I swear by ACV for my own health but I recently discovered ACV is safe for Pilot the Cat!
Pilot the Cat is giving his mommy a scare, when we went to the vet two weeks ago he was such a little doll- no clawing, crying or running away when he got his rabies shot. The vet was in love with him but she remarked that he seemed to have some bald spots on his tummy and that I should keep an eye on them. Fast forward two weeks and I notice Pilot has scratched out or lost some hair on the back of his neck. So you know me, I am googling “cat hair loss” “cat diseases” “cat rogaine” etc. and to my disappointment I was not able to find the answers I was looking for because 1. I am not a vet 2. there are no signs of mange or fleas and 3. the internet led me to hilarious cat videos (I am only human).
Do you bathe your cat?
I have had Pilot for just over 1 year (anniversary 01/01/2016) and maybe I should be ashamed to say… I have never given him a bath. I am TERRIFIED of traumatizing him and being disowned since cats can and do hold grudges. I want to be his sweet mama forever 😦 but at some point I will have to be Mother and bathe this fat guy. According to the internet, he might have an allergy and since it’s $45 per vet visit I wanted try an at home remedy for his skin first. I can only assume he is losing these spots of hair through his own devices- teeth and rough tongue- as a way to “itch” himself. That’s when it dawned on me, using apple cider vinegar in my baths not only kills bacteria on the skin but also balances the pH- so what if I gave Pilot a ACV bath? It might naturally help his skin condition (I will also add that every once in a while he sneezes which made me think it’s allergies).
Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar for Cats
I have touched base on the benefits of ACV for humans and even added it to a few natural health recipes- see Kick in the Ass Juice. I think its a miracle substance and I use it internally and externally daily. A quick search on if it was safe for cats lead me to a couple really great uses, here are some things to know about why ACV helps the cat:
ACV becomes alkaline when ingested, same way it works for humans, it balances the pH in the stomach, it breaks down uric acid and is excellent for cats with arthritis or kidney issues. Any virus, fungus or bacteria living in the cat will be vanquished thanks to it’s anti properties. This helps support respiratory functions as well in cats. It also deposits a host of vitamins and minerals when ingested.
1. When ingested it provides protection against/ helps heal:
- UTI’s and blockages, bladder infections
- Parasites including ring and heart worm
From PetNet.io: 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.
2. When applied topically it provides protection against/helps heal:
- Skin allergies
From PetNet.io: 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.
How to give your cat ACV
PLEASE NOTE: Too much of anything is a bad thing. Start slow, see how he likes drinking/eating it. To be on the safe side, use less in your solution and do it more times but pay attention to their skin condition after each wash because of their tender skin.
Ways to feed it to cats:
1/4 tablespoon ACV, 1/2 tablespoon chicken broth, wet cat food- mix and serve
2 teaspoons per cup of water in his water bowl (if he will drink it)
Ways to put it on the skin:
1/4 cup ACV in a WHOLE BATH with 3-4 inches of water, wash with cat shampoo, rinse thoroughly
1 part ACV 1 part water, soak paper towel, apply to skin
I am no vet and if Pilot’s condition gets worse or does not improve, best believe I will have my baby in that office. Updates coming soon!
UPDATE: I sprayed a mix of ACV and water on Pilot’s hair loss spot on the back of his neck and after initially running away, he calmed down and started to lick the spot- I think he likes it! I will try putting ACV in his water today- I drink ACV water everyday.
Have experience using ACV for your pets? Tell us about it in the comments