Last Modified on Nov 07, 2014
Is garlic safe for cats? Many pet owners would like to use garlic as a home remedy to improve their cats' immune function, expel worms, treat parasites, repel fleas, and otherwise improve the pet's overall health. However, there is some debate as to whether garlic is a safe food or health supplement for cats or pets in general.
For certain, cats are sensitive to garlic. Regular addition of garlic to your pet's diet can result in blood disorders (anemia) and stomach/digestive issues. However, occasional use may still be safe and effective to treat acute health conditions.
Home Remedies: Cat owners sometimes use minced, fresh garlic as an occasional addition to their pet's food in order to promote immune function, kill off parasites, detoxify the body, and clean the blood and blood vessels.
[YEA] I got a kitty like a month ago and something white has been coming out of her butt and I think its worms . Is garlic good to get rid of worms ? My cat looks about 4 months old. My parents don't got money at the moment so I can't buy her any medicine and my cat has gotten a bit skinny.
Replied by Diamond
[YEA] I have a nine year old cat, Jim Morrison, who being a 20 pound alpha male gets into a lot of fights. About a week ago he got into a fight with a new stray that's been hanging around and developed a small infection in one of his fore legs. I can't take him to the vet since I was recently fired my job and money is scarce. When the infection started to spread and Morrison developed a fever I decided to look for a natural anti-biotic. After a brief search on the internet I turned up that garlic was used in world war one a two when penicillin ran short. My brother who is studying pharmaceuticals confirmed this and cautioned me to use it in moderation. I rubbed some minced garlic on the site of his infection and another small amount on his nose to get it into his system. He licked it off and was quite upset, but went to have a nap. Within a few hours Morrison's infection had diminished somewhat and a few hours after that the infection opened I was able to drain some of it and treat it with peroxide. I gave him another small amount of garlic in the same way I had earlier that night before bed and by the next morning the majority of the infection was gone and Morrison was fever free. I gave him another garlic treatment that morning and again that night by the following day (yesterday) the infection was gone. Morrison is fine and happy now napping at my feet as I write this. I've been checking him to make sure that the infection doesn't come back but so far everything looks good. I normally don't post on websites as I think it's a waste of time, but I noticed in the posts about giving garlic to animals there was almost nothing on cats and what there was had to do with treating fleas. The garlic did work, what I used was the pre minced kind you can buy in a jar and used it sparingly.
Replied by Mark
Country, Nova Scotia, Canada
I have noticed that most of the positive feedback for using garlic on pets is for dog owners. Perhaps it is good for dogs in small amounts, but so far, I don't see very much about giving it to cats.
I have a cat that is not producing red blood cells, and so far what I have read is that it would not be a good idea. I didn't have time to read ALL the feedback, so if there is someone who has given garlic to their cat with successful results, please comment.
Replied by Heather
Montreal, Qc, Canada
Replied by Sharon
Replied by Callie