 yr old male cat started peeing outside of the litter box. He's never done this before so we became concerned. We watched him for a day or two and noticed that he was straining to go but not much was coming out. I suspected UTI. We took him to the vet and they gave him an antibiotic shot that was equivalent to 14 days of antibiotics, some anti inflammatory meds and some prescription food that would make him want to drink more water to help with the UTI.

He finished the meds that we were sent home with 3 days later. After 8 days we noticed that there was no improvement at all and he was still straining to go but couldn't. I'm unable to afford another visit to the vet which is how I found this site yesterday. After reading all the posts about how ACV really helped I had to try it.

Last night I gave him about 7 cc of ACV mixed with water. I also put about 1 tsp in his wet food last night & about a cap full of acv/water in his water bowl. I've competely removed all dry food from his diet. I never realized how bad dry food is for them and he really loves eating dry food.

This morning I saw him squatting in the kitchen and I thought hmm is this Apple Cider Vinegar going to work? I was so happy to see that he left a good size puddle on the floor. He hasn't peed that much in over a week so this has to be working. I'm going to continue giving him the Apple Cider Vinegar twice a day with syringe in his mouth as well as in his wet food. I'll update with is progress in a few days! Fingers crossed that he is on his way to recovering from this UTI!

Replied by Maria
Carmichael, Ca
[YEA]   I'm very happy to say that my cat is doing much better after 2 1/2 days of Apple Cider Vinegar and wet food only. We found a very large puddle this morning on our bathroom floor. He goes in the litter box sometimes but this is definitely progress. I'm so grateful that I found this site.
Replied by Linda
Paisley, Scotland
Hi, I would like to try Apple Cider Vinegar for my poor old cat but being very fussy about what he eats, he turns his nose up at most things. After reading about the other benifits for myself and how bad it tastes how do I get him to take it since his sense of smell is so much keener than ours?
Replied by Chrissy
Belfast, 04915
[NAY]   If your cat is having a hard time urinating DO NOT WAIT! TAKE YOUR CAT TO THE VETERINARY ASAP! Cats can get blocked and apple cider vinegar is not going to work fast enough to save its life. A cat can die in 24 hrs after becoming blocked. I had a cat that became blocked and had not shown any signs of it before I saw a little blood on the back side and when I did I took him to the vets and was told he would have died within 4 hrs. Cats hide the pain.
Replied by Paul
Rock Island, Il
[YEA]   The apple cider vinegar remedy worked great for our cat!

We added one teaspoonful to a small can of catfood. She ate half of that the first day. Gave her the other half the second day. By the evening of Day 2, she was fine.

(Her prior symptoms were frequent attempts to urinate not just in the litter box, but also other places around the house, which is not like her. This had gone on for over a week.)

Replied by Xan
Colorado, US
For cats who won't eat food that smells of ACV I have heard of some alternatives. One is to dilute the vinegar with a little strong chicken broth, which most cats will eat eagerly. Another is to put a few drops of diluted ACV on the scruff of the neck and massage it in so it gets absorbed into the body.

On another point, since cystitis may come from toxins in the body an easy way to detox your cat and possibly prevent recurring cystitis attacks is with Chlorella, a nutrient-packed natural food from the sea.

I grind up the little tablets into a powder and put a pinch in my cats' wet food once a day. My 13 year old is healthy, her eyes are clear and she plays... more than before the chlorella.

Posted by Neil (Charlotte, Nc) on 09/20/2010

[YEA]  Our 6 year old male, neutered American short hair Oscar, had started to suffer from all the typical symptoms of a UTI/Cystitis. After doing my research and finding how serious this can be for males, I was highly concerned as I really could not afford any vets bills for a week or so, and all indicators were that he would need some anti biotics and possible surgery depending on the severity. My love for my cat and my worrying nature lead me to this site, and after reading all the positive reviews I was confident in trying it. We are now in day 4 of:

No dry food. Mixing one to two table spoons of ACV in to the food. Day 1. He started to seem sprightlier and 18 hours after the first dose urinated more than he had in several days.

Day 2. Still made a few trips to the litter tray trying to urinate but unable. But passing significant amounts again.

Day 3. Seemed to be back to almost normal urination routines.

Day 4. All seems normal, happy as ever, no trips to the litter tray with no results. I can't thank everyone who posted here enough. You may well have saved my cats life and I felt compelled to tell my story. Thanks again from one inconceivably grateful cat lover.

Posted by Storms34 (Philadelphia, Pa, Usa) on 09/09/2010

[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]  Cystitis fixed, other probs

I have a male short haired cat of around 3 years old who is getting over suffering from cystitis. I want to thank you guys for the advice about using the acv. It did the trick, but now he is defecating far from the box. I keep the box immaculate and he shares the box with a 2-3yo female. The feces looks the same exact color as the acv. He doesn't do it all the time though. I am confused. Anyone help?

Posted by Ccmr (Montello, Wi) on 09/08/2010

[YEA]  Patrick is one of our two rescue cats. We've had him for two years. He has skin allergies that cause him to scratch his head till he looks like a raw meatball. He also gets urinary tract infections. Because he has such a sweet personality, I suspect these two medical problems are the reasons he was tossed into an alley to fend for himself. After several vet visits, and many tests, and antibiotics and food changes his allergies would not go away. I finally asked the vet if there was an allergy pill made for cats and he gave me Chlorpheniramine 4mg-1/2 tab. He gets it once a day, disolved in 1/4 tsp of cider vinegar, 1 tbsp water, 2 tbsp Duck and Pea cat food. The cider vinegar I've been giving him every day for the past 18 months since his first attack.

This week my husband was home on vacation and I got to sleep in each morning (he fed the critters dry food instead of my vinegar wet/canned mix). By the third day I found the large wet spot, like spilled tea, on my bedroom end table. I didn't remember leaving a water glass there, and could only think it had to have been one of our three cats. All of them always use the litter boxes (we have three boxes) so this was a warning. While I was using the bathroom I noticed Patrick used the litter box in there three times in ten minutes. I then knew that missing the wet vinegar mix food in the morning had allowed his UTI infection to get out of hand. I immediatedly started him back on the vinegar, upping his dosing to three times a day. It's day four and he's playing with his 'brother' and out hiding atop the hamper in the bathroom. I've been monitoring his reststops, and his wet spots have gotten much bigger, and farther apart. All three cats are going to stay on natural vinegar in their morning wet food as maintenance for the rest of their lives. The balance of their food is high quality dry food with probiotics, cranberry, and no grains. We lost our dear cat, Chan, two years ago to liver failure caused by the cat food additive mess. A little caution saves a lot of useless vet treatments. Nature cider vinegar works wonders with cats. I'd recommend mixing it with a high quality wet cat food, plas added water, so easy you're certain they are getting that extra water they need without a daily fight.

Replied by Sapphos
Iami, Fl, Usa
[YEA]   One of the biggest causes of cat uti's is feeding dry cat food! Cats are obligate carnivores which means they are meant to eat meat not dry kibble. We would always recommend a wet food diet when I worked at a holistic pet supply store. Also visit Dr. Lisa Pierson's website about feeding your cat wet food only. She talks about how it also helps to avoid diabetes which has become a major issues as well

Posted by Rfb (Amarillo, Tx) on 07/12/2010

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  Apple Cider Vinegar seems to be working for our 10 year old neutered male cat. Two days ago, we noticed that he was very lethargic and spending a great amount of time licking his bottom. He appeared to "waddle" as he walked and was clearly uncomfortable. Suspecting it might be cystitis, we called the vet, but as it was late afternoon Saturday, we had to take him to an after-hours vet service in town. They did suspect cystitis, though the bladder seemed normal in size and not rock hard, and held him overnight for observation. On Sunday they reported that he had not defecated nor urinated and asked us to come pick him up (he has a cat door at home and won't use the kitty litter provided in the house) to see if he would perform at home. They suggested reducing dry food, increasing wet food and encouraging him to drink more. They recommended taking him to our Vet on Monday. Later Sunday, it became clear that he was totally blocked. He could defecate, but there was no urine passage. Sunday afternoon I found this site, and at 5 PM we added 3/4tsp ACV (in addition to some water) to canned food, and 1/2tsp per cup of drinking water. We also used a syringe to get about another 1/4t of ACV, diluted with 1tsp water into him. There was no progress on urination, with the possible exception of a few drops on the linoleum floors around the house. By 10 PM, however, he did seem to be at bit more comfortable. On Monday, we continued the 3/4 t ACV with wet food, 1/2t per cup of drinking water, and 1/2t per 2t water in the syringe. In all, we probably got 1 t of ACV into him this morning. By noon he had urinated a small amount (1"D wet spot) twice, that we were able to witness. He is not yet back to normal, but it is clear that he is on the mend. It is surprising and disturbing that vets seem to be unaware of this solution to what appears to be a very common, debilitating, and sometimes lethal, problem. Caution: In our first attempt to put the syringe in his mouth, he bit through my wife's finger and finger nail. This cat doesn't even expose his claws when fighting with us, normally, but the syringe was more than he could tolerate. Now, as suggested elsewhere on this site, we lay him on his back, between our legs, and just put the syringe inside his lips, and slowly dribble the ACV in. He doesn't like it, but there is no more biting.

Posted by Tammy (Edmonton, Ab, Canada) on 04/27/2010

Apple Cider Vinegar - Feline Urinary Syndrome

Crossing my fingers here - but so far so good.

My cat Ripper (7 year old, neutered male domestic short hair cat) had just had a 400.00 vet bill for a blockage about two weeks ago.

With that bill, I don't have the money for another go around (not to mention 400.00 gelding for two horses and a 1000.00 bill for other problems in my rescue horses earlier in the year).

So I came looking for another solution. I found your site. My mom and I are both big believers in natural remedies for problems. Ripper isn't in huge distress but was wandering around crying occasionally and I saw him straining and only producing a drop or two of urine. I gave him the ACV (organic from Health Food Store - mixed 1/2 tsp to 2 tbsp spring water) from a plastic syringe. He didn't like it and I have a couple of big scratches *but* I got it all down him.

I've got some more diluted in his water bowl and some added to some nummy wet cat food. Right now I can hear him scratching in his litter box and there's no crying going on.

Cross your fingers for me - but I think you may have saved me another 400.00 bill.

Replied by Tammy
Edmonton, Ab, Canada
It's been 12 hours give or take later since Ripper's first dose and in that time he's had two more. (Once in wet food and once in another syringe of water). First off he's stopped crying, he's sleeping comfortably on my bed (not lethargic - just his normal lazy kitty self), and lastly and most importantly - he's used his litter box to pee.

The only thing I'm not sure of is how much he pee'd. That is because I use a silica crystal cat litter and the moisture is pretty much immediately sucked up (especially when the crystals are brand new - which they are since I changed it last night when all this started). However there is a good amount of the crystals that are discolored to a bright-ish yellow with no trace of blood. And he's not going in and out of the box continuously and he's not hiding under my bed - so it looks like *tentatively* that the ACV has done the trick.

Thank you so much... I am going to continue to update. Cross your fingers for me and Ripper.

Replied by Tammy
Edmonton, Ab, Canada
[YEA]   Ripper is completely normal now.

I am astounded at how *fast* he was given relief by the ACV (organic complete with mother). He's right now sleeping comfortably beside his 'girlfriend' Hecate after Elishiva gave him a bath.

He's been eating, dreaming and doing all sorts of good stuff quite happily since his his last dose in his wet food. I am going to be switching him and his companions to a wet food/raw food diet complete with ACV to keep the urinary issues away. Also going to keep a little ACV in the water they drink (Ripper's not sold on that, but Hecate and Elishiva are. Not sure on Indy's verdict. Gus the pug and Flea and Gwin the ferrets are good with it.)

Vet bill - 460.00 dollars
Apple Cider Vinegar - 10.00 for the big jug
Ripper's health - Priceless.

Thanks Earth Clinic! I'll be back for more info when I need it again.

Posted by Elaineinohio (Athens County, Ohio) on 04/18/2010

[YEA]  Cystitis and UTI Remedies for Cats

Apple cider vinegar saved the day for my 3 year old neutered male kitty. He was going to the litter box every 5 minutes and producing only a few drops of urine. I called my vet who said to take away his dry food, and just give him wet food to increase the amount of water he is talking in. Later that evening, kitty was producing NO urine.

I used the suggestions on this site - 1/4 tsp. of ACV added to 2 tsp.of canned food - he ate it right up ! Then I gave him a few syringes of 1/4 tsp. ACV and 1 tsp. water. He took it without much fuss. And then I added ACV to the cats' drinking bowls ( I have two cats.) - 1/2 tsp ACV added to 2 cups of water. I was pleasantly surprised that he ate the food and drank the water that contained ACV. Actually BOTH cats liked it ! This morning - THREE normal pee-pees ! Tomorrow, a vet visit to make sure he is OK. Thanks for the advice - it is much appreciated. It got us safely through the weekend.

Replied by Sylvia
Frederick, Md., Usa
[YEA]   Warning... Do not give them daily ACV in their drinking water because you need to avoid bladder infection from too much. 3x a week is enough I'm told. My cat was cured in 3 days from cystitis with ACV. Good luck!

Posted by Diana (Boston, Massachusetts, United States) on 03/15/2010

[YEA]  I found this site when I posted to facebook to a friend that my cat was sick. She immediately recommended earthclinic. Of course, it was the weekend and the vets were closed. My boy cat has not been peeing much and that day I noticed that he was only peeing a few drops at a time. Once or twice he got out of the littler box without peeing at all. I knew what it was immediately, he had urinary crystals. Last year I spent over $2500 taking my cats to the vets for this problem! I read here that everyone gave their cats AVC with the mothers in it .. so I mixed 1/2 teaspoon to 2 tablespoons of water. I gave it to him in a syringe for medication for pets. I gave him 3 syringes over the course of the first day. He peed the very same night, the size of a quarter. The next day I gave it to him 3 times again and he peed the size of a golfball! He is no longer crying all day. He is feeling much better.

I recommend if you give this to your pets, not to give them a strong mix or too much at once. A few drops at a time only. Otherwise they cough and foam at the mouth. I dont know why this happens but it can be very scary for you and your pet. That happened once when I tried to give him a whole syringe at once. Be patient and administer it a little at a time. It may take 20 minutes to get them to take the while syringe but its well worth it. Also if its too strong they will have the same reaction.

Thank you everyone for posting how you used it.. I couldnt find a precription on the site on how to administer it.. it only said AVC. It didnt even mention it was the natural kind (I used organic raw Apple cider vinegar.)

Replied by Amy
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
Thank you so much for posting the "foaming at the mouth and coughing" part. I was still concerned because she howled once too, but had I not read this on your blog, I would have totally freaked out!
Replied by Amy
Dartmouth, Ns, Canada
I've been feeding my little one the Apple Cider Vinegar in crushed up tablet form that seems to do the trick. Especially after the first attempt led to foaming, coughing, gagging and howling. Ever since I've been feeding it to her, however, she's been making this snorting purring sound. She also has been making a snorting snoring sound when she sleeps... She did not do this before- a little trace of a snore, but nothing like this? Could I have damaged her ears/eyes/nose/throat when I gave her the liquid vinegar too quickly? These sounds began immediately after I gave her the liquid..... ? Has this happened to anyone else?
Replied by Joan
Cos Cob, Connecticut
Hi Amy,

I've read on several websites (including this one, I think) that apple cider vinegar tablets are not very effective and can cause extreme acid conditions, so I would be especially careful giving them to pets! Let us know how your kitty is doing.

Replied by Amy
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   So my little one had clear urine, and normal sized urinations for a while, after I'd been watering down her food (wet food) but as soon as I stopped this, she has blood in her urine again. She also has been urinating in the bathtub and on my leather couch this whole time even though it is clear and has been of regular size/amount. Could she still have had the infection this whole time???
Replied by Lita209
Sanford, Fl, Usa
[YEA]   Hi Amy! When my cat had UTI I looked up for a natural cure and that is how I found EC. I followed somebodys advise in here to dilute ACV 50/50 with water and I would give it to him with a dropper. He didn't like it. But it worked!!! I also changed him from dry food to wet food. It has been approx 2 years since and haven't had UTI since. Good luck to you and your kitty!!

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