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
  • 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 the 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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  • Rhonda

    Will pumpkin also help cats urinary tract besides diseitive tract.

  • CJ

    Due to my cats weight and all the recomendations for pumpkin, I decided to give it a try. BAD IDEA! My cat now has an EXTREME case of the runs! My house stinks and poo everywhere! Pooped on a blanket (they go where they aren’t supposed to if they don’t feel well), poo smeared on the carpet from trying to clean his tush. I will NEVER EVER give my cats pumpkin again. I gave them less than 1 tsp of 100% pumpkin mixed with their food in the morning and night and was shared by two cats. Two days later DISASTER!

  • Pat

    None of my cats will eat pumpkin

  • Sandi Crawford

    I have given my cats tuna and pumpkin. They LOVE it and no issues at all. It’s not a daily thing, a couple of times a week.

  • Sherry

    The author should have given instructions for adding pumpkin to the cat’s diet. I believe you have to start with very small amounts, although I can’t remember how much. We used to use it for an elderly cat with constipation issues.

  • giacomo

    our 10yo kitty developed a herniated colon. we tried kitty stool softeners, which became less effective over time. the vet recommended surgery… eek. we read about pumpkin puree online, and it’s been a godsend. kitty no longer gets painfully compacted golf ball sized rocks of poo. totally smooth log shapes in the litterbox. plus he loves it. we pretty much only feed him pumpkin mixed with chicken or tuna and a multivitamin. it’s like he’s 5 yrs younger!

  • Amy

    It has my 10 year old with diarrhea, not perfect but better. I started with a 8th of teaspoon of organic and she loved it. I found a half teaspoon works best for her. (Once a day) She weighs 11 lbs. I freeze little pumpkin pouches and it lasts forever!
    Hope this helps :o)
    I gave her twice that once and she got the poops :o(

  • anne

    It has been a blessing! no more hairballs and my diabetic cat has lost weight, all three of mine get pumpkin.

  • Lorrelle Mandaru

    I think pumpkin is going to save my 11 year old cat! She had surgery to remove a hairball and part of her intestine three months ago – no one said anything about pumpkin. She had another surgery a week ago to remove another hairball. This time she has been shaved into a lion cut and we’ve been giving her a couple of teaspoons of pumpkin each day and she loves it! I think/hope this will change everything for her as she enjoys her remaining seven lives. Such an easy and cheap thing to try, so give it a go.

  • Jecenya Tapia Cabrera

    have two cats, older cat loves tiki cat soft food that already have pumpkin, smaller cat has intestinal worms and i read pumpkin will help her. they both love it, i mix it in with their soft food/hard food and they never once refused. both have been using the bathroom regularly with no issues. its been great!

  • Rachel W

    My kitten had diarrhea, possibly from gorging himself on wet food (not all cats have the ability to free feed wet food), so I started making him cat food from organic turkey baby food puree and canned pumpkin, with a little Omega 3 fish oil, and his stool firmed up within a few hours!! Awesome!

  • KB

    My 16 year old flawless male couldn’t poop for 3 days. Mashed some pumpkin purée with some turkey and he totally went for it! 24 hours later his poo looked great! I think I’ll incorporate this in his diet 2x a week. He usually only eats dry food.

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