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

Review: Pro Bloom Instant Goat’s Milk – Stumps Up or Down?

You Guys!

Today, I’d like to do a review of The Honest Kitchen’s Pro Bloom Instant Goat’s Milk. It was given to us as a sample in our BlogPaws bags and we gave it a try here at home. (Please note, I am also one of The Honest Kitchen’s Blog Partners, and we do receive 10% off in their online store for being a partner, but not for writing reviews.)

Me inspecting a few of the packets of Pro Bloom

Me inspecting a few of the packets of Pro Bloom

 

Last week, my mom FOD wrote a post about goat’s milk.  She feels like it’s healthy for us. I feel like it’s delicious. Mom FOD was getting her goat’s milk from a farmer, but it was often arriving frozen in large portions, which was hard for us little guys to polish off, so she was pleased to see this product from The Honest Kitchen in her BlogPaws bag. So, what is it?

Pro Bloom, pre hydration

Pro Bloom, pre hydration

Pro Bloom is a dehydrated goat’s milk that contains probiotics and digestive enzymes. According to The Honest Kitchen, it is not a raw food, because the milk is pasteurized prior to dehydration, but they do add in the probiotics after, which is helpful in maintaining some of goat’s milk’s health benefits. Some other nice things about Pro Bloom:

  • it’s pesticide- and herbicide-free
  • it contains no growth hormones
  • it contains no antibiotics
  • it’s from milk that comes from pasture-raised goats from the Pacific Northwest

The box comes with 16 packets of the powdered milk. After adding 8 ounces of warm water, you get to serve it to your pets. Leftovers can be refrigerated for up to two days, although in our house, there are no leftovers. The whole box makes 16 cups of milk and it retails online for $23.99.

After mixing

After mixing

Mom FOD has served it to us so far on three occasions. On the first two, all five of us loved it. On the most recent, four out of five pets enjoyed Pro Bloom. The other one had just eaten dinner and didn’t feel like indulging (he’s sort of a pansy when it comes to food. He actually stops when he’s full.)

Mom FOD appreciates that it’s a great way to get us to drink extra water, which cats don’t do much of on their own. It also helps get more water in Rocky’s diet. He gets constipated a lot and the extra water keeps things moving along.

Verdict: It’s a great product to have on hand for intermittent supplementation. It stores and travels well, is free of bad things and full of good things, and seems to be very palatable. It is a bit pricey to use for every day consumption, especially in multiple pet households, and we’d like to see that come down a bit, but I suppose paying for quality and convenience is not cheap. Overall, we give it two stumps up!

Four out of five in our household have never turned it down

Four out of five in our household have never turned it down (that’s me licking my lips because it’s tasty)