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Natural Cystitis Remedies for Cats

Last Modified on Nov 28, 2015

Apple Cider Vinegar, Cranberry
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Posted by Karrie (Universal City, Texas, United States) on 11/21/2011

I am praying that this post will help my boy. He is a 11 year old male Himalayan and is my world.

Last year Mercury got blocked from bad food, namely Purina brand food, the stuff you get at the grocery store. That vet bill was 1,200 US with a 5 day ICU stay with our vet. Mercury did survive but for awhile there it did not seem like it, I was so grateful for his survival. Sadly Purina knows it's the ash content in their food. Comment to me was this is why they have created a brand for urinary issues. They make your cat sick 1st then give you and upgraded food to prevent it.

I swore never again... I have stuck to that no Purina, However recently I bought a brand of dry food and you guessed it- checked the bag, it's Purina... Due to the economic down turn I can not afford a huge vet bill. He has of 2 hours ago started symptoms again after only 3 weeks on this dry food. I noticed yesterday incessant cleaning of his privy parts, and 2 hours ago squatting and unable to urinate save for dribbles, I have given him the cranberry juice, and we have put the ACV on him as the post recommend, I have also put some in wet food for him hoping he will ingest it and that it will help him.

Please pray this helps him, I am sooooo scared right now.... treatment was given 30 mins ago...

If anyone can tell me how often to administer, I would really appreciate it. If this works, all of you will be my heroes. Mercury is family to us, and I feel so responsible. After reading these posts if he pulls thru Never again will he eat dry food!!!!

Praying for the best outcome, as my daughter and I sit by his side...


Replied by Cindy
North Las Vegas, Nevada
My eyes are tearing at your story! Mercury is also in most vaccines, but I read that we can request it without the mercury? I have to wonder if we can do the same for children's vaccines? Why would it be in the pet food? Sending prayers your way!
Replied by Me
Sacto, Ca
I think Mercury was the animal's name.

Posted by Deborah (Charlotte, North Carolina) on 11/10/2011

[YEA]  I have 11 cats. Needless to say I cannot afford my vet all of the time. I have had to find treatments on my own for some of our feline friends. Last month our Mouche had Cystitis. How do I know you say? Well the symptoms are urinating frequently on hard surfaces. Spotting of urine in a concentrated form. Painful sounds during the urination and constant licking of his bottom. If it is bad they can start to leak blood which means to me that their kidneys are affected.

Get some ACV immediately and some Cranberry juice, some plastic syringes from your pharmacy (which are usually free) and a big towel from your bathroom. Hydrating your cat is of most importance but this will get you going. Wrap your child in the towel so that his front paws are controlled. Give him a syringe of cranberry juice. He will start to salivate so be quick. If you can follow it by another syringe of water this will clear his palate and not be so uncomfortable... Then with the other syringe half full of ACV, put this on his hind quarters. This will make your cat lick it off thus ingesting the vinegar and will help in dissapating the crystals causing your cat so much pain. Do NOT give ACV orally all by itself. It can choke your cat. I then give him 3 to 4 syringes of water in the same day at different intervals in addition to the "distilled" water that you should buy also for this illness. The bleeding stopped almost immediately and I kept this treatment up for a month even tho he appeared to be just fine. He is back in the litter box and happy as he can be...

You can do it without going to the vet. I also bought an RX of Amoxil from a British pharmacy. I didn't have to use it. But if you do... Be careful... The pills come for human adults and you should talk to your vet before giving it to your cat.

Replied by Tracee
Rock Hill, Sc
Thank you for your post about the Cranberry juice. We are trying it as we speak and I am hoping that it will work. My baby has been to the vet numerous times for the same problem and we can't afford to go everytime. I am hoping that after a couple of doses of cranberry juice he will be back to himself. Thanks for sharing your story.
Replied by Dawn
Ottawa, Canada
I have a female cat with urine tract infections too!! She used to get the infections often but now it has been at least 2yrs since the last one... What we did REALLY helped us was buying a small pet water fountain for drinking. Most pet stores and Wal-mart carry these and they are only about $30.00. The water in it is recycled and the cat loves it as it is always flowing water. I find my cat drinks way more water out of this small drinking fountain then before. It has really improved her infections, they aren't gone forever. But big big improvements!!

Posted by Karenmarie (Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada) on 06/27/2010

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  After realizing my 2 year old male neutered cat had developed a UTI I decided to look up vet treatments and home remedies. I had recently dropped an $800.00 vet bill on my late kitty, Tranny, who suffered from a rare blood disease and needed to be euthanized. I do not believe in medical veterinary practices (or doctors for that matter) as the disease is treated as a separate entity from the animal or human. Upon discovering the treatment used by vets is generally anti-biotics mixed with an antidepressant i decided to veto that option as the UTI's are rarley a bacterial infection.

I discovered this amazing website and the use of ACV in cats with UTI's I decided to give it a try. My local health food store carries ACV with the mother aswell as organic cranberry juice. At first I only used the ACV (1/2 tsp in 2 tbs water) and administered three times a day with a syringe. My cat began to use the litter box in stead of the couch and floor for the first time in 3 days. I chose to add 1 tsp of cranberry juice (organic and unrefined) to his treatment adding another 1 tbs of water for extra dillution. His food has been switched to a raw organic canned food mixed with another tsp of ACV and cranberry juice.

Becuase of his lack of fluid consumption I syringe feed him 1/4 cup of regular water before his feeding time to ensure he has enough fluid to urinate any dissolved crystals aswell as keep him hydrated. By lighty pinching the skin on the back of his neck and holding it for a few seconds before letting it go, I found he was mildly dehydrated because his skin did not bounce back quickly.

It is now the third day and although his recovery is not as quick as I have read to be the norm for most cats, he is more playful, able to take naps and his nose (which was white before) has returned to it's normal fleshy pink color, his attitude has improved and us slowley returning to his happy affectionate self.

All in all I do see an improvment in his activity and although he has returned to peeing on the couch (only at night) the amount of urine is nearly a full bladder and their is no more traces of blood. I think his urinating on the couch behaviour is now a product of his connection with the pain of the UTI and his litter box, this should be cured with a few days if positive reinforcment.

Posted by Nicole (Toronto, Canada) on 03/25/2010

[YEA]  WOW...I'm just so thankful to have found this website!

I am generally not someone who posts, however in this case I wanted to to say thank you to all who have posted before me and hopefully to be of help to others.

I came upon this website earlier today after trying desperatly to find more information to help my cat Boomer, who is a(much loved) 9 year old male indoor cat. Over the last days I had recognized that he appeared to have cystitus again. It started first with him urinating in the bathtub, then I noticed some blood and over the last few days he has been trying to pee continously, clearly very uncomfortable and only managing a few drops at a time. He's been drinking allot more than usual and thus trying to pee just as much. Because of this he has been very restless and uncomfortable and not even able to take a nap. Last year he had the same issue and I took him into the vet, they tested him for a bacterial infection and did other testing as well. The test came back negative for any bacteria, but they still recomeneded a course of antibiotics to be on the safe side. This really didn't seem to do much. At that time I researched natural remodies and came up with my own concoction of cranberry juice, garlic, vitamin c and some greens mixed with raw food...after some time I was very thankful that his infection cleared up.

So yesterday I went out and picked up a few things like the cranberry juice to try to help him. In looking for more natural remedies for cystitus I came across this website and all of the posts about Apple cider vinegar, I was quite skeptical that it would really be of help to boomer because it just seems that his condition is more serious this time around, but I thought that it couldn't hurt to try before making the decision to take him to an emergency vet. Well that was this afternoon....I went to pickup the apple cider vinegar...although I'm not going to say that boomer is entirely out of the woods...I am amazed!! within a five hour period he is already signifigantly different. I started by giving him 1/2 teaspoon ACV with water in a dropper. It was a bit of a challenge to get him to take it at first this way, but did manage to get him to take about half and then I put the rest into some wet food and fed it to him that way, which he tolerated quite well. A few hours later I did the same thing and added more to his wet food and hand fed him which he seemed to like. I am very happy to say that he is now resting! and over the past few hours has stopped his pacing and peeing in spots outside of the litter box and the last few times he has gone to the washroom, it has been in his litter box. He is clearly calmed right down and much more comfortable.

So I am very hopeful that he is going to be ok. I am going to continue this for several days and most likely continue it in small amounts as a preventative measure Thanks again! and good luck to everyone else.

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Posted by Mark (Canada) on 01/26/2015

[YEA]  FLUTD: We tried AC Vinegar with wet food and 2 1-week rounds of prescribed antibiotics, it seemed to get a little better but then one day, it got much worse and we were ready to put him down because we couldn't bear to see him in such pain and nothing we could do. As a last straw, we had him cathaterized (sp?), the crystals and urine were flushed out and that did the trick, 2 days later and he was back to normal. If the cat has crystals in his urine, I'm convinced that it should be medically flushed out. Now, we have changed him to a wet diet.

Coconut Oil
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Posted by Ren (Sydney) on 04/29/2015

[YEA]  Last weekend I witnessed almost a miracle using Organic Coconut Oil for cats UTI. Being a Sunday only the emergency vets available and I have already paid extremely for his last episode with UTI 2yrs ago. With his pain (& hissing, growling as he tried to urinate) starting in a.m I put a 1/4 teaspn oco in his mouth a little at time so he didn't gag, 2hrs later another 1/4 teaspn, an hr later another 1/4 - just as I was about to give up & take him to the vet he fell asleep. 3hrs later he woke & went to the litter tray and started eating again in no pain.

I've given him approximately 1/4 teaspn every second day since as maintenance. Oco is anti bacterial anti fungal and many other benefits & this is still early days but the result was so startling and he seems cured. I would also never feed cats the cheaper biscuits as they're full of grains which contribute to uti problems, they need mostly wet foods.

No sooner was the boy cured than our female started rushing too often to her tray with little result, I gave her a little oil & it worked within a few hours, she actually loves the taste& eats it without me having to administer it - so I now give it regularly to both cats. It also must be very soothing to the whole urethral, bladder lining and theirfur looks wonderful. Wish I'd discovered this yrs ago for their health

Cranberry and Tomato Juice
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Posted by Janet (Orlando, FL) on 08/22/2006

[YEA]  My cat suffered from this ailment on and off for years until I tried a few tablespoons of Tomato Juice in her food. Also had the same result with cranberry but since it's so bitter, it's hard to get it down her. Also I stayed away from the dried cat food which seemed to make it worse.

Replied by Marian
Buenos Aires, Argentina
[YEA]   My cat was diagnosed with FUS, and searching the internet, I found this wonderful site, probe first apple vinegar, but bladder had completely clogged so I had to take him to Emergency, where he uncovered, but after bringing it home, just to rust with blood, so use cranberry juice that I recommended this product and it worked yeah!

My kitten is completely clean, with cranberry juice, diluted with tap water. It was interesting to see, as when he drank the juice immediately cleaned and urine to blood. Thanks to all! I recommend this remedy always! Fus vet syndrome, NEVER AGAIN!

Cranberry Juice, Lemon
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Posted by Kimi (Alpine, Ca, Usa) on 09/13/2009

[YEA]  Cat Cystitis:

Hi! A sure-fire remedy for cat cystitis is unsweetened cranberry juice, fresh-squeezed lemon juice & water. 1 cup cranberry (unsweetened!!), 1 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice & one third cup water. I administered 1tsp. doses by syringe every half hour and Daisy-Mae was cured within 6 hours after battling cystitis for months!!! YEAH! She would allow the syringe "feedings" because she knew it was giving her almost instant relief. I had tried everything... ACV, antibiotics, etc. This recipe worked like a charm and it is all natural! Love it.


Replied by Panda's Humans
Seattle, Washington, Usa
[YEA]   We are so thankful for this website and for Kimi's post! On Saturday, 04 September, we noticed that our 2 year old cat, Panda was struggling to urinate. It was after hours, so we called an emergency clinic to ask for suggestions. All they told us was to bring her in. The following Sunday morning, I had my daughter go on-line to seek out natural remedies. She came across this site and Kimi's post. We made a mixture of water, lemon juice and cranberry powder from capsules. We administered 1 teaspoon every half hour for six hours. Oh my goodness, within hours, Panda was looking better, by the end of the six hours, she had urinated with zero struggle and was playing like her usual self. Thank you so much!
Replied by Miss Moo
Cookeville, Tennessee U.s.a
[YEA]   My cat, Miss Moo (a 12 year-old Rumpy Cymric Manx), had been peeing blood and not using her litter box... And was using my kitchen floor as a new "pee spot. " When she urinated, she strained and there was very little urine. I tried the ACV with no luck in her, but ACV did help my male cat with gastrointestinal problems.

I used the fresh lemon juice and sugarless cranberry juice recipe you posted. I dosed kitty every 30 minutes for six entire hours. She was NOT happy about getting this. After 3 hours, she seemed stronger as she started to fight the doses. It's always been very hard to give her a pill or anything oral because she spits it out the sides of her mouth.

Anyhow, I placed some newspaper with a white paper towel on it in her pee spot so I could see the color of her urine. I woke this morning to see a LOT of urine. It was completely CLEAR! After trying antibiotic after antibiotic, ACV, and going CRAZY cleaning up pee and trying to help her as we couldn't afford to go to a vet because I live on a fixed income. This INDEED worked!!! I am VERY thankful to you for this recipe and posting the information on here! Bless you!

I placed a small litter box with her usual litter in her pee spot and am hoping that she will use that. This morning, after placing the small litter box there, she went to her usual litter box and peed. A blood-free, clear and a healthy amount came out with no straining or pain.

Again, thank you SO much! If ACV doesn't work for some... Please try this!!!

Replied by Brittany
Just wondering if it has to be fresh lemon juice and if the bottled one is ok. Also wondering if the cranberry pills are ok?
Replied by Gena
Pasadena, California
From what I have been reading on this site, Apple Cider Vinegar is the best remedy for cats with cystitis. You can dilute it and add it to the scruff on their necks and let them absorb it that way. I don't know about the other remedies you mention for cats, sorry.
Replied by Ellen
, Glennville, Ga,
Can anyone send me the recipe for cystitus in cats (cranberry juice & lemon)?
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Ellen!

The remedy posted to EC is this one:

1 cup cranberry juice (unsweetened!! )

1 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice

one third cup water

The original poster administered 1tsp. doses by syringe every half hour for 6 hours and her cat's issued was resolved.

See the original post here:

Replied by Alice
Callahan, Florida
When you did this, did a little come out of the cat's mouth? is this common?
Replied by Brigette
Hi, I recently read a post on your website about the Lemon/cranberry juice/water mixture for cats. I have ready many sites that say citrus of any kind is dangerous for cats. Please help me clarify this. I need to know if its ok to give it to my cat. Thank you.
Replied by Brigette
Hi, I recently read a post on your website about the Lemon/cranberry juice/water mixture for cats. I have ready many sites that say citrus of any kind is dangerous for cats. Please help me clarify this. I need to know if its ok to give it to my cat. Thank you.
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Brigette!

Citrus oils contain elements that are toxic to cats - d-Limonene and linalool are citrus oils with insecticidal properties. These are metabolized in the liver resulting in liver damage or failure. The peels contain the oils so the peels may be toxic to cats if your cat were to eat them; if this occurs induce vomiting and dose activated charcoal.

Orange juice does not contain the oils and is safe for cats. Most cats are repelled by citrus, but some cats do seek out orange juice.

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Posted by Julie (Crystal River, Fl) on 09/07/2010

[YEA]  Urinary Tract Infections - Cats

I don't know if this can be used for dogs as some sweeteners are poisonous to them. A health food store employee told me to use D- mannose for UT infections for cats at 1/8 teaspoon divided into twice a day. This has worked wonders with 10 cats. It flushes the bacteria out of their urinary tract. Big money saver.

Replied by Tina
Tx/united States
Did you mix in food or with water?

Dietary Changes
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Posted by Anncosp59 (Colorado Springs, Co) on 02/14/2015

[YEA]  My 8 year old cat kept getting recurring urinary tract infections every 2 months or so for the past year. The vet suggested testing for kidney stones and possibility surgery. Before I submitted her to the testing, I tried another approach. In the end, I found that her food was the problem.

I had been mixing her (hard cat food) Friskies with (hard cat food) Science Diet kitten food ever since she was born. I thought she loved the "richness" of the mix.

Before I submitted her to the testing and surgery, I removed the Science Diet kitten food entirely from her diet and wha-la! It's been 6 months and she has not had any more urinary tract infections! Her weight has normalized and she's as happy and healthy as ever.

So...if your cat has been getting recurring urinary tract infections...look to the food as the culprit!

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Anncosp59!

Thank you for posting this! I looked at the ingredients of the diet you mentioned - this is what I found: "Chicken, Whole Grain Wheat, Corn Gluten Meal, Pork Fat, Wheat Gluten, Chicken Liver Flavor, Dried Beet Pulp, ...."

I got a puppy at 9 weeks who was fed a similar grain based/corn diet and she too had a UTI. I changed the diet to one without grains and no problems since.

Grain based diets are no good for our pets! So glad your instinct to cut out the grain diet proved the right move to make your kitty healthy!


Food With Cranberry
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Posted by Kathy (Waterbury, Ct) on 10/04/2010

[YEA]  I would like to tell of my experience so that it may help other cat owners. Mine starts with human cystitis. I suffered for 12 years with tons of doctor visits and medications, one operation and ONE CURE! Apple cider vinegar was suggested to me by my sister inlaw who is a chiropractor. But it ended up giving me heartburn after the first day. So when I called her to let her know she said that a lot of her patients tried cranberry pills, the juice usually has too much sugar. That was it for me, I tried them and have been using them since. One pill when I feel it coming on is all it has taken. I have not had to go to the doctor for cystitis in years.

I was very concerned when my big male kitty that we addopted came with the same problem as me. After spending over a thousand dollars in vet bills and special food diets from the vet's office, I decided to research what was in the foods myself. I was shocked to find that they sell cat food with cranberry in it. We switched my "pudgey" to a food that not only had cranberry but also had more meat in it. We stuck with the dry because we were concerned with his teeth being healthy. What a difference! This last food change worked. No more having to buy food at the vet. Almost all of the one's the vet suggested didn't have cranberry, so I can only assume that's what helped. Pudgey is going on 14 years now and is very healthy without cystitis any more. I worry about the ACV that people may be giving to the cats. The cat may be getting heart burn and may not be able to convey that to the owner. It is much easier to try a food with cranberry to see if it works than to syringe ACV into kitty. Thanks.

Replied by Juls
Chelsea, Mi
What food was it?
Replied by Heather
It's better if you mix the Apple Cider Vinegar with the drinking water. It's also good for chickens.

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Posted by Amy (Austin Tx) on 07/07/2013

My beloved Dante we have an unusual relationship he is capable of love he is so smart. You can imagine my concern when he started going to the litter box with little to no results. I read about cystitis in cats especially male neureured cats. Most of the stories about going to the vet seemed to the owners expensive and unsuccessful. I took my baby Dante anyway. No blood seemingly no pain but a diagnoses of cysistitis and special food and an emergecy number for when he finally does get blocked. I cried for days I can't afford thousands and like humans it's too late for insurance. Finally found this site - success!!!!! Thank You all for posting about this site. Please people post the long term effects but thank god for modern tech we are able to communicate and network broadband. I'm not discrediting vets they have as bad a rep as dentist and I love mine he is good but I got the feeling he didn't know anything else besides A low ash diet and less stress. First of all I assure you my Dante did not get cystitis from stress. He has his own bed eats from led free crystal bowl has a thousand square ft to roam. Watches TV three times a day while I slave to spoil his 17 1/2 lbs with 600 thread count sheets and down pillows he lives more luxurious than I do. So again Thank You.

EC: Hi Amy, please let us know the name of the remedy you used to treat your cat's cystitis. Thank you!

Posted by Charlotte (Middx, Uk ) on 02/20/2012

My cat Beau is now suffering from cystitis again (endless jumping in and out of the box, scratching at the sides, passing small amounts of urine) and I am so upset - thanks to the tax man taking 600 off of my wages, I can't take her to the vets until next month as I can't afford to get there, the bill and then to get back. Beau is already on two forms of medication which I thought where working but sadly not. I am wondering if it may be the food that she is eating that is the issue such as supermarket brand.

This whole thing as I have said is distressing to me, I love her and I hate to think of her being ill, and I start to wonder if I have caused it. I am going to try switching her back to brand food (Whiskers, Felix) and mixing a little water in with the food. Sadly due to the tax man I can't afford anything this month beyond my train ticket and Beau's medication, the milk we have in the house is Soya as my boyfriend is a diabetic, so I was hoping that someone could suggest something else that might help.

Replied by Lidia
Dallas, Texas
Increase water, diet can or raw food , can food contains 70 % water, dry food 10%. When my cat would developed cystistis, I found that friskies cat food (salmon or white fish which contain low in magnesium cure her. Try to give her purified water it flush out the bacteria thru the urine and help purify the cats inside.

Try herbal remedies according to the Natural pet urniary Health website. The herbs (cantharis) and the herb Staphysagris) can bring relief from the infection. Available in supplements and other herbal concoction in health food stores.

No dry food for now. Good luck , my cat lived 24 years.

Grain-Free Diet
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Posted by Susan (San Antonio , Texas ) on 03/24/2014

[YEA]  I have 6 cats. One of my Males and one of my Females can not tolerate any grains in their diet. Cats are carnivores; they are meat and water animals. Some cats can do okay on minimal grain. Brown rice and barley, NO CORN, NO WHEAT, NO SOY. If these two eat any grains they urinate blood. I put them on a grain free wet food and add more water (spring water or at least filtered) to make it mashed potato consistency. They cleared up within 12 hours of changing their diet and I have not had any urinary tract problems since. The food is more expensive but a lot cheaper than the vet, my babies are very happy and I am back to sanity.