Originally Posted by Tink80
that's so confusing because i read anitra frazier's book "the new natural cat" about holistic medicine and she reccommends to add garlic a few times a week if your cat's immune system is down or they are about to have a procedure done that requires anesthesia...i really respect her work so now i'm totally confused!!! LOL.
I know...there is also a popular natural line of cat food and products where they are very pro use of garlic.
If you put in 'garlic' as a search phrase for this forum, you'll bring up past discussions here on this topic, and other links that have been posted.
My understanding is, there are no studies that show what is asserted by some - that a small amount won't hurt, that the kind of garlic makes a difference (or how it's processed). Cats response to garlic is very individual..some cats on this board have it w/out any development of heinz body anemia, more than one on a support list I am on for kitties with crf, have had their cats pass away after an initial ingestion of garlic.
The effect of using it is cumulative, but at the same time, I've read that the effect, if use of garlic is stopped early enough once changes are occuring, is reversible (don't quote me on this last point).
There simply are no studies specifically on cats showing it is safe, while there are studies showing that both onions and garlic are an issue.
I call it playing russian roulette and just won't do so.(heck, you can call me passionate on this topic