Urinary Tract Disorders in Cats

| Modified on Apr 20, 2022

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Miriam (San Francisco) on 09/12/2016
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Aloe Vera
Posted by Katzie (Calgary ) on 08/10/2021

Please rub some DMSO over the area of her kidneys. At a cellular level, it is supposed to return the DNA back to what it's supposed to be doing. I say this because using DMSO externally helped my dad when his kidneys were failing and he started using it. It improved his kidney function to where we had one last trip to Vegas together before he died. It was the trip of a lifetime. You can find Dimethyl Sulfoxide (DMSO) online or at health food stores. Please keep us updated about your fur baby!

Clay, Healing
Posted by Misschris (Nolanville, Tx, Usa) on 04/13/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I have been trying to combat problems with all my 4 legged family members for the past 3 years. My 10 year old male (neutered) cat, Mr. BB, gave me a bit of a scare when, 2 days ago, he didn't come when called for the noon feeding (he's usually the first and loudest when it comes to eating). It was a nice day and I figured he was enjoying his cat nap outside (enclosure with opening to get inside and vice versa). That night, after returning from work, still no Mr. BB, and no sound from him. Did he get out of the enclosure some way? After feeding everybody, I decided to investigate. Flashlight in hand I went outside and called him, no sound. I stepped into the enclosure and found him cowering on the ground, peering up at me with watery eyes. He did not move. I stroked him, talked to him, no sound, no movement. I got a spray bottle, and this time I got a reaction. So he was mobile, wasn't limping, but just squatted down somewhere else and there he stayed. I offered food, but he wasn't interested. Hmmm... I shone the flashlight around to see if maybe he had gotten hold of something he shouldn't have and found a small pile of vomit. Well, maybe he did ingest something he shouldn't have. I filled a syringe with clay water (bentonite clay mixed with distilled water) and he drank it without protest. Little more I could do at this time. The next morning he was still outside and I repeated the claywater, which he again drank readily. He did not eat. Early afternoon, before I go to work, another syringe of claywater, this time with pedialyte mixed in. That night, after work, he actually came inside, gave a few meager peeps (very unlike him), drank some water and settled down, and did some grooming. AND he ate. A sigh of relief. He was up and about more and I figured that whatever had ailed him must have cleared up. Then today, this morning, I noticed a couple of small puddles on the plastic trash bag I have under and surrounding the litter box. I figured they were from another male cat I rescued as a newborn from a litter of 4 of a ferrel queen, who had abandoned the litter. All other siblings died. Little Bit made it but lost control of his hind quarters at 3 months. At 6 months he regained partial mobility but is somewhat handicapped, and I figured he might not have made it into the box (wouldn't have been the first time). I did notice a rosy tinge in one of the puddles but didn't think much of it. Then earlier this evening I was getting a tub ready to bathe Little Bit (he can't do much grooming on his own so I do it for him and occasionally bathe him), when I saw Mr. BB squatting on the towel I had laid out to wrap Little Bit in after his bath. The result was a pink spot the size of a silver dollar. The bathwater is cold and I landed here. I have never had to deal with this kind of thing. So it wasn't his tummy, but the claywater helped. Clay can be used for many different things, and one thing it does is detoxify, draws out infection, soothes pain. That's probably why it helped initially. I have noticed Mr. BB frequenting the water bowl more than usual. Their diet consists of one feeding of brown cooked rice, mixed with a mush of greens, veggies, fruits, legumes, assorted herbs, fresh garlic, MSM, parsley water, organic apple cider vinegar, and raw ground beef, topped off with a daily vitamin tab (ground to powder), a dollop of home made yoghurt, and freshly ground flax seed sprinkled over it all. Occasionally I add offal (chicken/beef livers, kidneys, heart, etc) The ground beef making up the majority of the mix. The night feeding is raw chunks of chicken. After reading so many posts here, I am wondering where is this problem coming from. I read something about fish here.

Well, One day recently I had run out of ground beef and substituted canned salmon. Could that have been the culprit? Honestly, I have no clue. But I will continue to administer the clay water, and will begin to add some ACV to their drinking water. I have also read that slippery elm, horsetail, couch grass, marshmallow root or cornsilk powder, cranberry extract, uva ursi, and barberry are supposed to be beneficial in treating UTIs. The biggest reason I felt compelled to post this, are the many posts of people, who have taken their pet to the vet, and describe getting antibiotics, helped for a short while, then stronger antibiotics etc. I have read that urinary problems in male cats rarely involve an infection. If ther is an infection, it's mostly in female cats, because their urinary tract is wider and more prone for bacteria to get inside. You may find the following article helpful in understanding what is really going on


Antibiotics kill bacteria-period. That means not only the bad bacteria causing illness, but also the good bacteria needed in the gut for proper digestion and a healthy immune system. While I understand that in extreme situations an antibiotic can be of benefit, for the most part it will do little more than cause more damage by compromising the immune system, paving the way for more disease causing organisms to take hold. And nowadays, regardless if it's needed or what the real problem is, the first thing most conventionals vets will do is prescribe-you guessed it-antibiotics (just in case). This will definitely secure repeat visits. This next link is for information about healing clays. I found it and started using it a few years ago looking for a natural dewormer for my dogs. Since then I have used it for myself as well as my animals for many many different things. Little Bit, the kitty I rescued and raised from birth, developed a severe eye infection even before his eyes opened. What ahorrid sight. It swelled up so big in no time, it looked like a frog's eye, and the infection had nowhere to go since the eyes weren't open yet. I made a mushy clay mix and dropped it on the eye several times, and within 24 hours the clay had drawn out the infection. It caused a small opening and all the gunk came out. I continued until everything looked normal. The eyes finally opened and everything was fine. He did seem to have recurring bouts of tenderness in that eye, but I kept some drops (made with clay) handy and it cleared it up right away each time. I use the drops for my eyes too when they get red and irritated. Works like a charm. One of my dogs swallowed a bee. It came out with her first round of vomit. I fed her 3 or 4 syringes full of clay water, and after 2 more bouts of vomiting she settled down, slept and was fine. Whatever toxin was left in her tummy from the bee, the clay water helped to draw it and it came out the natural way. I cut my finger to the bone on some aluminum, but had to continue working, since I was re-setting a window. It bled profusely and hurt as if I had hit it with a hammer. I put clay powder on it to help stop the bleeding, wrapped it up and taped it to finish the project. Within just minutes the pain subsided. That night I packed the wound with hydrated clay and bandaged it over night. I left it that way for 2 more days, then I was able to go without bandaging it. It never got infected, and when I went without the bandage you could hardly see the cut anymore. It was tender, but healed so quickly and well that today I don't even know where it was. This is just to say that clay will work like an antibiotic, drawing bad bacteria to itself and is eliminated naturally. No pesticides are needed for internal parasites. And maybe it helped Mr. BB with the pain of his dilemma, or possibly even started the process of healing. Here's a good link to get started learning more about clay: http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/clay.htm

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Anne S-K (Innisfil, Canada) on 11/29/2008
5 out of 5 stars

First of all, I would like to thank the owner/founder and independent contributor for this wonderful site, along with all those those who have provided valuable feedback concerning folk remedies.

Our senior cat Pepper who is about 15 years old developed problems over a year ago, which started with listlessness, loss of appetite/drinking and vomiting. We took her to a Vet and was informed that she was not drinking enough and needed to be rehydrated, so she was kept overnight at the clinic for tests and was rehydrated by IV. The Vet later informed us that because of her age her kidneys were failing and tests showed they were in poor shape, he also said she would need to be on medication and a low protein diet which could only be purchased at the clinic.

After the awful ordeal of having to pop a pill down her throat every day, she showed no improvement and her symtoms actually got worse and she was deteriorating faster and was looking like a bone rack. I tried every kind of food to try to tempt her to eat but she would only eat about a teaspoon of food. It was very upsetting to see her so ill and thin so I returned to the Vet who told me that the kindest thing I could do was to put her to sleep. :( My family and I decided not to go that route and brought her back home.

After extensive researching on the net I found that others pets had gotten worse from this medication so I stopped giving it to her.

I also learned online that dandelion leaves were great for flushing the kidneys and body of toxins, so I started giving her a fresh one from the garden and chopping and mixing some through her soft food.

With the help of organic baby food and a fresh dandelion leaf daily, she slowly regained her appetite and stopped vomiting and was drinking lots of water.

A year later she has now fully regained her weight and is eating her regular crunchies and soft food and has a healthy appetite. The only thing now is she drinks huge amounts of water which I was told was the bodies way of flushing toxins out of the system which is due to her age and failing kidneys.

Two weeks ago she got a bladder infection and was straining to uninate but was only passing small drops, so I reseached the net and found EARTH CLINIC, after one day of giving her organic apple cider vinegar in her soft food and drinking bowl she started to unrinate and has been fine since.

"Another one of mother earths natural remedies"

We are now keeping Pepper on the apple cider vinegar perminately and our new kitten also.

Quess what? she is now also starting to drink normal amounts of water. :D

Thank you again for this wonderful site.
I hope my feedback also helps others.

P.S In winter I add dried dandelion root to Peppers soft food which I purchase in my health food store.

We add 1/2 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to her soft food and 1/2 a teaspoon to two cups of her drinking water every day.

fresh dandelion half of one small leaf from my garden chopped up fine and added to soft food three times a week, in winter 1/2 a capsule of dried dandelion root.

If you can't get your cat to eat the fresh leaf, try putting about 5 drops of dandelion liquid tinture in a full bowl of drinking water.

Don't ever administer full strenth cider vinegar or dandelion root directly into your pets mouth.
This would choke them.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Adrienne (Idaho) on 01/26/2022
5 out of 5 stars

It's now January 26, 2022, and this post needs an update, a happy one!

After calling Oliver a "miracle cat" for surviving his urinary infection, the vet school veterinarian added, "it's important for you to realize it's not uncommon for cats with urinary infection to relapse within a few weeks." Maybe they said that so I could start figuring out how I would pay for another round at the hospital? Whew!! So, what I decided to try was putting apple cider vinegar into Ollie's food instead of his water. Guess what: He eats it, no problem and no relapse! Since I have so many cats now, 14, I do feed kibble, Instinct at this time, to which I add Wellness canned avoiding versions that include salmon because it's what we do every day that shapes our lives, for the most part, and I'm pretty sure the salmon in pet foods is not wild caught. And, even if it was, do we really want to be eating wild caught salmon every day with the mercury they are ingesting....every day? What's really great about this is that I am now successfully adding ACV to all the canned food so all 14 cats are getting it every day. To two 12.5 oz. cans and a little more, I add 1 tablespoon and one teaspoon. :-)

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Katik (Newport News, Va) on 06/17/2015
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Cindycp77 (Texas) on 09/02/2015
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Beverley (Australia) on 08/09/2014

Hi, having lost a couple of cats to UVI's, I discovered the following.

Stop feeding dry food, and give WET cat food. Also, NO tuna-- it is high in purines ( purines, google it) or cat food containing liver or kidneys. These foods help form crystals in the bladder, particularly in neutered male cats. Hope this helps.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Empressmegami (Hackensack, Nj) on 07/20/2010

People, I noticed that many of you put your health and that of your pets in someone else hands. As someone who work in the field call medicine, I have one word of caution for those who do this--use your intuition, question everything, leave no stones unturned, ask for inserts for all drugs, be it pills or vaccines and read these things before you take them because you might just save yourself some agony. I know some people in the profession do not like when you ask them questions, but if you get that vibe you should seek help someplace else. I feel that genuine people who went into the field to help other people will answer your questions and will never view you as bothering them, but remember you have to ask questions and also try to take a hint. I have tried so many times to give people the opportunity to ask questions, asked them if they want to read medication inserts and 9 out of 10 times patients are so confident that they neglect to ask simple questions that could help them. I noticed one person mentioned how come his vet does not know of this simple remedy and my answer is that s/he may well know of it but if he tells you this then you would not need to visit the vet. On the other hand, s/he may have no idea that this works which means he does not understand what triggers ailments in the animal kingdom to include us. Some of us go to school and all we rely on is what we are taught. I did it for about 15 years before I realized that most times things are not working, people get sicker and more dependent on things that do them more harm than good. After stepping back from the situation, removing the blinders I realize that I can really depend on what I have thought because it appears that what I have been taught is meant to keep people sick so they can come back for more service. Think about it and listen to that little voice inside your head. Ask questions. How do I know that I would not get better whether I took that antibiotic or not? Who says I would not have been better already if I did not take that antibiotic? Did that antibiotic create another problem in my system that may take time to show up? What ingredients are in that antibiotic that I am asking for. Simple questions these may be but, you may be surprised at what you could learn. Think people- that is for yourself, and not base it on what mainstream media programs you to think.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Nia (Los Angeles, Ca ) on 01/19/2017
5 out of 5 stars

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!

General Feedback
Posted by Lan (California) on 03/24/2016

Here's the recipe to neutralize cat urine odor.

16 oz hydrogen peroxide

1 TBSP baking soda

1-2 drops of your favorite smelling dish soap (optional)

- Mix ingredients above

- Use newspaper or paper towel to remove as much of the urine as possible. This is so you don't have to use too much of the liquid to neutralize.

- Pour solution over any surface that was contaminated. Wait about 15 min. If it is carpet, let it dry then vacuum. If the smell persists then redo treatment until smell goes away. This works on any surface.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Molly (Central Texas) on 09/13/2016 6 posts

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,


Feline Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD)
Posted by Om (Hope Bc Canada) on 12/03/2013

to Dman from Sparks Ny: I f you google homeopathy for the cat's urinary problem, you will find one or two remedies for it. Just type in cat lower urinary tract disease.

This is related to food, water, emotions and synthetic meds. The pet food at vets offices is the greatest garbage you can find. Vets have not been educated in nutrition, only in synthetic drugging, etc. I have had cats that responded to home made cat food and one cat had an emotional cause as he just had to be outdoors or he'd die. So I found him a good home on an island where there were no coyote.

A good vit C supplement diluted in water may help with keeping passages soft and open. Can be applied per syringe. I know this to be a very emotional issue and I wish you both success. By the way, I have great faith in homeopathy. Om

Feline Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD)
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 12/04/2013

Hey Dman!

A few thoughts come to mind about your cat.

Sure does sound like FLUTD. The common causes are:

Feline idiopathic cystitis (FIC)—also called interstitial cystitis—is the most common diagnosis in cats with lower urinary tract signs.

Urolithiasis (Urinary Stones) - the two most common stone types in cats are struvite and calcium oxalate.

Urethral obstruction—is a potentially life-threatening condition and one of the most serious results of FLUTD. Urinary stones are only one of the causes of urethral obstructions. Another common cause is urethral plugs. Urethral plugs consist of a soft, compressible material that contains variable quantities of minerals, cells, and mucus-like protein.

Your cat's attraction to voiding in the sink is a textbook symptom of FLUTD.

It sounds like you have done your homework but do check this out for more info on symptoms, causes et al:


Your approach to treament will vary on *why* your cat is exhibiting symptoms [I assume you have ruled out stones and crystals] - so addressing the FIC would be my first step.

Treating the interstitial cystitis starts with alkalizing your cat's PH:


Baking soda is a common remedy - scroll down for Ted's recipe:


And MORE ideas from Ted:


I've used on and off 1/8 tsp of baking soda per liter added to the water of my own pets; they don't seem to notice this amount and will drink their water freely. At 1/4 of 1/2 tsp per liter they hesitated, but once they drank it they seemed to crave it.

The prescription diet your vet advised..... it boggles the mind that dry, grain based diets are prescribed for carnivores, yes? I would toss that out in a heart beat. I much prefer the Weurva you were feeding. I agree that the food doesn't raise red flags as to the source of the problem: the FLUTD may be the result of a vaccine reaction, to the bad teeth, to the anesthesia for the dental, to yeast over growth as a result of any of the above but particularly the repeated use of antibiotics - etc., etc.. On that note, probiotics are in order, to address complications from the yeast which can manifest in myriad ways.

You can support your cat further by upping the number of litter boxes in the space, making sure you keep them super clean and tidy. Use unscented substrate if you can find it. It may be, however, that cool tile or ceramic is the only place that offers him some relief from the irritation he is experiencing in his bladder.

So, start off with baking soda water [or other way to balance PH per the links], go back to the excellent wet diet you were feeding prior, add probiotics to the diet and add another litter box or two. Then give it some time and report back please!

Avoid Tap Water
Posted by Gena (Pasadena, California) on 05/19/2013

Re:crystals and blockages in cats...I have heard that the tap water that cats drink in certain cities causes crystals and blockages. One of the first things I would do is have your cat drink only purified water. This may prevent future issues. Maybe the city water in Sierra Madre is problematic. My pets only drink purified spring water. I don't trust LA water!!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Rainman (Central, Vt, Usa) on 07/21/2010

Empressmegami from Hackensack, I think what you said is very good advice. However, the reason why most of us are here is because of the bad advice of our doctors (veterinarian and medical). For instance, if I listened to the advice of my veterinarian, he would've killed my dog. We were constantly asking questions. He said, nothing is wrong, it's nothing to worry about, it can't be that, this is the best thing for your dog. Well, after seeking resources like this site, my once almost dead dog (in the care of a veterinarian), is now getting healthier under the advice of the folks here and other places. The medical field is blind or ignorant to the damage they are causing and covering up. While not required, Nonmaleficence, primum non nocere, or "FIRST, DO NO HARM" was the first thing I learned when I was entering the medical field. It's one of the basic ethical values a medical person should be sworn to obied by. This oath seem to be overlooked by doctors. Instead they bathe in the piles of money they make dishing out harmful substances like they are candy. In short, WE do not trust our doctors advice anymore. We can't afford the risk. I urge everyone to question your doctor and then do your own research.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Wendy (Orillia, Ontario Canada) on 06/29/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Our cat is a very clean cat and has never peed outside of the litter box. On the Wednesday night I was up in the night and could not get over the overwhelming stench of cat pee in the hall. I couldn't figure it out. The next day my husband said he'd forgotten to dump the litter box in the basement and so he did that. I figured that was why. I have 2 small children, a baby, a dog, 9 chickens, we homeschool and my husband is gone over 1/2 the week for work so I'm not as aware of my animals as I could be.n In hindsight it dawned on me the cat was not sleeping on the top bunkbed in the spare room and was sleeping beside the washer!

That evening as I was trying to track down the cat pee smell around the washing machine. I asked my 7 yr old if he could smell it and he said what's that red stuff. In a bucket on the floor was drops of what looked like blood. They had not been there 10 min before when I was doing laundry. I thought maybe the cat had gotten injured so I smelled it and it was urine. My son said, there is more of it in the playroom too. I asked him to show me and sure enough there was quite alot on a bag on the floor and it was very red. ugggh. I followed all the drops to the basement and our cat was laying ont he cold basement floor. I got out my homeopathic books right away and a few of my other holistic books and then I dialed up this site as I always do for any of our ailments. I figure it was a UTI of some sort although I can't say for sure. I was fully prepared to take him to the emergency clinic as I was concerned that he would have an obstruction. I tried to call my husband out of his meeting but my phone was dead. arghh. the cat was in really rough shape- he was crying and panting and breathing rapidly- he flopped on his side and could hardly raise his head. I even tried to prepare the kids for the fact he might die. (my last 2 cats died of kidney issues) I finally got the baby to sleep and then my older children, I set to work. The following is what I gave him: 9:20pm - 2 eye droppers of homemade colloidal silver, 2 homeopathic pellets of nux 30c. 9:45 10 drops zeolite (natural cellular defense), switched to homeopathic pulsitilla 30c. 10:00 pm few more drops zeolite, more cs. *** now cat is upstairs and off basement floor-looking better! 11:00pm still not seeing enough improvement to make me feel I had the right remedy. switched books and tried cantharis 30c (this is used often for women's UTI's), 11:22pm after reading this site apple cider vinegar diluted 3/4 tsp acv to 3 tsp water- sucked up at least 2 droppers full- he DID NOT LIKE IT and foamed at the mouth and coughed and choked. 12:15 2 droppers of ACV, 2 droppers of CS, 1 dose cantharis 30c. 1:40am 200 mg vit c (ascorbic acid) diluted it in water and administered with eye dropper. We brought the litter pan up from the basement to the livingroom and he tried repeatedly to pee. He was no longer crying but really straining. About midnight he had a pee which was relieving because we knew he wasn't blocked. But it was still bloody and he missed the box. 8am the following morning (friday) - bit of zeolite, acv and cs. 8:10 am another pee just slightly pink. **I had no proper food for him and he was starving. I gave him tuna water and put more zeolite, cs and vitamin c in it to hide taste- I didn't want to keep shoving the plastic eye dropper in his throat. anyone who deals with cats knows giving them meds is challenging to say the least. he has front claws so it's easiest to have my husband wrap him in a towel and me administer the remedies. it was about 10am i tried him with my wheatgrass juice. he LOVED it and drank at least 1/2 ounce. He was peeing a wee bit but still obviously straining. Since it was Friday before the weekend, I took him into our partial homeopathic vet. The cat came out of that cage like he was perfectly fine!!! The vet said no he didn't have a blockage, charged me $60 and suggested thuja 30c if he was still straining to pee the next day and if after 6 hrs that didn't work i should use lycopodium 30c. He told me to stop everything else. Well.... i know from a homeopathic standpoint why this is because all of the other things cloud the acurate case taking- however had i not used the colloidal silver the vet would have prescribed an antibiotic. wheatgrass and vit c, then salmon oil are all 'nutritive' and i feel the acv is too. he says the acv is just a bandaid solution to the real problem. But...since I didn't want to end up at the emergency clinic over the weekend I kept up with the vit c at least 4x a day, cs, wheatgrass, zeolite too. I bought some good canned food (ok, as good as canned food can be), some raw food (which he used to be on when life was simple) and mixed it in together as I try to transition him back to a raw diet. Then I just mixed all the other stuff in and he is sooooooooooo hungry he eats it all up every time. The key is though I only give him a small bit at a time... to leave him hungry for next time ;-) By Saturday he seemed perfectly fine. I never used any other homeopathic remedies. As of today- it is Monday night 4 days later he is using the litter box just fine ;-) Keeping fingers crossed. Ooh also I couldn't figure out if it was safe to give a cat oil of oregano ___ brand but I read conflicting reports and finally decided to add in 2 drops 2x a day saturdy and sunday. hope this helps someone else's kittty. ;-)

Himalayan Salt
Posted by Gxvzggpl (Tampa, Fl) on 06/10/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I tried out some Himalayan salt and ACV on a poor kitty who was suffering from a UTI. Just a jot of ACV and a sprinkle of the salt mixed into her wet food. I wasn't sure she would eat it, but she tried it out and made an immediate attempt on the litter box. She was unsuccessful at first, but she has managed to use it since and she is perking up. Her appetitie is returning. Thank you for the suggestions!

Posted by Jennifer (Hackensack, NJ) on 01/13/2007
5 out of 5 stars

My cat was diagnosed with fleine lower urinary disease. She was developing struvite crystals. Vet had her on antibiotics and special food. Her eyes looked dull and her coat looked dull. I did some research and now she takes 6 drops of cranberry extract which dissolves the crystals and she eats human grade ingredient cat food. I haven't had a problem in 6 years.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Adrienne (Idaho) on 06/05/2021
5 out of 5 stars


Someone dumped mother and father cat and kittens at our place, but I didn't realize that was what had happened at first. I thought the neighbor's cats were coming over, wouldn't be the first time. By the time I figured out what was going on, that is, discovered the kittens, and started feeding everybody, there were more kittens on the way. So, now I have eleven semiferal cats living downstairs in a bedroom and bathroom. Soon we are going to build an enclosure for them that will give them access to the outdoors without the dangers that come with letting cats run freely when you live on a highway.

Since I have just gone through a blockage of one of the males. I would like to start putting apple cider vinegar into all the cats' water on a regular basis, but I'm not sure how much. Also, it sounds like it would be a good idea to give some to Ollie who just got home from the vet school today where they declared him a miracle cat because his kidney values and potassium levels were off the charts when I got him to them only two days ago!

They said it usually takes at least four days for a cat to start looking better if they are even going to live. It's a very scary condition!! Anyway, he has the usual meds mentioned in some of the other contributions here, like antibiotics, something to enlarge his urethra and some other thing. But, I'd like to also give Oliver some ACV. Can someone with good knowledge of giving ACV to cats with this condition recommend an amount to start with while Ollie is still on his meds? That is, how much to give a cat who is recovering from a urinary blockage, and how much to give as a preventative and health food for all my kitty cats? Thank you!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Stacie (Indianapolis ) on 11/16/2017
5 out of 5 stars

The ACV remedy saved our 8 year old cat, Charlie! Charlie has struggled with urinary issues for the last 4 years. He is on Hills c/d prescription cat food because of crystals in his urine and has had surgery twice due to being fully obstructed and unable to produce any urine (cost us 4k in vet bills). We were horrified when we noticed he was showing signs of another blockage, (meowing continuously, producing little to no urine, going outside the little box, etc) because we knew we could not continue to pay thousands of dollars for these surgeries. I came across this site 3 days ago and he is already producing a healthy amount of urine and acting completely normal. It took 2 full days for the ACV to work. I put 1/2 teaspoon of the vinegar in some wet cat food 3x a day and also used a syringe with 1/2 teaspoon vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon water 3x a day directly into Charles mouth. He absolutely hated this, but it was so worth it. I'm still in complete disbelief that it worked. So glad to have come across this site!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Adrienne (Idaho) on 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!

General Feedback
Posted by Mary (Texas) on 05/24/2017

I agree with Lan. I have used that same mixture on so many things, to get rid of cat urine odors. It works!! I highly recommend it.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Danielle (Uk) on 06/08/2015
5 out of 5 stars

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

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Shelley (Alaska) on 04/11/2015
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Samantha (North Carolina) on 08/12/2016

How did you give the coconut oil?

Clay, Healing
Posted by Whitney (Ca) on 09/06/2017

Hi, as far as the salmon, I'm sure that is an instigator. I have two males and the three times that they have had fish food or treats they have come down with a UTI. Upon researching I found that that can be a culprit in male cats.

Colloidal Silver
Posted by Monica (New Jersey, US) on 10/08/2014

Would like to know what strength of Colloidal Silver you used for your cat. I know the dose would vary depending on the strength of the CS. I have the Source Naturals brand CS at 30ppm strength and I'm currently searching the internet to find the proper feline dose. Thanks to anyone who can provide this info!

Raw Food Diet
Posted by David (Hastings On Hudson, Ny) on 03/15/2012

I thought I'd share my experience dealing with my cat's FLUTD.

A few months ago I came home from a weekend trip, and found pools of blood all over the apartment, and my cat walking in a funny, hunched-over manner. The following week was an absolute nightmare as my cat continually peed blood on my bed, the floor, and carpets--anywhere but the litter box. When he did attempt to urinate, he would howl with pain. It was horrible. After bringing him to the vet, he was diagnosed with FLUTD.

The vet said that the best treatment was to put him on a strict diet of canned "Royal Canin SO. " This didn't sit well with me since this is a non-organic brand. I avoid non-organic foods myself as I'm just not willing to consume the pesticide residues on the government's assurance that it's okay (same assurance they gave cigarette smokers for several decades). I also just didn't like the idea of feeding my cat the same pre-packaged, non-fresh stuff for the rest of his life (imagine a human living on baby food or a protein shake his whole life).

On a whim, I called up a local natural pet food store and told them my problem. They asked me if I had ever tried feeding my cat raw food. I said that I had (a slight fib, since I fed him mostly dry organic kibble, and only raw from time to time as a treat). They said that they were very surprised to hear that he had FLUTD considering that I had fed him raw.

I then remembered that the cat's symptoms had seemed to subside briefly the 2nd day of the nightmare week, about 6 hours after I had given him a raw treat.

After this advice, and considering the evidence, I put him on a 100% raw diet (I had a bag in the freezer the whole time, from which I fed him the occasional treats). I also forced some drops of apple cider vinegar down his throat (I had heard about that home remedy on a forum).

Suffice to say that in 24 hours, all FLUTD symptoms disappeared completely. His apparent health and urination returned to normal. After a few weeks I stopped forcing him to drink the apple cider vinegar.

A month later, I tried putting him back on a dry diet for the weekend (I had to go out of town). When I returned, he had started to pee blood again. I immediately returned him to a 100% raw diet, and he has never had a problem since.

I understand there are some folks out there who have an aversion to raw food or have heard horror stories. All I can say is that I am not a fanatic, I just want to share the story of how my cat was saved in the hopes that this information could save others. I have read other forum postings recently about pet owners whose cats were killed by FLUTD, and they never tried raw food. Mine was cured within 24 hours, so you will find out quickly if it works for you or not, I think.

I do not grind my own food. I buy bags of Primal. The food comes pre-blended in little frozen biscuits. Unfortunately it is not cheap ($20 and up per bag, which lasts about 3 weeks), but I am one of those pet owners who really loves his pet, so to me it is worth it.

I hope this story and info can be of help to others!


Raw Food Diet
Posted by Jr (Coloma, Mi) on 04/26/2012

How on earth do you get your cat to eat raw after being on kibble? I have a cat that I have been trying to eat raw and she just won't do it. I even took her food away for two days and she still wouldn't eat the raw food.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Tonya (Houston, USA) on 05/04/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Apple cider vinegar is great for crystals and UTIs in cats. The vets would be out of business if they recommended ACV, because it heals almost everything. In addition to all the skin disorders that cause scratching and hair loss, I have cured my male cats crystals which almost killed him 4 yrs ago. I had great success clearing another cats urinary tract infection. Wish I had known about this remedy last year when I had a house full of foster cats with upper respiratory infections. It cost a bundle having them all on antibiotics. People and their pets should have Apple Cider Vinegar everyday for many many reasons as reflected in this outstanding site. Thank goodness for the Internet, because this is information the doctors sure won't tell us. They have an expensive office visit and a toxic pill for everything.

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