Apple Cider Vinegar for Cats

Mar 19, 2018

Apple Cider Vinegar for Cats

Apple cider vinegar is a natural remedy that you will want to keep on hand if you own cats! It is a "go to" home remedy for numerous health conditions in pets, including cats. Apple cider vinegar is used internally and externally for a wide range of conditions your cat will likely face at some point in his life, including fleas, urinary tract disorders, and ear infections.

What Kind of Apple Cider Vinegar Should I Use for My Cat?

When it is used for health purposes, raw and organic apple cider vinegar is the best kind of vinegar to use. It is available online, at health food stores, and in larger grocery stores.

How Do I Use Apple Cider Vinegar Externally for My Cat?

Apple cider vinegar must always be diluted when it is used externally for your cat. A typical dilution is 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar and 1/2 cup pure water (spring or distilled.) To use it topically, put the solution in a jar or a spray bottle. Avoid getting this solution into your cat's eyes.

Your cat may not be fond of the smell or taste of apple cider vinegar, but it is a safer option than many medications for a number of conditions. If you use apple cider vinegar on your cat and she licks it off during grooming, that is fine. It is safe internally for your cat as well.

The above solution of vinegar is useful sprayed onto the fur of cats to repel fleas. If being sprayed from a bottle is distressing to your cat, apply some of the solution to a paper towel and wipe your cat's fur with it. A cotton ball can be dipped into the solution and applied to the back of the neck to repel fleas or treat infection as well.

For infections on broken skin, ringworm or pinkeye, use 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in one cup of distilled or spring water. Apply this solution to the scruff of the neck twice a day.

For ear infections, mix 1/2 tablespoon raw apple cider vinegar with 1/2 tablespoon rubbing alcohol. Drop a few drops into each ear twice a day. If ears are "gunky" use the solution on a cotton ball to wipe out the visible part of the ear.

Learn the Gentle and Effective Way to Give Apple Cider Vinegar to Your Cat

Watch Earth Clinic's video demonstrating how to apply a topical solution to your cat or dog. It's gentle and your cat will love you for it.

How Do I Use Apple Cider Vinegar Internally for My Cat?

Apple cider vinegar can be mixed into your cat's wet food twice a day.

Dosage for Apple Cider Vinegar for Cats

Weight of Cat       Amount of Apple Cider Vinegar

15-20 pounds         1/2 teaspoon
7-14 pounds           1/4 teaspoon
4-6 pounds             1/8 teaspoon
Under 4 pounds      5 drops

Alternately, you can add apple cider vinegar to your cats drinking water. Add 1/2 - 1 teaspoon to a cup of water. If your cat does not like this, try adding a pinch of baking soda to the water with the apple cider vinegar. The baking soda will reduce the acidity of the vinegar.

Apple cider vinegar is used internally for cats with bladder problems, urinary tract infections, respiratory infections, allergies and asthma. Internal use may also repel fleas and other parasites.

Have you tried apple cider vinegar for your cat? We would love to hear about your remedy!  Read on to see how others have used apple cider vinegar for their cats!

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Posted by Diane O. (Bronx New York ) on 06/17/2017
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Today is my first day using Apple Cider Vinegar for my cats one has third eye and the other two have issues going to the litter box I made ice cubes of Apple Cider Vinegar I made a 1 cup of water 1 spoon of Apple Cider Vinegar my cats likes ice cubes in their water so I figured let me try it this way and she was drinking and licking the cubes. Fingers crossed.


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Posted by Linda (Wa) on 06/29/2017
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I have been using OACV in vegetable juice in the morning (don't like honey so can't take it in water because of the taste) for general health benefis. I truthfully have not had the results others claim with weight loss, though.

This morning, I was looking for a cough remedy for my 14 year-old diabetic cat and was thrilled to find OACV diluted with water on a cottonball dabbed on the scruff of the neck, shoulder blades, paws and paw pads, even inside ears. My cat started a slight cough yesterday and this morning I noticed it a little more frequently, also breathing noises that indicated possible stuffiness.

I gave him breakfast and as soon as he finished administered the OACV/water mixture as directed and within about ten minutes he was sleeping contentedly on the bed with no cough or harsh breathing sounds. I will use it again once or twice today and continue if necessary tomorrow. Is OACV a miracle, or what?

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Katelyn!

The dose of ACV for your cat is very individual - start with 1 teaspoon in a quart of water and see how he tolerates that; ideally you would increase the ACV gradually until you found the dose that repels fleas.

You might consider a simple flea trap to quicklly reduce fleas indoors. You need a small desk lamp, dish-soapy solution and a white tray or plate. Place the lamp on the floor in the area your pet frequents or sleeps, place the tray of soapy water underneath the bulb, turn it on and shut out all the other lights in the room and leave it over night, and then check for black specks in the tray in the morning. If you have several lamps I would set out as many traps as you have lamps in as many rooms as possible, and rotate the traps so each room gets treated. This is an easy, cheap and safe solution for a flea infestation.

Good luck and please report back!

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Posted by John (Melbourne, Victoria) on 02/04/2018
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My Cat was always seemed to rubbing her nose.Told the vet about it, He wasnt concerned, he seemed to think it may be just a habit.? Five months later, after watching her, And noticing cuts on her nose, it was driving her crazy and driving me crazy watching her .Took her to another vet.Told the vet she is on a well known flea treatment once a month behind the neck.

Vet wasn't sure what it was.She took a skin sample said in a vague way, I can see Black dots on sample under the microscope?not sure what it is?

She then proceeded to out line the course we were going to take."What I plan to do is stop something for the itch, and give her antibiotics.We will get to the bottom of it.She stressed that I Make sure you make another appointment." I felt glad something was happening to sort the issue.

After the end of the course of antibiotics, the itching resumed.So that was $150.00 of nothing.

I don't have an open cheque book, If there was a slight indication I felt confident in the vet I would have continued $$$$. Just To make my Cat comfortable.

On the friday night I was looking at the net, and came across this sight and others, Talking about ACV. Went down to the supermarket, got the Good Stuff, 1/2 and 1/2 applied to the side of her nose with a cotton bud. That was a week ago.

ACV Has Cleared whatever irritation there was, up, and her nose is returning to normal appearance. No more itching. That`s a week ago.I will continue to monitor her condition.I would recommend going to the vet initially just to get advice, but when you get a gut feeling its going to $$$$$$$$$. and the Vet doesent know, Then ......

I don't know what it is about Vets these days but, the way they charge, definitely are in it for the money.And they seem to take it for granted that I have an open wallet. Thank you

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Lauren!

It is the dark kind, but it is very specifically the Apple Cider Vinegar that is organic, raw/unpasturized, 'with the mother'/live cultures type. The clear or white vinegar is mainly used for cleaning or pickling.

Replied by John
Memphis, Tn

Cats in the wild do not, for the most part, live as long either. In the wild a cat living for 20-25 years is unheard of as they are eaten, or something happens to them. Some may but overall most don't like most humans do not live to be 100+ either.