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 – something I use to treat bladder infection in my own body. From what I’ve seen, apple cider vinegar 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. Always dilute apple cider vinegar when using it with cats!
Important Note: If your cat is showing signs of illness, it is important to take them to your veterinarian to make sure you get a correct diagnosis. Once you know for sure what is wrong with your cat, then decide whether you will use a holistic or pharmaceutical treatment.
When ingested, apple cider vinegar helps to create an acidic environment in the digestive tract. This breaks up bladder crystals and kills harmful bacteria. Taking apple cider vinegar internally is a remedy for bladder blockages, bladder infections, respiratory infections, and other illnesses caused by bacteria. Along with using apple cider vinegar, cats which normally eat dry food should be switched to wet food and up their moisture intake.
1/4 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar, 1 teaspoon chicken broth, 1 can of wet cat food
2 teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar, 1 cup of Water
Parasites are not fond of apple cider vinegar’s acidity. Applying a hearty apple cider vinegar 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 apple cider vinegar 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.
Dilute Apple Cider Vinegar with water and apply with paper towel. 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.
About the Author: Robin Mudge is the Detroit based blogger behind Playful Kitty. Animals are one of her greatest passions. Besides spending lots of time with her 2 cats (Cinco and Manna), Robin loves to learn and enjoys expressing herself artistically. This article was first posted on March 25, 2014 on Playful Kitty.