Apple Cider Vinegar Treatment for Cats with Cystitis

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Posted by Sindy (Montreal ) on 05/14/2015
3 out of 5 stars

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

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Posted by Gabriele (Canada) on 03/23/2015
3 out of 5 stars

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.

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Posted by Alejandra (Bc, CA) on 02/05/2015
0 out of 5 stars

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
(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.

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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...


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Posted by Liz Allen (Wolverhampton) on 12/21/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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.

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Posted by Satsquach (Vancouver Island, CA) on 12/09/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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 ingredients... 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.

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Posted by Jessica (Austin, Tx) on 11/30/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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 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.

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Posted by Stef (Nj, Ct) on 11/15/2014
5 out of 5 stars

When my cat is showing cystitis 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.

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Posted by Basia (Vancouver, Canada) on 09/29/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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 Lori
(North Hollywood, Ca)

We used 1/2 Tablespoon of ACV to 1 1/2 Tablespoons of water.

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.

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Posted by Jacqueline (New York) on 08/05/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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 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!!

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Posted by Kim (Ft. Lauderdale, Fl) on 06/28/2014
5 out of 5 stars

I am totally amazed and delighted! Six days ago I took my big fat Bobby cat to the vet because he kept going in the litter pan without peeing. Long story short, 2 trips to the vet this week, X-rays, unblocking the clog, antibiotics and $800. Now this morning, cat goes into the pan and just dribbles. I read the info on this site and followed instructions to give the big boy ACV. I was so upset because I didn't have another $800 to spend and didn't know what to do. I ran out to do some errands and when I returned a couple hours later, there was a big pee in the pan! He is grooming and purring!

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Posted by Jaw_a (Ca, US) on 04/12/2014
5 out of 5 stars

Worked Temporarily

Please help me ASAP.. My cat is male, 3 years old, he was blocked before 2 months and I went to the vet, and he used catheter for this problem. The vat gave him antibiotic he was better but not totally, so I read this page and I started giving him ACV, he was very good, I gave him maybe 3 ml with his food. He never eat dry food. So then I stop the ACV for 3 weeks. Now, the problem start again from 10 days. I give him ACV again but he is still sick. He pees but little. Now I need to know How millimeter should I give him from ACV daily?? 5 ml once a day? or should I increase it?

the vet give me jedcorene (effervescent granules) but I'm afraid, I gave him this medicine for 2 days and I just have stopped it today.. So please tell me..

I'm waiting for your informative and useful replies.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Jaw_a! Why are you afraid of giving your cat the Jedcorene? Read up on it: Http:// It sounds like your cat has a chronic issue. This means you need to treat him properly to get rid of the infection, and then put him on a maintenance regimen to keep the symptoms at bay. If this were my cat I would use the Jedcorene; if you are concerned about long term antibiotic use, if symptoms get better quickly you could stop at day 5 and then get him right away onto the ACV regimen that worked well for you before. The thing is you need to keep him on it - a life long thing, else the problems will persist.

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Posted by Donna (Anniston, Al Usa) on 02/03/2014
5 out of 5 stars

My cat is an 8 year old Himalayan, 15lbs. He started having trouble urinating during a snow storm ( this last week) in which I was stuck for 3 days. I googled the issue and , at first, I freaked out thinking he was going to die. Then I found this site.

I took him off dry food right away and added 1/4 teaspoon of ACV mixed with 1 teaspoon chicken stock to his wet food at each feeding ( he seems ok with that, well at least he's eating it).

It's now day 3 and he is perfectly ok now. He starting going about 2 hours after the first treatment. I finally was able to get out and bought him special canned food for urinary health. Now he's peeing up a storm much to my relief, lol. The plan is to keep him on the canned food and get him a better brand of dry food and give him the ACV once a week. I want to thank everyone who posted about this treatment, I know it saved his life ( and a huge vet bill).

Thanks once again,

Donna and Buddy

Replied by Marilyn
(Cottonwood, Ca)
5 out of 5 stars

This remedy saved and cured our female cat. I want to thank you.

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Posted by Jeanieh (Sparks,nevada) on 01/21/2014
5 out of 5 stars

This site is a real Life saver and I am so happy to have found it! My wonderful cat was overweight and started smelling like urine, she was running back and forth to the litter box constantly and trying to lick herself, she was in a bad way , and I was cleaning her daily and nothing helped! She just stunk so bad! I found this site and started the Apple Cider Vinegar right away in wet food, it took about a week but, she is not smelling at all and she has lost weight too! This is truly a miracle! Thank you! Thank you!

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Posted by Deedee (Santa Fe, NM) on 07/17/2013
5 out of 5 stars

Thank you for your experiences - my cat ended up with surgery with this issue about 4 years ago and this morning, he showed the signs again. I sooooo didn't want to go to the vet for many reasons, so I found this site and tried the ACV... Within an hour he had a blow-out all over the dog bed that he was on, but he is so, so much better now. He will continue getting ACV for about 5 days, continues with his Cranberry Relief and I've added Cantharis for 5 days, and that should get him back on track (this is all per my hollistic pet store owner and healer). I keep Peace & Calming (Young Living essential oil) on a cotton ball where he sleeps and that helps with the stress. Whew!

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