Canned organic pumpkin (unsweetened of course!), pumpkin seeds, and cooked fresh pumpkin have indeed many benefits for cats.
According to some veterinarians, pumpkin seeds are high in essential fatty acids and antioxidants (good for overall healthy skin and fur), and the oils in pumpkin flesh and seeds are believed to support urinary health.
They are also an excellent source of Vitamin A, beta-carotene, potassium and iron, and may even reduce the likelihood your cat will develop cancer.
Pumpkin is also a fabulous source of fiber for our feline friends. Pureed pumpkin, with no added sugar or spice, can help cats with both constipation and diarrhea.
Pumpkins have a high water and fiber content and can act to hydrate the intestines and their contents when cats are suffering from constipation.
The water and fibers will be absorbed by the dry stools in your cat’s intestines, and your kitty may experience relief as soon as a few hours.
Its high fiber content also makes pumpkin a great part of your cat’s routine to aid in hairball prevention. Adding a tablespoon to their regular wet food is known to help keep them regular. It can also help them with indigestion or upset stomachs.