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Cats, Garlic and Onions

Cats, Garlic and Onions

People who feed raw garlic to their dogs report great success in keeping fleas away. Garlic also has anti-cancer properties, shown to inhibit canine tumor growth. But is garlic safe for cats? And what about onions? If they’re good for you, shouldn’t they be good for your kitty?

Not necessarily. Get the whole story here.

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!

Read more: Pets, Cats, Everyday Pet Care, Safety

Adapted from “Herbal Cat Care” by Dr. Randy Kidd (Storey Books, 2000). Copyright (c) 2000 by Dr. Randy Kidd. Reprinted by permission of Storey Books.
Adapted from “Herbal Cat Care” by Dr. Randy Kidd (Storey Books, 2000).

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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4:03AM PDT on Jun 12, 2013

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1:33AM PDT on Apr 29, 2013

thank you for sharing the info

9:42AM PDT on Apr 24, 2013

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6:01AM PDT on Apr 19, 2013

Thank you Annie, for Sharing this!

5:52AM PDT on Apr 19, 2013

thank you for an interesting article

9:04AM PDT on Apr 16, 2013

Thank you!!

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7:58AM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

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1:38PM PST on Feb 19, 2013

Good informations, thanks!

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