My older male cat Demetry was having the classic symptoms for a UTI and I researched information online and this was one site that I used. He had gotten to the point of trying to pee about every 30 min and the urine looked like straight blood about a quarter size to half dollar and I knew I had to do something. I also spoke to a vet and he suggested using food only labeled as specific to helping prevent UTI's.
Combining the information I found here and at other sites I began by using a oral syringe with a diluted solution of apple cider vinegar as well as trying to add a small amount to his food. He was not taking well to these treatments and he reduced his consumption greatly even if I just dipped my finger in the vinegar and swirled it into his wet food. So I changed my tactic and started feeding him wet food 3 times a day when I could and adding a decent amount of water, up to 3 tablespoons per third of a can of food and mixed it well with a fork.
I saw an improvement by the first day and by day 5 he seems to be back to normal. I do not see any blood in his urine, he is using the litter box again, and he is not constantly getting up to pee. I am still feeding him more wet food than I used to and adding water and he has a bowl of dry food (both are UTI foods) but does not eat much of that anymore, where that used to be his main diet.
Although the vinegar treatment did not seem to work for me, I believe that I was able increase his water consumption along with the proper foods and had success. I believe I will continue this treatment for another 3 weeks or so, but maybe I should continue to add water to his food from now on. He is a large cat, about 13 pounds, and I do not want to cause him to become unhealthy by gaining weight.
My family and I were sitting in the lounge room when we heard a scratching noise coming from the kitchen. I went into the kitchen just in time to find our 12 year old male neutered cat peeing red urine on the wall. We quickly made a vet appointment and saw him that same afternoon. The vet said that he most likely has a urinary tract infection and said that we could have the choice of either an injection or tablet of antibiotics. So we accepted the injection.
We already had ACV (with mother) in the fridge and started mixing it with his food. Zac is a total indoor cat, but during this time he was obsessed about being outside and peeing every 5 minutes, digging holes everywhere, which is very unlike him because naturally he will hold his urine for 8 hours or longer and then do a long wee.
We kept the bathroom doors open for him because he didn't want to pee in the litter tray (because they associate it with pain when they get an infection), overnight and the next morning we made the decision to ban all dry food, so I went out and bought some tuna and expensive cat food and then mixed some with ACV (diluted). All throughout the day we tried to keep his fluids up and even feeding him ACV with a dropper. I'm not sure how much went down his throat because it was frothing everywhere. You also have to make sure that you dilute it enough that it doesn't burn their throat.
Unfortunately, by Saturday night (we first noticed the blood on Thursday) Zac was still obsessed with peeing small amounts so we took him to the vet and got tablets and mixed it with food. I'd also like to say that if our cat couldn't pee at all, we would have taken him to the vet sooner instead of relying on ACV because it's very dangerous if cats are trying to pee and nothing comes out because then the toxins build up with nowhere to go.
Luckily, 24 hours later on Sunday night, he did a big long wee, like for 30 seconds, so we are guessing that it was the antibiotics, but it could have been the ACV as well.
Some changes we have made since having that scare was NO dry food for the cats at all. Dry food is NOT a natural part of cats' diets. Your cats are supposed to get their water from their meals, which is the wild would be carcasses. Dry food is too salty and not only does it take moisture out of their system, but it's a missed opportunity for them to be fed water with their meal. Which brings me to...
When giving them their two meals a day we mix about half a cup of filtered water and mix it up into a soup-like consistency so that the crystals don't have a chance to form and that their kidneys and urinary tract system gets flushed out regularly. This means that you will need to clean out your litter tray more often and/or remember to let your cat out to the toilet a few hours after their meal to empty their bladder.
I live in Australia so am able to find kangaroo meat and such from the supermarket, so we mix that with water (more on hot days and lukewarm water on cold days, your cat out in the wild would eat meat that is body temperature). And they love their meals. If you are concerned about the missing taurine in their diet, you can give them chicken hearts or liver from your butcher, just make sure to research about taurine because too much can be as dangerous as too little.
Ignore all of the commercials and your vet when they try to sell you their anti-UTI dry food. It is still dry food. Like many things, go back to basics and learn to research for yourself, because your vet is trying to earn money for their practice as well as diagnose your pet. You really can't go wrong with meat and springwater, but plenty can go wrong with dry food.
Lastly, never ever ever let your cat come into contact with Tea Tree Oil. It is safe for humans but NOT for cats, not even on their skin - it is TOXIC because the liver cannot handle it. It seeps through their skin, and shuts down their nervous system, paralyzing and even killing them.
My male cat developed a urinary tract infection--he kept going back and forth to the litter box straining to urinate and constantly meowing. I had been putting 2 or 3 drops of organic apple cider vinegar in my cats' water bowls for years. When my male cat's problem developed I started To put a couple of drops of organic apple cider vinegar on his lips for him to lick a couple of times a day. It didn't help. I took him to the vet, who gave him antibiotics and pain medication. It worked only for a few days. I had to bring my cat back to the vet two more times for stronger antibiotics and more pain medication, which cost me about $700. Once more, the urinary problem arose after a few days. The vet said my cat needed to drink more water. I remembered reading about and hearing from a friend who puts water in her cat's canned cat food bowl. To keep my cats' weight down, I had recently started giving my cats canned cat food only once a day and dry twice a day. But now I give the cats canned cat food (high quality) twice a day with about a quarter of a cup of distilled water mixed into each bowl. I also put 2 or 3 small drops of high quality olive oil in the canned cat food for hair balls. And I put in 2 drops of organic apple cider vinegar in my male cat's canned cat food bowl once daily. In addition, I give each cat 2 chewable cat vitamins daily. My female cat loves the vitamins and gladly eats them. But for my male cat, I press the vitamins into a powder and mix it with a very small amount of canned cat food, which I give him before His regular bowl of canned cat food which is mixed with water, etc. Also, I had been using a clumping cat litter. Remembering back 25 Years or so when clumping litter came onto the market, a kindly veterinarian told me he thought that the clumping litter might cause urinary tract problems in male cats. So just in case, I have now gone back to using a non-clumping litter. I don't have much problems now with litter tracking, so I like the non-clumping litter, as well. The good news is that my male cat has not had any urination problems for about a month now. I still also put 2 or 3 drops of organic apple cider vinegar in their water bowls daily--I use mostly distilled water. I still give them some good quality dry food daily, but a small amount twice a day. I'd rather do all this than pay hundreds of dollars for medication for my cat that doesn't work longer than a few days.
WARNING! If you try this and don't see fast results, you cat probably has 100% blockage and needs to go to the vet immediately!! Don't waste any Time! To those who are coming looking to find relief for a male cat with Urinary blockage. I thought I would pass on what I have learned with my 14 year old male cat. He has had these problems all his life, so in the past we had to deal with it on a regular basis. First, to get a immediate results most people are not using a strong enough Apple Cider Vinegar solution, it should be either 1/3 AVC to 2/3 water or A 50/50 Ratio (A Warning about the 50% ratio, at this strength, many cats will throw it up, so try the 1/3 ratio first) So if you are going to mix it up for use, put 1 teaspoon ACV to 2 teaspoons water. You should give this directly to your cat via dropper or syringe. Every pet owner should have a pet syringe, they are not expensive and every pet store carrys them. At this level of AVC you should see immediate results with your cat. You need a higher level, because you want to dissolve the crystals quickly. Put the AVC in the wet food as well, but if you have a cat in distress, you need to take a more direct approach.
As to how much to give at one time or how often..... As much as they will let you and as often as you can get away with. If I give this level of ACV to my cat, I get immediate results. Now as to why this is happening.... The quick answer is dry food. Male cats that eat only wet food rarely have these problems. Grains are NOT a cats natural diet (you don't see wild cats attacking corn fields do you?) Cats, unlike Dogs are obligate carnivores, the majority of there natural diet is made up of meat. While your cat is having these problems, it is especially important NOT to feed them any dry food. Keep it wet, and add the AVC to it.
What finally worked for my cat was wet food only and we switched him to a raw food diet. That means he eats raw meat that I make for him. When he went off commercial food and on raw, his skin problems quit, his allergies also (he was allergic to the grains, his coat got glossy, his energy level went up. After he went on a raw wet food diet, he never had another urinary problem and it's been years. My vet can't believe the change in our animals, he knows I feed a raw food diet, but as his practice sells commercial pet food, I doubt he will tell his other customers about it. Do not just start feeding your cat raw meat, do your research... Things need to be added to make sure our friends stay healthy.
My cat, mina, has struggled with urinary tract infections before. I took her to the vet yesterday and they took a urine sample. When I woke up this morning she was showing the signs of another infection, she was trying to pee in corners, obviously in pain and her urine was "thicker" than normal. I've found that the best way to deal with this (way better than APV) is to put a drop or two of double helix water into her water bowl and then using a syringe to give her some of it. This literally stopped the symptoms almost immediately. Within 10 mins she was no longer showing signs of pain or trying desperatly to pee in the corners of my apartment. I continued to give her some of the water over the next 20 mins or so and made sure I gave her some wet food. She has been feeling fine ever since.
This is a safe, natural way of dealing with a urinary tract infection in animals (and probably humans too) I highly recommend it and will always use it as I cannot afford to go back to the vet right after dropping so much money on the first issue. I think that everyone should purchase some of this water. It is great for all types of issues and is completly natural. I wouldn't go the ACV route. This is an instant cure! She is rubbing up against my leg as I'm writing this. A very happy cat :)
I really wanted these natural remedies to work for us, but unfortunately they didn't and my cat died last night. We noticed on Saturday morning that our barn cat was having trouble peeing, so we brought him in and tried each remedy here...the emergency ACV and the cranberry, also cod liver oil. Sadly none seemed to help at all. He vomited after every dose even just water made him puke. By Sunday evening he was not as active and then suddenly moments after vomiting he let our a couple of cries and died. =( We sadly couldn't afford to go to the vet on the weekend which is 2 hours away. Not to be off topic, but the real problem here for our cats is VETS over charging for services and not accepting payments. Its unethical and immoral and all VETS who do this should be ashamed. Caring for animals is about caring....not cash.
Orange, New Jersey
Hello, thank you to all the contributors to this website about this particular problem.
I went on holiday for two months leaving both of my male cats in a cattery. From the moment I picked them up from cattery and got home, my 'Fraidie' cat started spending huge amounts of time on the kitty litter and I took him straight away to the vet. He was diagnosed with UTI brought on by the stress of going to cattery and being away from home. Two sets of anti-inflamatories later (which worked great for about 4 days then back to blood in the urine and him squatting everywhere and being in pain and unhappy) and the third time he got dehydrated and went floppy and I raced him to vet and $600 later for a day at the vet, blood test, drip, medicine etc, she just gave him painkillers and sent him home. So I have spent over $1000 US in the last 8 weeks.
At this time I found this site and I was so grateful. It's been almost 3 weeks and he is back to normal, healthy with no further problems.
What I did:
- I changed his water to filtered water.
- I fee him normal wet food BUT with chicken mince (which holds a lot of water in it) mixed in.
- Only feed hard biscuits as a treat and they are special ones for UTI.
- Each morning I make up a small mixture of 1/4 tsp ACVinegar with 2 tsp of water. I give him about a tea spoon of it in a mouth syringe and then mix the rest in with the chicken wet food mixuture.
- ALSO mixed in wet food once a day is 250mg crushed vitamin c and 250 mg crushed cranberry tablets.
- And he is looking wonderful and happy with no further problems.
- I will stop giving him some by mouth in the next week and just put a little bit of that ACV and water mixure in his food.
If I get a recurrence, I will up the mixture again. I hope you also have some success with this as it was very traumatic to see my little guy in so much pain.
re: Urinary Tract Infection in Cats - Pau D'Arco
A couple years ago my cat had a urinary tract infection (I assumed - he was peeing all around the house right in front of me and there would be little if any urine and blood in it). I took him off of dry food and put some drops of Pau D'Arco Herbal Glycerite Extract into his water bowl. Within a day his behaviour changed and his kitty litter box was put to good use. He went back to being the happy crazy cat he was before - and I no longer get cheap dry food! He's never had another infection in the past couple years and he has a preference for dry food. I probably put about 10 drops or so of the extract (mine was alcohol free and from Herb Pharm) into his bowl and kept him inside to make sure he wouldn't get water from another source.... but that was about 2 years ago so I'm not sure on the exact amount.
Are any of you familiar with Mycoplasma Haemofelis? Constant UTI could be a result that you cat has this. And although the cider helps it does not cure. It is a simple blood test smear. Google it and read about it. My cat has it. There are different levels and some can be cured. Other can have it their whole life. The only proper med is Doxicilina 50mg once a day for 3 to 4 weeks. Many Vets will not even think to test for this, but it is a worldwide problem.
My female cat had multiple UTI's over a year. After several episodes of expensive antibiotics I decided to take a holistic approach. She has been taking 250mg. of vitamin C added to a tsp. of canned cat food for the past 3 months, and so far no UTI's.