Apple Cider Vinegar Remedy for Feline Urinary Blockages

| Modified on Sep 21, 2023

2 User Reviews

Posted by Fooshcat (Grand Rapids, Mi) on 11/04/2012
1 out of 5 stars

With all of the positive reviews I was very hopeful for ACV. Our cat was using the litter box, but straining to urinate. It was the weekend - of course. I gave him some canned food with ACV on it and he ate it, also put a couple of drops in his water. The problem progressed into a full blockage and now he's at the emergency vet. Will have to stay for 1-2 days. I'm glad this has worked for so many people, I wish it would have for us.

Urinary Blockages
Posted by Cindy (Atlanta, Ga) on 10/15/2010
5 out of 5 stars

My 8 year old cat Sammie started having urinary blockages recently, and he could not urinate. We had to take him to the vet to have a catheter put in, plus a 3 day hospital stay and antibiotics. It cost a fortune. We were told he would have to eat a special Science Diet Urinary Tract cat food, which was also very expensive. After being home a week and eating the special food, he was still having problems urinating. He would squat and try so hard to go. He tried to squat in places all over the house, but still could not urinate. I knew that we did not have hundreds of dollars to take him back to the vet again. I felt like euthanization would be our only option, which broke my heart.

I got on the Pet section of Earth Clinic and read about using ACV, and how bad dry food is for cats. Dry food causes the crystals to form, which block the urethra. I took a syringe, with the needle removed, and mixed up some ACV and water. I started giving him two syringe fulls twice daily. I also went to the drugstore and bought some Azo cranberry tablets. I crushed them up and mixed them with water. I was giving Sammy the ACV & water, plus the cranberry tablets. The first day, Sammie was still straining to urinate, but by the second day, he like blew out and he urinated for what seemed like eternity. After that, he felt so much better, and he started acting like his old self.

Thank you Earth Clinic, for this helpful information. I am so pleased that it worked. I am not letting Sammie have any dry food at all, only wet food, and I mix water & ACV with his wet food. This has been 4 weeks ago, and so far, so good. I am continuing to give him the ACV/water and the crushed cranberry tablets/water. He is back to his old playful self, and feels so much better. And the best part is, he is able to urinate and not have to strain at all. I am all for taking your pets to the vet for health problems, but sometimes after you've spent lots of $$$$, you just don't have it. This website was a lifesaver, and I am just so glad we didn't have to put him down. I felt like this treatment was worth a try. It's cheap and it WORKS!!! Thanks again.

Replied by Erin

Please help, my baby boy has been suffering for the past month, I've tried everything but ACV so far, but today I woke up and he was straining in the litter box and couldn't even get a single drop out. He also threw up 3x this morning, and from what the different vets have told me, he is most likely blocked again.. two days ago we took him in to our reg vet to have him checked out and we were told he had no crystals or stones, but today he can't pee at all.. I have already spent all the money I had on vet visits. I literally emptied my bank account. This all started at the end of July and so far he's been to four different vets and this is still going on. Since I can't afford to have him hospitalized and unblocked again, they are telling me to euthanize him. I'm not willing to give up on him yet. So desperation led me here, this morning I gave him a half syringe of ACV and he still hasn't peed. How much are you supposed to give them? And since this isn't from crystals or stones, (they say it could either be inflammation from stress, or a mucus plug that has him blocked) will ACV still work? Anyone with any experience please let me know. The emergency vet wants $3,500 to hospitalize him and I don't have that. I don't qualify for care credit either. I am out of options, I really hope ACV works for him because this is our last hail mary... any advice would be great