Vinegar dissolves struvite crystals
For those of you whose cats have struggled with urinary blockages, this tip for your vet may help get your cat home sooner for your holistic treatment and TLC.
One of my homeopathic colleagues told us that she is able to easily unblock cats with struvite crystals. After she passes the urinary catether, she flushes the bladder with
commercial vinegar (that's about 5% acetic acid) half vinegar and half sterile water. Generally what I will do is mix up several syringes full of the solution, and watch for the urine to come out and not precipitate in the bottom of the bowl. I usually then take some of the solution and urine that is withdrawn after flushing and check it under the microscope to see if all the crystals are gone. When I check u/a for crystals and want to confirm struvite, I just put 1 or 2 drops of straight vinegar on the slide and watch the magic show -- BTW it's a great way to impress vet students, who don't tend to learn simple things like that any more.