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.

How to Feed

Most stores sell pureed pumpkin, make sure it is not Pumpkin Pie Filling. Web address for the tin of unsweetend Pumpkin below, but you can also puree it yourself. Simply scoop the seeds and pulp out of a pumpkin and steam until soft, then puree in a blender until the consistency resembles that of baby food. Place in an ice cube tray and freeze. Once frozen put cubes into a sealed freezer bag and use as you need it. Add to your cat's food or if your cat likes the taste use it as a treat and allow your cat to lap it from a spoon or out of your hand.


Introducing a new food always poses some risks, especially for cats with sensitive stomachs. Try adding very small quantities of pumpkin—just a drop or two—and gradually increasing the amount. Never feed pumpkin pie filling. It contains sugars and other additives that will harm your cat's digestive tract.
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