How to Give Apple Cider Vinegar to Cats Orally

Jul 19, 2017

Cats can get set in their ways, including what they will eat or drink. When you need to give your cat a natural remedy like apple cider vinegar, some creativity is sometimes needed.

Some cats will easily take apple cider vinegar added to food or water. for particular cats, try one of these ideas.

  • Mix apple cider vinegar with some tuna fish, or with the water from the tuna fish can.
  • Mix apple cider vinegar with some fish oil from a fish oil capsule.
  • Mix apple cider vinegar with chicken broth.
  • If you cannot get your cat to ingest apple cider vinegar, dip his paw into a solution of diluted apple cider vinegar and water. He will ingest it while grooming and some will be absorbed through the paw.

Do you have a way to get your cat to easily take apple cider vinegar? We would love to hear how you do it!



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Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 09/03/2014
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To get your cat to take the ACV, make sure you have the right kind; raw, organic, 'with the mother'/live cultures. Take 1 part ACV and 10 parts water and dip your cat's paw in the solution; your cat will lick her paw to dry it and she will ingest the ACV in that way. Dip paw in solution as often as needed until you feel good about the amount she has taken in.


Posted by Jd (UK) on 08/27/2014
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I use a 50/50 mix with ACV and water and pour a small amount over my cat's normal dry food, I leave this for around 15 mins so all the ACV is absorbed into the food. I then mix a little nice wet food into the bowl with the ACV mix and the cat eats it up.

She doesn't love it but it's a good way to get the treatment into her.

Good luck

Replied by Diamond
Ma.
11/07/2014

I read some where that ACV diluted can be put on a cats back/ fur, and I am assuming to get the same results, I do it for my cats.


Posted by Diamond (Mass., US) on 08/07/2014
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I rescue cats that people no longer want, I found that many of these cats were having problems keeping food down, I waited a few months and watched what they ate, if anything, then watched to see if they could keep/hold the food down, three didn't so I added ACV in with their food; I did this for at least a month, now two years later they are doing great and just as healthy as ever. Now on the other hand I have a cat that is picky by no fault of hers, she tries to eat but then throws it up, I try different types of wet/dry cat food, I tried to put a very small amount of ACV in her wet food and she wouldn't eat it at all. Finally after months and many times of trying I decided to take her to the vets. I paid $130.00 for what I don't know, the cat is still sick, she has a rattling sound while coughing and appears worse. I am so sad because this is the only pet I have rescued that I cannot help. Thank you.

Replied by Sharon
Wayland, NY
08/15/2014

That is heartbreaking to hear about the rattling cat and how you paid $130.00 to the Vet that was no help. I too have a cat with the same problem and no idea what else to do to help him. I also rescue cats and made my mission in life to pay for spay/neutering for stray/feral cats.

Replied by Rj
Atlanta, Ga
09/19/2014

Have both of you thought about syringing down a diluted AV?

Replied by Jackie Page
New York, Ny
09/21/2014

Syringing fluids down a cats throat is never a great idea. It can easily get into the lungs, which can cause Aspiration Pneumonia. Especially with something "pungent" like Apple Cider Vinegar - which can cause them to gag on it.

I would just add a few drops to a strongly flavored and/or irresistible food - Like Tuna or Tuna Water (Which is not good to feed to cats regularly, but, once in a while, it's OK). Or on a slice of Chicken/Turkey/Roast Beef. Or, maybe in a small amount of Meat Baby Food (Gerber's Stage 1).

Replied by Diamond
Ma., US
11/04/2014

When this cat is sick she will not eat any thing at all, I have tried and failed, however she will eat the dry moist and still this is not helping her any at all, she is rapidly losing weight. It's been like a little over a week and all she eats is a small amount of moist cat bits. The vet couldn't help her and neither can I. She eats when ever she can or feels up to it. Also she knows if I put any thing in her food, she is an expert on sniffing her food and knows. :-) When she is feeling better she is some funny little hellion on wheels, I just adopted a rough-tough dog a Wheaten/Terrier mix; My cat gives the dog the evil stare and walks up to him and gives him a Bruce Lee chop; Claws and all. Too funny. I love my mentals.

Replied by Debbie
Portslade Uk
11/08/2014

Hi, I would give your cat virgin coconut oil. You can spread it on your cats paws and she/he will eat it that way. Look it up on here. It has many, many health benefits.

Replied by Beverly
Oregon, US
12/07/2014

USE milk thistle .. one drop per pound of body weight. over a few days they will begin to eat and gain weight.

Replied by Kim
Nyc
05/20/2017

My 12 y.o.Persian cat has had 2 seizures in the past 6 weeks, the first very violent and physical. After recovering, she began craving my alkaline water. She still drinks her own (filtered Brita her entire life) but when she hears me pour a glass in the evening she is in my face begging to drink from my glass. Since ACV is an alkalyzing agent, I'm sure it's the same difference. So perhaps bottled alkaline water is a good alternative for those whose cats don't take to the ACV. I use Evamor (or Iceland or Eterna) as they are naturally alkalized from spring sources.

The second seizure was less severe (though still frightening) and since we went to the vet and got a clear blood panel showing no metabolic reasons for the seizure, we are tackling this naturally.

Thanks to everyone for their great posts and suggestions! I'll be swapping out her daily olive oil for coconut oil. (I would like to mention it's important for all oils to be organic and expeller pressed as that means no chemicals like hexane were used. I follow the same diet rules for sweetpea as I do for myself! )


Posted by Diamond (Mass., US) on 07/27/2014
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I found a cat roaming the streets day in and day out for over a year even during the coldest of winters, she was a ragged looking cat, small and very thin. I picked her up and brought her home and gave her can cat food where I found she couldn't hold it down for very long; also one of her eyes was closed and draining. I continued to give her cat food with ACV and opened a capsule of salmon fish oil and put it into her cat foo. It took her quite some time to adapt, but after a few months she started to gain some weight, then her bad eye stopped draining and was fully wide open. She has been with me for over a year now and she has filled out in one of the greatest ways I have ever seen, she is her normal weight, she can see better and was a shabby bunch of mangled fur, is now fluffy & beautiful. I love my animals, It's God's gift to us.

Replied by Om
Hope, Bc Canada
07/27/2014

How wonderful to read your story of rescue kitty. It is so uplifting. I have done this most of my adult life and have now just six cats, one big dog and a rescue poodle in my care. And there is so much love.

Thank you. Namaste, Om

Replied by Rae
Charlestonsc
09/07/2014

God bless you, I have two cats and feed lots of strays and some of them are in bad shape.


Posted by Monica (Palmyra, New Jersey) on 03/03/2013
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I would like to make some suggestions for getting a cat to take Apple Cider Vinegar. I tried putting 1/2 tsp in his canned food and found he didn't want his food. Tried putting it drinking water... Wouldn't drink. Finally I mixed 1/2 tsp ACV in 1. 5 tsp tuna juice and put it slowly into the side of his mouth with a syringe and he lapped it up. Ran out of tuna juice so mixed up some strong chicken broth using a "base" or concentrated chic broth paste. He took it just as well as with the tuna juice. I know this adds salt, but some vets recommend a pinch of salt to stimulate them to drink more to help dilute the urine even more.

Charlie had been to the vet to be "unblocked" (expensive! ) He came home peeing little bits, often and licking his privates immediately after each pee. So he was still very irritted down there and I feared a relapse. So far, 3 days on the ACV and he is peeing less often, a little more each time and doesn't lick himself immediately after each pee.

Replied by Catmomma15
Cedar Rapids Iowa
11/03/2013

What is the recommended time frame for using ACV for cats? It is believed that my cat has a stomach ulcer and a mild upper respiratory infection and after the past research I've done the last few days, his behavior and symptoms match up except with the being finiky of drinking water normally. I can't get my cat into the vet right now due to low funds. Im looking into getting him feeling better on his own if I can. I have him on doxycyclene 1/16 of a teaspoon with 1/4 of L Lysine. He has responded to this so far 4 days of this twice a day very well but If I can get him feeling better the rest of the way using ACV, should I do this twice a day and for how long? Also because he has a couple of small sores in his mouth, he will only drink water from a syringe or if it's mixed into his food to make it like a chili consistency but let me assure you his water intake has NOT stopped completely he just finds it more acceptable to drink from the syringe or have it put into his food. I trust that this will help and I've mixed the applecider vinegar with tuna and he took it very well..This was actually easier than giving him meds. He is much more active than he has in the last 4 days since I've been doing the doxy and L Lysine mix but I'm willing to try a secondary method or replace my current one. So please let me know how long you would recommend trying the ACV when the doxy-l lysine combo has made a huge difference. Also can I continue to use both or 1 and again the biggest thing is since I introduced it to him tonight, how long would be a good time frame to give before setting an appointment. I'd like to see him get a vet appointment, but money is low and won't have any til the end of the week but would like to try and save some money if possible. please help. Any suggestions would be good. Will his drinking go back to normal also?

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
11/04/2013

Hey Catmomma!

Feline herpes is a virus; antibiotics are dosed not to treat the herpes but to prevent secondary bacterial infections, ie pneumonia.

As a general rule, antibiotics given 5 days or less *usually* do not majorly affect the internal flora of the GI tract. Antibiotics given 5+ days tend to remove all the "good" bacteria in the gut and set the body up for yeast overgrowth and yeast related issues down the line. So keep that in mind as you dose the doxy.

The L-lysine is something that is dosed as an ongoing daily supplement in herpes positive cats. For flare ups some dose 500 mg 2x day - so 1/4 tsp and pm. Once the flare up is under control you can reduce to a maintenance dose of 250mg am and pm - so 1/8 tsp am and pm.

Stomach ulcers are not typically associated with feline herpes, however cats treated with certain medications during a herpes flare up may develop them. Why is it you feel your kitty has stomach ulcers?

If this were my cat I would up the dosage of L-lysine to 500 mg 2x day. I would stop the antibiotics if I saw him really improve; I would be on the lookout for respiratory complications that would require the continued use of antibiotics [7-10 days]. I would continue mixing ACV into the wet food, and use the syringe to ensure he is getting hydration. To check for dehydration use your thumb and pointer finger to grasp the skin over his shoulders and pull it up, into a tent shape - then release. In a hydrated cat the skin snaps right back into shape; in a dehydrated cat the skin sinks back slowly: if you can count to three for it to sink back [ one one-thousand, two one-thousand, three one-thousand] you need to get more hydration into your boy. Consider getting Pedialyte for babies [for electrolytes] and mixing that into some tuna oil from the can and getting him to drink some of that.

The flare up may last weeks or months, depending on the age of your cat; if your boy is a kitten then once the flare up calms switch to the maintenance dose until he is a hale and hearty adult and discuss possible side effects or elimination with your vet.

Replied by Averil
New Zealand
08/13/2014

Hi there, just a tip to offer on rehydrating not only your pets but humans also. A very kind and invested pet shop man saved me a trip to the vet with a very dehydrated 7 year old male cat whom I love. My cat had refused to eat or drink for 3 days and was very pinch skin dehydrated, on contacting the pet shop he suggested I boil up some rice with a lot of extra water. Once it has cooled down keep giving it like I did every 20 mins until they are inclined to drink for themselves. The reason is that rice water is full of electrolytes and costs little. I had to force feed it to my cat approximately 3 times before he started to drink again for himself. Then I added some chicken stock as a natural anti-biotic as I didn't know what had caused his issue and he came right very quickly. Hope this will be useful to someone as dollars aren't always easy to find. Cheers, Averil


Posted by Carrie (Leichhardt, Qld/ipswich Australia) on 09/18/2012

Hi I was reading about giving my cat apple cider vinegar for uti and would like to add it to her water, but can not find how much to add, also will this hurt the other cats and the dog as they share the same water.

Replied by Belil
Los Angeles, California
05/11/2013

The usual suggestion by most people seems to be 3 parts (Filtered) water to 1 part Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother).

BTW. If you're going to feed it to your pet in a dropper, then make sure the dropper was not used for medicine, any chemicals, residues of any kind. If you suspect the dropper was used for anything (even non chemicals such as food etc.) then wash inside the bottle & all parts of the items, rinse reallllllllllly well to make sure no soap, chemicals of any kind are left on it before use.

I would not suggest just using alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to clean but if you do, then make sure that is also rinsed really well with (filtered) water.


Posted by Kackiecnm (San Diego, Ca ) on 08/24/2011
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I have read many of the posts for treating a variety of feline ailments from relatively mild to life threatening and the great and even miraculous results without the huge Vet costs and, even if finances were not an issue, the Rxs that they use from steroids to antibiotics have terrible side effects and often not only mask the many symptoms, as with steroids, but do not affect a cure and end up making your pet worse and increase their suffering.

However, there are so many opinions of how much to give orally (internally) regardless of the whether the ailment be a UTI, URI or GI etc. As far as how much ACV to dilute with how much water that it hard to figure out. And, topically I have read everything from using it undiluted on back of neck (which gets it into the whole system as the dermis is the largest organ or absorption:-) to a 50/50 mix to apply to wounds, mange, to clean out ear infections, be they a mite problem or bacterial infection, etc.

So, although a lot of what works is by experimenting trial and error as to dose, frequency, mode of application --- what we really need is a thread devoted just to this.

One thing I can share is that aside from maintaining your pet's health be he/she a feline or canine by putting a little ACV in their drinking water or moist food daily, the easiest way to treat a cat who is resistant is to mix what you believe is the proper dilution in a jar with a lid to use later, and suck up some in a needleless syringe with a plunge or an sterilized eyedropper and squirt it in the side of their mouth near jaw hinge --- not too fast as you may cause them to gag or choke, but if you are "calm and assertive" and speak soothingly, it's not hard to do at all --- if you have a really uncooperative large cat, straddle him/her and squat over him/her on your knees.

I have gleaned a few things from all of your posts that everyone seems to agree upon that ACV has:

My situation is that I have a cat with a rare systemic disease, Coccidioidomycosis, aka "Valley Fever" (a type of fungal infection that cats who go outside get from infected soil in SW states). Starts in bronchea with whooping cough type eposides (not fur ball type) and can stay "contained" there. But, once it disemenates, due to a failure of immune system, it is life threatening, often fatal and causes multiple awful symptoms from rapid weight loss, to hair loss in patches, (a lot due to poor cat constantly licking and scratching) whisker loss, GI problems, signs of pain as if arthritis, rapid atrophy of hind quarters, nervous system --- restlessness and actual panic attacks and more with every organ system involved. It is hard to diagnose. (Both Trad. And Alrntv. Vets couldn't in my case and I spent $100s ) It was only ater hours of research online that I finally figured it out myself. Anyway, my search also led to the blessing of finding Earth Clinic and the ACV remedy. I have started to apply a 50/50 solution to Jazz's bare patches as think using it straight may cause some burn --- am guessing at dilution that I am giving her orally AM and PM via method described above. Will keep you all posted, but would very much appreciate any "feedback" or referral to any more specific dosing info as to titre and amounts.

Thank you all, and blessings to my fellow guardians of the creatures who depend on us for care in exchange for the love and pleasure they give unconditionally to us.

Kackie

PS The benefit of administering the ACV dilution orally to your pet via either syringe or meaured dropper is that you know how much they're getting if your trying to treat for a specific thing. A little in drinking water per other posters' suggestion seems fine for "healthy maintenance. "


Posted by Suzanne (Quebec, Canada) on 12/26/2009
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1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar and 3 tbsp of water mixed in with 1 large tbsp of canned cat food


Posted by Ethereal (Kw, Canada) on 11/09/2009

Instead of a water bowl we have one of those pet fountains. It has a charcoal filter in it. Will this make the apple cider vinegar ineffective?

Replied by Mitch
Picture Butte, Alberta, Canada
03/12/2010

I'm posting an answer, Re: Pet fountain w/charcoal filter. You probably have found out by now, but you also answered your own question.. Yes, the activated charcoal will indeed neutralize the acid in the vinegar. May I suggest that you add 1/2 teaspoon of the ACV (cultured, kinda cloudy, not clear) put onto wet cat food (canned), once a day will do though I have heard that some give it their pet twice a day.

I have four cats of various shapes and sizes, one of them balks a bit, but will eat in order to keep the others from getting his treat, if you have more than one cat, I suggest that they each get their own plate and that you give them their medicine all at the same time, so that one does not get more than its share.

I also give it to the one with the least manners first, etc. Easy to figure out the first time or so.

I give the ACV right on top and don't even bother to mix it in, if one is fussy, then just blend it a bit. It helps to use a fishy type of cat food, I use a salmon pate' and they can't wait, and even "bark" at me if I'm late... ha ha. I've checked out several web sites, however, this one (Earthclinic) was the first one I checked out and truly believe that my cats appreciate it as much as I do. Thank you so much!!

I also use the 50/50 ACVtoWater on the nape of the neck, using a cottonball to applicate into the fur. One cottonball is approx. one teaspoon, just toss it when thru. Works like a miracle. Hope that this helps.


Posted by Catherine (Montgomery, Alabama/U.S.A.) on 03/19/2009
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On apple cider vinegar (ACV)for use in felines, I've read too many times that people are dosing cats orally, straight out of a dropper, on the fur/paws, with undilute vinegar...try some yourself right out of the bottle? It burns the mouth, throat, and stomach when it hits, so please dilute before administering. I use ACV myself, and for my cat's for eye and nose treatment (upper resiratory related).

I make an 8oz. glass of warm water with 1/4 tsp. ACV and 1/4 tsp. seasalt...I use this myself, and test on myself before dropping in cats eyes/nose. These amounts aren't caustic enough to cause burning pain. Restraint and medicating are always unpleasant to cats. Mine have grown accustomed to it, although none of us enjoy the process.

Initially they were panicked and struggled...they feel they can't breathe I imagine... but speaking softly/calmly, giving breaks from restraint to pet and comfort between drops they have learned to endure it without a big fight. My cats were infected w/a calici virus outside the scope of their annual vaccines more than a year ago when I helped a friend find homes for kittens, so we have to do this often. My cats are not cured by any means, but the ACV 1 tsp. per can of wet food w/water added, same in water bowel, and the eye/nose drops help to keep the sinuses from becoming full of stringy mucus, and clear the eyes in a matter of 3-4 days when it manifests there.

Just as a warning to other cat lovers, I have always made sure the cats/kittens I've fostered were FIV/FeLeuk negative before allowing them into my home, even in a kitty condo not in direct contact with my babies, NOT GOOD ENOUGH! In this case I wasn't warned the kittens had been sneezing. For those who foster and rescue, I have learned from the heartbreak of having 4 beautiful, healthy cats become chronically ill, never, ever to allow any other cat/kitten into my home without total quarantine, in the kennel and in a room away from mine, with stringent disinfecting...of room and yourself; hands, shoes, even clothes if you hold the visiting cats or they sneeze on you. Even a cat that appears well can be a carrier of herpes/calici/rhino and other diseases. Recently a pet sitter friend had the same thing happen...no sign of illness in the cats she sat, but she carried herpes virus to her three cats, one of them elderly and at risk.

Hope this is helpful, Catherine


Posted by Susan (Columbus, Ohio) on 01/10/2009
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I have two guinea pigs, one had a urinary problem and I added apple cider vinegar , a very small amount, I mix ACV and water 50/50 and add a small amount of that mixture to her water bottle, about 1/2 teaspoon. She has not had a problem since. After some research, I now also add organic cranberry juice, about 1/4 teaspoon to help in their vitamin C intake. Cranberry juice is also good in treating yeast, fungus, etc., when taken internally. For animals unsweetened is recommended, but you only need to use a small amount in the water. I also give this to my dog, ACV and cranberry juice. If your pets refuse to drink the ACV in the water, put a smaller amount in, it seems that even a very small amount is still helpful.


Posted by Jill (Cranbrook, BC Canada) on 01/07/2009
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I also had an issue with getting my cat to drink/eat ACV but then I realized that i had some of that sticky hairball stuff that you put on cats paws, so i mixed the ACV with that, spead it real good on the paw and poof!...she licked it off just like that! This is my first time trying ACV for my cats bladder infection so im hoping this is going to work wonders like i've been readin so far on this site....I'll keep you all posted!


Posted by Joyce (Joelton, Tn) on 05/13/2008 516 posts
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The easiest way to give your cat ACV is to add it to its drinking water. If your cat usually drinks about one cup of water per day, I would begin adding l/4 to l/2 tsp to its drinking water (your cat might refuse to drink it if you put too much in it to begin with) and gradually increase it to about l tsp per day. If you get the desired result, hold it at that level, if not, you might add a wee bit more.

Replied by Connie
Tarpon Springs, Florida
05/19/2008

Apple Cider Vinegar for Cats. Joyce, thank you for the amounts of ACV to add to drinking water. We use a drinking fountain with a small charcoal filter for our kitties. Will the filter remove the curative properties of the ACV and baking soda? Also, will it do our younger cat any harm to drink the water when he doesn't have any urinary pH problems?

Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn
05/21/2008
516 posts

Response to Connie: The answer to the first is I see no problem with the younger cat drinking the same water with vinegar, and the answer to the second is that long time use of the vinegar in the water should not create any problem.

If you can find a copy of Dr. Jarvis' Home Remedies, he states that adding vinegar to the drinking water of many farm animals is beneficial, including the two legged ones (chickens, ducks, humans, etc.)

Replied by Katya
Omsk, Russia
05/24/2008

Regarding acv and cats...I have never seen our cat drink water although we have provided it....she lives exclusively 100% on wild rabbit so I think that she obtains all liquid necessay this way. She is heavy and has a GLORIOUS coat and condition.


Posted by Pat (St. Louis, Missouri) on 03/23/2008
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ACV remedy: My two cats, 9 months and 2 years, wouldn't drink the ACV in their water. So I took a gallon jug of water and added 1 drop of ACV. They drank it.

When the jug is 3/4 empty, I refill it with water and add another drop of vinegar and have kept repeating this, slowly increasing the amount of ACV by 1 drop. I have been doing this for about two weeks and they are tolerating it well.

Soft stool has been corrected, and fur is glossy and smooth. Still have some trouble with flatulance in 2 year cat.

Thanks so much!