About three months ago, my cat was very sick. I noticed his symptoms one night and was very frightened that he might not live through the night. I couldn't find an emergency vet -I've since learned to call animal control and they can supply you with one (plus I now have the name and number of an emergency vet on the fridge). But what could I do to help my cat that night? I searched the Internet looking for remedies.
I was pretty sure he had a urinary track infection because the symptoms were similar to the last few times he was ill. At that time, the vet said the only fear was that a crystal would become lodged rendering him unable to urinate at all. He would die within hours if this ever happened, the vet warned.
So, I locked my kitty in the computer room with me and the litter box to monitor him. He went pee with no problem. Then I scoured the web and found a site proclaiming the use of apple cider vinegar for cats. I read every post on that site (which was more than a hundred) and all the reviews were favourable. I gave Elliot rice wine vinegar as a substitution and headed out to the store for apple cider vinegar. (When I cook I readily make substitutions, but not when I try to cure my pets!)
Long story short, my cat was comfortable within two hours and completely cured within a few days. I've learned to put water in with his meaty cat food to ensure he drinks enough liquids and I add apple cider vinegar once in awhile too.