(Mpls., Mn) on 09/03/2014
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.
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.
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.
New York, Ny
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.
Hope, Bc Canada
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.
Cedar Rapids Iowa
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.
Los Angeles, California
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.
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. "
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar and 3 tbsp of water mixed in with 1 large tbsp of canned cat food
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?
Picture Butte, Alberta, Canada
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
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.
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!
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.
Tarpon Springs, Florida
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!