Apple cider vinegar is a natural remedy that you will want to keep on hand if you own cats! It is a “go to” home remedy for numerous health conditions in pets, including cats.
Apple cider vinegar is used internally and externally for a wide range of conditions your cat will likely face at some point in his or her life, including fleas, urinary tract disorders, and ear infections.
Is Apple Cider Vinegar Safe for Cats?
According to hundreds of Earth Clinic readers who have written in over the past 20 years, apple cider vinegar is very safe for cats. However, you do want to make sure you give them the correct dosage and administer it in a gentle and safe way.
How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar on Cats
You can give apple cider vinegar both externally and internally to cats.
Apple cider vinegar must always be diluted when it is used externally for your cat.
A typical dilution is 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar and 1/2 cup pure water (spring or distilled.) To use it topically, put the solution in a jar or a spray bottle. Avoid getting this solution into your cat’s eyes.
Your cat may not be fond of the smell or taste of apple cider vinegar, but it is a safer option than many medications for a number of conditions. If you use apple cider vinegar on your cat and she licks it off during grooming, that is fine. It is safe internally for your cat as well.
The above solution of vinegar is useful sprayed onto the fur of cats to repel fleas. If being sprayed from a bottle is distressing to your cat, apply some of the solution to a paper towel and wipe your cat’s fur with it. A cotton ball can be dipped into the solution and applied to the back of the neck to repel fleas or treat infection as well.
Apple Cider Vinegar For Cats With Ear, Respiratory, UTI Infections
For infections on broken skin, ringworm or pink eye, use 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in one cup of distilled or spring water. Apply this solution to the scruff of the neck twice a day.
For ear infections, mix 1/2 tablespoon raw apple cider vinegar with 1/2 tablespoon rubbing alcohol. Drop a few drops into each ear twice a day. If ears are “gunky” use the solution on a cotton ball to wipe out the visible part of the ear.
How to Add Apple Cider Vinegar to Cat’s Food or Water
Apple cider vinegar can also be mixed into your cat’s wet food twice a day.
Weight of Cat Amount of Apple Cider Vinegar
15-20 pounds 1/2 teaspoon
7-14 pounds 1/4 teaspoon
4-6 pounds 1/8 teaspoon
Under 4 pounds 5 drops
Alternately, you can add apple cider vinegar to your cats drinking water.
Add 1/2 – 1 teaspoon to a cup of water.
If your cat does not like this, try adding a pinch of baking soda to the water with the apple cider vinegar. The baking soda will reduce the acidity of the vinegar.
What Kind of Apple Cider Vinegar Should I Use for My Cat?
When it is used for health purposes, raw and organic apple cider vinegar is the best kind of vinegar to use. It is available online, at health food stores, and in larger grocery stores.
Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar for Cats
Apple cider vinegar benefits for cats are numerous. It is most often used for cats with bladder problems, urinary tract infections, respiratory infections, allergies and asthma. Internal use of apple cider vinegar may also repel fleas and other parasites.
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Watch Earth Clinic’s popular video demonstrating how to apply a topical solution to your cat or dog. It’s gentle and your cat will love you for it!