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Old 02-25-2011, 01:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was chopping up garlic and one of the cloves fell on the floor. My cat attacked it. Knocking it all around and pouncing on it. I thought it was funny and she was having a great time. A while later she was laying by me and the clove of garlic was nowhere to be found. I have to assume she ate it. Is garlic toxic to cats?
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Old 02-25-2011, 01:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes, it can be, it can cause red blood cell damage I am not sure if your cat would eat it though, i don't think they like the smell, at least mine doesn't.
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Yes.

garlic, onions, shallots, chives, leeks, scallions, etc.
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Look under the stove. All sorts of little things get pushed under my stove.
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Dale and major play with garlic all the time. They never eat it though. Every week, during cleaning, I find cloves under the couch, stove and bed, haha!
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Thanks. I thought that onions and the like was a no no for cats. I will get the flashlight out and see if she beat it under the stove or refrigerator.
My Vet is out of town till Tues. Is there anything I can do if I don't find the clove?
When my dog ate some rat poison, the vet had me fill a syringe with Hydro Poroxide and squit it in her mouth. It immediatly vomited it all up. Can I do the samething with a cat?
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I would hold off on treatment until you notice some symptom...distress, vomiting, etc.
Puppies and some dogs will eat anything. Cats are much more discerning.
It would be unusual if your cat actually ate a clove of garlic.
But definitely keep an eye on her.
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Old 02-25-2011, 02:09 PM   #8 (permalink)
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naw, I wouldn't go that far unless you're sure she's eaten it.

My cats have ingested garlic/onions in small amounts with no ill effects. How much is too much? I don't know but I get the impression it's kinda more of a cumulative thing that builds up in their system, certainly not like rat poison.
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I am extremely paranoid, so I understand your worries, but so far any time I drop something dangerous on the floor (garlic, onions, avocado), my cats sniff it and avoid it, or just use it as a toy. They seem way more cautious about eating strange foods than a dog would be.

I'd agree with others that it may have gotten pushed under the stove or behind something. In the future it's probably just best to avoid letting them play with that stuff just in case they decide to eat it.
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Old 02-25-2011, 04:54 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I was chopping up garlic and one of the cloves fell on the floor. My cat attacked it. Knocking it all around and pouncing on it. I thought it was funny and she was having a great time. A while later she was laying by me and the clove of garlic was nowhere to be found. I have to assume she ate it. Is garlic toxic to cats?
If your cat ate it and is showing no signs, I wouldn't worry about it too much. It's pretty unlikely that your cat ate it anyway. It probably is under the stove, fridge, or it'll turn up a few weeks later with your cat playing with it.

A lot of the stuff that's listed as toxic or harmful to cats and dogs isn't going to do damage usually unless it's in a large amount. I'm not saying it's fine for them to eat, but that if it's a small amount there's probably nothing to worry about Just keep an eye on your cat to make sure she's not acting sick all of a sudden.

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