Organic apple cider vinegar is the most popular and effective natural remedy for a cat’s urinary tract infection (UTI). If your cat has chronic bladder infections, regular use of apple cider vinegar may prevent these infections, in addition to important dietary changes.
Apple cider vinegar can be given to your cat in a syringe or mixed in his food. However, the most gentle and effective way to give your cat apple cider vinegar is topically. Watch our video to see how its done!
How Much Apple Cider Vinegar Should I Give My Cat for a UTI?
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
You will need to give the apple cider vinegar to your cat 2-3 times a day on the first and second day. If symptoms improve you can give the dose 1-2 times a day for the rest of the week.
If your cat is eating well and not picky, you can mix the apple cider vinegar into his wet food.
If you need to give it to him in a syringe you will need to dilute the apple cider vinegar with water first. To make an apple cider vinegar solution for the syringe mix ½ cup of apple cider vinegar with ½ cup of water and keep this in a jar.
Weight of Cat Amount of Apple Cider Vinegar/Water Solution
15-20 pounds t teaspoon
7-14 pounds 1/2 teaspoon
4-6 pounds 1/4 teaspoon
Under 4 pounds 10 drops
How Apple Cider Vinegar Cures a Urinary Tract Infection
Organic apple cider vinegar works against the microorganisms causing the cat’s urinary tract infection in two ways:
1). the apple cider vinegar creates an environment too alkaline for the microorganisms to thrive;
2). the vinegar is a potent antimicrobial and kills the weakened microbes.
Water Is the Best Preventative for Urinary Tract Infections
WATER is the most important preventative for urinary tract disorders, including UTIs. Use purified spring water unless your tap water comes directly from your own well. Cats need a great deal of water, but often do not drink as much as their bodies require in order to function properly.
Much of the water that a cat needs comes from its food. If a cat is hunting its own food, that prey is approximately 70% water. Canned cat food is about 78% water. Dry cat food, on the other hand, is only 5-10% water. This puts the cat’s body into a severe water deficit, but the cat will not drink enough water to make up the difference.
Diabetic cats: Proceed cautiously with any food change for a diabetic cat, keeping in mind that the cat’s carbohydrate intake should be less than 7-10% of daily calorie intake. Without enough carbohydrates, however, the cat could be thrown into a dangerous state of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia).
Symptoms of a Urinary Tract Infection
The symptoms of a UTI are obvious. The most common signs of a urinary tract infection include:
- Urinating outside the litter box
- Going to the litter box more frequently than normal
- Seeing blood in the litter box;
- Signs of pain in posture or tone
- Drinking more water than usual
Contact us and let us know how you treated your cat’s urinary tract infection. Scroll down to read posts from Earth Clinic cat lovers about their experiences with feline UTIs.