Constipated? Try A Pumpkin Latte!

I know, it sounds awful to think about constipation, but some cats deal with it on a daily basis. Rocky, for instance, is always constipated. He’s seen several doctors for it but it still remains. Recently, he visited a holistic vet here in Chicago named Dr. C  (she’s fabulous, FYI) who suggested that we give him more water and even more pumpkin than we’d been doing, up to a tablespoon daily. Well, we tried, and it seems to be working. He strolled right up to momFOD and pooped in front of her. On the floor. Proudly.

The much happier camper Rocky, thanks to pumpkin.

The much happier camper Rocky, thanks to pumpkin.

Anyway, if your cat is suffering from constipation, first make sure that there aren’t any other problems. I’m not a vet (just a really well-educated cat), but here’s what we learned from our vet during our recent visit:

  • check your cat’s kidney function. If there are any problems there, the kidneys may pull water right out of the body and excrete it, causing your cat’s poop to be too dry and, therefore, difficult to pass.
  • check your cat’s thyroid function. Constipation can be a symptom of hypothyroidism.

Constipation can also be caused by:

  • dehydration
  • intestinal blockage
  • certain types of medication
  • diets low in fiber

All tests show that, in Rocky’s case, the cause is a low-fiber diet (he eats raw food, 2x per day, plus a dehydrated raw snack in the evening) and is remedied by adding more water and more pumpkin (fiber). MomFOD was giving us an afternoon pumpkin snack with a side of goat’s milk, which we enjoy just fine. However, we just received an email from The Honest Kitchen, the company that sponsors some of our giveaways, that had a wonderful recipe that’s perfect for fall and for helping relieve Rocky’s ailment. We thought it sounded tasty and wanted to share it with you! (We have not received any reimbursement for posting this recipe and do not plan to. You can see our original review of Pro Bloom goat’s milk here)

Cinnamon Pumpkin “Latte”

Recipe:

Mix 1 pack of Pro Bloom with 1 cup of warm water

Wisk in 2 tbsp of pure canned pumpkin

Lightly sprinkle the top with a smidgen of cinnamon*

*Do not use nutmeg. Nutmeg is toxic to pets, so please keep that in the “people only” cabinet.

 

Sounds tasty, right? This recipe makes a cup, which is usually enough to give to our four cats and dog in two portions. You may need to adjust the amount of pumpkin. Since Rocky is allowed 1 tbsp a day, per his vet’s instructions, we put a little more in his portion. As always, if you have any questions about your cat’s health, please see a veterinarian and rule out anything more serious before trying to change your cat’s diet.

We hope you’re enjoying the fall and our Halloween programming. Stay tuned for more great Halloween fun, all month! And if you’d like to get little thoughts from my kitty head throughout the day, follow me on Twitter @refrigeratorcat

Love,

Creeps.

 

Sources: Constipation in Cats

Hypothyroidism in Cats

12 thoughts on “Constipated? Try A Pumpkin Latte!

  1. too funny that you mentioned this. When Cody first started prednisonol a few years ago for his allergies he experienced a serious “back up” That is when I learned about pumpkin. Every time he takes prednisonol (which he is on now) I give him a minimum of a 1/4 tsp of pumpkin, it works like a charm!

  2. crepes…we use puree pumpkin in de land oh trout two N de food serviss gal puts de pumpkin
    ina ice cube thinga what cha all it gizmo N freeezes de pour shunz then takes out a cube atta time

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  3. This sounds yummy. For cats that don’t like the pumpkin taste, I mask it with what they do like i.e. fish oil or their fave food. I also freeze individual tsp. on a cookie sheet and once frozen, store in freezer bags. P.S. always use pure pumpkin (canned or fresh) and NOT pumpkin for pies.

  4. Great information. Glad Rocky is doing better. Hope he is now pooping in the litter box. Please specify name and number.
    Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  5. Thanks Crepes. We had to deal with this when my two oldest cats were still alive. Their meds made it hard to poop. And our vet suggested pumpkin too.
    Sue B

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