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Apple Cider Vinegar - is it good for cats?
10 years ago

I have heard that†if we put a few drops of Apple Cider Vinegar†in their water it would†benefit their skin and coat.†It is said†that it makes their coat shinier and their skin healthier and even helps if they have an allergy condition. I have also heard that putting a few drops in†kitty's water bowl would affect the acidity of†its urine and help with UTI. I have asked my vet but he doesn't know anything about it although he believes that it wouldn't do them any harm. I am wondering if that is true and what is your opinion/experience?

P.S. I am using only raw Apple Cider Vinegar, from†our local†health store.

10 years ago

Hi Xenia!

I've never heard of using it, but you got me curious, so†I looked it up online and found this interesting article with some great tips.

As a pet care product, apple cider vinegar (ACV) is hard to beat for its versatility, availability and cost.

†Use the unfiltered, organic ACV that has not been pasteurized for best results.

ACV should not be fed however, to a pet who is sensitive or allergic to yeast. In these cases it is believed that the vinegar can feed or exacerbate the problem.

Here are some of the more common benefits you can derive by using apple cider vinegar as a natural product for cats.

Pet Care - Daily Health Tonic

The minerals, enzymes and acids in unpasteurized apple cider vinegar can supplement your pet's existing diet. It can be added either directly to the†cats food or drinking water.
Besides being a good source of easily absorbable potassium, apple cider vinegar aids digestion, inhibits the growth of unfriendly bacteria and helps maintain the proper acid/alkaline balance of the digestive tract.

Many holistic Vets recommend a daily dosage of:

  • 1 tsp (5 ml) for small to medium†cats†(up to 14 lb)
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) for†large†cats (15†lb and up)

††Pet Care - Ear Care Product

Unfortunately a large percentage of cats visits to the veterinarian are for ear problems, but the good news is, you can help reduce these visits by cleaning your pet's ears on a regular weekly basis.
An inexpensive way to do this is to dip a soft cotton ball into a solution of equal parts apple cider vinegar and water, and use it to swab the inside of his or her ear.

For an infected ear, use 5 ml of the 50:50 vinegar water solution per 20 lbs (9 kg) of body weight, applying the solution with a syringe obtained from your local pharmacy. Gently rub in the solution then wipe the inside of the ear with a soft cotton ball. This should be done daily for 5 days.

The vinegar helps to control the growth of unfriendly bacteria and other microorganisms that are a common cause of ear infections, and as a result, this will help keep your pets from scratching their ears.

Pet Care - Fleas and Ticks

Rather than use commercial sprays, powders, pills or collars that use very toxic chemicals to kill fleas and ticks, many people prefer to take a more natural holistic approach. According to Martin Goldstein, DVM, some of these products could also be harmful to your pets.

As an alternative, Roger DeHaan, DVM, suggests using a homemade shampoo and rinse that kills fleas and at the same time soothes irritated skin:

  • Add to an 8-ounce bottle of your favorite pet shampoo, 10 drops of tea tree oil and one tablespoon (15 ml) of aloe vera and shake well.

  • Shampoo your pet as you would normally then wait for 6-10 minutes.

  • Rinse with apple cider vinegar diluted in water. (1 tablespoon ACV to 1 pint of water)

For minor flea infestations, another recommendation involves washing your pet with a gentle shampoo, followed by a thorough rinse then spraying on apple cider vinegar diluted with an equal amount of warm water. Allow the pet to drip or shake dry.

The fleas will drown in the soapy shampoo water and the vinegar rinse will acidify your pet's skin making it very unattractive to other fleas and ticks.

Pet Care - Relief for skin problems

Apply unpasteurized apple cider vinegar with the aid of a soft cotton ball, directly to burns or skin acne to soothe and promote healing.

For dry itchy skin, hot spots, or skin infections you can bathe your pet in warm water then rinse him or her with a solution of 1 part ACV to 3 parts water. This vinegar rinse will also leave their coats soft and shiny.

Pet Care - Skunk Odor Removal

Bathing your dog or cat in tomato juice is the most widely used method to remove the sharp smell of skunk from any pet that has had an unfortunate run in with a skunk.

If you are caught without a supply of tomato juice, don't fret, vinegar can be used as well. Many authorities recommend you sponge undiluted vinegar into his coat and skin. Be careful not to get the solution in your pet's eyes, allow it to dry and then follow with a mild pet shampoo and warm water rinse.

Pet Care - Remove Cat Urine

If your cat urinates on your favorite carpet or couch, apply or spray white vinegar onto the soiled area as soon as possible.
Allow it to soak for 10 minutes to absorb the odor and loosen the stain then blot it up with paper towels. Repeat if necessary.
Always test the vinegar on a small section of carpet or fabric first to make sure it does not fade the existing colors.

10 years ago
Great info Sandy! THANK YOU>
10 years ago

Hi Xenia! Thank you! This is a very interesting topic.

I cant wait to†hear if others also use†vinegar for their kitties.

10 years ago

Also Sandy I think that it is great if ACV really can help with UTI and allergies, they are among the most common catís diseases as this remedy is harmless and so cheap.

I started with putting 7 drops in Pushpam's and Shoonya's water bowls and they like it. Will keep you posted on this subject.

This post was modified from its original form on 13 Feb, 9:24

10 years ago

Yes, Xenia, please do keep us posted on this.

My kitty Roxie has allergies too, and I've tried just about every remedy†on her with not much success with any of them. I did find a natural†oatmeal spray that seemed to sooth her skin some, but her skin allergy always comes back. I think I may try the vinager†with her.

This post was modified from its original form on 13 Feb, 9:29
10 years ago

Sandy you are wonderful!† I am going to copy and save your post!† I knew about the vinegar for cleaning and prevention of yeast infections in dogs ears and now I am going to see if it will help my Suzy and her stomach problems!† Thanks ever so much for your sharing.


10 years ago

Hi Sugar!

I'm so glad Xenia brought this to our attention. I am going to get some and try it on Roxie.

It did say to only use the unfiltered, organic ACV that has not been pasteurized.

10 years ago

Yes, it seems that ACV could be very beneficial to our cats, it could even bust their immune system†but be warned - one should use it with caution.

Please read why:

Changing the pH of the urine by adding ACV to cats diet†can be detrimental as it pushes the urine pH in the opposite direction leading to one type of crystal / stone forming and/or the other direction resulting in the other type forming. One must be careful when you start adding "extras" to your cats diets - esp. when it comes to urine pH. The urine pH is held at a very narrow range and any slight alteration can lead to infections and/or crystal formation, as well as a slew of other things too.

So please if you decide to add ACV to your cats water bowls (as I do) consieder the size of the water bowl and add ONLY few drops to it (I add 5-7 drops on half liter bowl).

This has been brought to my attention by a veterinarian and Care2 member, Erin G. Thank you Erin.

This post was modified from its original form on 14 Feb, 6:46
10 years ago
Thank you Xenia! This is very inportant to know! Thanks!
10 years ago

I will be very careful!† I did copy and print the whole thing out.† So again thanks,


10 years ago

May I ask hosts to blue pin this thread so that we can easily find it when we need it? It contains a valuable info.

10 years ago

Thanks, Xenia, for bringing this up and Sandy for finding the information. I printed out everything for future reference.

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