An update to this post has been published – Apple Cider Vinegar for Cats Updated
In researching holistic care for cats, there are a few remedies that come up over and over again. One of these is apple cider vinegar (ACV) – something I use to treat bladder infection in my own body. From what I’ve seen ACV is effective in treating a number of ailments in cats; bladder blockages and infections, ear infections, mange, fleas, mites, ringworm, upper respiratory problems, and more. It is suggested that the ACV used in remedies be organic and with the “mother.” Always dilute apple cider vinegar when using it with cats!
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Using Apple Cider Vinegar Internally
When ingested, apple cider vinegar helps to make an acidic environment the digestive tract. This breaks up bladder crystals and kills harmful bacteria. Taking ACV internally is a remedy for bladder blockages, bladder infections, respiratory infections, and other illnesses caused by bacteria. Along with using ACV, cats which normally eat dry food should be switched to wet food and up their moisture intake.
Adding apple cider vinegar to cat food
- Mix 1/4 teaspoon apple cider vinegar with 1 teaspoon of chicken broth (I’ve heard tuna juice also works)
- Add the mixture to the cat’s wet food.
- Repeat this treatment at every feeding until the cat’s symptoms improve (within a few days).
Adding apple cider vinegar to your cat’s water
- Mix 1-2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup of water
- Dip the cat’s paw into the mixture and allow them to lick it off. It isn’t necessary for the cat to drink the entire mixture. Just getting some of it in them will help.
- Repeat a few times daily until symptoms improve.
Applying Apple Cider Vinegar Topically
Parasites are not fond of ACV’s acidity. Applying a hearty ACV mixture to your cat topically can kill fleas, mites, and ringworm. This mixture can also clean their skin thoroughly, removing allergens that cause acne and itching. Please note: the acid in ACV can be abrasive to a cat’s tender skin, so be sure to dilute it. Young or sensitive cats may need a more diluted mix.
Cleaning your cat’s ears
- Mix warm water and apple cider vinegar
- Dunk a paper towel in the mixture
- Squeeze out the liquid into your cat’s ear. You may want to hold another paper towel to the side of your cat’s head to keep the liquid from dripping down.
- Repeat until the ear is sufficiently clean.
- Bathe the cat and use shampoo.
- Rinse using a warm water and apple cider vinegar mix.
- Towel dry the cat (make sure they stay warm).
- Gently scrub the cat’s body with a soft bristled tool, such as a toothbrush. This is to remove any of the mange you’ve just killed.
- Lather the cat with castor oil or olive oil to suffocate the mange even further.
Apple Cider Vinegar Rub
Use this technique to treat allergy skin, acne, fleas, and ringworm. If allergies are the problem, also try switching to ceramic or stainless steel food dishes as well as changing to a scent free/low dust cat litter.
- Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 1 part water (dilute this more if necessary).
- Dip a paper towel in the mixture.
- Rub the damp paper towel over your cat’s skin and fur. It is okay if they lick it off. As stated above, cats and ingest apple cider vinegar without any problems.
What are your favorite holistic remedies for cats?
Source – Much of the information in this post was compiled from the discussion about ACV on Earth Clinic.com