Nat­u­ral Rem­edy: How Ap­ple Cider Vine­gar Can Help Your Cat

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This amaz­ing tonic has myr­iad pet ap­pli­ca­tions, from de­ter­ring fleas to treat­ing skin con­di­tions and re­mov­ing odours. Here’s how to take ad­van­tage of ap­ple cider vine­gar’s many health and house­hold ben­e­fits! W Il­lus­trated found that clean­ing pro­duce with a so­lu­tion of 1 part vine­gar and 3 parts wa­ter re­moved 98 per­cent of bac­te­ria, prov­ing it to be more ef­fec­tive than anti-bac­te­rial soap. Ap­ple cider vine­gar must al­ways be di­luted with equal amounts wa­ter (or more) when it is used ex­ter­nally for your cat. e love or­di­nary prod­ucts that do ex­traor­di­nary things, and ap­ple cider vine­gar (also re­ferred to as ACV), is one such prod­uct ex­traor­di­naire. ACV is made from fer­mented ap­ples. It is one of the old­est fer­men­ta­tion pro­cesses known to hu­mankind and has been used medic­i­nally for thou­sands of years.

To­day we’re see­ing a resur­gence of this pop­u­lar but com­mon house­hold sta­ple to help hu­mans with ev­ery­thing from re­liev­ing sore throats, bug bites, and con­sti­pa­tion, to even reg­u­lat­ing blood sugar lev­els and low­er­ing choles­terol.

So, if this sim­ple and nat­u­ral but mul­ti­fac­eted home sta­ple is so use­ful for hu­mans, is it also good for our cats? The sim­ple an­swer is yes—most ex­perts agree that its doc­u­mented hu­man ben­e­fits also help cats; but, as al­ways, it’s a good idea to check with your vet prior to start­ing new treat­ments.

Made from just ap­ples and wa­ter, it may be sur­pris­ing to learn that it has strong an­tiox­i­dant and an­tibac­te­rial qual­i­ties. Slightly acidic (it has a pH of 3.1 to 5), it can soothe a cat’s overly al­ka­lized di­ges­tive tract, aid di­ges­tion, and reg­u­late weight and blood sugar. To do this, add a lit­tle bit of ap­ple cider vine­gar to your cat’s food or wa­ter (see ta­ble at right). ACV is also packed with potas­sium—11 grams in a ta­ble­spoon. You can also use it to rinse any veg­eta­bles or fruit you and your pets con­sume; Cook’s

for more ideas and recipes us­ing ap­ple cider vine­gar that can help your cat!

Make sure your ap­ple cider vine­gar is raw and or­ganic, like Bragg’s.

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