Apple Cider Vinegar for Cats

| Modified on Apr 21, 2024
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!

ACV Ice Cubes

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Posted by Diane O. (Bronx New York ) on 06/17/2017

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.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Posted by Traci (USA) on 03/09/2020

For internal use , can you give acv to cats in tablet form?


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Posted by Patricia C. (Ireland) on 07/05/2019

I have used ACV on my cat with asthma for a few years now and it helps shift the phlegm for her..also another cat with bad flu...a few drops in water in a dropper bottle and they let me drop it into their mouths..One of them actually loves it..However I have read that not everyday as cats need acid in their bodies to break down food and the odd mouse they may catch and ACV is alkaline so not everyday but certainly if they are having a bad asthma never fails to get them over this.


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Posted by Linda (Wa) on 06/29/2017

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 deanna

What is the O in OACV?

EC: OACV = Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

Replied by sido

Our dearest kitty just left the earth today, but before we found out that he had very serious conditions --enlarged heart, tumour, which we had not imagined, as he was well and frisky, he had a sinus and lung probelms breathing (the heart couldn't handle the load) Nonetheless, the day we gave him the OACV, as suggested here --and bless you all -- he immediately started breathing better. Which the vet's injection had not changed in the least. And each day was better, until he suddenly went downhill two days ago, for these more serious reasons. Thank you for having made his last days better, with a remedy I had never heard of for kitties, in all the years they have blessed me with their lives and purrs...

Itchy Nose

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5 star (1) 

Posted by John (Melbourne, Victoria) on 02/04/2018

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

Preventing Illness

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Posted by Mark (Florida ) on 06/12/2020

Can ACV be given to cats even if there are no issues just as precaution? If yes, what is the best way and amount for a totally healthy cat to have ? Thanks

Replied by Birdie
(Saginaw Michigan)

Absolutely! Every Monday I take my spray bottle of ACV (I don't add water) and spray on a brush or combing glove and just groom my cats, avoiding the face. Sometimes I am able to squirt right on their fur then brush. At this point, they all look forward to this. They all go into their licking after. Seems to benefit them very much.