My flatmate left some garlic butter out and I think I just caught my cat licking it.

He probably had about 3 "licks".

Is that a toxic amount? He is almost a year old.

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  • How was the garlic butter made do you know? Powdered garlic sources are typically much more concentrated than fresh.
    – John Cavan
    May 29 '15 at 18:54
  • @JohnCavan it was made from fresh garlic so that's a relief. He is fine:)
    – AnneFiji
    Jun 3 '15 at 7:10

It takes less than 1g of garlic per kg of body weight to harm a cat (it's about 5 times as potent as onion, which is a problem past 5g per kg). Your cat's 3 licks shouldn't have been enough -- you didn't say how much your cat weighed, but to be safe, I've set your cat's weight to be 8 lbs (~3.6 kg) for this. Your cat would have needed to ingest .008 lb of garlic, about 1 supermarket clove's worth. While dips are often more concentrated than standard, three licks shouldn't be a problem. If your cat seems lethargic and gets white gums in a few days, however, I'd take it to the vet.

  • Thank you @Axelrod, he is perfectly fine. Great to have a formula though, thanks.
    – AnneFiji
    Jun 3 '15 at 7:11

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