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.
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.