Pumpkin, Your Cat’s Digestive Cure-all

Pumpkin, Your Cat’s Digestive Cure-all
Pumpkin, Your Cat’s Digestive Cure-all
For a healthy cat at the right weight, simply adding a bit of pumpkin to one meal a day (not more than a tablespoon a day) can keep everything moving smoothly


Pumpkin is a miracle worker on a cat’s digestive system. Thanks to its very high fiber content, canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling) is a great way to get your cat’s gastrointestinal system moving if he’s a bit stopped up. On the other end of things, if your cat has diarrhea, pumpkin will firm up your cat’s stool—the dietary fiber is very good at absorbing excess water. It also clears out fur from the digestive tract. When the pumpkin moves through your cat’s GI tract, it sweeps hair along with it, which lowers incidence of hairballs. If that wasn’t enough, pumpkin can also be used as a tool for weight loss. If your cat is overweight, replace 25 percent of her regular food with the same amount of pumpkin; it will leave her feeling just as full, but with far fewer calories consumed. 

Ways to Incorporate Pumpkin into Your Cat’s Diet

  • Look for high quality wet cat foods that contain pumpkin, like Weruva or Applaws
  • Mix plain canned pumpkin in with your cat’s wet food
  • Freeze tiny individual servings of pumpkin in the freezer and give them as treats
  • Fruitables original and weight loss formula supplements are a pet-specific alternative to regular canned pumpkin that has more vitamins as well as mint to help soothe an upset stomach
  • Castor and Pollux’s Natural Ultramix Real Pumpkin Ultrablend is designed for intermittent and supplemental feeding for a healthy digestive system

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Comments (4)

I buy Feringa wet food, most of them contain pumpkin as the filler ingredient instead of bad rice or grain... My siamese loves it and he can process them very well, despite the fact that wet food usually gives him the runs.
Fri, 10/10/2014 - 23:17
I've heard about this. But I have one cat who doesn't like anything but dry food. Any way to get this in her?
Wed, 07/15/2015 - 12:32
You could try drying some yourself. Cut thin slivers from the pumpkin with a potato peeler, place between sheets of kitchen towel and put in a cool oven (as if you are cooking meringues). When dry, break up into smaller pieces and add to dry food or use as treats.
Fri, 10/30/2015 - 05:14
Try using a 'small animal feeding syringe' available at all feed stores. You'll have to experiment to see what your cat likes. I've had cats that love pumpkin and others that needed a tiny bit of fish oil added to the pumpkin.
Thu, 03/03/2016 - 14:11

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