Looking for home remedies to treat cats with UTI, I came across apple cider vinegar. So, I tried it and I am so amazed at the results, I had to share it!
My female cat, Pudding, is getting on a bit, but still in her late prime. In recent years, she often has UTI trouble. A UTI means urinary tract infection, or cystitis. Pudding has all the symptoms… problems with frequent urination, sometimes with blood in it. She will spend ages squatting in the garden, passing small amounts. It is upsetting to see.
This time, it seemed a little worse. Peeing around three times an hour, and in freezing temperatures outside. She always stays in at night time, so in the morning there was numerous surprises waiting for me.
Thinking I would have to take her to the vets again, I googled some home remedies. The trouble with taking Pudding to the vets is that it really distresses her as she is pretty feral at times, and I know she’ll be given antibiotics that will work, but the UTI will also return at some point later. Frequent trips to the vets is costly, so I was keen to see if there was anything I can do to help her myself.
Please note… if you are unsure what is wrong with your cat, take it to get checked by a professional. This is an ongoing problem with my cat, so I know exactly what it is. Also, if you have a male cat, UTI can be more serious as the urethra can become blocked, stopping them from peeing. It’s best to get a vet’s advice.
I have always been aware of the medicinal benefits of apple cider vinegar. I know it is often used to treat poultry complaints, but I never knew it could be given to cats. Pleased to learn it was safe for cats, I thought I’d give it a try.
Reasons why Apple Cider Vinegar works for Cat UTI
One reason why apple cider vinegar helps cats with cystitis is because it is acidic. UTI’s can develop because the contents of the bladder is often alkaline, especially if a cat is fed dry foods. This means small stones and sandy grit can form, that can irritate the bladder or block the urethra. The acid in apple cider vinegar works to neutralise the alkali, helping to dissolve stones.
Apple cider vinegar has anti-bacterial properties. The power of vinegar at fighting harmful bacterial has been well documented. When ingested, apple cider vinegar is thought to help fight off infection.
How to give cat apple cider vinegar
I did read a few methods of how to give a cat apple cider vinegar. One included putting a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar into a cup of water and dipping the cat’s paws in in three times a day. The idea is that the cat will absorb some through the skin and will ingests the rest while grooming.
Pudding is not a picky-up sort of cat, so there is no way I could dip paws. She does, however, love tuna.
I mixed up a tablespoonful of tuna and a tiny bit of mayo. To that I added half a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar that I had in the cupboard and mixed well. I tasted it and I could barely tell it was there, so I offered it to Pudding who ate the lot. This was about 10 o’clock at night.
Did it work?
As you can guess from the opening of this post, the result was nothing less than amazing. After the first dose, I went to bed and, yes, the next morning there was some pee on the bathroom floor.
Thinking it might take some time to work, I mixed up another half teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and gave it to her for breakfast. By lunchtime, I could see a difference!
I let her out and she had one pee, came back in and slept for two hours! The day before she was going outside to pee every 20 minutes! Later in the afternoon, she went out again and she did spend quite a while squatting, so not cured yet. But, when she had finished, she again slept for a long time. So, since giving my cat apple cider vinegar, the frequency of needing to pee radically slowed down. It was a start!
Later that night, I again gave her half a teaspoon in tuna, and I’m pleased to say there was even more improvement. No peeing in the house during the night and when I let her outside she did her business quickly. As the day went on, she still spent a longer time squatting than what is normal, but it was improving and, again, the frequency was much less.
After being given half a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar three time per day, for three days, Pudding seemed pretty much back to her normal self!
I have never tried apple cider vinegar to treat cat cystitis before, but I really can’t believe how well it worked. I’m sure Pudding is relieved too, literally. Now I think I will put the odd half teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, perhaps twice a week, just to keep her bladder healthy. I will report back to tell you how it goes!
Where can I get apple cider vinegar?
I just used a supermarket apple cider vinegar as that was what I had in the cupboard. There are other more potent apple cider vinegars, ones that include something called ‘mother’. That does sound a bit odd, but it just means that it is unpasteurised, unfiltered and contains a higher amount of beneficial compounds found in vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar is also available here.
Using apple cider vinegar for cats UTI has worked for Pudding. If you try it on your cat and there is no improvement, take it to a vet for a professional opinion!
One more note to add:
While apple cider vinegar did help my cat, I found that it was not a long lasting solution. Changing my cat’s food to Royal Canin Urinary Care has solved the problem, as long as she stays on that diet.
Specialist cat biscuits can be expensive, but I found buying in bulk really reduced the cost, and the cheapest place to buy from is Zooplus.co.uk.
If Pudding has any flare ups of cystitis again, I will be reaching for the apple cider vinegar once more for quick treatment.