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Can Cats Eat Pistachios

No. Though pistachio is not directly poisonous to cats, or won’t cause any instant danger, there are certain issues associated with it, which might as well give you a hard time dealing with. Hence, it is safe to keep pistachios away from them.

How are pistachios bad for cats

Many cat experts warn against feeding them pistachios since swallowing pistachio shells, pit, or the whole nut might easily result in some choking hazard.

Also, the cat’s stomach finds it difficult to digest them, and if they regularly consume pistachios over an extended period, it might even damage their liver. Most nuts are also high in salt which is not good for your cat’s overall health.

Though rarely, but pistachios can even harbor a mild toxin that can make your cat very sick in the long run.

Note: Some people also wonder whether or not pistachio-flavored ice creams are good for cats. Well, though these products usually do not have real pistachios in them, but artificial flavorings and colors, as well as milk and sugar, none of which are suitable for your cat’s health.

Symptoms of pistachio hazard

Pistachio choking/indigestion can show up the following signs:

  • Stomach ache
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Coughing
  • Panting
  • Vomiting

In case of emergency, you can always call the APCC helpline at (888) 426-4435.

Published on January 12th 2018 by under . Article was last reviewed on 19th January 2018.