Have you ever wondered what are the benefits of pumpkin for pets? Keep reading to learn how it helps pets, which pets can have it, how to feed it to your pet, and how much to give them each day.
Which Pets Can Have Pumpkin?
Most domesticated pets can have pumpkin puree. This includes dogs, cats, rabbits, squirrels, and ferrets. For some pets, pumpkin can cause problems. Hedgehogs, foxes, and birds should not have pumpkin or pumpkin seeds.
How Much Pumpkin Does Your Pet Need?
For most pets, you should give 1 tablespoon per ten pounds of body weight per day. That’s once a day, not at each meal! When feeding your pet multiple times a day, you can give them all their daily pumpkin at once or divide it among their meals. For animals less than 10 pounds, start with 1/4 teaspoon and work up to a tablespoon. You can also reserve their daily pumpkin to consume in treats or on a lick mat for extra enrichment. Nummy Tum-Tum Organic Pumpkin Puree can be frozen into cubes or in silicone molds for a one-ingredient frozen treat. it doesn’t get any easier than that!
Our cans are 15 ounces, and there are about 30 tablespoons per can. See the suggested serving sizes below to find out how long a can or case of Nummy Tum-Tum will last for your pet.
What are the Benefits of Pumpkin Puree for pets?
Pumpkin puree is low in calories and high in fiber, which is great for your pets’ digestive system. It also contains carbohydrates, which help give your pet energy. Pumpkin is also high in carotenoids, which contribute to eye and skin health. It’s rich in vitamin E, which is an anti-inflammatory and aids in heart function. Pumpkin also contains iron, which is good for the cardiovascular system. Finally, the potassium in pumpkin helps keep muscles and nerves healthy for endless games of fetch! Who knew this little orange fruit had so many vitamins and minerals!
How do I get my pet to eat pumpkin puree?
This is actually pretty easy, because most pets love pumpkin! It’s actually a great add-in for picky eaters, or for renewing interest in dry food. You can also freeze pumpkin in silicone molds for a cold treat on a hot day, spread it on a lick mat with other treats like greek yogurt, mix it with dry food and stuff it into a Kong toy, or simply top dry food with it.
What’s your favorite way to give your pet pumpkin?