do cats like pumpkin puree

Most cats will enjoy a bit of pumpkin mixed in with their wet food, or all by itself. You’ll want to buy the pure, cooked, pureed canned pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling with sugar and spice and everything nice) and start your cat on it by adding 1/2 teaspoon to your cat’s wet food once per day to see how he does.

Can Cats Have Pumpkin?

While those sugary pumpkin pie slices, festive lattes, and spiced pumpkin bars taste great for us humans, cats shouldn’t be given them as treats. Although pumpkin can be digested by cats, pumpkin desserts and beverages that contain excessive amounts of sugar, fat, and spice are not good for them.

The Pet Poison Helpline explains that if your cat gets into the container of ground cinnamon or licks at a bottle of cinnamon essential oil or extract used to flavor your pumpkin treats, they may experience any of the following:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Lowered blood sugar levels
  • Mouth and lung irritation
  • Heart or liver issues

The same goes for nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and allspice; make sure to keep these spices away from your cat.

Is it safe for cats to eat pumpkin? Yes, as long as it’s cooked and plain. You can bake a fresh squash in your oven or purchase it in a can. If you decide to use a can, be careful not to select the pumpkin pie filling option as it is frequently seasoned. You want plain canned pumpkin, often packed with water.

Can a Cat Eat Pumpkin Seeds?

While pumpkin seeds do not pose a choking hazard to cats, they can become so when consumed rapidly. An intestinal blockage could develop if your cat overeats.

If you do feed your cat pumpkin seeds, it’s best to do so in small amounts while you’re around. Avoid adding any salt, spices, or cooking or roasting them in oil as this will significantly increase the fat content.

While using seeds with or without a shell is acceptable, crushing or mashing the seeds is the most secure method. Your cat can then eat them by sprinkling them over canned cat food.

How to Feed Your Cat Pumpkin Safely

A small amount of cooked, plain pumpkin without any spices added is the best option if your cat enjoys pumpkin and you would like to share. Although it’s usually preferable to cook your own pumpkin so you know exactly what’s in it, pureed or canned pumpkin is also safe as long as it hasn’t had any additional ingredients added.

While most people believe pie pumpkins taste better, both pie and carving pumpkins are safe to use. The canned pumpkin you buy at the grocery store is made from pie pumpkins, so who knows what feline taste-testers thought?

While some cats will consume pumpkin on its own, others would rather have it blended into two to three tablespoons of canned cat food. Regardless of your cat’s preference, adding canned pumpkin to their diet can be highly beneficial if they suffer from digestive issues, particularly mild chronic constipation.

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Sandra Mitchell is a New York State College of Veterinary Medicine graduate from 1995. Since graduation, she has worked in many fields.

FAQ

What does pumpkin puree do for cats?

Pumpkin’s fiber can assist in moving hairballs through the digestive tract, reducing the likelihood of regurgitation or intestinal blockages. Nutritional Boost: Pumpkin is a source of essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, potassium, and beta-carotene.

Do cats like the taste of pumpkin?

Add to your cat’s wet food…: The pumpkin can be added directly to cat food, particularly wet food. …or straight from the spoon!: Many kitties enjoy the pumpkin flavor so much they are happy to lick pumpkin straight from the spoon, savoring it as a special cat treat.

Is pumpkin puree a dewormer for cats?

Pumpkin fiber helps trap ingested hair so that it passes through stool more regularly, rather than building up in the stomach. Deworm. Pumpkin seeds contain an amino acid called cucurbitacin, which can weaken, and even kill intestinal worms.

Is pumpkin puree good for cats with kidney disease?

Potassium supports healthy nerve and muscle function. Cats and dogs with kidney disease may struggle to keep enough potassium in their bodies, so pumpkin is a definite plus here! Iron, Phosphorus and magnesium: are all important for blood, muscles, bones and nerves.