Your dog or cat may be curious about the pumpkins sitting on your front porch. It’s already Halloween, and your pumpkin may be beautifully carved, but might also be collecting bacteria. While it’s best they don’t eat that pumpkin, canned natural pumpkin (unsweetened – not pie filling), pumpkin seeds, and cooked fresh pumpkin have many benefits for dogs and cats. There is good reason that pumpkin is often a top ingredient in higher quality kibble. It can help with the following pet ailments:
1) Digestive Health
2) Urinary Health
3) Weight Loss
I have a Katrina rescue cat who was starving when I adopted him. He was too old for most people to want. I knew he’d be one of those special cats who thinks he’s part dog–like many of the cats I’ve had since childhood. He is.
But he’s always ravenous. I have been mixing cooked pumpkin in with his food ever since he came to live here. He loves it. If he didn’t get filled up with pumpkin he’d be huge as an old porker instead of big. He’s probably 18 and very healthy. I’m sure the pumpkin and quality cat food haven’t hurt a bit.