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Apple Cider Vinegar for Cats: Uses, Remedies, & Benefits

Rachael Gerkensmeyer

Cats of all ages can get ill or experience issues that hinder their quality of life. Some cats experience the same issues time and time again throughout their lives, such as urinary tract and upper respiratory infections. As concerned caretakers, we humans should take our cats to the vet when they do not seem to be acting like themselves.

However, the vet may not always be necessary. There are a few ways that apple cider vinegar (ACV) can be used as a remedy for your cat at home. Here are the uses, remedies, and benefits of apple cider vinegar that you should know about.

Fight Off a Urinary Tract Infection

Apple cider vinegar is an excellent remedy option for urinary tract infections in cats. It can be used to create proper pH balance in your cat’s urine and maintain it, which works to get rid of bacteria. Reduced bacteria will allow your cat’s urinary tract to naturally heal and stay healthy afterward. You can use apple cider vinegar when infection symptoms arise and until they subside, or continue using it regularly to prevent the onset of future urinary tract problems.

Administering Apple Cider Vinegar for Urinary Tract Infections

Mix about ½ a teaspoon of ACV into your cat’s freshwater supply. If they do not like the water once the ACV has been added, try replacing the water with broth to disguise the acidity of the ACV.

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Eliminate an Upper Respiratory Infections

ACV can help your cat get rid of a developing upper respiratory infection. It helps loosen congestion so your cat can breathe easier and feel better, which should enhance their appetite. It should also increase their want for water, which is especially important while congested. ACV will not cause any side effects like antibiotics and other prescription medications can. If medications are used, ACV can help enhance their healing effects.

Administering Apple Cider Vinegar for Upper Respiratory Infections

For a urinary tract infection, you can add a small amount of apple cider vinegar to your cat’s water dish to help them eliminate their respiratory issues. However, your cat does not have to ingest ACV to gain benefits that will help them fight off their infection. You can rub a little on their paws, their chest, and even on the back of their neck. The ACV will be breathed in and start working its magic.

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Repel Pests Such as Fleas and Mites

Fleas and other pests like mites and even flies dislike the acidity of apple cider vinegar. The vinegar will not kill fleas or other pests, but it will effectively and neutrally repel them. When ACV is on a cat’s coat, these pests are much less likely to jump or land on them to try and get food of some kind, whether it is blood, food crumbs, or debris from the outdoors.

Administering Apple Cider Vinegar for Flea and Pest Repellent

Pour water and apple cider vinegar into a spray bottle at a 50/50 ratio. Then, spray your cat down with the ACV mixture until their entire body, aside from the head, is lightly wet. Then rub the ACV into the cat’s coat and let it naturally dry. You should apply the ACV spray every day to keep the fleas away. ACV can be applied to furniture and bedding to repel fleas too. However, you will likely need to employ other flea control treatments around the house if an infestation has occurred.

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Precautions to Keep in Mind

Cats that have kidney disease may not do well with apple cider vinegar because it is so acidic. It is a good idea to consult with a veterinarian to ensure that your cat’s kidneys and other organs are in good enough shape to efficiently process ACV, especially if you plan to administer the vinegar to your cat regularly. Another thing to consider is that there can be too much of a good thing.

Too much apple cider vinegar could produce negative side effects that defeat the purpose of giving it to them in the first place. So, stick to giving your cat no more than 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar a day to ensure that they do not overindulge and end up on the wrong side of the health path.

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Our Final Thoughts

Apple cider vinegar can be a healthy addition to your cat’s diet, but it is important not to give them too much. If you are in doubt, reach out to a veterinarian to learn what their recommendations are. Your cat may or may not enjoy the taste of ACV. If they do not, you will have to find a way to hide it in their food or drink or choose an alternative remedy of some kind. When all is said and done, apple cider vinegar as a remedy is more likely to offer benefits than harm, so it is worth serious consideration.


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Rachael Gerkensmeyer

Rachael has been a freelance writer since 2000, in which time she has had an opportunity to research and write about many different topics while working to master the art of fusing high-quality content with effective content marketing strategies. She is an artist at heart and loves to read, paint, and make jewelry in her spare time. As a vegan, Rachael is obsessed with helping animals in need both in her community and anywhere in the world where she feels she can make a difference. Animals also happen to be her favorite topic to write about! She lives off the grid in Hawaii with her husband, her garden, and her rescue animals including 5 dogs, a cat, a goat, and dozens of chickens.