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Cats love human food since they live among us. Most human food, however, is toxic to felines. Human edibles may cause gastrointestinal irritation. They could be toxic too. Pumpkin is the exception. This food brings immense health benefits to cats and humans both.
Raw pumpkin without any extras is an excellent fiber source, A number of veterinarians prescribe pumpkin as a remedy for constipation problem in cats. It makes the colon better to do the needful. The fiver in pumpkin adds bulk to the diet, making cats feel satiated. This is especially beneficial for obese cats which were previously put on a diet. Hairball reduction is possible if you add pumpkin to the cat lunch diet, Veterinarians do not prescribe it as a vitamin supplement. It also has zinc, thus improving the coat and skin of the cat. It is also beneficial against intestinal parasites.
You should give pumpkin only if your cat loves the food. If your kitty loves it, just give it the open can. Do not buy canned products containing added sugars or flavoring. This is doubly important if your kitty suffers from diabetes. Mix one teaspoon of canned pumpkin with cat food twice a day. Consult your veterinarian to determine the exact amount. In case your cat does not want to eat pumpkin, substitute it with wheat bran. Your concern is to keep your kitty hydrated at all times.
Pumpkin is rich in fiber. It has five grams of a good fiver for every half cup or 122 grams serving. It is also moisture rich. Weight control is also achieved as fiber promotes a “fullness” feeling, even with ingestion of fewer calories. Do note that when it comes to cat diet, your veterinarian should have the last word.
Pumpkin helps to treat diarrhea. It has soluble fiber and can absorb any excess water present in the digestive tract. This relieves or reduces diarrhea. This food helps in constipation as the high fiber content functions as a laxative. The mix of moisture and fiber creates bulk which stimulates the movement of bowels.
Pumpkin is a safe and easy additive. Although it is a rare case that a pumpkin will upset the stomach of the cat, any excessive consumption may result in diarrhea. In case this happens, it is a good idea to skip next serving. Alternatively, you can also feed your cat smaller amounts of food. Your veterinarian will advise you the best way to modify serving size if you need to do so. You should never serve the pulp, stem, or skin to the cat. These parts lack sufficient nutritional value. Plain canned pumpkins are the best. Canned pumpkins remain fresh a week in the refrigerator after opening.