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Can Cats Eat Pumpkin Puree? Vet Approved Facts & Nutrition Guide

Written by: Patricia Dickson

Last Updated on July 12, 2024 by Catster Editorial Team

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Can Cats Eat Pumpkin Puree? Vet Approved Facts & Nutrition Guide

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When people think of pumpkins, they usually think of falling leaves, bonfires, chilly temperatures, and seasonal treats. However, did you know that some cats love pumpkin just as much as their pet parents?

While your feline pal might show interest in pumpkin pie and everything else pumpkin, that doesn’t mean it’s good for them. Can cats eat pumpkin puree? Is it good for them? Can they eat other types of pumpkins? We’ll answer all these questions and more below, but the short answer is, yes. 

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Can Cats Eat Pumpkin Puree?

Yes, cats can eat pumpkin puree. It has quite a few health benefits for your feline pal. Pumpkin puree is a natural source of fiber that helps with constipation in your feline friend. If your cat is having difficulty going to the bathroom, mixing a little pumpkin puree in with their food can do the trick.

Pumpkin is recommended by vets quite often for constipated kitties. Pumpkin puree also aids digestion and has been known to help with weight loss, so feeding it to your cat occasionally is safe. The trick is to know how often you can give your cat pumpkin puree.

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How Often Can You Feed a Cat Pumpkin Puree?

You can feed your cat pumpkin puree one to two times a day. It’s a great way to improve your cat’s digestion, help with constipation, and provide fiber. It’s a safe, healthy treat for pets, but it shouldn’t replace their regular diet, as cats need protein to be healthy and happy. If your cat is constipated, you can increase their pumpkin puree by a bit a day until they are well once again.

How to Feed Your Cat Pumpkin

If your cat likes pumpkin, and you’re willing to share your treat, it’s best to give it a small amount of cooked pumpkin with no spices added since you don’t know how the spices will affect your feline pal.

If you have canned or pureed pumpkin, check the ingredients on the package before giving it to your cat. Sometimes, people confuse pumpkin puree with pumpkin pie filling. But they are not the same. Pumpkin pie filling contains sugar and spices (some of which can be toxic to cats). Check the label to make sure you are buying pumpkin puree.

It’s important to note that some cats love the taste of pumpkin and will eat it on their own. However, there are some cats that you’ll have to get a bit creative with and mask the taste. For these cats, try stirring in one to two spoons of the pumpkin with their canned food for the best results.

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Can Cats Eat Pumpkin Pie?

While a small amount of the filling from a pumpkin pie or canned pumpkin won’t hurt your cat, you must remember that they are full of spices that your cat doesn’t need and may not tolerate well. Some of the spices in pumpkin pie, including cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and ginger, are slightly toxic to cats, and the last thing you want is to make your cat sick. If your cat gets a small nibble, it’s okay. However, if it eats more than that, it could result in gastrointestinal upset, and it’s best to contact your vet.

Can Kittens Eat Pumpkin Puree?

While pumpkin puree is suitable for adult cats, it’s best not to feed it to your kitten since they have a developing gastrointestinal tract. Pumpkin is suitable for constipated cats, but kittens sometimes have loose stools to begin with, so it’s best to keep pumpkin away from your tiny kittens until they are old enough to have it.

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Can You Feed Your Cat Pumpkin Seeds?

Pumpkin seeds aren’t considered toxic to cats. However, they are a choking hazard. However, if your cat eats the seeds, they can also cause an intestinal obstruction that may require surgery.

You can give your cat pumpkin seeds, but it’s best to smash them to keep your cat safe. Sprinkle the crushed seeds on your cat’s dish of canned food for an extra special treat.

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Conclusion

Cats can have pumpkin puree and just about everything else pumpkin-related. However, it’s best to give them plain pumpkin that has no spices or sugar. Keep the seeds away from your feline unless they are crushed or mashed because they can be a choking hazard. Your cat can have pumpkin puree as it’s full of the vitamins, nutrients, and fiber the cat needs to be healthy and happy. So feel free to share your pumpkin with your cats, but do it in moderation.

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