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my cat ate some shelled pistachio nuts and now about an hour

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my cat ate some shelled pistachio nuts(about 4) and now about an hour later he seems to be coughing almost like choking-are these poison to cats? he is breathing okay until one of these coughing fits happens, but he wants to hide. should i rush him to emergency?


This is Dr. Christian. Is he having trouble breathing? Do you know how many he ate?

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
about 4 shelled nuts
Pistachios are not toxic but I am concerned a shell may be lodged in his throat. I do think it best that you have him checked out tonight. Anesthesia may be required in order to get a good look at the back of his throat. If he manages to inhale it the problems will be much worse. If you have more questions please let me know.
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