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What is Garlic Poisoning?

The chemicals in garlic enter your cat’s bloodstream and begin to rupture red blood cells, which will quickly lead to hemolytic anemia, a very dangerous condition. Some of the symptoms you may observe include vomiting, breathing difficulties, diarrhea, and pale gums. 

The longer you wait to get your cat medical help, the more serious his condition becomes. If you see any of the symptoms of garlic poisoning, take your cat to a veterinarian as soon as possible to prevent potentially fatal complications.

Garlic, a member of the Allium family, is commonly used to add flavor to our favorite foods. Some cat owners give their cats garlic because it is believed to have medicinal benefits, including the prevention of heart disease and fleas. However, garlic is toxic to cats, so it should never be included in their diet.

Symptoms of Garlic Poisoning in Cats

Garlic poisoning symptoms may not begin right away. In fact, it often takes between two to four days following consumption for the symptoms to appear, which can make diagnosing this condition very difficult for cat owners and vets. Some of the symptoms you may observe include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Increased respiratory rate
  • Increased heart rate
  • Pale gums
  • Collapse

Causes of Garlic Poisoning in Cats

Garlic poisoning is caused by exposure to garlic. The amount of garlic that it takes to poison your cat will vary depending on your cat’s weight, health, and type of breed. In most cases, a single clove of garlic is all it takes to poison a cat.

After garlic is consumed, it begins to damage the red blood cells, which makes them more likely to burst, eventually leading to hemolytic anemia.

Diagnosis of Garlic Poisoning in Cats

If you spot any of the symptoms of garlic poisoning, bring your cat into a veterinarian for treatment immediately. Describe the symptoms you have observed, when they began, and any changes to your cat’s diet. 

The vet will begin by performing a series of tests, including a complete blood count, urinalysis, and blood chemistry profile. The results of these tests will help the vet determine your cat is suffering from low levels of red blood cells. The vet should be able to spot Heinz bodies, which occur when the cat is suffering from hemolytic anemia, in a blood sample. 

However, there are a number of causes of hemolytic anemia, so the vet cannot determine your cat has garlic poisoning just from the presence of Heinz bodies alone. In many cases, the diagnosis is made based on the presence of Heinz bodies and the information provided by the cat owner. That’s why it’s so important to be as detailed as possible when talking to your vet about your cat’s condition.

Treatment of Garlic Poisoning in Cats

Treatment will vary depending on when your cat consumed the garlic. If the garlic was recently consumed, the vet will begin to induce vomiting by orally administering a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution. This will remove all of the garlic from your cat’s stomach that has not been digested and prevent your cat’s condition from worsening. A gastric lavage, which is the medical term for stomach wash, may also be performed to ensure all toxins have been washed out of the stomach.

The vet may need to administer activated charcoal as well. Activated charcoal absorbs toxins so they do not get the chance to enter your cat’s bloodstream and cause further damage. 

The vet will need to monitor your cat’s condition to determine whether he needs supportive care such as IV fluids or oxygen therapy. It is common for cats with garlic poisoning to need IV fluids to prevent dehydration because of the vomiting and diarrhea this condition causes.

If you used a spray or homeopathic product with garlic on your cat’s skin, the vet will need to thoroughly bathe the cat to remove any lingering toxins.

Although it is rare, if your cat’s condition is severe, and he has already lost a lot of red blood cells, he may need a complete blood transfusion in order to survive.

Recovery of Garlic Poisoning in Cats

In mild or moderate cases of garlic poisoning, recovery rates are high, however cats with severe cases of garlic poisoning may suffer complications.

The vet may keep your cat after treatment to ensure his condition is stable before releasing him to you. Once he has been released, talk to your vet about at-home care while your cat recovers. First and foremost, it is important to remove any garlic from your cat’s diet and stick to vet-approved cat foods. Check all of the products you use—including any homeopathic flea or skin treatments—to ensure garlic is not included. 

If you use garlic in your cooking, be sure to keep it in an area where your cats cannot reach it.

Garlic Poisoning Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Tiggress
short hair american
5 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Thirsty

I was eating tuna with hot sauce from a pouch made by starkist tuna. My cat was smelling it and I thought for sure she would not try it from the hot sauce. She did and kept trying for more. she got like thre licks in of juice but no actual tuna pieces. (She only likes juice not the actual tuna). I read that they use garlic powder as a seasoning in it and I am now scared for her well being. Should I make her vomit or is garlic salt as a seasoning; and the very small amount ingested, not a real issue for poisoning?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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The small amount of garlic in that food should not be a problem for Tiggress. She may have some GI upset, however, and if you notice her vomiting, having diarrhea, or becoming lethargic or losing her appetite, it would be best to have her seen by your veterinarian.

Thank you very much. I will monitor her as I always do and see if there are any changes in her demeanor. As of now she is still herself and very active. Thank you for taking the time to address my question and ease my worries. I figured that it was a low risk but wanted to be more sure than just quick research via internet. You are truly animal lovers as I and I am so grateful for this site and your advice! May you have a great mother's day and weekend. Thank you once again!

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Frank
Domestic shorthair
8 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

I had some tuna pasta for dinner in my room, where my cat was. He went absolutely crazy for it so I gave him two tiny bits of the tuna, each the size of a fingernail (he doesn't usually get human treats). I remembered straight after that the pasta dish had quite a bit of garlic in it and that garlic is poisonous to cats. It's only been a few hours, but do you think there is any cause for concern? I will keep checking his gums, but, as am away from early morning until later into the evening, I'm worried he might develop symptoms throughout the day.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Normally symptoms of garlic poisoning appear after a day or two (apart from any vomiting which may occur), it is important when you know a cat has consumed garlic to induce vomiting, give activated charcoal, take to your Veterinarian or monitor. You should keep a close eye on Frank for the time being and check his gums regularly, if you have any doubts or there are any symptoms visit a Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lucy
Domestic shorthair
1 Year
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

Pale Pink Gums
dilated pupils
Lethargy

I think my cat has consumed some water I soaked crushed garlic in for 24 hours (as a pesticide for my garden). At first she seemed OK but I’ve noticed she has become less active than usual. She crawled under a bed and when I pulled her out she stayed curled in that same position even when I picked her up. She is a skittish cat so this is unusual. She also isn’t running away from my toddler, which she always does. Her gums are a very pale pink and her pupils always seem to be dilated (but this could be because I keep grabbing her to check on her). Otherwise she is fine - no gastric symptoms and she looks normal when moving around, just lying down more than usual. Should I take her to a vet? (It’s almost midnight here, and is a public holiday tomorrow).

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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With that concentration of garlic in the water, it is possible that Lucy ingested enough to cause her to become anemic, and it would be best to have her seen, if not tonight than for sure tomorrow, to assess her blood count and get supportive care for her. I hope that she is okay.

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Miel
Domestic shorthair
5 Months
Moderate condition
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Diarrhea

Hi, I came home yesterday to find my cat playing with some cloves of garlic she had snatched from the kitchen counter. I saw that one of the cloves was peeled, but didn't give it much thought and just threw away the garlic. Today, my cat has had really bad diarrhea. She's a kitten (5 months) who had diarrhea a few times when we had just got her, but she hasn't had it in several weeks. It is really bad and smells awful. Other than the diarrhea she seems fine as of now. I started thinking about what could have caused it and remembered seeing the garlic. Now I am worried she actually ate garlic and is suffering from garlic poisoning. What should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Garlic poisoning is concerning, but unlikely if a small quantity was consumed; the biggest concern with garlic poisoning is anaemia due to damage of red blood cells, you should check the gums to see if they are pale - if they are visit your Veterinarian. Small quantities may cause gastrointestinal upset which you are seeing now, you should ensure that Miel is kept hydrated and the gums are a good colour; any concerns and you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Saphara
Tourtoise shell
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Hairball

My roommate is cooking with way to much garlic.the smell coated the entire house.its toxic for cats to eat,but to smell it heavily for the hours hes taking to cook...what do i do..

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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As far as I am aware, garlic needs to be consumed for it to be poisonous to cats and dogs; smelling cooked garlic isn’t toxic, but I couldn’t find any data to say that smelling garlic isn’t dangerous. You could try airing out the house when he’s cooking or using an extractor or cooker hood but I cannot think of anything specific you can do about the smell. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jarvis
Bengal
8 Months
Mild condition
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Maybe a little bit lethargic

I came home a couple days ago to a chewed up bottle of Garlic pills. I don't know how many were in there. It's been three days. I don't notice my cat having any symptoms of poisoning. He might be acting a little more snuggly, but I could just be thinking that because I'm paranoid. Do you think he needs to go get blood work done, or should I wait to see if he starts acting sick? Thank you in advance

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1052 Recommendations
Thank you for contacting us about Jarvis. The short term effects of eating a large amount of garlic are mostly gi signs - vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, inappetance; which he doesn't appear to be suffering from at this time, 3 days later. The longer term effects are a little more serious, and involve decreased blood cell counts and anemia. It would probably be a good idea to take him in and get routine blood panel done, just to have a baseline and get an idea if he is headed towards a problem, or if he is okay and hopefully didn't eat that many of the tablets. I hope that he continues to do well.

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