Is Garlic Bad For Cats? — Must Know Before Feeding| Kitty Cats blog

Originally published at on May 30, 2019.

Cats have been by our side for quite a long time. Throughout these times, they have been quite great in helping us out with their incredible talent in catching rodents.

Due to our curious nature, we have been breeding cats to create all kinds of unique breeds. These breeds all have their own unique charms, be it in their behavior, or physical traits.

As a result of this, the cats have become one of the two most popular kinds of pets all over the globe. The number of people keeping them as pets is simply innumerable.

However, with the increase in the number of cat owners, there will bound to be someone who does not understand cat-raising as well as they should.

For instance, a surprisingly large amount of people owning cats does not know anything about the relationship between cats and garlic. So, in this article, we will be explaining is garlic bad for cats.

Is Garlic Good For Cats?

First of all, let me properly emphasize this, there is no way that garlic can be great for your cat. In fact, it is quite the opposite, as garlic is toxic for your feline companions.

I do know that the Allium family member can be quite a common ingredient that we use to add flavors to our foods. There are a bunch of people thinking that if garlic can be great for humans, it can also be great for cats. However, this is in no way true. So why is garlic bad for cats?

The truth is garlic can release a series of harmful chemicals right into the bloodstream of your cat. Then, they will start to rupture the cat’s blood cells, which will then lead to hemolytic anemia, a fatal condition, fairly quickly.

Thus, it is recommended that you should never feed your cat any garlic, no matter how little that amount is. However, what if your cat mistakenly eat some garlic that you don’t know of?

So, is garlic powder bad for cats? Likewise, food with primary ingredient from garlic is not consumable for feline.

Garlic Poisoning Symptoms in Cats

The symptoms of garlic poisoning may not start showing themselves right away. In truth, it usually takes them somewhere between two and four days after the cat consumed garlic to appear.

As a result, diagnosing this situation can prove to be quite a challenge for vets as well as cat owners. However, you can still observe some relatively well-known symptoms such as collapse, pale gums, heart rate increasing, respiratory rate increasing, difficult breathing, fatigue, diarrhea, and vomiting.

After spotting any of the symptoms above, you should immediately bring the cat to a vet. Remember to describe which symptom that you have observed, the time they showed, and any recent change of the diet.

Then, the vet can start testing, including blood chemistry profiling, urinalysis, blood counting, etc. With the results that the tests yield, the vet can accurately know what is happening in the cat’s body.

The vet will surely find some Heinz bodies. After all, this only occurs if the cat is having hemolytic anemia. However, due to a large number of causes for hemolytic anemia, this will not lead to a sure conclusion that it is garlic poisoning.

Thus, the single most important thing is to remember to be as detailed as you can get so that the vet can do his job.

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The way to treat the cat can vary as it is dependent on the time your cat consumed garlic.

In the case of the garlic being consumed recently, the vet will start inducing the cat to vomit. The way to do so is by administering orally a hydrogen peroxide 3% solution. It will greatly help to remove all the remaining garlic in the stomach that was not digested. Thus, the condition of the cat will not worsen. Of course, there is also the chance of a complete stomach wash being necessary. After all, it is important to make sure that all of the toxins are out of the body.

In addition, there may also be a need for activated charcoals, as these guys will absorb all the toxins. Thus, this will prevent them to enter the bloodstream of the cat and cause more damage.

The vet may additionally need to keep a close watch on the condition of the cat to know if there is any need for supportive cares. We are talking about oxygen therapy or IV fluids, here.


There is a quite rare chance that the cat will be needing a complete transfusion of blood. Of course, this is only for the most extreme cases where the cat has already lost too many red blood cells.

There is quite a high chance of recovery for cats getting garlic poisoning of mild and moderate severity. However, there are chances of complications in high severity cases.

Thus, it is best if you can keep garlic in areas that your cat cannot approach.

Originally published at on May 30, 2019.



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