The #1 Natural Cure for Your Cat’s Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Apple Cider Vinegar

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Posted by Locabella (Los Angeles, Ca) on 06/03/2015
5 out of 5 stars

Apple cider vinegar helped/possibly cured my cat! Homeopathic solutions are always a priority for me. So I'm constantly searching the web for cures to ailments that constantly seem to creep up, especially for my 6yr old, female cat, Loca. Though she drinks her water, and eats primarily wet food, with a small scoop of dry when I'm away, it seems Loca continues to get UTI's and/or crystals? After several trips to different vets, and prescriptions for antibiotocs that never seemed to have lasting effects, I gave up, and decided to seek my own remedy. Knowing the benefits that humans have from using apple cider vinegar (acv) with "the mother, " I decided to research it's affects on cats. Hello Earthclinic! I read how many pet parents used Apple Cider Vinegar to help their cats with UTI'S, and decided to try it. It worked!

Before acv, Loca was urinating on herself, and had crystals in her urine. After giving her half a capful of acv, with 2 tsp of water, mixed into wet food, for a week, Loca began to get better! No more crystals, no more wetting herself, and even her belly seemed to start shrinking! It sounds crazy, but it's true! She's even playing more!

I'm so happy to have discovered this site, and to have had such great results from something natural and affordable. Thank you all! I hope other pet parents can have the same positive results.

Replied by Tj
(Urbandale, Iowa)

What is the phrase, with the mother mean?

EC: Organic and Raw ACV contains the mother... see this Earth Clinic page for more info.

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Posted by Sheila (On, Canada) on 02/23/2015
5 out of 5 stars

Once the UTI is under control, it's a good idea to continue putting ACV in your cat's food every day to prevent recurring UTI's. I did this with one of my cats and she has not had another one since.

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Posted by Bryan (Miamisburg, OH) on 02/10/2015
5 out of 5 stars

My cat stopped using box and was meowing a lot, started trying to pee different places. He was able to, but it was bloody, got on internet and found this site, so we have started the ACV, definitely use the ratio 1/4 acv mixed with water, then mix in their wet food. I put a teaspoon mixed in with his food he didn't touch it, did the 1/4 acv and water and food and he ate it all. I have a 6 year old Bengal male. Within five minutes of him eating his food he used his box, will write another post in a day or two with an update.

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Posted by Wendy D (South Jersey, US) on 02/06/2015

I've been reading these posts on the UTI for my 6 year old female cat I adopted from the shelter 3 weeks ago. Apparently she had this for awhile and she still is on medicine from the vet. The first week, she was given an antibiotic shot, pain meds in her mouth which did not go well at all and then they injected fluid in her back to get it to absorb and flush out her kidneys etc. Saw improvement but within a week, same thing again. Back to the vet.... now they gave her 21 days of pills that I break open and add to her food. So, we have about 7 left. Well, fine for awhile and back to this constant litter box, litter flying all over even with a dome top and staying in the box sometimes 20 minutes. Started to see an improvement yesterday and actually bought the ACV with mother last night. Issue.... the smell is something she won't tolerate. Tried missing with food, putting her paw in the water mixture so she would lick, wetted her mouth and paws on the top .......trying anything and something licked is better than nothing. But anyone have a suggestion on this smell to disguise it????

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Wendy!

If soft canned food won't disguise the smell you may need to dilute it with additional water and then keep applying to the fur for her to lick it off.

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Posted by Ilse (Chilliwack, Canada) on 02/05/2015
5 out of 5 stars

Just wanted to Thank everyone for all the info. on apple cider vinegar for treating cat urinary tract problems.

My beautiful 10 year old peach calico, Misha, is sitting in my lap purring while I write this. Last week I thought I was going to lose her as I did two of my other cats due to uti. Luckily I found this site and decided to try the ACV treatment. I did change the dosage as when I tried to give her the ratio that was suggested she kept spitting it up.

So I decided to try the recipe I have used myself for arthritis: which is : 1 tsp of honey dissolved in 1 cup of warm (not hot!!! ) water and then add 1 tbsp of Apple cider vinegar and mix well. I started by giving her the first dose of 1cc with a syringe that evening. She did not spit this up... and since then I've given here 1cc 3 times daily. By the next evening she had used her litter box successfully and was resting relatively comfortably in her bed. Couldn't believe it!!!! So sorry that I didn't know about this when my other poor kitties needed help.

Anyway...a week has passed and today Misha chased her ball around the kitchen for the first time .She curled up with us to watch TV after supper. She is eating well and "talks" to us as she used to. She also purrs again!!!! I urge anyone who runs into this problem to at least give it a try. For us and Misha it was soooo worth it. Thanks again to everyone!!!

Replied by Adrienne

Thank you llse for explaining exactly how you did this! It's so nice to not have to guess about the amounts and timimg!

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Posted by Charlie (Berkeley, Ca) on 01/04/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I was able to avoid that 2700$ procedure and tests the vet wanted to do to my cat for urinary tract infection. I took him to the vet because he was in so much pain and when I went there they said there's a very big chance will be blocked again and us to be back again the next day and it would be more expensive if I would only choose to drain and unblock him without knowing the cause. I took my chance. I got the cheapest they quoted me just to relieve my cat from so much pain and from dying, I had to take him home same night because we weren't spending the thousands confine him.

I immediately started the organic apple cider vinegar on his food and gave him some on the syringe which I diluted in water. I was giving him distilled water too through the syringe whenever I can lots of water I tell you. Stopped the dry food and got the special diet for urinary problems. I did all these and today 4th day he woke me up with a lot of kisses on my face :) he has improved a lot in peeing. I read that crystals don't survive in acid and if you're afraid to give Apple Cider Vinegar or lemon or whatever do with the distilled water to make his urine less concentrated.

Replied by Nikki


My cat had blockage, took him to emerg vet, they unblocked... Then he was in vet hospital for 4 days, iv, etc... Ph normal, peeing, eatting, on vet urinary SO wet and dry food... But 3 weeks later still in pain, tail low, arching back legs stiff. Was on anti inflammatory meds... But can only give 4 days straight.... 7 days off. Sti peeing, eatting.. But should he still be in pain 3 weeks later after infection has cleared? Vet says its normal healing from blockage, stretched bladder, catheter, uti. I'm going to call them agaun tomorrow as this seems a legnthy time for him to still hurt. Can anyone share experiences? Feel free to email me. Vet told me no acv. Only strict vet food diet as he had another urine test recently.... All normal.... No more uti.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Nikki!

If your cat is still in pain after the UTI has cleared then there may be other issues at hand, such as crystals or stones. ACV can help in the prevention of crystals and stones, but I urge you to get to the bottom of it with a proper diagnosis to help avoid your kitty from further suffering.

Replied by Yorkshire Pudding
(Helena, Montana)

Hi Nikki!

I literally joined EarthClinic tonight just to post for the cat-lovers out there who are watching their sweet kitties suffer with these urinary crystals. My dear boy-cat, Jickitty, had the same problem, and while he initially responded to the ACV and turmeric treatment, it ended up not being effective anymore, and we ended up struggling with the problem again and again until finally there came the dreaded traumatic and expensive "unplugging" at the vet clinic...anyway with the help of my dear friend, who is very medically literate, we found that the very best treatment for my kitty was to go lots higher on the protein content and add extra purified water. I was a bit scared leaving out the vinegar, but we left out the ACV, and just opened a delicious can of chicken (don't drain/more fluids) and add extra water too! I added turmeric to address the inflammation.

The thought we adopted was realizing the paradoxical effect of vinegar, being acid in PH but having an alkalinizing effect on the body (and assuming cats are similar) we knew that the cat needed to be more acidic, and that the high protein in the chicken or tuna would do just that...Voila'! Jickitty hasn't had a problem since! Do this for every meal for about a week, and then you can pull back and give it once a day, and then less... We did pull dry food for the most part, but give him wet food with good salmon oil, turmeric, and occasionally krill oil, but we backed away from the ACV, which I know is a miraculous healer for so many ailments for people and pets in most cases, but when I deal with these nasty crystals in the urethra...well I go high protein and lots more fluids...

By the way, the cat loves the "juice" in canned chicken and canned tuna (Yep, meant for people) and he has never had a problem again...which has been about one year! Its a lot less expensive then the veterinary bill, and my cat is very comfortable and happy! Yay!

Best Wishes! -Yorkshire pudding

Replied by Stephanie
(New Hope, Mn)

There is a wonderful product that dissolves struvite crystals-which have been a problem with 2 of our male kitties. It is called "Carpon", produced by Orthomolecular Specialities in San Jose, CA. It literally saved one kitty from having to have his male genitalia altered by the vet. Yikes. When the kitty shows signs of distress, you give him 1 tablet twice daily for three days and then go to 1 or 2 daily.

Before we found this product our life was a nightmare whenever kitty's urethra was plugged. A quote from Dr. Belfield's website: "Orthomolecular Specialties was introduced in 1976 as a result of clinical applications to specific nutritional protocols for the treatment, prevention, and control of specific disease processes beyond deficiency diseases. These clinical applications were undertaken by Dr. Wendell Belfield, Veterinarian, in his small animal practice over a thirty-seven year period. Belfield's clinical knowledge as a practicing veterinarian along with his experience and training in compounding pharmacy were the catalyst for enhanced nutritional products that successfully addressed ineffective conventional treatment protocols for many animal diseases." Dr. Belfield is getting old. I am stocking up on his Carpon and some other products because I do not know what will become of his excellent products when he passes away.

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Posted by Natrum (New Jersey, USA) on 01/01/2015
5 out of 5 stars

Hi, just wanted to share how I get the apple cider vinegar into my cat to treat a UTI. From the Amish market here I get raw pet food. It is ground chicken/turkey maybe rabbit. My cat loves it, so I put @ 1/2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar in a bowl and add 1/4 cup raw food, mix well and he takes it without problem. Sometimes I add a small bit of water. I hope this is helpful.

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Posted by Snflwr0918 (Central, Ct) on 12/26/2014
5 out of 5 stars

So my 8 year old Male cat, Fuzzy came down with ANOTHER UT Blockage. I just spent $2400 at the vet in October 2014 for him to spend a few days there getting unblocked and having his bladder flushed. I'm still paying that bill so I did not want to take him back for another $2400 bill. I called around to some other local vets but ultimately I decided to try ACV and give that a few days, if that didn't work then I would have no choice but to take him back to the vet since losing my Fuzzy is NOT an option. I did a 3 teaspoons of ACV to 1 teaspoon of water mixed and administered that to him every hour the first few days. I know it's a strong mix but I wanted to flood his system and start wiping out the crystals ASAP. Sometimes he would vomit it back up right after in which case I would wait about 10 minutes and do it again. So I noticed his UT issues start on Sunday 12/20 and as of today 12/26 he is better but not totally 100% yet. I'm still giving him ACV (more diluted) multiple times daily. He's moving around more than he was, he's drinking water on his own, eating a little bit and he's now peeing in trickles. All in all I would say that yes, ACV does work but don't expect to see results overnight like you would with the vet.

Replied by Steve C
(Vancouver, Bc)
5 out of 5 stars

Apple cider vinegar is a good remedy but is slow acting as all it does is make the urinary tract more acidic to which bacteria have less of a chance surviving but it does not kill bacteria so this will be a good maintainer of a healthy tract but will just lessen a full blown u.t.i. A better choice is to totally keep the cat off dry food for 10-14 days and feed them a low ash premium grain free wet food with 250 mg of cranberry supplement mixed into it (human grade is cheaper and just fine); it is also advisable to add a little extra water to the food so kitty will get more fluids which helps flush the tract. After 2 weeks, you can give the cranberry once or twice a week as a maintainer. It is vital to keep them off the kibble though, as it absorbs fluid in the gut and exits via the poop and not the pee... hope this helps :-]

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Posted by Jess (Michigan, US) on 09/15/2014

I have an 8 year old cat that has symptoms of a UTI. I would like to get her to take some ACV but need ideas on getting her to take it.

She is an outdoor cat and drinks from a spring, so I can't put it in her water. She does come for meals and usually hangs out on the porch, so I can put it in food. I tried 1/4 t. ACV in 1/4 can of tuna but she wouldn't touch it. I can't bring her in because she has always lived outside. She flips out if I bring her in. She is tame, but rather private.

Thanks in advance. Jess

Replied by Jess
(Michigan, USA)

Well, I found some liver in my freezer and some organic cornsilk tincture in my cabinet, which is good for people UTI, so I am hoping it will work for her. I mixed 1/4 t. cornsilk tincture with about 1 1/2 T. raw liver. She liked it. I will keep it up and see if it works. Jess

Replied by Diamond
(Ma., US)

I usually buy fish oil capsules for all my pets, but when it comes to my cats they are very picky, I have to snip off the tip of a fish oil capsule and squeeze the oil on or into the cats food, generally that covers the strong smell of the vinegar .Good luck.

Replied by Om
(Hope, Bc Canada)

Hello Jess --- I have several cats and have fed all my cats, also in the past, nutritional Flaked Yeast from the health food store.

This is supplementation with all the B vits good for people as well. All cats have liked it and I give them ACV daily without so much as a meow. I also give DE which some don't like but with a teasp. full of the Nutritional Yeast - no problem.

I even heard that some cats will not touch their food if it does not show the yellow stuff.

Namaste, Om

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Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 11/30/2013

In my experience, most cats with a UTI let you know about it in a very obvious way. They may meow and squat right in front of you while looking you in the eye. They void frequently with very small amounts of output. If you use clumping litter you will see many small tiny balls in the box.

If this were my cat I would try several things.

First, for the UTI, try raw, unpasteurized unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar - this will look cloudy and the label will indicate it has a live culture or 'mother' in it. Take 1/4 cup of the ACV and dilute with 1/2 cup of filtered water. [This is the easy part.] Next you need to apply the diluted ACV to your cat; I find dipping the paws and saturating them so they are dripping wet works best, however some apply it to other areas that the cat can then lick off. You cannot over dose on this, so I opt for getting the paws sopping wet with the solution so I know for sure that the cat will ingest some as she licks herself dry. Do the ADV/wet paw routine 2 to 3 times a day for a week and monitor the litter box to see if the remedy is working.

Next, ditch the grocery store kitty chow. Read all labels; you do not want to see any grain or corn in your cat's diet; you do not want to see unnamed protein sources, ie 'animal protien meal' as opposed to 'chicken meal'. Ideally you would feed your cat a wet canned diet - this to get adequate liquids in her to aid in flushing the UTI out of her bladder - so choose only a top quality canned diet, as the grocery store brands are loaded with grain, crappy unnamed protein sources, sugar and dyes. You may need to find a quality diet in a specialty pet food store; if you use a measure cup and give your kitty meals [as opposed to filling the bowl once a day and letting her free feed] that while seeming more expensive the diet is economical as well as healthier.

Keep us posted on your rescue baby please!

Replied by Penny
(Nn Virginia)

What a good idea.

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Posted by Anne_in_florida (Melbourne, Florida, Us) on 03/30/2013
5 out of 5 stars

My kitty Sasha was acting funny and licking her private parts today as well. When I did a search about it, UTI was the result.

So I thought oh no, its Saturday and we cant afford an expensive vet visit so I did another search and found this forum. I gave Sasha 2 syringes of the ACV and water and she already stopped licking her private parts. I'm going to continue the suggestions.

Thankyou everyone!!! :)

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Posted by Missraven (Pittsburgh, Pa) on 02/01/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I have a 12 year old cat that recently had a very bad uti and had to be hospitalized for 10 days. The antibiotic worked a little bit, but I don't think cleared the problem completely. When I got him home, he continued to urinate outside his litter box (which is what he was doing to initiate the vet visit) I started a search online to see what I could try naturally for him and found the ACV remedy. I started out by first switching him to all wet food- a uti blend, I used 1/2 tsp of organic ACV for one can of cat food. I also placed about 1/4 tsp into his water. I seriously didn't think he would touch it because he is extremely finicky. He proved me wrong there and gobbled it right up. BUT he still continued to urinate outside the littler box. I then thought maybe he is associating the pain with that specific litter box- so I went out and got a brand new box, and also another brand of cat litter, not clay- it is the recycled newspaper kind, like pellets. I am SO happy to say that after I did this, he started to use his littler box again- no problems. I truly believe the ACV mended his bladder fully and the change of litter box and litter disassociated the pain from his mind. Try both these steps. I was at my wit's end since he was peeing on my daughter's clothes constantly. ACV worked!!

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Posted by Luvern (Paris, On) on 03/23/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Hi there, I am grateful to have found this because it helped my cat. Wednesday night I saw his litter box and the top of his urine was all crystals. Did some research, found this thread and went to the grocery store for apple cider vinegar. I was hesitant to administer it to him with a syringe but knowing the time frame of serious illness, I went ahead.

Note: My cat frothed white foam at the mouth for a minute right after he swallowed about 1/2 teaspoon of acv, no mix, just straight. I reccommed adding it to the food, water and the cats fur so they can lick it off and ingest it.

I added some to his Purina dry food and his water dish too. About a teaspoon between both.

I've been giving him Apple Cider Vinegar about 3 times a day. Wednesday, Thursday he did not urinate at all, today, Friday, he peed for about 4 minutes with NO crystals! There was a white foam on top of the urine which did not concern me, no crystals there.

I bought some canned tuna in water, and am mixing the Apple Cider Vinegar in with that. I also added a concentrated cranberry pill to his water (it disolves).

I gave him 3 syringes of water last night and about 3 minutes later he had a bowel movement that looked like 3 days worth.

This stuff works and it works fast so if you're in need of another opinion, and are skeptical like I was, it just works.

My cat is male about 5 years old and goes outdoors on a regular basis. He's feeling much better right now and I am changing his food from Purina to something else, not sure what yet, but not Iams.

Best of luck to you and your cat.

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Posted by Kerrie (Glace Bay, Nova Scotia) on 02/08/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I have a male kitty, noticed he couldn't pee for about a day, searched the reasons why and panicked when I found out what could be causing it and called my vet.

Explained he was trying to pee only a bit came out.. the first thing he said was *Ok, this can cost 4 to 5 hundred dollars* the very first thing, didn't ask any questions at all! Said he was blocked and had to be drained.

Did a search and found you guys!!! :D It was a Saturday later in the evening everything was closed. Luckily my sis had some ACV she uses for heartburn.. Gave him some in his food and wiped some on his scruff and paws.. Ta-da.. Peeing kitty :)

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Posted by Meghan (Warren, Mi) on 11/19/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Just wanted to drop a note in exuberation over ACV. I noticed my girl straining inappropriatly and only a few droplets coming out. Luckily she is smart enough to run to the litter box everytime I was near it to show me. I started ACV with mixing 3cc's in a can of wet food. I also supplemented twice a day with wet cat food and 2cc's ACV mixed in a syringe. Although she was not happy, after 48 hours (and a close eye kept) she ran in front of me to the box and urinated up a storm. Thank you for your help! I have also switched all cats to wet food.