Feline Respiratory Disease Remedies

| Modified on Oct 11, 2021

Cats and kittens can suffer from feline respiratory disease, which is an infection caused by a virus or bacteria. Natural remedies for feline respiratory disease include apple cider vinegar, colloidal silver and l-lysine.

What are the Symptoms of Feline Respiratory Disease?

Feline respiratory disease will give a cat symptoms similar to symptoms people have when they have a cold or the flu including:

  • Sneezing
  • Discharge from the nose
  • Conjunctivitis (inflammation of the eye)
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Lethargy

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar fights viruses and bacteria.

The easiest and most gentle way to use apple cider vinegar is topically. This video will show you how!

Alternately, you can add apple cider vinegar to your cat’s food, or give it to him with a syringe. For dosing information for cats, see this page.

Colloidal Silver

Colloidal silver is effective against bacteria and viruses. It is also tasteless and easy to give to most cats. You can simply mix 1 teaspoon colloidal silver in your cat’s food twice daily. If he is not eating well, you can give him 5 ml by syringe 2-3 times a day.

If your cat’s eyes are irritated, red, or have a discharge, you can add 1 drop of colloidal silver to each eye twice a day for two days.


L-Lysine is an amino acid that supports the body in its fight against infection. You can give your cat 1/8 teaspoon of l-lysine each day, mixed in his food. If he is not eating, mix it with water and give it to him in a syringe.


If you cat is suffering with congestion, a warm mist humidifier near his sleeping area can make him more comfortable. Be sure his sleeping quarters are warm, comfortable, and draft free.

Feline respiratory diseases are contagious. If one of your cats comes down with a respiratory virus, it would be wise to go ahead and treat his companions as well. The natural remedies listed above are safe enough to use daily for cats.

Have you treated a cat with feline respiratory disease? We would love to hear from you!
Keep reading to see how our readers have treated feline respiratory disease.

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Posted by Cj (FL) on 02/26/2021

I care for 5 feral cats. One has respiratory issues. I put Apple Cider Vinegar in their food daily. Only a cap full. Is that enough? Can I continue with this daily to keep healthy kitties I cannot touch?

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Posted by Mrs. M. Inman (Ash, North Carolina) on 04/16/2018

I want to thank this site for helping me save my baby Sookie. She was about 4 month December 2017 when she got a bad upper respiratory infection. Poor thing was so bad I didn't expect her to make it. I did research and try so many different methods to help and I used different home remedies and got no results and she was getting worst. I just wish I could have ran across this site before I did because her eyes both of them was swelled shut by the time I ran across this site and got the apple cider vinager (with the mother/organic) and mixed it all like this site recommended.

At 1st I only had the regular apple cider vinager and I saw very small improvement, which was more than I have seen in a week. So I made the trip to get the good kind you guys call for. I swear by it to everyone now and I tell everyone with cats and kittens about this site and the apple cider vinager. Don't get me wrong that you will think that the organic kind is more expensive than the regular usual kind we all usually keep in our pantries. But it is what they say "YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!!! " LOL. Cause as soon as I got home and mixed the organic kind together with water and put it on the back of her and her brother's neck and I seen her improve by 50% overnight. Along with using a vaporizer 24/7 to help her breath and to break up all the congestion in her lungs and all I crushed up lysine and put it in her food when I could get her to eat or desolved it in warm water and put it in a dropper and drop it down her throat so she would get the medicine. And also giving her a round of penicillin shots every other day. And I put Vaseline on her eyes to help ease her and help them from scabbing over.

After 2 weeks of doctoring her she finally came thru the week after christmas. I had told my husband that the only thing I wanted for christmas was for her to get better and could care less if I got anything else. I got my christmas wish, it was just a few days late but the improvement everyday gave me hope. It broke my heart to watch her lose all her weight and she wouldn't eat and you couldn't force feed her either. And we kept dropping pedi lite down her throat also while she didn't have an appetite. And we gave her strong smelling cat pate from the can or pouch to get her to eat when she would. I knew it was because she couldnt smell anything and a kitten is bad for not eating anything if they can not smell it.

All I know this site is a blessing and my sookie is here today for all your help. I believe in yall's remedies and will always pass the site along to anyone that needs it. She is doing so good now and hardly has any signs of ever being sick but for a little glaze or fog on her eyes which they look better everyday which I'm sure they will never be completely 100% but she sure is a lucky kitty. She is smart and so loving. I don't know what I would have done if I had lost her. I know that I would be experiencing her at all and she is a delight. And she thanks you guys too from the bottom of her heart also.

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Posted by Peggy P. (Holiday, Florida) on 01/01/2018

ACV cost $5.99 @ winn Dixie and thank God I can buy it with foodstamps because my cat was so sick with respiratory infection and I couldn't afford the vet this month so I got a bottle and dipped chicken pieces in the water solution and he is looking and feeling better overnight :) The organic brand with the "mother" is awesome.

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Posted by Donnamarie (In) on 11/02/2017

Tonight out of desperation I started looking for a natural remedy for my sweet lil man, MoMo. Poor guy likes to play indoor outdoor where am I now and the first night it got really cold and dewyey here he oops-ed up and got stuck outside ll night. within 24 Hours he started sneeing and weezing. I checked his nose for any signs of "anything being wedge up his nose" all was well. Gums looked well colored. But I noticed his eyes were matty and weepy. He had a "I can't cough up a hairbone" cough.

Having just lost a beloved Service Dog of 13 1/2 years panic set in. I remembered as a akid we always treated out cats eyes with warm milk if they got yukky. So with my sweet husbnds help we managed to clen up his eyes with warm milk. AND, we also used a small infant nasl syringe and were able to suck out bit of mucous. MoMo was actually very well behaved through our series of actions. That eveniing he slept reasonably well on the foot of our bed("HIS DOMAIN NOT MY FEET!!! Lol) But the next morning same thing again......

Fast forward tonight... my husband and I have tried coaxing him to eat since yesterday nothing not even his favorite treats. Then he did something very strnge he walked to the water bowl and started swatting the water around and attempting to dunk in and drink only to immediately return to swatting it. He wasn't able to drink. so that brings me to now.

I once again clened his eyes with warm milk, but the matting was so gooey and yuk that a q tip or cotton ball would not work. So I used soft ABD pads(surgical pads) once his eyes were cleaned I soaked his front paws in Apple Cider Vinegar (not organic but ACV just the same all I had) I also rubbed very generous amount around his neck and shoulders. He was not as thrilled this time about all the "manhandling", but complied just the same. He is now sitting right behind my recliner and pouting refusing to come out. However, his sneezing has almost stopped and the coughing got very intense for about 10 minutes and now has stopped. I was scared so I crawled back there with him and poor baby looked at me like "seriously mom, this stinks".

His breathing doesn't seem anywhere as laboured so praying with a few more doses and dousings he will be back to his usual King TUT I AM mood. I will post more tomorrow.

(ADDED NOTE: had not thought about the litter box, as we are a multi-cat family thanks to the poster above who mentioned it. while we scoop daily had not "fully emptied and disinfected it for almost 2 weeks(we use scoopable to save money) Also treated our little "Princess NeeNah Gray, while she has/had no signs or symptoms call it an ounce of prevention to stave off the need for a pound of cure. She however was QUITE UPSET t the stench of the acv. She is still grooming......heeeheee aka preventive treating herself.

Again KUDO's to all who hve posted previously and thanks!

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Posted by Ct (Senc) on 01/26/2017

ACV for feline upper respiratory infections

The easiest way to cure an URI in cats is with ACV. I had one kitten who had the worst URI. Meds didn't work and I was at my wits end. I put some ACV and water in the tea kettle and started to heat it up. In the meantime I put Sid (the cat..) in his carrier and on the kitchen counter as close as safely possible to the burner on which the tea kettle sat. I placed a large towel over the carrier and waited for the water to steam out of the kettle. Then I let Sid inhale the steam from the kettle for a few minutes (5-10 if possible and the kitty is not freaking out by now..). After doing this 2-3 times, I noticed a significant improvement and much less snorting and sneezing. Poor Sid recovered and has never had an URI since.

I have used this successfully on other cats.

Replied by Debra Haskell

I'm definitely going to try ACV. Would it help to add some to the water in a warm mist humidifier?

Replied by Tristen
(Sunshine Coast, Queensland)

Thank you sooo much for this tip.

I to have taken my Jemima to the vet and been given antibiotics (which did not work).

I boiled 1 part AppleCider Vinegar & 1 part water in a saucepan, which created a steam then held Jemima over the steam with a light cloth over her head to capture the steam.

She sneezed and all the mucus came out, which I cleaned up and now she is breathing normally.

It worked instantly.

Thank You so very much



Replied by Richard
(Raleigh, North Carolina)

Apple cider vinegar worked for our cat too but our vet told us to put our cat on a raw meat diet. we mix ground beef with sardines and to our surprise he got well. So we keep him on the raw meat all the time we mix the ground beef and sardines and make meatballs and freeze it
I understand that your vet and other people will say no that is not healthy like I did. But you have to understand that all cats in the while eat their prey raw. Not cooked. Our cat has been eating this way for seven years. Which once was a very sick cat spending tons of money to go to a different vet. Now we have not gone to a vet in seven years and this cat is the pigment of health

Replied by AskMeAboutGMOs
(New York)


I'd like to add a WARNING to this. I tried this with my cat and it is too much steam for a small animal. I'm lucky my cat recovered.

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Posted by Christine (Pennsylvania) on 01/07/2017

Feline Respiratory Disease

Wow....and thank you...thank you....thank you! One of my 5 cats Opi got sick during the Christmas season of course, didn't eat or move, thought well that's it. Trip to the vet with tears in my eyes knowing he won't come home.Well $324.00 later after blood work and of course a prescription for 14 days of antibiotics, and three maybes, I was just happy that we didn't needed to put him down. The vet probably did his best he could at this point, also gave us a bag full of can food to force feed, and two pills to stimulate his appetite. I do remember asking if he may have a hairball stuck, he said no. After .ca 8 days Opi started sneezing and wheezing, my first thought was darn Antibiotics, the same happens to me till I decided not to take them anymore. I'm a firm believer of natural remedies, so why not for my cat...and that is how I found your site. In the meantime all my other cats started sneezing....when I read about organic ACV I thought, could it be that simple?

YES! It was... after one treatment...speechless....and he lost a hairball that was three fingers thick, after putting the ACV in their water. Can't thank you enough....I will never be without ACV.

Replied by Leanne

Hello Christine I foster cats, how much ACV do you put in their water roughly? I have flu going through at the moment and some cats I cant handle.

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Posted by Carmen (New York) on 12/23/2016

I'm amazed, happy and relieved. I'm also mad as H...

I have a cat who has decided to live outside and has a very serious respiratory ailment: yellow phlem coming out of his nose and drooling from his mouth. I have two indoor cats who have respiratory problems: one is breathing heavily, the other is sneezing.

I went online and found this site and learned about the Organic Apple Cider Vinegar cure for respiratory problems in cats. I bought it and tried it last night on ALL of the cats. I took cotton balls soaked in 1 cup of spring water and 2/3 cup of the OACV and I rubbed it all around the scruff of their necks and between their shoulder blades (I didn't do the half and half because I wanted to start out with a less smelly solution to get them used to it) I prayed and waited.

I am happy to report that this morning the cat with the serious respiratory problem - I thought he was going to die - is doing better. I'm amazed. One treatment. One. And this cat is breathing better, the phlem is still coming out, but not as much. His eyes look brighter. He's eating more and drinking water. He even came to me this morning and let me put the solution on him again.

The other two cats, well, let me tell you, I woke up last night to check on them and had to turn on the light because I didn't hear the heavy breathing that usually woke me up. This cat was sleeping peacefully with just a hint of heavy breathing. And the other cat only sneezed once last night.

Thank the Lord and thank you Earth Clinic.

Now, why am I mad. In fact, I am very angry because I had to adorable cats who both had respiratory infections and the Vets I took my cats to advised putting them to sleep. To spare my cats anguish I took their advice. Those cats would probably be alive today if the Vets had only told me about Organic Apple Cider Vinegar.

I am recommending OACV to all my friends. I'm also recommending this site to all my friends.

Replied by Carol

Thanks so much for info on acvinegar. At wit's end for 4 mo old kitten with upper respiratory and snotty nose. Constantly on antibiotics after got him about mo old and antibiotic shots and cipro nasal drops. Assume old enough to try this.

Replied by Jonathan

Carmen and Carol, how did your cats turn out? My two 5-mo kittens have had very bad sneezing and snotty noses (yellow/green mucus) for the two weeks I've had them. They were on antibiotics for one week and have been on L-Lysine and Probiotics since then.

I am hoping this ACV remedy will at least improve their symptoms. Did either of you continue to have problems with the URI after trying this method?

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Posted by Sweetpea522 (Central Valley Area, California) on 07/27/2016

I have a home filled with kitties, inside and outside kitties (boys outside girls inside) including 6 small litters of kittens. One of our outside cats had gotten in the house for just a few minutes while bringing in the groceries and drank from the water bowls and ate from their food bowls as well. I never thought too much of it as long as he didn't try to mate with one of the new Mommies. While outside feeding the boy cats, we noticed that the same cat who came in earlier had what looked like a scraped chin or perhaps a burn from the tailpipe of a car. We cleaned it up with a soapy cloth and water then dabbed on Neosporin. By morning he looked awful, drooling everywhere, hoarse voice, lethargic and his fur was hideously crusty on both front legs and just overall unhealthy looking. The mouth sore got worse and was having a tough time eating hard food as well. Within a week all the cats inside and out had come down with his illness, it was a nightmare! I honestly thought they were all going to die. I was devastated to say the least but after reading the cat ailments, treatment and stories of how cats responded so well to OACV (ORGANIC APPLE CIDER VINEGAR) I had a ray of hope!! It was worth a shot and I wasn't about to give up on these kitties (about 40 kitties) who are so dependant on us for care, especially under these circumstances!

After purchasing a 32oz.bottle of OACV at my local grocery store, I came home and made a batch of OACV/Water ratio of about 1/4 cup OACV to 1cup purified drinking water from our home water system. I'm sure any normal faucet water would work fine but wasn't sure at that point if I was going to try adding some to their drinking water- turns out I didn't need to do that after all. I soaked cotton balls in the solution and applied to each cat on back of their necks down thru shoulder blades and to all 4 of their paw pads, especially the fronts because they will lick them throughout their day when cleaning themselves and Wallahh!! OACV ingested by default! Most of them didn't respond with licking their paws right away as I had hoped but made sure they all had a pretty good soaking to their neckline and also their front paws topsides as well as paw pads. Make sure it gets in between their toes/claws as well so the solution gets in there real good causing them to lick due to feeling wet and uncomfortable perhaps. I did this just 2 times in 24 hr period and once the following day and what a remarkable difference. Not all cats healed at same rate but most of them made noticeable recovery within a couple of days. Their fur was looking healthier, the smell they all had while being so sick was diminishing and the drooling was almost gone as well. I continued to give them fresh clean water, thoroughly washing there water & food dishes daily including their litter boxes. Germs this serious can be spread thru their bowls being shared and their waste. I truly believe the OACV brought them back from a journey that was leading them to death. Upper respiratory illnesses in cats are seriously dangerous and many times fatal. Every cat owner should keep a bottle of. OACV on hand just in case- there are so many things it is good for! Go online, do some research, then try it for yourself. It doesn't hurt and it will help! Must be in the glass bottle, raw, unfiltered, stating "Organic" and "With The Mother" on the label.

Replied by Adrienne

Wow!! Thank you! What a story. I am in the process of trapping six abandoned, feral kittens. So far, they are passing their tests for leukemia, AIDS etc, for which I am very thankful, but they do have upper respiratory illness. Our vet gave each a seven day antibiotic shot, but that is not helping with the eyes of two of them. I'm assuming they are feeling better because we are knocking off a bacterial component of the illness, but the viral component is able to continue working on the eyes, that is, one eye each of two kittens. I think, after reading this, I will try giving them the chicken broth I make for them and adding the vinegar to the broth. I am already ripped up pretty good from one of them so trying to put vinegar directly on the kittens would be wild, to say the least. Putting antibiotic ointment into the affected eyes is enough, already! Did your kitties' eyes become inflamed, were they kind of squinting out of one of their eyes?

Replied by Cecillee
(Butler Pa)

Hello, I ended up having to bottle feed a litter of kittens after bout a month after they were born all 4 have an upper respiratory infection and can't breath at all out their little noses well 2 are refusing the bottle cause they keep choking on it cause they can't breath it's Sunday vets are closed will that vinegar help them breath? If so where can I purchase it they did eat a little bit last evening and less today so far can you please help I'm worried thank -you

Replied by Cat Lover

You are a genius.

Replied by June
(Dunmore, Pa)

Is it ok to use apple cider vinegar for my 7 or 8 week old kittens? One of them sneezes a lot. No other symptoms. If anyone knows and can let me know I'd really appreciate it.

Replied by Maddie

Hi there, I found out today after going to the vet for almost 3 months- and intermittent doses of antibiotics- that my cat Kaloo- might have a fungal infection and I might have to see a specialist- my heart sank- so I started hunting the net for alternative and proven treatments- found this site - and would like to know from any or most of the people who treated their cats that ACV remedy is a proven success- and any side effects if any ... thanking you all- Maddie

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Yes for anyone that has URI and not sure of the cats issue. I started my cat on citrisafe.. Pet bio-balancing drops. You can purchase it by looking up. Its for mold in the lungs. I also purchased the human stuff for me. I have bad asthma and lungs. Hope this helps. My lil guy is doing much better. Happy pet is a happy owner.:)

Replied by Robyn

I'm a foster, and one kitten is occasionally sneezing, and another has a weepy eye. Both are hardly tame, and there is no way I can get these antibiotics down them. I'm at my wit's end. I do have some ACV.

Replied by Flavia
(Western United States)

Sweetpea522, That's so encouraging, and am so glad for your kitties! I have used Raw Apple Cider Vinegar for my own health for years, would never be without it I n my kitchen, but never seriously thought to give to my cats. I have five cats, all spayed and neutered now, and indoor cats.

My two boy cats, 2 years old, have kitty cold or herpes, and one especially is quite miserable, but discharge is still clear. I will use on both boys cats. If you don't mind me asking: Why don't you spay and neuter your cats, to keep the population down? There is a lot of suffering with so many homeless kittens, and that is a huge responsibility, to care for dozens of cats.

Replied by Tlzick

"ripped up" by the cat? I swaddle them like babies before I put the medicine in their eyes... food for thought.

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Posted by Xosallyoh (Kentucky) on 07/06/2016

I just tried apple cider vinegar today for my mommy cat. She's a stray that I adopted right after she had the babies (all but two died, very sickly). She has never been in great health, coat is rough, but I have no history. The two surviving kittens appear to be great. Both were sick when I got them but have recovered. I used colloidal silver wash for their eyes and in water, give them lysine in the food.

Mom just started sneezing her head off about a week ago. It has steadily gotten worse. So I did the ACV on a cotton ball, rubbed her feet and scruff of neck. I've done it twice today and she has not sneezed again. That is hugely exciting for me :) I will report back after a few days. Thank you, EarthClinic. I've been a faithful reader since about 2006, this is my first review.

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Posted by Sylvie (Plantagenet, On) on 05/16/2016

Small world with similar posts! I've been treating another kitten with stubborn upper respiratory! The only thing really working for her is mixture of half water and half of organic apple cider vinegar!

I dip his front paw in it, clean up his nose and rub under it, and with a cotton ball I dip it in the mixture and rub the scruff part of the next 2-3 times, rub her ears inside and put about 10 drops in his can food! This is the only thing helping him!! It's been 3 days now and he looks so much better! 👍

Replied by Brandy
(Powhatan, Va)

How old do kittens have to be to use this method on them? I have a kitten who is almost 2 months old, can I use it on him?

Replied by Sylvie
(Plantagenet, On)

My cat was 10 months old when I tried this and I forgot to mention I was doing it 3 times a day. After 7 days my cat was cured. It's up to you if you want to try it. Now that I have found this method it's the only thing I'm using to help with URI.

Replied by Jonathan

Hey Sylvie, have your cats continued to have URI issues or did this solve it for good?

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Posted by Erin (Ferrysburg, Mi) on 11/27/2015

Thank you so much for the apple cider vinegar tip. Read on best method for administering to cats last night. The night we adopted our beautiful cat he came down with the sneezes. By the next night he has a fever of 106.5. The vet diagnosed him with Upper Respiratory Infection. He seemed to be getting better for a day or 2 but on Thursday he got even worse. He had green/yellow gunk coming out of his eyes and nose. He stopped eating and his fever was back up to 106. After finding this site I Ran out and got some raw organic apple cider vinegar last night. First I did a steam bath where I put him in his cage, covered half with a towel over a mixture of hot steaming ACV and water. Let it steam him out in the cage for 10-15 minutes. Then I rubbed some on his back and front paws. Repeated this once more before bedtime. This morning I woke up and he greeted me good morning. His temp was down to 103.5. He ate some food (which he hasn't done in a couple days). Tonight he seems even better. Yay!!!! I'll continue to give him these treatment for a few days and hopefully he will get all better.

Replied by Sylvie
(Plantagenet, Ontario Canada)

I am treating some of my kittens right now and did a mixture of 2 teaspoons of organic apple cider vinegar (the mother) in one cup of water! I dipped a cotton ball in the mixture squeezed it and rubbed the inside of their ears and dipped one of their paw in the mixture! I do this 2 to 3 times a day! I even put some on their neck! I think the best I see is mixing some of the mixture with can food! I would say maybe 10 drops! This really does the trick! I even clean their nose with it!!! Love this stuff!

Replied by Cecillee

Hello can u pleaz tell me where to buy the organic apple cider vinegar as well as does it say on it on the label organic apple cider vinegar also what is acv as well as how much water with the avc? my 3 month to d kitten is really suffering she sleeps alot with her head up and titled back I feel so sorry for her can u pleazhelp me as soon as you can thank you very much hope your kittens are doing well 😊😊.


Acv is apple cider vinegar. Braggs makes Apple Cider Vinegar with the mother (you can tell as the vinegar is cloudy when shaken). Grocery stores in my area carry it but if none in your area you can buy online from Amazon or direct from their website.

Replied by Pat

Hey Sylvie what a coincidence! I was looking for some remedies for another sick cat and stumbled upon your posting!

Replied by Déborah

I have a beautiful boy, he's 19 years old, we've had him since he was only seven weeks old, ( his sister of the same litter recently passed away JUST before her 19th birthday RIP Tisa) and her brother Shika, and since she passed away nearly 3 months ago, he just went to totally depressed, and his health is declining and fast, the vet basically said that he's developed a respiratory issue and we need to either euthanize him or let him slowly go, but I want to help him, FAST to at least help him breath. I have a humidifyer and he and I both love and need it. yes, he sleeps with me on my bed. I am so worried about my furry boy, he's been through a lot and I want to make his last days as easy as possible.

I read a lot of your how to apply the ACV but is there a video or youtube that I can watch to understand how you are really applying this to the cat? I need help, ASAP! I'm so afraid that I'm going to lose him. If he dies, I don't know how I'm going to take it, especially losing his sister of 19 years just a couple months ago. PLEASE someone, help me adminster this asap. I'm so heartbroken, my Shika needs help.

Replied by Myway

Oh dear! Take a small cup, put in 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to 3 tablespoons of filtered water. With a very clean medicine dropper, every hour, on the hour, put in 2 to 3 drops in between his gums. Do this until you see improvement.

Every 1/2 hour, give him 2 to 3 drops of filtered water to prevent dehydration.

When the kitty perks up, do the ACV procedure every 2 hours and the water procedure every 1 hour.

When the kitty wants to eat, get organic grain free wet food.

This is how I made my older kitty get over a very severe respiratory infection. It took about 3 days for measure able improvement. It was work but my sweetie is purring up a storm.


Note: No flouridated water!


Replied by Kriya Sequoia


I was reading earlier that a woman had a kitty with chronic asthma...and gave him 1/2 tsp a day of coconut oil and it cured him after 7 days. He threw up a bit...the toxins. Google Earth Clinic Cats Asthma...and the page will come up. It's the first one, under coconut oil.. Maybe it could clear him out?

Hope he's ok, Kriya

Replied by Kimberlly
(Mesa, Az)

Aww, I am so sorry for your loss and I do hope the cat you still have feels better soon. I am just learning that ACV works for upper respiratory disease. I have had one cat for two years and when I adopted her, she already had the condition. I have tried all different types of Lysine in every form and brand I can find, antibiotics to thin out the junk she sneezes, and humidifiers. None of them work at all or it is does lessen her symptoms, it is not for very long. A couple of weeks ago, I got two kittens, one for me and one for my daughter. We named them Simba and Nala, well my daughter named them that. Now, they are starting to sneeze! Seriously? Am I going to have 3 cats sneezing junk all over my house? That stuff comes out of her nose with some force sometimes!

Replied by Suseeq
(Sydney Australia)

Please consider vitamin c and colloidal silver.

Replied by Lilly

Thank you all for your information and sharing. Two days ago, I had one kitten sneezing and now all my 4 fosters and one rescue now have it. Will keep you posted on how it works.

Replied by Coco
(Staten Island Ny)

My cat adopted 6 years ago with a horrible case of URI never really got over it 100%. I as well as the vet we were suspecting the allergies, I tried anything to minimize exposure to any allergen, nothing was helping. Cat was always sneezing, gagging. Finally another vet diagnosed her (the cat) with the feline herpes virus that symptoms in cats with constant rhinovirus. I am using Lysine to keep her immune system up and humidifier to keep her nose wet not mentioning constant wiping the buggers. I will try the ACV for sure.

Replied by Flavia
(Western United States)

Suseeq, what kind of vitamin C, and in what form is safe to give to cats? There is C citrate, C ester. It is confusing. Also, how much is too much vitamin C to give to an adult cat, about 10 lbs?

Replied by Roxy

Currently battling deworming, a bot fly bite, and what seems to be a URI starting. If I'm not cleaning diarrhea, I'm changing bedding, washing my hands until they are now bleeding, and my clothes are washed and changed at least 3 times a day. The vet estimates Frank to be about 7 weeks old. When I took him they gave him dewormer, his first boosters, & antibiotics for the fly bite. I'm trying the ACV approach as he has just started sneezing and watery eyes this morning. I'm praying it works.

Replied by Mary Jo
(North Carolina)

The vinegar makes my Noah kitty foam at the mouth .. he hates it,, I dont know how to get it in him .. :(

EC: Hi Mary Joe, Please see this Earth Clinic page for the paw and scruff method: https://www.earthclinic.com/pets/acv_for_cats.html

Replied by AskMeAboutGMOs
(New York)

I did the steam in the carrier. I don't recommend it. I'm lucky that my cat recovered.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Gatitos And Kittens (Barcelona, Spain) on 11/11/2014

I live in spain and I have a colony of 15 cats. With the cold weather they have almost all gotten sick with FRI or URI. I am unable to pay for a vet for these kitties and obviously things like keeping them in a warm room or seperating the sick from the healthy is impossible with a feral colony so I am going to use the ACV approach. Today is going to be day one of the approach and I would like to document it as I go to help others out there. I will be doing it here and on a social network where they have a page and praying the outcome is positive. I am currently with 9 full grown adults, females are spayed, two kittens 9 months old and four kittens about 4 months old. All the sick ones are with runny nose and eyes, laboured breathing and sneezing and coughing fits. I have started treating the kittens with a 50% water to ACV on back of necks, face wash and on their food. I will try update often. Wish me luck!!

Replied by Suseeq
(Sydney Australia)

I think you need to try colloidial silver and put a little vicks around their nostrils but don't stop them from breathing.

Replied by Diamond

Gatitos; I had once captured many cats and kittens with FIV with me it didn't work out very well because I didn't have any knowledge of FIV or any sick cats/dogs at all. I took them to vets. and it cost me a huge bundle they only lived to be approx. a year but with newer advice I think this issue can be helped out a lot more. You might like to try Wild Harvest/ Goldenseal it's especially for the support of mucous membranes including the sinus's it has helped one of my cats in a great way/ also you might try probiotics such as cats claw or grape seed extract. They are both safe to take but not at the same time/s try to space these out a bit.Stay calm. Good Luck.

Replied by Tabitha
(Gassaway, Wv)

I have 3 cats, one is over a year old the other two are not even a year old. The one is almost over the URI after using the ACV. His sister is now on the ACV, because naturally the URI is going around with them, but tonight I noticed when she has her sneezing fits that her nose is bleeding. Has anyone had this problem? or is it possible that all the dry crusted snot is breaking free and bleeding? My husband says its the dry stuff breaking free, but I have a very special bond with my Cuda and im afraid of her dying from this. She was doing fine until I put vinegar on her face a few minutes ago, thats when I noticed the bleeding. I have also been doing treatments with a nebulizer with the ACV water mixture, and that is honestly what has helped the most with both the cats. Havent done it on the other yet, he is just starting to weez. If anyone can help me with this please let me know. Thank you! This site has saved 3 cats lives with this information! I will recommend it to everyone

Replied by Linda
(Cocoa Beach Florida)

My cat has been sneezing a lot for the last year! And about a month ago my cat starting having dripping blood from her nose. She is 13 and thin but does have a huge appetite which the vet says id due to a thyroid problem. I just read that the nose bleeding could be from having an upper respitory infection for a long time and being stressed because of it can cause nose bleeding. So I looked on the internet for naturally calming herbs for cats. Camomile and hops! So going to Lowes tomorrow and getting those plants and going to chop some up and put it in her food. Hopefully if she calms down this will help along with some natural antibiotics.

Replied by Gatitos And Kittens
(Barcelona, Spain)

Hello everyone. As reported in my original post I treated the kittens who were sick with URI's or FVI with ACV. Sadly one of the kittens did die. In the end I tried steam with him and I even went to the pharmacy and begged them to sell me amoxicillin (of course they wouldnt sell it to me with out a prescription). The other kittens and cats did recover but this disease has killed many more of my kittens as of today. It seems that once the cat starts coughing everything I try is in vain. If they recover before they start to cough then they come out fine but once they cough its all down hill. At first I tried getting more aggressive with the ACV treatment but it seemed to affect the kittens negatively and they died much quicker then the kittens who stopped having the ACV once they started coughing. I would recommend that if you are dealing with this do not put all your trust into ACV. It does alleviate the symptoms for my cats but the kittens are to weak and need something to fight the virus off for them. To date I have lost 5 or 6 kittens to this. I do have a FB page dedicated to my cats and kittens which I use to try and find them homes so that they will not have to live feral lives. If you would like to see videos of the kittens coughing there are some posted there. Good luck to anyone out there trying to help animals!

Replied by Judy
(West Virginia)

I just wanted to stress how important it is to help you pet get stronger as much as possible along with the treatment that you decide to use so that your pet can recuperate better, especially when it hasn't much of an appetite. I have nine cats. One of my cats has FeLV & FIV for about 3 years now. Because of this he is susceptible to a number of problems including URI. I try to keep his immune system as strong as possible using something a vet told me about a product called "VIYO Recuperation". This has helped me get through some very difficult times with all of my cats. I just wanted to share this because it has worked so well. I also heard ground up pumpkin seed has a lot of good qualities. I hope this helps.

Replied by Joe The Cat
(Sarnia, Ontario)


Vick's vapour rub is actually toxic to cats!

Replied by Linda

Eucalyptus, camphor...ingredients in Vicks are toxic to cats. poison

Replied by Sal

Do not shop at CVS pharmacy. They are expensive and do not have anything good for animals. If you have somewhere there any kind of feed store they can better help.

Replied by Karen
(Manchester, Md)

If you need amoxicillin buy fish mox-it's amoxicillin for fish and its the same as the prescription.

Replied by Donna
(Bunkie, Louisiana)

Clavamox tablets work best for cats; drops for kittens if the Organic Apple Cider vinegar is not helping with upper respiratory infections.

Replied by Flavia
(Western United States)

Judy West, I agree in part with your comment, that it is crucial to help get an animal's immune system strong again, with these good, natural supplements. All the more reason then to avoid the typical vet's recommendations of any harsh medications. The medication you mention: VIYO Recuperation has ingredients that are harmful to a cat with a delicate immune system. Did you read the ingredient label? It contains animal "by-products" - which is the cheapest, lowest quality meat, and milk and dairy, which is very hard for most cats to digest, because of the very large fat molecules in it. The old myth that milk is good for kitties is outdated, and simply untrue - milk is generally bad for felines. Some may tolerate it well, but it is generally a bad idea, and will result in diarrhea and then dehydration in cats. If you MUST give a dairy product to a cat (why?) then try GOAT MILK YOGURT. Not the milk, but the YOGURT with active cultures. Goats are much smaller animals, the fat in their milk is easier for cats to digest.

Replied by Flavia
(Western United States)

Tabitha Gassaway, did your kitty end up doing okay? To anyone reading, I would suggest NOT putting vinegar solution directly on the face, not on the nose either, because just like when we have a cold, our noses become more sensitive, and it might burn. Instead put it where they will lick it off, like paws, back, neck, maybe a bit on their chest and chin. Apple three, maybe four times a day for bad cases with lots of mucous.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Tim (Jackson,ga.) on 04/01/2014

I just wanted tell the story of Kona, our 15+yro Siamese Bob tail Cat.She has always struggled with the changes from winter to spring, so just 3 weeks ago took her to the vet for what seemed like congestion and bad sounding cough. She received a steroid shot and we got a $70 bill. Brought her home, gave her extra care when she didn't want to be outside and she got better, was eating and drinking again.Then came the last week in March where we could not find her and by the evenings of the 25th &26th she had not did her typical routine of shredding the weather stripping at the front or rear doors after dark to come in for the night, by about 5pm on the 27th I found her sitting in our pasture on a bed of leaves with her nose pressed to the ground, wouldn't respond to being called or making noise to get her to look up, couln't see her breathing at all, I was sure she had passed away, I next climbed over the fence and as I got closer, she looked up and made a pitiful meow, she was in worse shape than in previous weeks. We quickly got her to the Vet before closing where she spent the night and was given iv fluids, antibiotics and a X ray that showed her lungs clear of issues.

After a $300 vet bill she came home that Friday the 28th. She still looked horrible, wouldn't eat or drink.Though the Vet said he thought she would be ok, everyone at home thought she was in her last days if not hours. By mid day Saturday I looked at EC's pet section, read about Apple Cider Vinegar and all of the positive stories of how it helped others pets, but I could not wrap my head around on how to treat Kono with this. Vapor? wasn't sure how to do that and She wasn't about to eat or drink anything and she wasn't going to let me force it on her, already tried getting mashed food from a baby bottle to only have it spit out.Then Sunday evening came and a plan had come to me.

First I filled a tea kettle with 1 cup water 1/2cup raw (w/mother) ACV, brought to a boil, poured a mug full and placed it in front of the pet carrier and covered all with a heavy towel to trap the vapor. I tried this a couple of times and decided it was not effective enough with little vapor and it cooling off to quickly. So next I brought the kettle back up to boil then turned down to a low simmer, placed the cat carrier with towel over it onto the counter next to the stove. Found a empty paper towel tube, then I placed over the spout of the Kettle that allowed me to direct the steam into the carrier but the cardboard will become soggy and fall apart after awhile, a heavier cardboard are a tube made of plastic would work better. I decided to offset the kettle from the eye on the (glass cook top stove) toward the carrier, carefully covering the the kettle and carrier under the towel but take caution from getting burned from steam or from the burner eye, I Do NOT Recommend trying this with a gas top stove or even a stove with a electric coiled eyes, this would be a fire hazard and possible injury to pet and owner, Please use COMMON SENSE. Leaving a opening on back of carrier to allow vapor to flow through or letting out some vapor several times in a treatment, this proved to be very effective. Did this method for less than 20minutes at a time...

Monday morning she was standing and stretching in the kennel but still had green goo coming from her eyes and still not eating or drinking. Proceeded with another vapor treatment that morning in which afterwards the green goo started to come out of her nostrils, I thought Progress, then treated again that evening, slowly but surley she started to improve to the point that she decided to drink a good bit of water and finally wanted outside, then walked around the house and went straight to the food bowl on the back deck.She chose to stay outside for the night, she didn't like the kennel thing, went to find her with a flashlight around 9:30 but she hides well.This morning about 7:30 am, April 1st she walked up the back steps into the kitchen, then went right into eating dry food.Took a nap then wanted back out again. She seems much better and more like her normal self again. Thanks to all who contribute to this site.

Replied by Jennifer
(Goldsboro, Nc)

What do you mean when you speak of apple cider vinegar (with mother)? I don't understand what the mother part means. Thanks.

EC: Usually raw and organic apple cider vinegar has"the mother." It will have a cloudy look to it or appear to have cobwebs in it. It contains important nutrients.

Replied by Jennifer
(Goldsboro, Nc)

What do you mean when you speak of apple cider vinegar (with mother)? I don't understand what the mother part means. Thanks.

EC: Usually raw and organic apple cider vinegar has "the mother."  It will have a cloudy or appear to have cobwebs in it.  It contains important nutrients.

Replied by Aen
(Whidbey Island, Wa)

The ACV that is the good one says "The Mother" on the label.

Replied by Flavia
(Western United States)

Jennifer Goldsboro, the "mother" in RAW apple cider vinegar means the culture that makes the vinegar fermented, nutritious, and of good medicinal use. If you just use any plain apple cider vinegar, and if it does NOT have the words "raw" and "mother" on the label, it is good only for salads - not for any medicinal value.

You can find this raw apple cider vinegar (with the "mother" culture) even in Walmart, and in lots of big chain supermarkets, but you can for sure find it at upscale grocery stores. I get mine for a good price at Walmart. One of the best brands is Bragg's. A large bottle can last months, and costs relatively little. It's GREAT to have on hand, for animals and people alike, for all sorts of ailments.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Zabrina (Cape Breton, NS) on 02/21/2014

I REALLY NEED HELP!!!!!! I don't have apple cider vinegar in the bottle yet but I do have the pills and they are 500mg. My 1 and a 1/2 yr.old male Maine Coon cat Rocky, has a respiratory infection. What would be the safe dose to give him? He's about 10 lbs could be a little more but only by a pound or 2. I don't have the money for a vet and what I've been seeing and hearing, antibiotics don't cure this anyway. Does aanyone out there know the dose for the pill form and if that will work till I can get him the bottle AVC?

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Zabrina!

Sorry to hear about Rocky's URI.

Couple things for you.

Its hard to know just what Rocky has - virus or bacteria - without a qualified veterinary opinion. And, since that is not an option right now, ADV certainly applies in this case.

And, the ACV capsules, tablets or pills vary widely in efficacy as the labeling appears to be very inconsistent; hands down, the real deal is ideal and the pills do not measure up. I am not aware of any lethal dose of ACV; side effects would be upset stomach from acidity - so if using a liquid a pinch of baking soda would help with that.

That said if this were my cat and the pills were all I had, I would try dosing 1 pill at each feeding, morning and night. I would also alkalize his water by adding baking soda to the water - start with 1/2 teaspoon into 1 liter of pure non-chlorinated water and see how he takes that. If he avoids it like the plague, change the water out and try 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to the water. Once he accepts the water you can gradually increase the dose to 1/2 teaspoon per liter. Do this for 7 days, and then cut back to the 1/4 teaspoon dose.

If the symptoms you are seeing are snotty nose and discharge, keep his nostrils clear. If he is coughing consider OTC children's homeopathic cough syrup. You might also consider putting him in the bathroom and shutting it up tight and steaming him with a few drops of Tea Tree Oil in the steam water - consider more ideas for steaming options here:


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Lauralea (West Memphis, Ar) on 10/24/2013

I need to know how much ACV to put on my kitty's neck for a Upper Respiratory Infection (URI). I used a cotton ball but not sure if that got enough on his neck. Cotton ball, syringe? Thank you for any help!

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Lauralea!

You want to first make sure you get the most effective ACV - the raw, unfiltered type with an active culture [mother] in it.

I would take a small amount - 1/2 cup say, and dilute that with 1/2 cup distilled or filtered tap water; this will cut some of the harshness on the tongue.

I then just dip my cats paws in it, or pour it on their leg and really saturate it so they have to really lick it up to work it dry. Do this twice a day, am and pm.

You can also put a few drops of ACV into your cat's water bowl; my cats will NOT touch if its more than a few drops and you for sure want your kitty to want to drink especially with an infection.

Replied by Sarah Hzm
(Cairo, Egypt)

I have an inquiry, Theresa, what if Organic raw apple vinegar isn't available and the only type available for me is the manufactured one like California Garden, I searched lots of hypermarkets and health stores but I didn't find it anywhere. Can I use California Garden instead?

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Sarah!

The less expensive brands of ACV simply use white vinegar and add apple flavoring to it; some report good health results but I really think you have to have the raw type with the mother for optimal health benefits - this if you take it internally. If you are using it for washing then by all means use the white stuff or the pasturized kind/not raw variety.

Have you tried Health Harvest, located in Ramez Street, branched from Shehab Street, Mohendessin? They are reputed to have the raw ACV that you seek. Wadi foods is also supposed to carry a good quality ACV - again check for raw/unfiltered/unpasturized.

Replied by Mindy
(Los Angeles)

My sons girlfriend came over with two bangel kitties ( one got calyces Virus and had a 104 fever and was very ill, ulcers all over her mouth and tounge I had carafate, so I gave it to her, then her sister contracted it too. Then I have four 5 to 6 week old kittens (who 'i mix formula and food now . One of the cats has diarrhea & congestion and seems to give a cough and had snot in her nose . I already have 1 cat and three small dogs and now, my 4 year old dog is sneezing whom I found in my bed not wanting to move. ( I made her get off and eat and gave her some antihistamine) . I notice the other day that sick kitten crying and it seemed to have a bellyache, not sure, it was bed time and the cry was different then I had heard before. Yesterday, she had a fever was shaking and her nose was congested, today she has congestion in her chest and although she ate this morning, I tried to give her straight formula and she wasn't having it. I want to give her the ACV... But I have no idea how much to give her and am scared to death, now my animals have it and it will spread.

The bangles had calyces virus. Is this what this is .? The vet said all the cats now have it, however none of them have those symptoms . I am very anxious ..

They are foster kitties that came here and I keep getting told the foster place will pay for the vet, the formula and everything else. This hasn't been the case, so either the girlfriend is out of and is putting off having the rescue pay for this or basically, there is no rescue . The bangles she found. I cannot afford to take another one to the vet ( one of them cost me $108.00) I have spent over $240.00 n the last two to three weeks, ( Im so exhausted from taking care of them all, and cant seem to find a place that will lower any cost to foster kitties. I am very afraid that all of them are going to contract her infection ( my animals one seem to already) and that they are going to die. Any suggestions?

Thanks, Mindy

Replied by Suseeq
(Sydney Australia)

Mindy, please help your kittens with vit c and also colloidal silver 5mls 3x a day.

Replied by Rachel

Mindy, You are a saint hunny & w/o you all these babies would have died or will die. I know your exhausted & broke but don't give up & find somebody to help & give you time off & away from these guys. What is acv? Where do I get it & is it used for month 1/2 old kittens w/ upper res]story inf? I need help fast. Thank you

EC: acv - apple cider vinegar

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