Urinary Tract Disorders in Cats

May 28, 2017

Bladder Control Problems, Kidney Failure, and Urinary Cat Health

Feline lower urinary tract disorders (FLUTD) are among the more common areas of cat health concern. Bladder infections, urethritis, and formation of crystals in a cat's bladder can result in symptoms of increased urination, decreased urination, or even blood in the urine. Infections and dietary issues can result in blockages of the urinary tract or poor kidney function that can affect your pet's overall health and comfort.

Many long-time cat owners have stories of cats who will not go in the litter box or who will urinate all over the house. Cats may stop urinating altogether. Sometimes this is "simply" a behavioral issue, but it can also indicate pain or difficulty with urination. This can indicate a serious health condition, so your cat should be evaluated by a vet. However, in many cases a natural remedy can help your cat's bladder control problems or UTI.

Holistic Health for Urinary Tract Disorders in Cats

Reduced magnesium intake and lowering your cat's pH levels (more acidic urine) has been found to reduce uroliths (kidney stones). Changing your brand of kitty litter and making sure that there are plenty of litter boxes around for your cats may also decrease your cat's urination problems and reduce bad behaviors. Having one more litter box than you have cats is the rule of thumb.

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Posted by Jeannie (Ojai, Ca) on 06/19/2010
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In addition to wonderful ACV and for 30 years before i discovered vinegar, i had MANY cats, especially males, who had urinary blockage. I gave them aloe vera from the gallon (the juice) from a 12cc syringe orally and it worked miracles.i gave them many syringes thru out day and eve. my "kids"--dogs and cats-- lived 26 yrs, give or take a year!

I have taken it myself for all internal problems, heart, all organs, teeth/gums, tummy and more. it stops illness and then starts its slow but steady healing. i am a "walking miracle" and prefer natural healing to mycotoxins doctors dispense in their antibiotics etc. In my 20's drank 4 gallons a month and with my pets of course, and now i use less than one per month "decades" later.

Best of luck, jeannie!

Replied by Adelynn
Singapore
09/23/2010

Dear Jeannie,

Very inspired by your passion about aloe vera juice. Am looking for something to help my 15-yr old cat regain her appetite, which has declined drastically these past 2 weeks. Thing is, I don't know what is causing this loss of appetite. Acid reflux coz her kidneys are starting to deteriorate?

The spreading of her feline leukemia virus?

A parasite she got from eating raw food I gave her?

Liver failure from a corticosteroid shot?

She has a few possible problems all going on at the same time and our vet is out of town for another week, leaving me feeling helpless and sad. So can I ask.... You said aloe vera juice helped you with everything. Do you think it can help my cat here regardless of what the underlying cause might be, so she will eat and sustain herself till our vet gets back?

Did the aloe vera juice have to be special in any way? eg. Organic, no benzoic acid/sodium benzoate preservative.... My cat is otherwise acting healthy and happy. No lethargy, no vomitting/diarrhea/problem peeing, she's grooming after her (tiny) meals, she plays with me and purrs. Maybe not sleeping so soundly, and coat is straggly. Anyone else with an experienced/educated opinion on this please do respond also. Thank you very much

Replied by Lisa
Los Angeles
09/21/2016
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Find a holistic vet in your area. It saved my little malti=poo. You need to get her blood tests so at least you will know where to start. Then you can attack the problem. Livers and kidneys can fail pretty fast. There are wonderful natural cures for these organs but you need to know which one it is.


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Posted by Bridget (Paris, France) on 05/28/2017 1 posts

Hi this is just a question, but my cat is vomiting a lot of white foam, I believe this is because he cannot urinate as he has already about a year ago had this problem, if I give him vinegar (acv organic) and water won't that fill up his bladder even more? I have not noticed any crying or trying to pee, just the white foam, he had this once before and the vet put a tube in his urinary tract and he walked around the house like that dripping blood and urine for a couple of days. I have been feeding them too much kibble even though it is organic I will now stop. Actually I was putting olive oil and brewers yeast with seaweed in the kibble.

I have administered 1 teaspoon of AVC to 2 teaspoons of water with a syringe I gave him 2X 0.5 ml of this solution, the first time he vomited up a ton of white foam, the second time as the stomach was emptied of the foam he has kept it down. I payed a fortune to the vet the last time and I can not afford to pay that again, I would really appreciate your opinion, and I will keep the site updated on the cats progress, I also bought Cranberry Juice, should I give him that too?


Posted by Nia (Los Angeles, Ca ) on 01/19/2017
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About a year ago around Chirstmas my cat was having severe peeing problems, I took my cat Liko in to see a vet they told me he needed surgery so I did what the vet recommended and spent 900$ on this surgery. I totally regret it because of the fact that Liko was in so much pain. I could see it in his eyes he hated me for this. The surgery consisted of a catheter stuck up his private part. I felt so horrible as a cat owner to do but there was no other option (according to the vet). Two weeks later he was still having the same problem I cried and went back to the vet. I seriously thought he was going to die. When I took him again they told me that they would need to have another surgery to basically turn him into a female, resulting in his pee area to become wider. I could not bare the though nor afford this surgery they pitched to me. This would cost me 1200$.

So I went online and googled home remedies for a cat that cannot pee. I searched and searched and come across this site. Which is a blessing from God. I started this home remedy and took him back to the vet about two weeks after for a check up and they did a second x-ray and the vet told me that the sand like material was completely gone. I did not tell the vet I was using ACV but I knew it was the home remedy that cured him. I must say I was unsure about this home remedy the more I researched the more I was convinced that this was working.

I started to even drink 2/3 tbspoons of this myself with tea because of the health benefit. I appreciate all the reviews. I encourage anyone looking for another option to try it and post everything and anything they feel to help out other cat owners. I seriously thank this site from the bottoms of my heart and I know Liko does to. ♥️ Peace, love, and positivity!


Posted by Miriam (San Francisco) on 09/12/2016
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Our male cat, Mitty, suddenly developed stones and could not pass these or get relief. He squatted in the corner of the room looking really uncomfortable. So we took him to the vet who diagnosed him, changed him to wet food ( we had Mitty on dry food prior to this )we paid nearly $200 and went home.

Nothing changed and Mitty was still in pain over the next few days. On the Saturday night ( don't emergencies always happen at the weekend?) we decided to take the beleaguered cat to the emergency vet clinic. What a horrrible experience. We were told that Mitty would need surgery to help with the blockage, that it may not work, and that it would cost between $6000 and $8000. When we politely declined this medieval remedy, we were asked how much would we pay to help Mitty feel better? We left after settling the bill of nearly $500. Ahhh!

Anyway we were resigned to losing our lovely kitty, when I decided to search Earthclinic and found the Apple Cider Vinegar remedy. I immediately started him on it ( half a teaspoon of ACV into a cup of water) I put the mixture into a syringe and squirt it into his mouth twice every day. BY GOLLY IT WORKS!

He is lively, happy, with a glossy coat and most importantly is alive!! The stones are no more, in fact he has been fine/perfect/in tip-top health since I started him on this. Thank you Earthclinic. I love this site.

Replied by Maryjean
Deland, Florida
09/16/2016
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ACV worked for us! My cat Jasmine also had a bladder stone. The first time it happened the vet said she needed surgery. $700 later and she was fine after the surgery. I also changed her kibble to 9 Lives urinary and give her wet food (no tuna! ) every day. Then a year ago she started having the same symptoms again. Crystals and blood in her urine, peeing only a few drops at a time and never in the litter box. This time I didn't have the money for surgery and I didn't want to put her through it if I could find another remedy. So I checked here at Earth Clinic and tried the ACV treatment. It worked like a charm! She's been fine ever since - no crystals! I put a couple of drops in some filtered water and mix it in her wet food every morning. The amount of ACV to give might differ for other cats. I use organic raw ACV with the mother.

Replied by Adrienne
Idaho
04/12/2017

Medieval is right! They should be ashamed! But, then, I doubt that they are given any courses in holistic healing while they are in vet school. I'm so glad for you and your kitty that the ACV worked. I'm also wondering how they could possibly justify charging you $500.00 for doing, what, an x-ray and consultation? Thieves! And, they are using our little, innocent pets to make themselves rich. Go Earth Clinic!


Posted by Katik (Newport News, Va) on 06/17/2015
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My 11 year old male cat has a history of bladder stones. He had surgery a year and a half ago to flush his partially blocked urethra and to clean out his bladder. I did have him on a prescription diet (until this past May) but I read on this site that prescription food is not really helping. I've since switched him to Rachel Rays dry/ wet cat food with great results. January of this year he displayed symptoms of a UTI or stones. He was examined and treated for a UTI. During his vet visit he tinkled when the Dr smooshed his bladder. The doctor examined his urine under the microscope and no crystals were noted but WBC's and RBC's were. He was treated with an antibiotic injection in his thigh. Initially he improve but close to a week later the symptoms returned although not as severe. I did 10 days of recommended ACV treatment with some improvement but he became sick to his stomach. I moved here from Florida and the stress of the move on me and my kitty was hard and I'm sure our stress added to him not feeling well.

For almost 7 weeks now I have been giving him a tablespoon of wet food, with 5 drops of ACV, 5 drops of pure unsweetened cranberry juice, a dime size of plain greek yogurt, and adding 5 tsps of water once a day. Also, everyday when I change his filtered water I add 5 drops of ACV and 5 drops of cranberry juice. He loves the new diet and gobbles it up.

What I have noticed since starting the treatment is: glossy coat, clearer eyes, energy level, alertness and active play is back to normal, decrease visits to his litter box, decrease in licking his urethral opening, zero schmegma, ceased eliminating outside of litterbox, not straining when urinating, no longer displaying urgency to use litterbox, his grooming behavior has returned to normal and no longer vomiting. As I listed above, he is still worrying his urethral opening a couple of times a day. He does not do it for long and no longer does he do it after he uses his litterbox.

I've read on here that ACV has helped dissolve bladder stones and that the treatment takes awhile. Can you tell me if this is true? How long can it take? Should I increase the ACV and cranberry? The vet here trying to mug me with a bunch of tests, antibiotics, probiotics, cultures, catheters, ect.

Replied by Jeff
Cleveland
09/02/2015

My 3 year old rescue will not urinate in her litterbox and is now just laying around peeing blood. Will ACV help her in anyway? Can't afford a vet bill and am afraid of the alternative

Thank You in Advance.

Replied by Cindycp77
Texas
09/02/2015
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I have had male cats with this issue. I changed their food and it solved the problem. 9 Lives urinary tract is what they eat. Hope you caught this in time. Sounds like she has an urinary tract infection.

Replied by Bailey
Adelaide
06/12/2016

First time cat owner on a low income here. I need advice.

I have a 10 month old Cornish Rex named Niko. I love him dearly and he is the most loving and affectionate cat. When we bought him home at 4 months old from his breeder, he started peeing on soft surfaces (bath mats, clothes on the floor, even in the bedding). After we took him to the vet's he was diagnosed with a UTI and given antibiotics. That seemed to clear it up fantastically and no more peeing outside of the litter box. So about a month ago he started peeing on the bath matt and other soft places again, so I took him back to vet thinking it might be another UTI. I was right. They tested his urine and said that although no crystals had been found, his urine was the right P.H to form crystals, so it would only have been a matter of time. I was divested to hear that this would be on a ongoing problem for my cat for THE REST OF HIS LIFE, which gives me another 15 years of expensive vet visits (examination appointment, blood text, urine test, follow up appointment) to look forward to, as well as a 15 year diet of the expensive prescription dry kibble the vet recommended.

He seems to be happy and healthy after being on the second round of antibiotics, but now I've learnt that this will be an ongoing problem, I'm trying to learn as much as I can about prevention. I don't want to feed him dry kibble for the rest of his life and I don't want painful infections and blockage risks either.

So my questions are: Should I give Niko ACV in his water as a preventative? If so how much? Will this be okay for my other cat to drink as well? What kind of diet should I give him from now on?

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
06/13/2016

Hey Bailey!

There are myriad factors at play here. Yes, ACV can help but you first need to consider diet -what are you feeding Niko? Read the ingredient panel on the bag of food and if you see grains that may be one of your culprits. Read up on UTI's and possible dietary changes to make:

www.acreaturecomfort.com/cathealth.htm

Replied by Beatrice
Orangevale, Ca.
07/13/2016

My boy was diagnosed with crystals and the vet didn't offer any solution other than pain meds, antibiotics and urethra relaxer. I got him a water fountain and wet food. Still no more than a small trickle when trying to pee. I am going to try ACV first before considering an x-Ray and bladder wash. My question is has anyone tried a herbal remedy called Stone Breaker by Herb Pharm? I bought it and not sure how to dose or if it works. Please help? Thanks

Replied by Molly
Central Texas
09/13/2016

Beatrice, I hope this reply is reaching you in time to help your boy. I have used Chanca Piedra, aka Stone Breaker, for my 2 year old calico, Zoey, who gets UTI's and crystals every 3 or 4 months. It works wonderfully, especially when mixed with colloidal silver. I mix the Chanca Piedra extract with the silver at 2 parts silver to 1 part CP. I load a child's dosage syringe with 1/2 ounce, pick up Zoey by the scruff of her neck, and then stick the tip of the syringe in the side of her mouth and squirt in as much as I can and hope she keeps it down. Sometimes she spits most of it out, so we have to wait a while and try it again. After 3 days of dosages in the morning and evening, she is good to "go"...pardon the pun!

I'm not sure what causes the crystals, but I do feed her kibbles along with her canned food. My daughter told me to be sure to change her litter to a different brand each time she is recovering, as that may be causing the UTI. That always seems to help.

The Chanca Piedra is a great remedy for kidney and bladder stones in humans, too! I have a ureter that gets blocked from spasms, and the CP works within 30 minutes. It is my miracle remedy, and I keep a bottle in my purse all the time. Swanson Vitamins sells the capsules at a very low price, and I have those on hand, too. God has created a safe, effective cure for every malady in our bodies...and in our pet's, too!

With blessings,

Molly


Posted by Danielle (Uk) on 06/08/2015
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I wanted to share my most recent experience on Earth clinic, as I discovered ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) Mother Raw, was an effective way to disperse Bladder stones for cats. I have a 6 year old cat called India, who is still overweight, due to her weight gain and non exercise, she has suffered with Urinary problem and was diagnosed with Bladder stones, every day, she had blood in her urine and was in a lot of discomfort when needing the toilet. She did not move around. Our Vet provided 2 options to us. 1: Surgery to remove the Stones. 2: A Royal Canine Diet, for 3 months, which I was not keen to do, based on research and this diet being the worst form ever. I started doing holistic research and ending up on the Earth Clinic website, reading that ACV for cats can be exceptionally effective, for Bladder Stones, Urinary Tract Issues and weight loss. Reading other people's success stories really inspired me.

On Amazon, I purchased 6 bottles of ACV Raw "Organic" Mother for £11. I started giving India 2 teaspoons of ACV in her food in the morning and 2 Teaspoons of ACV in the evening, again in her food. Always mixed it in and she loves the taste of it. Never give this to your animals undiluted, as it is too strong for them and can burn their throats. We started this process 3 months ago. The results have been nothing short of a miracle, hence I want to share my story with you. We took her back to our vet last week and had an Xray and we were advised that the Bladder stones have virtually gone and to carry on what we have been doing. She has no more blood in her urine, she has gone down from 6.5kg to 5.8kg and is a on "Carb Free" healthly eating regime of Applause 100% natural food, twice a day, with a sprinkle of "Applause Dry Food 85% " Natural Biscuits. This will be her way of life going forward. I never thought this would actually work and my other Cat Max is also benefiting from ACV


Posted by Shelley (Alaska) on 04/11/2015
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I wanted to share that my male 4 year old cat has been experining blockage in his urethra causing him to almost die I took him in and they had to remove the blockage. This is a major deal 2500.00 dollars later and 4 days he was blocked again. I called last night to ask for some Of course the Dr. was against any alternative medicine. I sat and thought what do I do for this . Apple cider vinegar came to mind so I searched on it more. I found many stories of success with urinary issues. But none on blockages. What did I have to loose? I started ASAP! After three high doses half vinegar and half water with a syringe followed by three syringes of straight water to wash it down waited. He was hurting and all the kids had said their goodbyes. We went to bed and I listened all night. He finally went 4 hours later and emptied the bladder completely! The vinegar had ate away at the blockage.

Don't give up!!!! It works!!! I will continue this through out his life twice a day to maintain prevention ofblockage.

Replied by Sonya Mccormic
Cape Coral, Fl
04/16/2015

Can someone please tell me how much apple cider vinegar and water I need to use....my male cat can't be seen until Saturday and at this point I cannot wait until then, this poor cat has not eaten all day let alone drank any water, and has not pee pee all day. He has pooped, I am deathly scared he will not make it two more days, and need to act extremely fast at this point. Can someone please help and tell me how much water and apple cider I have to mix.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
04/17/2015

Hey Sonya!

Sorry to hear about your boy :-(

You can use 1 to 3 teaspoons ACV into 1 cup of water, and use a dropper to get it into your cat's mouth - try to get about 1/8th of a cup down at a time. You can also dip one of his paws into the solution to have him lick it off that way. Try dosing him as often as possible - every hour on the hour to start.

Replied by Diana
Australia
05/01/2015

Great, but very small sips at a tip if giving a lot of fluids orally. So they can swallow without choking.

Homeopathics can work very well too. E.g cantharis 10m and Tabucuum 10m. The 10m is the strength of the remedy. As strength of remedies can vary. Pat in a couple of drops of eac remedy on back of shoulder blades making sure it reaches the skin. Repeat ever half hour. Usually only 3 to 4 Repeat dosing is all that is needed.

Then as a prevention add a dose to meals three times a week.

Replied by Robin
Ca
05/12/2015

Hi Diana,

Thanks for your input. We've been using acv, cranberry caps. for 3 days now, and our kitty seems to be getting slightly better. What is egc and tabucuum? Where can we buy it? Our cat has the above symptoms but still seems happy and purrs etc. except that he goes to his cat box very often with little results, although just this evening he peed more. Any input, anyone? We haven't taken him to the vet because he seems almost ok and we thought we'd try alternative ways first. It's hard not knowing what to do! Again thanks ;)


Posted by M (Mexico) on 04/06/2015

My cat's displaying symptoms of this - and it's not the first time. He'll try urinating on clothes (to no avail) and the same goes for his litterbox, he'll stand with his tail upright but nothing comes out. Unfortunately, I'm not sure when this began as he only manifested the symptoms today. The first time it happened we saw him trying to urinate on the carpet; long story short, the family was in tears because we thought his situation was dire (it was, his bladder had reached full capacity) and no vet would accept us without prior money deposit. Anyway, you can probably guess the sky-high cost of it...

But.. again... I'm terrified.

I gave him two doses of the ACV yet it hasn't worked. He stood on his box once without peeing (not even small drops). He won't take the ACV without putting up a fight, and I'm scared that by giving him ACV diluted in water, I'm only charging his bladder with liquid he can't eject.

What I want to know is, when is his life in peril and if a vet is urgent.

Update: as I typed this, he stood on his box and seems to be urinating in spurts. How long should I continue the ACV treatment? How long with this until he gets better? And, how long can he go without peeing normally without... ah... God!!

Replied by Sally
Us
04/10/2015

If you can swing it, get him to the vet. Otherwise you can try and find either fish or bird antibiotics. If you can find Clavamox, that's what my vet has prescribed our cat in the past. Doxycycline works as well. You want a broad spectrum antibiotic. You want the capsules. The fish/bird antibiotics are the same whether you're getting them for humans, fish, cats, dogs, etc. Doxycycline is Doxycycline no matter what the bottle is labeled for. You can get these on ebay. I'm not sure the availability locally in your country, but if you can find a fish store try there.

Dosage for Doxycycline is 2mg per pound of body weight twice a day 7-10 days. You want to give

All that said, this will not work if your cat has a blockage. The only thing that will cure that is surgery which is expensive. I hope that that is not the case.

Good luck.


Posted by Ashley (Columbus, Oh) on 03/26/2015

I have a question. My 3 year old cat is showing signs again for crystals and I was wondering what a good dose for the Apple Cider vinegar remedy would be good to try. The medicine the vets are giving him aren't working and I cannot afford surgery. I love my little guy and I don't like seeing him suffer. I wish I could afford the surgery, but I can't.. Thanks in advance.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
03/27/2015

Hey Ashley!

You can try 3 teaspoons of ACV to 1 quart of water - if he turns his nose up, start with just 1 and see how your cat tolerates it. You can also put the same amount in canned food and see if he will take it that way. And if he will have nothing to do with it, you can put 3 teaspoons in 1 cup of water and then dip his paws in it and he will take in in as he licks them dry.


Posted by Nina (Davenport, Iowa) on 06/27/2014
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I was expecting to end up writing a hateful post on here cursing everybody and their brother because my cat died from not being able to pee due to a complete urinary blockage. Let me tell you the blockage was complete. He is a 4 yo Siamese and has had this problem before. I could not afford to take into the vet AGAIN. So I decided to try this Apple cider vinegar remedy and it honestly worked within hours. By two days later he is perfectly well without any issues. Way to go website! You're awesome

I used 1ml diluted with 2ml of water in a medicine syringe and made him drink it every hour for about 6 hours. Then I just added it to his food ever after.

ps: organic apple cider vinegar with mother is absolutely the best. Not only did it fix the crystals and blockage, but it added good bacteria to his system too!

Replied by Ariel Rose
Vancouver
08/13/2014

Great! I'll try this! Thank you!

Replied by Sheila
Marshalltown, Iowa
09/11/2014

My girlfriends Mancoon cat has uti symptoms and she is on a fixed income. She loves her cats dearly but can't afford the Vet Bill. So I suggested lets get online and get some research for home remedies. I think she thought I was full of bologna when I mentioned apple cider vinegar to her. Now since I read these other posts for home remedy for her cat's uti and they too said aple cider vinigar, she gonna give it a try now. We will keep you updated on her over-all outcome. Thank you so much!

Replied by Verinia
Malaysia
10/12/2014

hi, my cat also having uti. She is siamese. I wonder how much you feed your cat with 1ml Apple Cider Vinegar / 2ml water? This amount for each hour, or 1ml acv/2ml water for the period of six hour.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
10/12/2014

Hey Verinia!

If this were my cat I would try to get her to ingest as much ACV & water as I could for the first hour, and then try a small amount each hour until you see results. If your cat is totally blocked then you have a life threatening emergency and need to see the vet.


Posted by Amilayn (Il) on 11/30/2013

We just rescued a cat a month ago, and her history is unknown. She's had a few accidents, and we were giving her special treats for UTI health, and special food that says it's good for that too, although it seems to have the same ingredients as generic food (the special food is made by 9 Lives, but it does say it's good for UT health??)

Last night however, makes me think that she definitely has a UTI. She was curled up next to me in bed, and in the middle of the night, jumped up and ran off of the bed. She's older and rather large, so she usually doesn't run around like that. I rolled over, and there was a puddle in the bed! I think that the urge came on her so quickly, she couldn't get down fast enough.

I've had cats before, and had one with recurring UTIs. I took her to the vet for antibiotics every time, and it just got to be too expensive for what seems like the same results I could get with home remedies. It's been 15 years since I had a cat, so I have a lot to learn about their health again!

Replied by Om
Hope Bc Canada
11/30/2013

Please read Theresa's suggestions re ACV.

In addition, homeopathic remedies also work and can be used in addition by pouring a few globules of the remedy into a very small dish, stirring 21 times with a toothpick and give a few drops by syringe. This solution can be used for about two days hourly or whenever convenient.

One is Causticum for old broken down conditions for older weak animals. Also, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, there runs an energy line on the under side where cats get spayed. When there is an incision this can cause later in the life of a cat or dog incontinence. However in addition to ACV I would research online homeopathic remedies that fit your cat's profile . Since this is affordable it may be worthwhile to try some remedies. I wish you and your kitty good luck. Namaste, Om


Posted by Valerie (Nashville, Tn) on 09/05/2012

My poor sweet Leo (3 year old neutered male) has had a urinary blockage almost more times than I can remember now. It started in March 2012, he blocked (on a Sunday, of course) by Monday morning at about 3 or 4 he began vomiting and looked like he was about to die, which in fact, he was. I sat in the vets parking lot with him screaming in his crate for an hour until they opened at 6. That afternoon, they called and said they had unblocked him and then he re-blocked so they were going to keep him overnight. They called the next morning and said I could pick him up. The cost?? $957.00!! I almost fainted. He was good for a few weeks and then it happened again, and on a Sunday, again! We took him to the emergency vet. They told us $1,700 just to catharsizes him. When we balked they suggested that we might consider euthanasia! We got him through the night and took him to a different vet the next morning. We have used this vet many times. He is VERY unconventional and uses a lot of homeopathic and holistic approaches, which we like, but sometimes he gets a little too unconventional. For instance, his office does not have an x-ray machine!! Anyway, he made him very sleepy and put a catheter in. Leo pulled it out the next day or even that very night we are not exactly sure, and blocked again. Another catheter in, he pulled in out in two days, then the vet flushed him out really well and sent him home, he was good for a few weeks, I think, (really this has been going on for so long and so often that's it's really hard to keep up with each emergency. I could check all the bills, but the thought of that just sickens me, it's well over $2,000 in the past two months alone) He blocked again, got really sick again, almost died, re-cauterized him and sent him home. The vet wanted to keep the catheter in for seven days!! We bought not one, but two lampshade collars, kept him very drugged an in his small carrier. What a horrible nightmare for him, for me, for my life!! I couldn't go to work the entire week. Aside from giving him all his meds every three hours and forcing tons of water down his throat, I had to take him out every few hours and clean him, and the crate. He would be soaked in urine. But if I left him out even for a few moments he would attempt to run to the basement and would then immediately throw himself on his back and begin trying to pull the catheter out with his paws! It was really extraordinary. A day or two into this entire ordeal he began screaming all night long, seriously, all night long. I finally figured out that the valium I was giving him, that the vet gave me for him, was working and then having the opposite effect on him (agitation, awake, insane) when I gave him the second dose.. Evidently this is not uncommon in cats. Long story, a bit shorter, he did amazingly well for almost three weeks and then three days ago he started to lick his genitals and cry.. this is how it begins with him.

I discovered this site two weeks ago and started giving him 1/4 tsp. ACV on his food, I put it in his water bowl and the water bowl dogs too. I really thought we may have solved the problem.. But two days ago, here we go again.!! He was blocked yesterday. I began giving him 1/4 tsp. ACV 1/4 tsp. Aloe, in one tablespoon of water about every four hours. Like so many others here have mentioned I shot it down his throat from a small syringe, he really doesn't protest it too much.. And the yesterday morning we took him back to the first vet.. The really expensive one, and when we took him out of his carrier his was soaked with pee. So maybe the ACV was working?? The vet gave us some pain meds for him, a valium family relaxer to keep his bladder relaxed and told us we needed to switch him over to Royal Canine OT. He has been eating Wellness canned chicken, and turkey with a sprinkling of Calf. Natural dried on top. All looked pretty good last night, but this morning he began the licking and crying. I gave him more ACV, but then (I keep reading, keep trying to figure out the best course of action with him. We really love him. He is a wonderful, loving funny, animal. Anyway, now I'm finding all this sites with warnings about not 'over' acidifying a cat's food because it can lead to kidney failure and other awful things. He peed a little today, but screamed like hell after.

So here is my question.. And I am so really hoping someone out there can help me and poor Leo.. How can I be sure now that I am not giving him too much and making the situation worse?? I don't know what to do to help him. Can someone please help me?

Replied by Gemini Dreamweapon
Chicago, Il
09/12/2012

Felines can get kidney stones just as humans do from excess minerals in the system. In felines this usually stems from high carb, processed, enzymatically dead pet food that they have not evolved to digest. Don't be fooled by your veterinarian approved kibble (I will refrain from names).

The ACV is too alkaline for your feline. Although ACV is a weak acid, when ingested in it becomes alkaline. It is okay diluted and in moderation for dogs and humans but cats internally are more acidic and need to maintain that slight acidity for favorable health - their stomachs produce more acid in order to properly break down and assimilate their ancestral diet. ACV will not only alkalinize their pH but will dampen their digestive fire and hinder proper digestion, nutrient utilization, and weaken their immune systems through pH imbalance.

ACV can also cause severe burns both internally and externally if not properly diluted and if given too much - this holds true for humans and dogs too. The dose you are giving is too high for your very light feline. That dose is human appropriate - consider a 125 pound human vs a 5-10 pound kitty.

Look into kidney stone breaker liquid tinctures. A stone breaker formula containing many of the same herbs used in holistic human stone breaker compounds. They make the formulas species safe and weight specific. You can drop the tincture into their food.

Replied by Gemini Dreamweapon
Chicago, Il
09/12/2012

http://holisticat.com/no-kibble.html

'The grains and plant matter in dry foods can cause cats' urine to be too alkaline. Based on research in vet journals, the ideal urinary pH is between 6. 0 and 6. 5 The more alkalizing cats' diets are, the higher the risk of struvite crystal (and Bast forbid, stone/urolith) formation'

Just say no to ACV for cats. It's too alkaline and may be contributing to the problem.

Also - if your cat is on wet or dry commercial kibble it may very high in carbs and ultimately contributing to this crisis.

Try a raw meat/ancestral diet. Holisticat discusses this under the well-fed section of their site. There is ample info on transitioning and feeding a complete raw meat diet for both cats and dogs (differing protein needs and food tolerances). You don't have to go out of your way to grind down whole game bones and all, there are myriad boutique commercial raw diet manufactures.

Replied by Kadsmidt
Hutchinson, Ks, USA
04/11/2013

No. I had taken our 8 year old male in for what was assumed to be a UTI. Until then, he was a happy, healthy, playful cat with a beautiful coat. He was on antibiotics and pain killers. Low and behind within 2 weeks, it started all over again. So I started reading up on home remedies. I tried the ACV. I had to end up taking him to a vet that was going to charge us 770 dollars to cath him and have an overnight stay. I went to a different vet for a second opinion, and she did the same prodecure for half that cost. But he never got to enjoy anything from the treatment. When she thought he was ready to be un cathed, and come home, he would not urinate. So in a desperate move, we told her to go ahead and open him up to see if she could get his bladder unblocked through his abdomen. When she opened him up, she found cancer masses all over the lining of his bladder, and he had to be euthanized.

This was all within a 2 week period. The last bout being we took him in on a Saturday morning and him was gone on the following Tuesday afternoon. We are beyond devastated. We did the right thing by taking him to the vet's. One never knows what is causing the blockage. Please do not hesitate to care for your pets. ACV was never going to cure our beloved cat. Neither were the antibiotics. On the last day of his life, his coat finally turned dull and he would not walk with us. He never did that before. Even during the round of antibiotics, he still played and had a sleek coat. It will be a month on the 12th of April that we lost him. I know in my mind, that I did everything I could in my power to help him. I won't have to beat myself up over not taking him to the vet. I still question if I took him to the right one. But cancer is cancer, and it took him. He was so advanced that there was no option, no chemo, no surgery. I admonish those that can afford to do so, please get them checked right away. If it works for your cat, great. Do not wait if it doesn't. I would have donated an organ to save my cat.

Replied by Tina
Indiana
04/30/2013

I had a male cat that had a blockage I slipped a Kleenex underneath him and it was a mucus looking for plug. I took him to the vet - the vet put him on glucosamine, it's called dasuquin for cats. I sprinkle one capsule on his wet food in the morning and one at night. That was a year ago and I haven't had a problem since. Hope this helps.


Posted by Leah (Melbourne, Australia) on 08/03/2012

Hi guys, this website has been so informative. I have a blue oriental called Lilly. She lives in a high rise so doesn't go outside apart from our private balcony. She is coming up to her eighth birthday. She has had two prior uti's which I resolved with anti-b's and a stay at the vets that she hated. She has no interaction with other animals so I do not understand where she picks this up. My fiancé and I are kitty litter fanatics as we want her toilet to be constantly clean as she sleeps in the bed with us. At the moment she has another UTI and there is blood involved. Ever time I go to the bathroom, she comes with me and tries to use her kitty tray. She is also trying to urinate on my clothes if the are on the floor. She is obviously trying to communicate her pain but seems affectionate as always. When I have taken her to the vet she flips out and I do not like her being near other sick animals as I haven't had her fully vaccinated - I don't believe in it as it is not natural. I will try the vinegar treatment as it is the best info I have had - thanks kindly.


Posted by Marina (Honolulu, Hawaii) on 06/01/2011
5 out of 5 stars

My cat was only urinating a few drops and even then it was bloody. I found this forum and took the advice of many of you. I switched her to can food (with a splash of apple cider vinegar) and used a medicine dropper to give her some water mixed with apple cider vinegar. Within 8 hours she peed a large puddle! Within 24 hours she was urinating normal and within 36 hours she seemed better then before. Apple cider vinegar (organic) is amazing. Thank you all for the advice. The canned cat food cost me like 25 cents a can and the apple cider vinegar (organic) only cost $2.24. A doctors visit would have cost me hundreds and that's not even counting the medicine cost!

Replied by Christy
Knoxville, Tn
06/01/2011

I had a question about the ACV for cats. My cat has been diagnosed with bladder issues and has had crystals in her urine. She was given antibiotics and a prescription cat food (dry). She has had urinary issues since. Tonight I put 1/4 tsp in some wet food and 1/2 tsp in 2 cups of water. She is an absolute beast to medicate. Will this work without giving it to her in a syringe with water?

Replied by Cristin
Independence, Ky
12/05/2011

My vet did the same thing for my cat and I am just discovering this treatment since I believe she is not cured and suffering again. Did it work for you with just putting it in her food bc my cat is difficult like yours to get syringes in her. I am hopeful this will work for her. Any other advice would be wonderful!!!


Posted by Sdstlouis (St. Louis, Missouri) on 03/12/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

This stuff works! Lizzy my female cat was having problems going to the litter box and was only able to do a few drops at a time. After introducing the Apple Cider Vinegar into canned food as well as giving her 1/4tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar to 2tsp of water with a syringe twice a day, she was slowly getting back to normal. It took about 5 days for it to take full effect. Sure saved me big $ from taking her to the vet. I'm now mixing the Apple Cider Vinegar into the canned food for both cats as part of their diet. You guys are brilliant!

Replied by Diamond
Salisbury, Mass.
03/12/2011

I hope we are careful with the amounts of apple cider vinegar given to our little pets. Their organs are very small and can be easily compromised, I used it once or twice and noticed blood in my kittens urin so I stopped the use, an no more blood in vomit or urin....... keeping my fingers crossed.
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