Alternative Medicine for Pets/Cats


catlover wrote at 2008-08-12 02:39:40
I came across this while searching for somehting else and could not believe my eyes.  

Garlic is severly toxic to cats and can cause anemia and death.

Please stop advising people to give their cats garlic,saing "use a heavy hand, safe for long term use" is simply giving them a way to kill their cats.

I realize this is an old post, but garlic is just as toxic then as it is now.

And cats with abcesses as that poster described are not going to heal without veterinary attention.

Kimber wrote at 2009-06-16 21:14:45
Garlic is toxic to cats and should not be feed to them.  Garlic, onions, chives and shallots could cause damage to feline red blood cells.  This causes hemolytic anemia and eventually death. I would suggest using brewer's yeast instead.

concerned wrote at 2009-07-15 15:24:51
Garlic is really bad for your cats, do not feed it to them.  

"According to Dr. Randy Kidd, the use of garlic, as well as onions, shallots, and chives, has been shown to cause damage to feline red blood cells which can result in hemolytic anemia and eventual death. Raw garlic and onions can also cause ulcers and irritation of the mouth, esophagus and stomach.

His recommendation: Avoid giving garlic and onions to your cat!" (

I found this page looking for natural healing remedies for my cats... due to the advice about garlic given i do not trust anything said on it.

carolroars wrote at 2009-09-18 17:59:37
I would be very wary of giving any cat garlic. Garlic and onions are toxic and in certain amounts can cause Heinz Bodies Anemia.  No one knows how much garlic or onions is too much. It's safer to just not give either of these to cats or dogs. You can do a search and find thousands of sites that warn against using garlic on cats.

alana w wrote at 2009-11-12 00:06:34
Wait, I thought garlic was extremely toxic to cats. I thought it caused kidney failure. What am i missing?

Say No wrote at 2010-01-16 04:32:37
Uhm, I know this is almost five years too late, but please DO NOT give your cats or dogs garlic powder. Garlic, as with all plants in the alum family, are toxic to cats and dogs and can cause a specific type of anemia in them that can be fatal. Garlic is great for people but really bad for most pets. Don't get advice from quack herbalists on the internet.  

tammy wrote at 2010-08-04 21:14:25
Garlic is TOXIC....I'm surprised at you...

I sure hope the reader DID NOT use your advice..and I hope no one else did either.

Please research your answers before giving them out.

jessica wrote at 2010-08-04 21:16:17
PLEASE research before giving erroneous answers.

Garlic is TOXIC to cats.

I hope the reader didn't do this and I hope no one else did either.

I'm surprised at you...My heart sank when I read that.

a non expert who knows wrote at 2010-08-05 17:27:53
Follow-Ups to Answer from Expert Sharon Hubbs- Kreft

My Question: What kind of expert is "Expert Sharon Hubbs-Kreft"?

Where did she get her "expertise" from?

Anyone in their right mind, especially an "expert" should know you DO NOT give garlic to cats!!!!

I tried rubbing honey instead of baby oil (just in case I didn't wash it all off the cat's fur & she went ahead and licked wouldn't kill her)

Please don't follow this "expert's" advise

helpinghand wrote at 2010-11-20 17:59:49
I don't know about Colloidal Silver's safety in animals but you must be careful with the IS TOXIC to your kitty if you overdue more info on garlic in cats and dogs BEFORE taking the advice above!!!!!  ALL essential oils are Toxic to animals.

James wrote at 2011-05-01 23:46:50
DO NOT GIVE GARLIC ONIONS OR ANYTHING FROM THAT FAMILY OF PLANT TO CATS!!! It is HIGHLY poisonous to them, and can shut down their liver! While this is a good remedy for people CATS should never ever ever eat anything from the onion family (including onions, garlic, chives, shallots, scallions, or anything like that!)! EVER!

Concerned pet owner wrote at 2012-05-16 04:59:21
Garlic is extremely toxic for pets.   It breaks down the red blood cells and causes anemia. I don't believe you are a nutritionist if you recommend it in large doses!!!!

CPGirlee wrote at 2014-01-28 21:12:07

The ingestion of "Allium" species (garlic) in dogs and cats causes a condition called hemolytic anemia, which is characterized by the bursting of red blood cells circulating through your petís body.

Ingestion can also lead to gastroenteritis, also known as an inflammation of the stomach and intestines, causing stomach pain.

CatLover wrote at 2014-08-08 19:42:11
I would NOT use garlic with a cat.  Given in too high amounts, it can cause Heinz Body Anemia, something you don't want!  Onions can do the same thing.  

CATWOMAN wrote at 2015-02-21 12:48:40

deb wrote at 2016-06-30 02:02:45
pls do NOT use garlic! it is closely related to onions and it is poison to cats!

Tstings wrote at 2016-08-20 01:14:35
And not only is garlic toxic, so is aloe vera to cats when ingested. Never use rubs with aloe on cats because they will lick and ingest aloe causing illness and possibly death.

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I am a Certified Natural Health Consultant and Certified Herbalist. I work with all types of animals and their ailments. I can help answer questions on various medical conditions and assist with helping you and your pet with Holistic care and alternatives to conventional treatment.


I have been studying and using herbal remedies and alternative medicine for over 14 years. I work with humans and animals regardless of ailments and current conventional medication.

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