cats and pistachios

by J

My cat ate a pistachio the other day.

I dropped it on the floor and didn't rush to pick it up, b/c it did not occur to me he would be interested!
Over the last couple of days, I've given him 2-3, per day. Are pistachios good or bad or neutral for cats? I don't recall seeing pistachios on the list of foods not to feed cats.

Answer by Kate
well i haven't heard anything in particular about ill effects from cats eating pistachios either. I guess that the main worries would be allergic reaction like some humans get or getting stuck in throat and choking. They are also high in fat I believe and so too many would not be a good thing.

Perhaps someone else here may be able to comment further or have experience of this situation.

personally I would not give my cats nuts of any description, just because I would worry about the choking hazard etc.

best wishes Kate

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Pistachios are like Catnip to my cat
by: Anonymous

I caught my cat trying to eat a pistachio in a Shell that wouldn't crack that I had thrown in a waste basket. I took it away from him and gave him a few nuts, he started playing with his toys and running around like a kitten. He actually chews the nuts.

Just the nut, NO shells
by: Michaelle

Getting sick on the shell doesn't mean the nut itself is bad for the cat. I really, really don't reccomend the shells.

nuts for cats
by: Anonymous

I have a little feral boy kitty. Doc was rescued as a kitten after being observed eating the fallen seeds from a neighborhood bird feeder. Red & white millet, sunflower, cracked corn, etc. He ate a variety of seeds. When I am eating sunflower seeds he gobbles them up too. He recently ate some pistachios. I can't speak for other cats, but he is fine with them. He will only eat a few at a time. Sunflower seeds are this favorite...he will eat them non-stop if he can. I have to hide the bag. Not because they are bad. They are full of fat, and they will put too much weight on him.

Peewee's Pistachio Treats
by: Anonymous

My cat Peewee LOVES pistachios. He hears me cracking the shells and comes running. But he only eats two or three before he leaves again. This is like a special treat for him as I only buy pistachios once or twice a year. He has never had any problems. I don't let him near the shells tho. They smell just like the pistachio that he would try to eat it, but they are a lot harder to handle than the actual nut. So I don't recommend the shells.

Watch out
by: Anonymous

Our cat ate sevearal pistachio shells, and threw up several, we thought we dogged the bullet, but a couple of days later he was having emergency surgery for a bowel obstruction.

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