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Can Cats Eat Pistachios? – Floppycats™

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Last updated on July 12, 2021 by Jenny

When it comes to safe foods for cats to eat, there are a lot of rumors circulating on the internet. The one that keeps appearing is whether Cats can eat pistachios.

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Do cats eat pistachios or are they harmful?

Pistachios are not particularly harmful to cats. It’s not toxic, so if you catch your cat nibbling on a peanut or two, try not to worry. However, they are not recommended as part of a regular diet for a number of reasons.

Pistachios are not particularly harmful to cats. It’s not toxic, so if you catch your cat nibbling on a peanut or two, try not to worry. Click to tweet

  1. First, they contain high levels of fat, many of which can cause pancreatitis in cats. They also contain significant levels of dietary fiber that can lead to an upset stomach and diarrhea, while being an integral part of a healthy cat’s diet.
  2. Pistachios are sometimes coated with additives that are not part of a healthy cat’s diet, and salt is the most common. Too much salt can cause digestive problems or even more serious health problems.
  3. Finally, pistachio shells can also act as a choking hazard or cause intestinal obstruction if swallowed.

As an aside, it’s also not a good idea to let your cat eat pistachio-flavored ice cream because sugar and additives are harmful to cats.

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What nuts are poisonous to cats?

While many nuts are not particularly toxic to cats, they should generally be avoided for the same reason that pistachios are. The high salt, fiber, and fat content can cause health problems. However, macadamia nuts are known to be seriously toxic to dogs, and although there is no significant evidence to suggest that the same applies to cats, it is best to be safe and avoid letting your cat eat anything.

In short, pistachios may not be toxic, but they are not part of a healthy cat’s diet and excessive amounts of them can be seriously harmful.

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