Apple cider vinegar is great for crystals and UTIs in cats. The vets would be out of business if they recommended ACV, because it heals almost everything. In addition to all the skin disorders that cause scratching and hair loss, I have cured my male cats crystals which almost killed him 4 yrs ago. I had great success clearing another cats urinary tract infection. Wish I had known about this remedy last year when I had a house full of foster cats with upper respiratory infections. It cost a bundle having them all on antibiotics. People and their pets should have Apple Cider Vinegar everyday for many many reasons as reflected in this outstanding site. Thank goodness for the Internet, because this is information the doctors sure won't tell us. They have an expensive office visit and a toxic pill for everything.
New Prague, Mn
Johannesburg, South Africa
I just wanted to let you know how wonderful ACV is. My cat started showing symptoms of a UTI. I stumbled upon your web site and thought I'd try this remedy on him hopeing It could decrease his infection until I could get him to the vet. It not only decreased it but he is acting like his old self again. He is having bowel movements and urinating normal again. He is energetic and running around the house with the energy of a kitten. His coat is shiny and soft. I will still take him to the vet and get his urine tested but I am confident that it will show no sign of his illness. Thank you for helping folks who are searching for natural remedies to treat illness.
Well, after my Catzilla (trust me, she's totally earned her name) started peeing all over my computer room, all over any loose clothing, boxes, carpet and anywhere else soft, I knew something was amiss. I, too, just like most of the people on this site, cannot afford vet bills or even a check up (I can't even get myself to the dentist as it is).
She started this behavior last week and after my wife and I had given her two capsules of cranberry extract with a 5 ml water chaser every day, she seemed to improve by week's end. But, a couple of days ago she started back again, same behavior. We started back with the cranberry as the wife believed this to be a better solution at the moment. I knew about this site last week and kept trying to remember to buy some organic ACV but would keep forgetting.
So, yesterday, I got some org. ACV and administered 1/4 tsp with 1/2 tsp of water. She's seemed on again, off again in her recovery. She was crying but her crying isn't nearly as bad. Ups and downs, really. I just gave her some more cranberry with water and she's laying down near the door on the carpet. Sometimes, she licks her "spot" but then she stops after a little while. I've been trying to give her at least two doses of the ACV a day. I know I can't expect miracles overnight, as most of you have received but I'm really frustrated and not sure what to do. We've decided by Thursday, if she isn't better, we're taking her in. Any pointers from those who have had success with the ACV I can use to try and expedite Zilla's recovery?
Thank you so much for your help. I just want Catzilla better. She's just so miserable lately.
Sioux Falls, Sd
Re:crystals and blockages in cats...I have heard that the tap water that cats drink in certain cities causes crystals and blockages. One of the first things I would do is have your cat drink only purified water. This may prevent future issues. Maybe the city water in Sierra Madre is problematic. My pets only drink purified spring water. I don't trust LA water!!
This site has been so helpful for years and it's so much worth reading I'd like to put a grain of sand for those who are helpless -and terrified- seeing a cat with urinary blockage, especially when vets can do so little that they put mine through 4 catherizations (only to make matters worse) and then surgery for absolutely nothing. Only God knows how I stumbled upon Cantharis, the 6c dose, by Boiron. My little one is alive because of this. It may take a couple of days if it's been ongoing, maybe less. If he doesn't want to lick the 3 or 4 small pebbles I syringe them, first diluted in a tiny bit of spring or filtered water, or sometimes he'll lick the water-diluted little pebbles adding a tad of chicken baby food. 1st time depending on how bad the blockage I've given it twice in 3 or 4 hrs., then another couple of times during the day more or less according to progress. Has to be given on an empty stomach and with no less than 30 to 45 min. clear of any feedings, before or after. This is only to be given for a few days, so looking for everyday help, I'll try the ACV. Thanks.
I have been trying to combat problems with all my 4 legged family members for the past 3 years. My 10 year old male (neutered) cat, Mr. BB, gave me a bit of a scare when, 2 days ago, he didn't come when called for the noon feeding (he's usually the first and loudest when it comes to eating). It was a nice day and I figured he was enjoying his cat nap outside (enclosure with opening to get inside and vice versa). That night, after returning from work, still no Mr. BB, and no sound from him. Did he get out of the enclosure some way? After feeding everybody, I decided to investigate. Flashlight in hand I went outside and called him, no sound. I stepped into the enclosure and found him cowering on the ground, peering up at me with watery eyes. He did not move. I stroked him, talked to him, no sound, no movement. I got a spray bottle, and this time I got a reaction. So he was mobile, wasn't limping, but just squatted down somewhere else and there he stayed. I offered food, but he wasn't interested. Hmmm... I shone the flashlight around to see if maybe he had gotten hold of something he shouldn't have and found a small pile of vomit. Well, maybe he did ingest something he shouldn't have. I filled a syringe with clay water (bentonite clay mixed with distilled water) and he drank it without protest. Little more I could do at this time. The next morning he was still outside and I repeated the claywater, which he again drank readily. He did not eat. Early afternoon, before I go to work, another syringe of claywater, this time with pedialyte mixed in. That night, after work, he actually came inside, gave a few meager peeps (very unlike him), drank some water and settled down, and did some grooming. AND he ate. A sigh of relief. He was up and about more and I figured that whatever had ailed him must have cleared up. Then today, this morning, I noticed a couple of small puddles on the plastic trash bag I have under and surrounding the litter box. I figured they were from another male cat I rescued as a newborn from a litter of 4 of a ferrel queen, who had abandoned the litter. All other siblings died. Little Bit made it but lost control of his hind quarters at 3 months. At 6 months he regained partial mobility but is somewhat handicapped, and I figured he might not have made it into the box (wouldn't have been the first time). I did notice a rosy tinge in one of the puddles but didn't think much of it. Then earlier this evening I was getting a tub ready to bathe Little Bit (he can't do much grooming on his own so I do it for him and occasionally bathe him), when I saw Mr. BB squatting on the towel I had laid out to wrap Little Bit in after his bath. The result was a pink spot the size of a silver dollar. The bathwater is cold and I landed here. I have never had to deal with this kind of thing. So it wasn't his tummy, but the claywater helped. Clay can be used for many different things, and one thing it does is detoxify, draws out infection, soothes pain. That's probably why it helped initially. I have noticed Mr. BB frequenting the water bowl more than usual. Their diet consists of one feeding of brown cooked rice, mixed with a mush of greens, veggies, fruits, legumes, assorted herbs, fresh garlic, MSM, parsley water, organic apple cider vinegar, and raw ground beef, topped off with a daily vitamin tab (ground to powder), a dollop of home made yoghurt, and freshly ground flax seed sprinkled over it all. Occasionally I add offal (chicken/beef livers, kidneys, heart, etc) The ground beef making up the majority of the mix. The night feeding is raw chunks of chicken. After reading so many posts here, I am wondering where is this problem coming from. I read something about fish here.
Well, One day recently I had run out of ground beef and substituted canned salmon. Could that have been the culprit? Honestly, I have no clue. But I will continue to administer the clay water, and will begin to add some ACV to their drinking water. I have also read that slippery elm, horsetail, couch grass, marshmallow root or cornsilk powder, cranberry extract, uva ursi, and barberry are supposed to be beneficial in treating UTIs. The biggest reason I felt compelled to post this, are the many posts of people, who have taken their pet to the vet, and describe getting antibiotics, helped for a short while, then stronger antibiotics etc. I have read that urinary problems in male cats rarely involve an infection. If ther is an infection, it's mostly in female cats, because their urinary tract is wider and more prone for bacteria to get inside. You may find the following article helpful in understanding what is really going on
Antibiotics kill bacteria-period. That means not only the bad bacteria causing illness, but also the good bacteria needed in the gut for proper digestion and a healthy immune system. While I understand that in extreme situations an antibiotic can be of benefit, for the most part it will do little more than cause more damage by compromising the immune system, paving the way for more disease causing organisms to take hold. And nowadays, regardless if it's needed or what the real problem is, the first thing most conventionals vets will do is prescribe-you guessed it-antibiotics (just in case). This will definitely secure repeat visits. This next link is for information about healing clays. I found it and started using it a few years ago looking for a natural dewormer for my dogs. Since then I have used it for myself as well as my animals for many many different things. Little Bit, the kitty I rescued and raised from birth, developed a severe eye infection even before his eyes opened. What ahorrid sight. It swelled up so big in no time, it looked like a frog's eye, and the infection had nowhere to go since the eyes weren't open yet. I made a mushy clay mix and dropped it on the eye several times, and within 24 hours the clay had drawn out the infection. It caused a small opening and all the gunk came out. I continued until everything looked normal. The eyes finally opened and everything was fine. He did seem to have recurring bouts of tenderness in that eye, but I kept some drops (made with clay) handy and it cleared it up right away each time. I use the drops for my eyes too when they get red and irritated. Works like a charm. One of my dogs swallowed a bee. It came out with her first round of vomit. I fed her 3 or 4 syringes full of clay water, and after 2 more bouts of vomiting she settled down, slept and was fine. Whatever toxin was left in her tummy from the bee, the clay water helped to draw it and it came out the natural way. I cut my finger to the bone on some aluminum, but had to continue working, since I was re-setting a window. It bled profusely and hurt as if I had hit it with a hammer. I put clay powder on it to help stop the bleeding, wrapped it up and taped it to finish the project. Within just minutes the pain subsided. That night I packed the wound with hydrated clay and bandaged it over night. I left it that way for 2 more days, then I was able to go without bandaging it. It never got infected, and when I went without the bandage you could hardly see the cut anymore. It was tender, but healed so quickly and well that today I don't even know where it was. This is just to say that clay will work like an antibiotic, drawing bad bacteria to itself and is eliminated naturally. No pesticides are needed for internal parasites. And maybe it helped Mr. BB with the pain of his dilemma, or possibly even started the process of healing. Here's a good link to get started learning more about clay: http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/clay.htm
Bay Area, Ca
My family male cat has urinary tract infections about every 3 months. He was in great pain and had to get a catheter at the vet$ office. The vet also gave three rounds of different antibiotic pills which did NOT work. Therefore, I tried cold pressed coconut oil since I read of its anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.
I gave my cat about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of cold pressed coconut oil over three to four days. I tried to give him the coconut oil each morning and night.
The cat stopped showing signs of his urinary problems. Please note, due to the cat's physiological issues, he gets UTI's every 3 or so months.
Therefore, when I see signs of a UTI (excessive attempts to urinate, loss of appetite, licking "himself"), I give him coconut oil for about two days. It is healthier for the cat and cheaper for me. :)
I tried the AVC treatment the first time my female cat got a UTI. It worked for about a month then stopped working. After she had 2 more UTI's and 2 more useless, expensive shots of antibiotics, I tried something different.. Colloidal silver. I give her 1/4 teaspoon 3 times a day in canned food. It's going on 3 months now and she hasn't had another UTI. I also just started to give her 125 mgs of glucosamine twice a day. It acts like cranberry juice as it coats the urinary tract and prevents bacteria from sticking. Cats up to 10 lbs take 125 mgs a day. Cats over 10 lbs take 125 mg twice a day, preferably mixed in canned food. Some good vets are recommending this now.
New Jersey, US
I am fortunate to have a vet who respects my dislike of anti-bio-tics. She ran tests on my 18 year old cat's urine to find which specific bacteria/crystals caused his distress. She suggested I buy Trader Joe's Cranberry extract, and give my cat a half a tablet crushed up food mornings and a half in evenings. One week later, his urinary pH was back to normal, without bacteria, and no crystals. I'm assuming this would work only for certain kinds of distress, and DEFINATELY not if there's already a blockage....I also would not continue the cranberry full time, as it affects acid-alkaline balance.
My cat was diagnosed with fleine lower urinary disease. She was developing struvite crystals. Vet had her on antibiotics and special food. Her eyes looked dull and her coat looked dull. I did some research and now she takes 6 drops of cranberry extract which dissolves the crystals and she eats human grade ingredient cat food. I haven't had a problem in 6 years.
Hi, having lost a couple of cats to UVI's, I discovered the following.
Stop feeding dry food, and give WET cat food. Also, NO tuna-- it is high in purines ( purines, google it) or cat food containing liver or kidneys. These foods help form crystals in the bladder, particularly in neutered male cats. Hope this helps.
Hi, I was wondering if anyone has any answers or anything at all, that could help my cat. He is only 6 and has been to the vet at least once, if not twice, ever month to the vets office since March. They have done blood work testing and have done an ultra sound. Everything is normal. He did have some teeth that were bad enough they needed to be pulled, which the vet failed to mention. I took care of his teeth last week.He is still using the litter box but he continues to pee a small amount in the bathroom sinks. They keep telling me that it is FLUTD. The only stress he has/had was his teeth that I can even figure out and its been a week tomorrow. And had two times pee in the sink.....
I have switched his food two times, due to the vet telling me only feed him the Hill's brand C/D for urinary tract disorders. I have not been giving him dry food and feel like the food is not the problem. Before switching him to C/D he was on wet food-Weurva.
I just got spring water delivered to my house to only let the animals drink this water no more well water. Which I know can have a lot of calcium and excess minerals to contribute to his issues.
ANY HELP or advice to whatever else may help. Please let me know, THANK YOU!!!!
Hope Bc Canada
I am hoping that you may have some suggestions on how to rid my car seat and my car of the smell of cats urine. Thank you :) Ann x
A friend of mine had a male cat who was on Iams food and frequently had urinary issues. The vet's recommendations sort of helped, but didn't resolve the problem last I heard. However, I learned that in some cats (males only if I remember right) the cords/bits that hold the organs in place when they are developing in the womb don't break down like they should. It causes the bladder to not empty completely. A simple surgery fixes the problem.
Himalayan salt. My female cat has had severe bladder problems for over 2 years. Antibiotics helped a little bit but it always came back. She has dry food for PH-balance but that did not help either. I tried vitC, cranberry and ACV but she does not want that, even hidden in food she really loves. 'About a year ago I put a little bit of Himalayan salt in the water, initially for my dog who has arthritis. Well she still has (the dog) but my cat drinks from that water too (she loves it) and has not had any bladder problems since. I still also give her the food for PH balance.