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) - People should read May 19 & 21 2011 comments as complementary information to this story.

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Sep 29, 2016
Dilute the Vinagar - use a eye dropper NEW
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
starstarstarstarstar 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
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
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
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
How wonderful!
by: KittyLikkins

What a handsome fella. You must be thrilled!

Jul 21, 2010
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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