Today there is a trend with respect to the feeding of our pets in which we try to offer them the healthiest, natural and nutritious products. For example, brush glove for cats, there is canned food with pumpkin for cats, among many other fruits and vegetables such as blueberries, pears, pomegranates or beets. Each of these benefits them in a different way.
We know that these foods provide a lot of fiber, vitamins and minerals in the diet. However, cats are not omnivorous animals, so how healthy could this type of food be for our felines?
A cat’s digestive system
Cats are strict carnivores, which means that their digestive system is completely adapted to the consumption of meat and other animal products. There are certain nutrients in the cat’s diet that are essential and their lack could lead to the death of the cat.
Some of these substances are taurine and vitamin D. Taurine, for example, can only be obtained through the consumption of meat and has a fundamental role in the development and maintenance of the nervous system.
The entire digestive system of cats is adapted to meat consumption, from the mouth to the rectum. These adaptations are:
- Presence of fangs to tear the meat.
- Premolars and molars are crisp and sharp.
- The chewing capacity is limited.
- They lack the enzyme alpha-amylase, essential in the first digestion of carbohydrates, which is produced in the mouth.
- The small intestine is short, around 1.3 metres, as they do not need to break down cellulose and, moreover, proteins are absorbed earlier.
- They have alternative routes for converting protein into carbohydrates.
- Their intestinal flora is designed to ferment meat waste.
Benefits of pumpkin for cats
Pumpkin is a vegetable native to the Americas, as are other fruits and vegetables. For humans, the benefits of pumpkin are different than for cats.
Cats will not take advantage of some of the caloric content that is carbohydrates. However, pumpkin is a natural multivitamin for cats, as long as you can get them to eat it. Among the benefits that pumpkin has for cats, we find:
- High dietary fiber content. This element is essential for the proper transit of the intestine of your pussy. Many cats, to take a diet low in fiber, end up suffering from constipation problems that, together with the balls of hair, endanger their health.
- It’s a good prebiotic. With the same fiber we talked about before, the intestinal bacteria feed. Therefore, we improve the health of the intestinal flora of our cat.
- It has a high concentration of provitamin A, which is essential for the health of the eyes and skin.
- It provides vitamins C and E, which are good antioxidants.
- It has a wide variety of vitamins belonging to the B group, such as folic acid or vitamin B9, essential for the formation of protein complexes such as hemoglobin.
- Among its minerals are: potassium, phosphorus, iron, zinc – especially in the seeds – and magnesium.
How can I cook pumpkin for my cat?
First of all, you can easily find canned cat food containing pumpkin at the market. However, if you prefer to cook your pet’s food, here are two pumpkin recipes that your kitty will love:
Tuna and pumpkin snack for cats
- 100 g pumpkin, washed, peeled and without seeds
- 2 cans of tuna in its natural state
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup whole grain oatmeal
To make it, cook the pumpkin until it is soft. In a bowl, mix all the ingredients well with the help of a fork. Preheat the oven to 180 ºC. Make small biscuit-shaped portions with the dough and place them on a tray on baking paper. Put it in and after 15 minutes it is ready. You must let it cool down to room temperature.
Chicken and pumpkin pate
- 100 g fresh chicken
- 50 g pumpkin, washed, peeled and without seeds
- 1/3 cup rice milk (no sugar or salt added)
- 1/3 cup whole grain oatmeal
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
To make this recipe, cook the pumpkin and chicken in a pot, both cut into pieces. When the chicken is well cooked, drain the contents of the pot and place it in a bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well with a fork. Ready!