How Apple Cider Vinegar Saved my Cat's Life

by Rainy McLeod (yes, that is my real name)
(Catskills, NY)

Dusty Rusty Pumpkin Head

Dusty Rusty Pumpkin Head

French translation



May 2008, at 2 a.m. Sunday morning, my 16-1/2 year old cat, "Dusty Rusty Pumpkin Head" (whom I had inherited from my mother) starting having some kind of asthma attack that involved him trying to hack and breathe at the same time, and he was "drooling" massive amounts of foam between.
A long hair, he had been having trouble with furballs also.

We live in what is known as the "boonies," with vets few and far between. The nearest emergency vet was almost a two hour drive, and we were pretty sure we didn't have enough gas to get there. So, while we are trying to reach vets, wake friends and neighbors in the middle of the night to borrow gas, research information on the internet, Rusty did not stop this episode, and about an hour into the start, he finally collapsed, with little discernable breathing and a very weak erratic heartbeat, while still drooling foam and gasping to breathe.

About 3:30 -- an hour and a half into the episode (and I'm pretty sure this is it for my Pumpkin), a local farmer's son -- who been called by one of our friends -- came by with some gasoline and a bottle of organic apple cider vinegar. "Here, he said, shove some of this down your cat's throat. It fixes everything." (The vinegar, not the gasoline, of course).

In less than a minute, the foaming subsided. A few minutes later, Pumpkin took a deep breath and then opened his eyes. While weak and exhausted from his experience, half an hour later he managed a trip to the litter box.

He showed some slight improvement over Sunday, and we felt comfortable enough he could wait until Monday to see his regular vet.

Pumpkin's vet has some sound theories why the ACV worked, but sound or not, who cares... All I can say is it saved my baby's life.

That was more than two years ago; he will be 19 in October, and I make sure he has a little ACV with water a few times a week.

That's how vinegar saved my cat's life (which means it saved mine, also)



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Feb 18, 2017
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ACV - Missing piece to the puzzle
by: Anonymous

Incredible story! So happy for you both!!

I have to comment, and I'm not usually someone that does, but this really does work!

Stanley is almost 3 years old, I found him when he was 6-8 weeks old, abandoned and filthy and within 1 hour of getting him all washed and dry he started drinking some tuna juice (all I had in the pantry) and was nuzzling his head into my beck and falling asleep.

Stan was always a loving, playful healthy boy! Until the last 3 months, that is.

Stan stopped laying on me all the time like he used to and stopped playing (his favorite game) hide and seek, stopped running to the faucet for water (another one of his favorite things) wouldn't eat as much, noticed watery eyes, on and off felt like he was burning up.
Facing the wall, I noticed he had breathing differently, rapid heartbeats and abnormal rhythm.

And after multiple office visits over 2,000 dollars they still couldn't give me a reason for this happening to him. Kept saying "it could be this..." answers and told me that everything was ok I just needed to change his diet and he will be fine.

UM NO! I know my cat and can tell something isn't right. Well took him to another veteran, they discovered inflammation of his lungs (bronchitis) and crystals in his urine AND accute allergies. I was heartbroken to know how much he had been suffering but eager to administer medication so he can start feeling better!

It helped and I was happy but I still had a gut feeling he wasn't 100% back to normal. I eat, breath and live for this cat. I lost my Mom 2years ago and Stanley was all I had left.

After hours and nights of reading and researching I found this miracle, ACV. Apple cider vinegar was the missing piece to the puzzle!

I have my loving, happy, blue eyed baby acting like his old self! He's breathing normal, his eyes and nose don't get watery, stopped having to give him his allergy medication.

He is not straining to go to the bathroom anymore and overall mood is loving, happy and cuddly again!

I will ALWAYS have organic apple cider vinegar in my house.

Sep 29, 2016
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Dilute the Vinagar - use a eye dropper
by: Anonymous

Please know that the vinagar needs to be dilluted and that you can mix it 1/4 tsp. apple cider vinagar to 3/4 tsp chicken broth, or pumpkin.

May 21, 2011
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Yes...you are correct
by: Rainy McLeod

Yes, I failed to point out the vinegar WAS diluted.

Excellent point, and I regret any misconception that may have arisen out of this.

May 19, 2011
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Rainy, please amend this story for safety
by: Nigel

Happy it worked out!
I'd ask that Rainy detail a point in the story when the farmer's son instructed " shove some of this down your cat's throat".

Some readers may get the VERY wrong impression to use apple cider vinegar straight from the bottle for treatment for their pets! This stuff must be diluted with water!

Nov 06, 2010
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Wonderful!
by: Marie

Pet owners should know if there is something they can do at home to help their animals in the event of an emergency.
I'll always remember this! Thank you for sharing your story!

Oct 30, 2010
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:):):)
by: Nick

So Awesome!!!
Live long and prosper Pumpkin Head!!

Looks like my 5 year old Gordon and I might need your advice some day with his hair balls???

Jul 21, 2010
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How wonderful!
by: KittyLikkins

What a handsome fella. You must be thrilled!

Jul 21, 2010
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Lovely cat
by: jane

What a very beautiful cat Pumpkin is! So glad he was saved.

I have just started using ACV and find it suppresses desire for sweets, and appetite generally. It also makes me sleep better. Hoping it will help with my midriff too.

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