Apple Cider Vinegar for Cats - Editor's Choice

Over the years, Earth Clinic readers have sent us many reports about their treatments for Apple Cider Vinegar for Cats. The editors at Earth Clinic consider the below posts to be some of the most helpful and informative and have named them 'Editor's Choice'. We hope that you will find this useful.

Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)  

Posted by Ashley (Texas, US) on 02/05/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I used a 50/50 mix of organic Apple Cider Vinegar and water. I just put a few drops of Apple Cider Vinegar in a cup, added a couple drops of water, to where its barley got any color, and dropped in a cotton ball. Then I dabbed the soaked cotton ball between his shoulders and a little on his paws, it's okay to let them lick it off. My Harley's pink eye was nearly cured by the following morning. I kept doing the Apple Cider Vinegar treatments for a couple more days to make sure the virus was gone. I would do treatments while he was eating wet food. It's the only way I could do it without him running away or being pissed at me. Lol. Good luck!

Poor Health  

Posted by Jennifer (Lodi, Ca) on 11/08/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I found a 5 week old kitten about a month ago. She was starved, dehydrated & had all sorts of problems. Alot of which I was going to the vet for. However she had a horrible case of diarrhea that lasted for a month. She also was losing fur around her eyes, & was using the litterbox excessively. She was eating enough but barely was gaining weight. And she had a horrible case of fleas. After 3 visits to the vet, a clear stool sample & 3 things of medication, I was ready to take her to a different vet. I hated to tho, she kept getting things shoved up her rear, getting poked & handled. It wasn't easy for a kitten.

I looked up this website a week ago & started putting about 5-8 drops of Apple Cider Vinegar in her drinking water. The next day, she was springing with energy. Within 2-3 days, her runny nose & eyes stopped. The redness cleared from her eyes. She was able to breathe through her nose clearly. 4-5 days, I notice the litterbox wasn't being used as much & her stool wasn't as runny. Now its been about 7 days... She loooks more healthy (in weight). She hasn't gain a TON of weight. But it appears that she's more 'filled-in'. Her bones don't stick out as much. I believe that the ACV really helped with her digestion system, maybe even through in intestines. I notice that even her anus was very red & tender at first. Now, you can't even tell if there was skin inflammation... Just cleared up. The fleas are dying off. (I also use Dawn dishwashing soap in her bath- its another remedy for fleas. ) But the fur around her eyes are growing back in as well. I've noticed that her whole fur coat is looking more healthy. I know its only been a week. But all around, she's just looking so much better.

My other cats, I had to put in like 4-5 drops because they wouldn't touch the water. I even added a few drops to their wet food. Seeing how its working so well with my kitten, I should pass the remedy on to my other cats. Only because I've been worried about their safe-keeping. And one of them has a VERY sensitive stomach. Anyways... I'll def kept anymore thoughts posted. But I'm very glad I ran into this site. I always use ACV as my own remedy for multiple reasons.... But I never knew you could for animals too.

Posted by Susan (Livingston Manor, NY) on 10/29/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I swear by ACV for heartburn and indigestion, IBD, and pesky urinary tract infections. It never occurred to me it might help one of my cats. My sweet little pumpkin pie, Rusty, is almost 17 and suffered many traumatic injuries as an abused kitten. Five years ago he had a kidney removed, has always suffered from bouts of colitis and upper resp problems, and now is suffering from liver failure. Oh yeah, and fleas and his severe allergy to them. Because of the liver problems, he cannot have topical flea meds. All of these issues, my vet tells me, could be handled by surgery and meds if I had a spare $50,000 and Rusty was 10 years younger. Well, I don't, and he isn't.

I was unable to get Rusty to drink anything with acv in it except tomato juice (don't believe everything you read about tomatoes and cats). So, about 1/4 tsp in a little 'mater juice or hidden in some beef broth or tuna juice and liberally applying it to the back of the neck, base of tail and around his privates were my options.

I started this regimen four weeks ago. Within a couple of days his breathing had improved, his watery-wheezing had diminished, and he was a little more active and social. Within a week, flea activity dropped dramatically, and he is no longer chewing on himself 24/7 (poor baby was so exhausted.) And, this morning, for the first time in almost two years, Rusty walked into the litter box and had a stool (poop) that looked almost normal, and not the fetid, muddy gray slop I had been cleaning off carpets several times a day.

More importantly, he has gained almost 1/2 pound of weight. His liver and colitis problems have made him very anemic (he had progressively lost five pounds in just over two years), and this weight gain is a blessing because it means he is actually absorbing some of the calories and nutrients in his food.

At Rusty's age and with his medical background, I am quite impressed -- and every so thankful -- with what acv has achieved for him.

If you are wondering if your pet might benefit in some way from an acv treatment, all I can say is you have absolutely nothing to lose by trying. Sadly, nothing is going to cure Rusty except some God-given miracle, but if his symptoms are eased so he can enjoy the rest of his life, that works for me.

How to Administer ACV in Food or Water  

Posted by Pat (St. Louis, Missouri) on 03/23/2008
5 out of 5 stars

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!