Pumpkin for Cats
Pumpkin is an effective home remedy for a variety of stomach ailments, and many cats will happily eat it pureed. If your cat is on a prescription diet or has a history of food allergies, consult your veterinarian before feeding pumpkin.
Benefits of Pumpkin
Pumpkin is a highly nutritious squash. However, the nutrition in squash is not accessible to cats because it contains high quantities of cellulose, which cats can't metabolize. Pureeing the pumpkin breaks down the cellulose, making the nutrition accessible to cats. Pumpkin is high in fiber and can help regulate digestion by absorbing water and preventing diarrhoea. It also helps to soften the stool, making it an excellent home remedy for mild constipation.
Amount to Feed
Give between one half and one teaspoon at each meal. Smaller cats and kittens should get closer to half a teaspoon, while larger cats should have closer to one. Because pumpkin is not medication, dosing is not a precise science. You can give slightly more when your cat is having stomach trouble.