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

Apple Cider Vinegar

52 User Reviews
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Posted by Cathy (Subang Jaya, Selangor / Malaysia) on 02/15/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Cosmo, my neutered 8 month old cat, had his first case of UTI (frequent urination with little urine) sometime in November 2008. The vet prescribed Cystone which is a herb that encourages drinking. I did not really believe in this but I gave it to him anyway. It didn't work. His UTI became worst and he started to have blood in his urine and he licked his privates with a vengeance.

I took him to another vet and he was given a course of antibiotics which cleared the infection.

However, I noticed there was again blood in his urine 3 days ago. As I felt that the UTI will become pretty constant in his life (and he's still so young!), I figured that I would need to consider a holistic approach to this. And that brought me to this site.

I bought a bottle of ACV last night and gave it to him (1/4 tsp ACV to 1 tsp water). I repeated that this morning and by this evening, his pee is a healthy flow with no sign of blood! PLUS! He's not going in and out of his litter box. :)

I intend to continue giving him the ACV for at least 5 days and to monitor his progress after that.

I am really grateful for this website. It's relieved Cosmo's discomfort, and saved me tonnes on vet bills! Keep up the good work!

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Posted by Renee (Sonora, CA) on 02/03/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I am so thankful for this website! My 13 year old cat has had UTIs a couple of times in his life. And about $150 each time I take him to the vet. Well last week I noticed him going to his box often. Then he went into the bathroom & went on the rug. The urine was bloody. So now it's 9:30 at night & we don't have 24 hour vets here. I felt so sorry for my cat - he must have been in alot of pain. So I planned on calling the vet first thing in the morning. Then I got on this website, & read about the ACV. Now it's 10 at night, and I get dressed to go to the store, because (of course) I didn't have any ACV. Well, when I got back I mixed about a half capful with some tuna. He didn't eat very much, but by the next morning he was better! I kept giving him the ACV for about a week, and now you would never know he has a problem. I am so happy to find this remedy I am recommending it to everyone I know who has cats. Thank you so much!

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Posted by Apryl (Hooks, Texas ) on 01/19/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Last night hubby and I noticed that our cat was acting very odd. He wasn't using his litter box and would "squat" every few minutes all around the house like he was trying to urinate. His coat didn't look so good and he was having trouble walking and he couldn't sleep. It was a Sunday night and today is a holiday. There wasn't any place open to take him. He was trying to go to the bathroom and let out the most horrible crying noise. It brought me to tears. I just felt so helpless. I came across this site and decided to try acv. We went to Wal-Mart at 3am to get some as we didn't want to wait and watch him suffer. It's been less than 24 hours and he's already feeling better. He isn't squatting all the time and he actually has been able to urinate some and is using his box again. He's finally able to sleep as well. I gave him a lot more than what was suggested from the people on this site because I was terrified he wouldn't make it through the night. I honestly have no idea exactly how much I gave him. He won't eat wet food at all, so I bought his favorite treats and saturated with with full strength acv. I also used a dropper and gave him a bit mixed with water (not sure how much of each as I was in a panic and wasn't using measurements). I also added some to his water. I think I will keep doing this until he is better, then I'll just continue to add some to his drinking water. I'm so thankful to have found this site and so glad that our kitty is feeling better. I know he has a way to go, but the improvement was almost immediate. To be honest, I had my doubts at first but decided it was well worth trying and was really the only option I had at 3am. Don't hesitate to try this. It really works and works fast. I will still take him to our vet just to make sure he's ok, but this may very well have saved his life as he was looking so horrible I was afraid he wouldn't live through the night. Thanks!

Replied by Crazy Cat Lady
(Cookeville, Tn U.s.a.)

My female Manx has had blood in her urine. Funds are low here and I had been treating her with human antibiotics that can be used in felines. I hope this works. She has been feeling really badly.

Also used this on my male dsh cat. He has been acting like something has been stuck in his throat and vomiting a LOT in the early morning. I have suspected it was a hairball. Tried mineral oil, Vaseline, and a store-bought hairball remedy with no success. I used the mixture that people used here 1/4 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar and 1 tsp distilled water via oral syringe. I felt bad because immediately... He got sick. Out came the GIANT hairball he has been gagging on. Strange, but neat! My other female dsh has been acting as if she has the start of a UTI as well. She got the same as the others. Both females spit just a little out. Will update on the worst case, which was the Manx. Thank you so much for the advice. I take Apple Cider Vinegar daily myself.

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Posted by Jeannie (Houston, Texas) on 12/15/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Thank you so much for the apple cider vinegar remedy! I had a male cat who recently developed a severe bladder infection. I came on this site and read about the apple cider vinegar cure. He would not eat or drink so I put one capful of organic apple cider in a bowl (cat bowl)then filled the bowl with water. I then took a dropper and filled it, wrapped him in a towel tightly, and gave him the dropper slowly by mouth. I waited several hours and did this again.There did not seem to be much improvement first night, but by next day he was perky and he could urinate without crying. I continued ths same treatment the next day, making sure he was able to pee even a little(as I did not want to keep giving water if the urine flow was completely blocked)Slowly but surely each day he was better and better. Today it is like it never happened.The strangest thing though is yesterday he went into the kitchen, and started trying to get oil out of the olive oil I poured him some and he lapped it up.

I am going to be adding both apple cider vinegar and olive oil to his diet from now on. I think the apple cider vinegar was a life saver when my kitty needed it. Thank you!

Replied by Karen

I loved the comment about the olive oil. One of my two cats will lick coconut oil off the floor! The other one has to be captured and enough put on his paws to make the process worth while. Maybe I will try olive oil on that guy. he really needs something internally to help with his weight problem, thus needs the coconut oil more than the skinny one - who, do to early life complications, needs no internal incentive to get rid of food. Just the opposite problem!

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Posted by Krista (Jarvis, On, Canada) on 11/23/2008
5 out of 5 stars

My Cat Binx had been suffering from a Urinary Tract infection 1 month ago. Of course at that time I had no idea what to do and It was 1am on a Saturday, so I made an Emergency call to my Vet. Within 2 days he was good as new! To the tune of $429. Then 2 weeks later the same occured again, so back to the Vet. This time it cost $189 plus he had to be put on Expensive canned food. I thought all would be fine after that.

The next week he was sick once again, and my hubby and I could not afford to spend another dime on vet bills, so I searched high and low on the internet and came across this site...A TRUE GOD SEND!!! As soon as I read all the testimonials I knew it had to work. I rushed out and bought a jug of ACV.

I gave him 1/4 of a tsp, mixed with 1 tsp of water, and put in syringe. I pinned him down and made him swallow it. He hated it and gagged, so i filled up the syringe with water to help with the bitterness. Within 4 hours I noticed a difference already. After 24 hours he was able to urinate normally, and looked great. Now Two times a day I make the same mixture and put into his wet food, he takes it like a trooper! LOL It has been 3 Weeks, and I have my old cat back. His fur is shinnier, his eyes are brighter, he is spunky once again. This is something I will keep him on for a long time. IF YOUR SCEPTICAL, IM TELLING U IT DEFINITLY WORKS, AND IT SAVED MY 6 YR OLD CAT'S LIFE!!!!

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Posted by Janet (Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri) on 10/02/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Recently, my cat Gracie started running to her litter boxes constantly with little urine being deposited. The vet was closed for two days. I wanted to help her & found your web site via web search on "feline UTI home remedies" and was so happy to find the Apple Cider Vinegar suggestion from other writers. It worked in 24 hours she was almost back to normal and after 4 days she is now urinating normally and fully. We're also putting her on a special dry food that will hopefully help. Thanks for the help everyone!!

Apple Cider Vinegar, L-Lysine

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Posted by Cat (Austin) on 02/01/2018
5 out of 5 stars

Could not afford a $300.00 vet bill for possible feline-flu, UTI and respiratory infection that led to one miserable, 11 year old kittycat. After much research, I did the following and healed my cat 80% in 24 hours:

rubbed neck, chest, body with 1-1 ratio Organic ACV & water (cotton ball);

dipped front paws in ACV/water mixture;

Put a 1/2 bottle cap of ACV in drinking water bowl (holds 3 cups water);

Mixed crushed 500mg cap L-Lysine and 1/3 small dropper of silver hydrosol in wet (grain free/milk free) food.

I will continue the procedure daily until he is 100%. Then, I will cut the silver hydrosol and L-Lysine down to once monthly. I was also told that putting a tsp. of VCO on his back (weekly) and allowing it to melt down, then massage it in helps with flea control. Our 11yr old tabby-baby is cuddling once again. Also, I caught the flu myself and fast-tracked my recovery by taking 500mg L-Lysine twice daily.

Replied by Susie
(Peoria, Il)

My 8 yr. old female had blood in her urine. Otherwise, except for going to box a lot, she acted fine. After now her second round of antibiotics- a different vet was able to express her urine when the vet from the "big clinic" couldn't. Anyway he gave her double;e strength Cllavamoc 2 x daily until finished, told me wet food only and use TI food ifto taper off if one cat was fixed on it. I have been giving My little female, Gracie, only wet food and some very diluted Apple Cider Vinegar at night. She is able to pee, clumps getting a lit bigger and still acts like nothing is wrong!

I feed her classic feast Fancy Feast chicken formula an some extra water but not so its runny, It's what she will eat and it's better I figure than dry food. BTW, when she got sick she was eating Wellness grain=free canned every morning and Merrick Whole Earth farms chicken recipe. I called the Merrick co and they said the dry magnesium level was.0.07 but phosphorus was 1.9.

If you research phosphorus, it is not good to be too high with all the concern about mag., I never even asked about phosphorus level until kitty got sick and I started researching.

Replied by Maggie
35 posts

Try D-Mannose, it worked for my dog. Look it up to see what it can help with.

Replied by Pall

My cat had 2 uti and the vet put cat on purina urinary focus. You said your cat was on fancy feast, so was my cat. Is your cat still on that cat food? How did you prevent uti in your cat?

Replied by Pzolnir

I read another post on EC that feeding cats seafood dry cat food can give a cat a UTI, especially the cheaper brand cat foods. I have three cats and one of them ended up with a UTI after eating seafood dry cat food so I took ACV soaked into a cotton ball and added it to the back of her neck three times a day for a couple days and it went away and never came back. I changed their dry food to an expensive brand to avoid my one cat ever getting another UTI. There is a video on EC that shows how to apply the ACV to the back of the neck. It's as simple as I have mentioned. My female dog had a UTI and I soaked her two front paws in ACV and the UTI went away and never came back. You can also add ACV to the back of the dog's neck, but I found soaking her paws did the trick faster. She licked her paws after soaking them which also helped getting into her system.

Avoid Dry Cat Food

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Posted by Ivy (Minneapolis) on 01/04/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Last summer, my 2 yo male cat Sonny was straining to urinate. I have had cats in the past, but had not seen this behavior, and wasn't sure what it was, so I probably let it go on a few days longer than I should have, before taking him to the vet. $700 "surgery" later, I was sent home from my vets office with a new bag of "specialty" dry cat food designed to help with crystals in his urinary tract. Within 24 hours, Sonny was back to straining in his box. I was so scared and so frustrated. Then I found this site. Within 24 hours of switching to wet cat food, and giving Apple Cider Vinegar 4 times per day into his mouth with a dropper, he was no longer struggling to urinate. So happy.

Fast forward about 1 year. I had just gotten a new kitten, and he came from the rescue with a bag of dry kitten food. Kitty does fine with the dry food, although I have been switching him to wet. Sonny had been eating dry kitten food instead of his wet food. Something I probably should have anticipated. Another urinary blockage!! No urine output at all. It was very scary. This time I decided to give it 12 hours, ACV every 2 hours, lots of wet food, and if not better, I would call the vet. No need! Within 6- 8 hours or so, he was going like a champ!

My best advice is to get rid of your dry cat food. It's terrible for kitty. They need water.. Even the worst wet cat food is 10x better than the most expensive dry food. If you feed wet food exclusively, hopefully you won't need the ACV, but if you do, it should do the trick! After diluting with water 1:1, I use a dropper to get it into the corner of his mouth. He hates the taste, and foams at the mouth. It's not pretty, but it works. And he gets treats after, so he gets over it. 😀

Replied by Ranger23

What great advice! I completely agree with you about cats needing wet food. I had similar reoccurring issues with 1 of my cats. They've all been switched to wet food now but they would not touch anything with ACV in it - no matter how diluted.

Replied by Liane

The ACV needs to be diluted more than 1:1. It's very strong, and your kitty will probably tolerate it better if you add a little more water.

Coconut Oil

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5 star (1) 

Posted by Ren (Sydney) on 06/01/2015
5 out of 5 stars

Last weekend I witnessed almost a miracle using Organic Coconut Oil for cats UTI. Being a Sunday only the emergency vets available and I have already paid extremely for his last episode with UTI 2yrs ago. With his pain (& hissing, growling as he tried to urinate) starting in a.m I put a 1/4 teaspn oco in his mouth a little at time so he didn't gag, 2hrs later another 1/4 teaspn, an hr later another 1/4 - just as I was about to give up & take him to the vet he fell asleep. 3hrs later he woke & went to the litter tray and started eating again in no pain.

I've given him approximately 1/4 teaspn every second day since as maintenance. Oco is anti bacterial anti fungal and many other benefits & this is still early days but the result was so startling and he seems cured. I would also never feed cats the cheaper biscuits as they're full of grains which contribute to uti problems, they need mostly wet foods.

No sooner was the boy cured than our female started rushing too often to her tray with little result, I gave her a little oil & it worked within a few hours, she actually loves the taste& eats it without me having to administer it - so I now give it regularly to both cats. It also must be very soothing to the whole urethral, bladder lining and theirfur looks wonderful. Wish I'd discovered this yrs ago for their health

EC: Cross-posted from Earth Clinic's cystitis page here.

Cod Liver Oil

1 User Review
5 star (1) 

Posted by Rod (Aventura, Fl) on 07/16/2016
5 out of 5 stars

About 9 or 10 years ago, my cat developed a bad bladder infection (very strong smell urine). The Vet took 2 X-rays of her and found that she had ‘stone' in her bladder the size of about a quarter. He prescribed some antibiotics, but said that he would probably need to operate (which he said would cost about $1000). Well, the antibiotics helped but the infection (smell) came back about 3 weeks later. The doctor gave me more antibiotics once again and they did seem to work for a little while, but on a whim, I started adding cod liver oil drops(4) per ‘Meow Mix' wet food container ( I feed her about 1/3 of that container twice a day).

Well, that was about 9 or 10 years ago, and I haven't had to take her back to the vet and she hasn't had a smelly urine again since then, which I assume means the stone went away, and there has been no further bladder infection.

I hope this can work for you if you have an animal with a bladder infection.


Rod Appleton

Replied by Adrienne

Wow!! That's incredible! You could be a bit psychic. I'll try it.


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Posted by Evie P. (Riverside, Ri) on 08/11/2016
5 out of 5 stars

My poor Rosie had been yowling for three days and nights before I got her to the vet (two days ago). Once there, he confirmed my suspicions - a bladder infection (a $200 bladder infection at that point). I wanted to start D-mannose but didn't have any in the house but had ordered it. In the meantime, the vet gave her a shot and prescribed two antibiotics which I was to crush up and put in her food. Trouble was, she wouldn't eat the food with the medication in it and trying to catch her and give them to her would be a two man job and even then it was impossible (I tried and failed). I was frantic to help her. As luck would have it, the D-mannose came in yesterday morning. I dissolved 1/4 tsp. in 1 tbsp. of water and put it in her food and the same dose in her water. Today was the first day I haven't heard her crying in pain. I did the same thing with her food and water today but increased the dose and she's now resting comfortably (or as comfortable as she can get in 95 degree heat). I still can't believe it. I'll never be without this stuff.

Posted by Susan (Toledo, Oh) on 04/08/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I use D-Mannose Powder for my cat's UTI that I learned about from Karen Becker, Holistic Vet. I have always guessed at the dose for my cat. She hasn't had any bladder infections since - and we almost lost her from a severe one that came back a month later.

Posted by Kiki (Lehi, Ut) on 08/06/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I have used both colloidal silver and mannose (d-mannose) with great success to treat cat UTI's. They have worked better for me than the ACV. The mannose can be purchased at health food stores or online. It is much cheaper online--about $20 for a 3oz. Bottle of powder. You mix it either into the liquid colloidal silver or into a small amount of water and feed with a syringe. It works best if given on an empty stomach. I try to give it every 3-4 hours if the UTI is acute. The colloidal silver is a natural antibiotic and the d-mannose makes it so that the microorganisms causing the UTI can't stick to the bladder wall and so are flushed out. For cats prone to recurrent UTI problems, I would try a cat food formulated for UTI issues like Wysong "Uretic" dry food. Putting a little bit of pure ascorbic acid powder (vitamin C) into their food works good for maintenance as well if they'll put up with the taste. (Only use a TINY bit. ) This combo has worked wonders for my kitties!

Dietary Changes

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Posted by Donna (Derby, Ct) on 01/25/2015

My cat Simon is 12 yrs. old. He's had UTI three different times - when he was 2 yrs. old, 4 and 5 yrs. old. He was eating Iams dry food when he was a kitten until he had his first UTI and I took him to the vet. Then he was eating prescription science diet wet food and AGAIN got it! After the third time I decided to switch to an all natural wet food. He's a fussy eater but I finally found one that he likes, the Wellness brand. I give him half a can in the morning and I add filtered water and the other half later in the day, again with the added filtered water. It is a mixture in between stew and soup. I was told not to feed him any seafood ingredients because that increases the chances of getting the UTI, so I only give him chicken and turkey flavors. He loves it and I do too!!! I know he is getting the best ingredients along with his water intake. He hasn't had an issue in 7 years and he eats better than I do.

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Posted by Meg (Murfreesboro, Tennessee, U.s.) on 08/06/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I found this website while I was looking for flea prevention for my dogs and cats and CANNOT wait to get to the store In the morning to pick up some ACV. While I was reading through many posts I noticed a lot of people having trouble with their male cats getting frequent UTI's or blockage problems. I have 4 cats and only one is male. We've had the male for a out 2 years with no problems until one day I noticed him in the litter box for like 30 min. at a time just staring at me and straining and when he'd finally come out of the litter. I'd about 5 min. later he would be right back in there. After about a day and a half he stopped eating so I took him to the vet. He told me that my cat was partially blocked and had sand built up in his urethra. He said that for some reason some male cats develop sand in their urine when fed your normal everyday cat foods even the ones that are suppose to be the best. He gave me the option of a costly penis amputation, catheterize ( also costly) him and clear the remainder of the block or he said if he was me that he would just start feeding him a brand of food that you can only get at a vets office it's a c/d multicare formula for feline bladder health and see if that clears the block on its own.... After a week or two I noticed him spending less and less time in the litter box and actually producing urine. The vet says he has to stay on this food the rest of his life and as soon as I feed him regular food he will block. It's about $18 for a 4 lb. bag which isn't cheap so he told me not to feed the other cats (all female) this food bc females dont have the same problem so there was no need to buy the expensive food for all of them. Now I feed the male in another room and it's been 6 months and I haven't had any other all day litter box sessions from Tiddle Bittle (my kitty) :) hope this helps someone!