Pumpkin power up

wellness for our furry friends

So it’s officially pumpkin season, and we can see them everywhere. I like pumpkin but my love is just ok with it, therefore,  didn’t cook too much pumpkin for him, but I cook pumpkin every week… wait… for whom? hehe, the answer is for our little fur friend- E4 the white cat!

Truth is our cat is a huge fan of vegetables, he craving cat grass, pumpkin every meal. He eats normal dried cat food as well, but when it comes to vegetable, you can see how happy he really is. He will run to us, staring at the hands, impatiently asking for feeding. Sometimes when I cook one of our favorite turtle soup, I use green peas, then he hears I am opening the can and rushes into the kitchen for some green peas. I love the way he is!

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Today we are sharing a short post for cooking pumpkin for our furry friends. People say pumpkin has many health benefits, it is a good source of vitamins A and C, which help support the vision and immune system, also contains zinc, which can help improve a cat’s skin and coat, and cucurbitacin, a biochemical compound that is thought to have some activity against intestinal parasites. Pumpkin has not only those benefits but many veterinarians also turn to pumpkin as a remedy for constipation in feline patients, which I observe in our cat because it does help his weight control, hairball relieve, you name it.

The way I cook pumpkins for my cat is the simplest: I steam it in a rice cooker. It will only take about 30 mins, then you open the lid, scratch out all the skin, remove all the seeds, pulps, crush it, make it like a mashed pumpkin. The preservation is easy too, just cover with plastic wrap, take out the part I am going to serve. Usually, I will serve about 3 tablespoons daily, adding a little bit fresh water, Our cat loves creamy to watery texture (If your cats don’t like drink water, this can help him drink more water!) mix it well, then microwave it about 15 sec. make sure the temperature is good, so your cats can enjoy it!

 

Ingredients:

1 small to medium pumpkin (for about a week supply)

No need any seasons.

Water (Optional)

Cooking time: 30 mins

Feedback from our cat:

MEOW~ with a happy face!

Basically, I cook pumpkin all year round, but when pumpkins are not in season, I switch it to kabocha squashes, they taste same IMO, but Kabocha squashes may take a longer time to cook, about 20 mins more to make it soft. It is just as simple as it is, and our cat friend enjoy it so much!

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Hope your furry friends also enjoy the seasonal treat! Happy October! 🙂 

XO,

Gabrielle and E4

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