How Apple Cider Vinegar Saved my Cat's Life
by Rainy McLeod (yes, that is my real name)
Dusty Rusty Pumpkin Head
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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