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Fresh pumpkin and pure 100% pumpkin purée are safe for cats to eat, and pumpkin has fiber and nutrients that can be beneficial for cats. So if you’re making fall desserts and your cat wants to lend a helping paw, or your cat is reaching for some of your can of pumpkin, keep reading to learn how to feed pumpkin to your cat.

Is pumpkin good for cats?

Plain pumpkin can be a healthy food for your cat to eat as part of a balanced diet. Benefits of pumpkin for cats include:

Not only can cats eat pumpkin, it’s a fun, seasonal way to incorporate fiber and moisture into their diet!

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What kind of pumpkin to feed your cat

Can cats eat raw pumpkin? Technically, yes, though it’s not recommended. Raw pumpkin flesh (as well as pumpkin skin) is tough, and harder for cats to digest.

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How to feed your cat pumpkin

It’s easy to add pumpkin to your cat’s diet and it can be included in a variety of ways:

Stella & Chewy’s Marvelous Morsels and Purrfect Pâté lines include pumpkin, as do several of our wet cat food recipes in can and pouches. Our Digestive Support Boost for cats also includes pumpkin, and has added probiotics and prebiotics for digestive health. Best of all, each of our cat foods (whether it has pumpkin or not) provides complete and balanced nutrition for all life stages!

How much pumpkin to feed your cat

If you’re feeding wet cat food with pumpkin, follow the feeding guidelines on the package.

As a rule of thumb, average-sized cats can safely eat 1 teaspoon of pumpkin purée once or twice a day with their regular food (just a half teaspoon for kittens or smaller cats).

If you’re feeding canned or cooked pumpkin to your cat, be careful about serving too much. With high-fiber foods like pumpkin, you can definitely have “too much of a good thing” as excess fiber can lead to diarrhea, gas, or stomach upset. It’s also important to remember that cats are obligate carnivores who need to get most of their nutrition from animal protein. Too much pumpkin (or any food outside their ancestral diet) can prevent them from getting the nutrition they need. Supplements and treats shouldn’t make up more than 10% of your cat’s daily calories.

As with any new food in your cat’s diet, it’s important to start with a very small amount and gradually increase it over time—and always consult with your veterinarian before making significant changes to your cat’s feeding routine.

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What other foods are good for cats?

Since cats are obligate carnivores they need meat to survive (or at least thrive). But there are some other  human foods that are healthy for cats to eat in moderation, including: 

Be sure to always talk to your veterinarian before feeding new foods to ensure your cat is eating a nutritionally complete diet. Keep reading to learn more tips for choosing the right food for your cat!

Stella & Chewy’s Cat Food That contains Pumpkin:

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