Urinary Tract Disorders in Cats

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by amy (FL) on 04/21/2022


Our male persian cat has calcium oxalate bladder stones (again) and is currently peeing blood (at times worse than others).

He has already gone through removal and PU surgery a few years ago as well as antibiotic treatment for his recurring infection flare ups.

PLEASE tell me the specific ratio of apple cider vinegar to water (through 1ML syringe) I should give him each dose and how often and for how long to prevent his condition from escalating thus requiring surgery again!!!

I've been reading all your helpful posts but could not find specific info on his condition.

also, would love to hear other options (such as colloidal silver, stonebreakers, etc) that have been successfully used for his SAME condition please! (along w amounts, frequencies etc.)

he turns his nose up at any wet food we've tried. he's ok with a couple of the urinary dry selections out there but WON'T tolerate anything mixed in or camouflaged. the syringe method works just fine.

waiting on the test results of the culture he had last week--so not sure if he has a specific UTI or infection...and not sure what needs to be treated most acutely (the stones or infection). thoughts?

Urinary Blockage Testing
Posted by Betty (CA) on 11/22/2021

My cat is in the hospital for a urinary blockage of some kind. Update this morning is that he is doing better but not out of the woods. A blood clot stopped up the catheter this morning. He did not pass a stone and vet said sometimes a catheter can push whatever was blocking back into the bladder. Ultrasound was done this morning and will get update.

Question is what all bloodwork should be involved? The vet talked about renal levels and said White Blood Cells look better. Is there anything else you all have experienced that you wish the vet had checked?

Cantharis (Homeopathy)
Posted by Lidia (Fl) on 02/11/2018
5 out of 5 stars

This site has been so helpful for years and it's so much worth reading I'd like to put a grain of sand for those who are helpless -and terrified- seeing a cat with urinary blockage, especially when vets can do so little that they put mine through 4 catherizations (only to make matters worse) and then surgery for absolutely nothing. Only God knows how I stumbled upon Cantharis, the 6c dose, by Boiron. My little one is alive because of this. It may take a couple of days if it's been ongoing, maybe less. If he doesn't want to lick the 3 or 4 small pebbles I syringe them, first diluted in a tiny bit of spring or filtered water, or sometimes he'll lick the water-diluted little pebbles adding a tad of chicken baby food. 1st time depending on how bad the blockage I've given it twice in 3 or 4 hrs., then another couple of times during the day more or less according to progress. Has to be given on an empty stomach and with no less than 30 to 45 min. clear of any feedings, before or after. This is only to be given for a few days, so looking for everyday help, I'll try the ACV. Thanks.

Cantharis (Homeopathy)
Posted by Tracey (Silver Lake) on 07/26/2018

Can you tel me more about this? My cat has had issues with Cantharis? I have a male cat who nearly died from a blockage I did not catch. He was traumatized by the catheterization and vet hospital stay. I do not want to put him through this again. But he started crying and strained in the liter box yesterday. Today he has not. But I know there is an issue again. I will need medication to even get him to the vet.

Apple Cider Vinegar
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?

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Peter Andrews (Canada) on 06/26/2017

I very much doubt that his vomiting white foam has anything to do with his urination. You should take him to a vet immediately!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Shari (Ca) on 09/30/2017

One of my males was doing this. It's basically bile. I've gotten my 3 cats OFF dry food completely, because it's all starches, and cats can only digest meat as "obligate carnivores." I've gradually converted them over to a raw diet, with a tiny bit of canned mixed in (for flavor/aroma). No more vomiting. My other male was howling @ 4 - 5 am, due to urinary tract crystals. A raw diet has eliminated this problem, tho he's reacting (again) to the starches in canned food, so I'm getting him off that too! Apple cider vinegar is recommended (very diluted) for urinary issues, so a few drops in their water and (his) food should rectify the problem. Also, I normally use a few drops of olive oil in my cats' food to help curb hairballs, but I've added castor oil to it in hopes it will heal the urinary tract issues in my 2 1/2 yr old and perhaps mitigate my 4 1/2 yr old (long-hair) kitty's tendency for constipation and (these days) rare hairballs. NEVER feed a cat dry food! It causes dental problems, overweight, and major health issues. My 5 yr old female lost 4 - 5 lbs in several weeks, just getting her off dry food.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Sam (Sa. Australia ) on 01/25/2018 17 posts


Did you work out what the white foam was?

I just tried last night the ACV and then again today and my boy just froths this white bile up it is like he can not swallow. Any advice asap please?

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Cherokeechyld (tennessee) on 08/05/2021

Just loved ♥️ this story. I hope Liko is doing well and the ACV is helping you, as well.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Maryjean (Deland, Florida) on 09/16/2016
5 out of 5 stars

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.

General Feedback
Posted by Ann (Swansea, Wales Uk) on 08/14/2015

I am hoping that you may have some suggestions on how to rid my car seat and my car of the smell of cats urine. Thank you :) Ann x

General Feedback
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 08/16/2015

Hey Ann!

There are special products available. You can start with basic digestive enzymes - these can be purchased in the States at food co-ops in bulk. Then there are products you can buy - google to find them "cat urine odor eliminator" "cat urine neutralizer". The key to removing the odor is to find the exact source - you will need a black light to find the exact stain so you know where to apply your product - applying it directly to the spot is critical. Follow the directions on the product label.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Jeff (Cleveland) on 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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Bailey (Adelaide) on 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?

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 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:


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Beatrice (Orangevale, Ca. ) on 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

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Sonya Mccormic (Cape Coral, Fl) on 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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Diana (Australia ) on 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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Robin (Ca) on 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 ;)

Apple Cider Vinegar
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!!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Sally (Us) on 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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 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.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Hugh (Florida, US) on 03/02/2015
5 out of 5 stars

My family male cat has urinary tract infections about every 3 months. He was in great pain and had to get a catheter at the vet$ office. The vet also gave three rounds of different antibiotic pills which did NOT work. Therefore, I tried cold pressed coconut oil since I read of its anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.

I gave my cat about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of cold pressed coconut oil over three to four days. I tried to give him the coconut oil each morning and night.

The cat stopped showing signs of his urinary problems. Please note, due to the cat's physiological issues, he gets UTI's every 3 or so months.

Therefore, when I see signs of a UTI (excessive attempts to urinate, loss of appetite, licking "himself"), I give him coconut oil for about two days. It is healthier for the cat and cheaper for me. :)

Coconut Oil
Posted by Celia (Wisconsin) on 06/21/2017

Would you please tell me where you found the cold pressed coconut oil and how you gave it to your cat? Thanks!

Coconut Oil
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee) on 06/22/2017


I have seen cold pressed coconut oil even at Walmart. Carrington farms, I believe is the brand. That is what I get from Costco also and really like it.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Nina (Davenport, Iowa) on 06/27/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Ariel Rose (Vancouver) on 08/13/2014

Great! I'll try this! Thank you!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Sheila (Marshalltown, Iowa) on 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!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Verinia (Malaysia) on 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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 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.

Feline Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD)
Posted by Dman (Sparks, Nv) on 12/03/2013

Hi, I was wondering if anyone has any answers or anything at all, that could help my cat. He is only 6 and has been to the vet at least once, if not twice, ever month to the vets office since March. They have done blood work testing and have done an ultra sound. Everything is normal. He did have some teeth that were bad enough they needed to be pulled, which the vet failed to mention. I took care of his teeth last week.He is still using the litter box but he continues to pee a small amount in the bathroom sinks. They keep telling me that it is FLUTD. The only stress he has/had was his teeth that I can even figure out and its been a week tomorrow. And had two times pee in the sink.....

I have switched his food two times, due to the vet telling me only feed him the Hill's brand C/D for urinary tract disorders. I have not been giving him dry food and feel like the food is not the problem. Before switching him to C/D he was on wet food-Weurva.

I just got spring water delivered to my house to only let the animals drink this water no more well water. Which I know can have a lot of calcium and excess minerals to contribute to his issues.

ANY HELP or advice to whatever else may help. Please let me know, THANK YOU!!!!

Feline Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD)
Posted by Sido (Canada) on 07/10/2015

Consider switching to a meat based food. Acana and Origen are great and made in Canada. Very high in protein though so if your cat is an indoor cat try to find a similar food with a slightly lower protein content and mix with Acana. This can help with unwanted weight gain in your kitty.

Our cat is just going through a series of tests to see if she has some kind infection. Our vet has been understanding and takes a holistic approach to pet care, you may want to look for a vet who works similarly.

As with humans, its all about the food. The farther from natural the worse it is, the more natural meat based the better as cats are carnivores.

I have read about colloidal silver as well as cranberry tablets for cats.

I hope your cat is ok.

Apple Cider Vinegar
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!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Om (Hope Bc Canada) on 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

Peeing Outside the Litterbox
Posted by Fiona (Bc) on 08/10/2013

My cat is currently peeing outside of the litterbox, despite haveing 2 boxes to choose from. The name brand cat attractant litter works, but it is expensive, and it says it uses an herbal mixture to entice the cat. I would like to make my own, growing my own herbs. Other than catnip, does anyone have any recipes or suggestions? Thanks!

Peeing Outside the Litterbox
Posted by Darla (Corona, Ca) on 11/07/2014

He might be allergic to or not liking the brand of litter. You could try a different litter.

Peeing Outside the Litterbox
Posted by Sierra (Monroe Ct) on 12/18/2014

I have used cat attract in the past. It seems to help but its so pricy. I have successfully id that it contains a fair amount of valarian root, a calming herb. I now buy that in bulk and use instead of the cat attract. Seems to work about the same. Good luck!

Apple Cider Vinegar
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?

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Gemini Dreamweapon (Chicago, Il) on 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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Gemini Dreamweapon (Chicago, Il) on 09/12/2012


'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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Kadsmidt (Hutchinson, Ks, USA) on 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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Tina (Indiana) on 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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
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.

Clay, Healing
Posted by Michelle (Canada) on 05/29/2015

Thank you for your very informative article! I really appreciated reading something I could relate to. Having only used natural remedies in my kids, I want to do the same for my cats. Thanks again I will read your links.

Clay, Healing
Posted by Facm (Bay Area, Ca) on 07/17/2017

That's interesting. Occasionally my cat will eat her clay litter. Wondering whether she instinctively knows that clay can be healing.

Colloidal Silver
Posted by Jane (Kingston, Ontario) on 04/02/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I tried the AVC treatment the first time my female cat got a UTI. It worked for about a month then stopped working. After she had 2 more UTI's and 2 more useless, expensive shots of antibiotics, I tried something different.. Colloidal silver. I give her 1/4 teaspoon 3 times a day in canned food. It's going on 3 months now and she hasn't had another UTI. I also just started to give her 125 mgs of glucosamine twice a day. It acts like cranberry juice as it coats the urinary tract and prevents bacteria from sticking. Cats up to 10 lbs take 125 mgs a day. Cats over 10 lbs take 125 mg twice a day, preferably mixed in canned food. Some good vets are recommending this now.

Raw Food Diet
Posted by Hope (Sacramento, California) on 04/25/2012

Bravo Ben! I wish I had known this a year ago when my cat was quite ill, but it was kidney failure and he was 18 years old..... and I did try it as a last resort, but it was too late.

I now have 2 young rescue cats, not yet 1 year old and I researched too, even though they are healthy, and decided to start them on 100% raw with Primal several months ago, and they Love it and look and feel fabulous!

I will never again give them kibble, as I tried to supplement the raw diet with it and they threw up every time!

With just raw, they are perfectly fine and happy and Healthy!

Thank you for making people aware of the benefits of raw for cats...

Raw Food Diet
Posted by Rauuqmza (Tampa, Fl) on 06/10/2012

First wean the cat over to a quality wet canned food (difficult for a kibble addict, but doable). Then the change in texture from wet to raw is less extreme.

Raw Food Diet
Posted by Facm (Bay Area, Ca) on 07/17/2017

$20 for a bag that lasts 3 weeks is pretty reasonable, considering some small 3 oz cans of ( cheap as well as higher quality) cat food can cost $1.00 or more. That's $30 a month and if one feeds twice as much it costs $60.

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