My 6 year old cat had constipation in March, after 3 days of not going to the bathroom I took her to the vet and got a $300 bill and a sick cat back in return. She came home so sick from the vet that I was up with her for 2 day straight. She had a problem with diarrhea and constipation in August but I looked online and decided to use Pumpkin, it worked great within an hour. I used 1/2 teaspoon once a day for 3 days, had to force feed it and that worked great. I also made sure to take her off of her daily 1/2 a can of a very cheap and well known wet cat food (known to cause cat tummy troubles) and switched her over to a human grade holistic brand (the same brand as her holistic dry cat food).
Here we are in October and the day after coming home from the vet (blood work to discover the cause of her anemia, vet thinking it could be a mosquito caused blood parasite) and again sick for 2 days from the sedatives at the vet and not able to use the bathroom. I also saw what looked like to be pink either urine or diarrhea in the litter box. I called the emergency vet hospital which wanted a lot of money up front, which I just don't have as I've spent $390 at the vet this past month already and I am unemployed. Unsure of what to do and really worried for her I gave her 1/2 teaspoon of 100% pure pumpkin puree thinking it might be constipation since she's only had small amounts of black stool. Within an hour she has already gone to the litter box twice and her feces looks healthy, not black and hard as it had been (from the anemia) and no signs of blood. I mentioned the pumpkin to her vet about using it earlier in the year, who then told me that the fiber in the pumpkin works great for cats with constipation and with diarrhea (he couldn't have told me that before the $300 bill and the undo procedures and stress on the cat???).
FYI: Anemia can cause hard black stools in cats and should be considered as a cause if you notice other symptoms such as pale ears, tongue and paw pads, rapid breathing and lethargy. It's a serious problem which is caused by other diseases, see a vet for a proper diagnosis.
My long term plan for constipation & preventing it long term:
At the first sign, 1/2 teaspoon of 100% Pure Pumpkin Puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling, check that the ingredients list only pumpkin), you can use up to one teaspoon a day though I've always had results with just 1/2 a teaspoon. Use for 2-3 days to make sure your cat gets everything that is backed up, out. After the initial treatment, 1/4 teaspoon daily to keep the stool soft enough to pass.
** She is also getting 1/4 teaspoon organic apple cider vinegar mixed in with her wet food daily to aid with some respiratory problems (allergies and weather changes plus running the heater have left both her and I with dry noses) and for just in case she has a urinary problem since I did see blood in the litter box. I also dip a cotton ball in a solution of 1 part organic apple cider vinegar to 1 part water and apply this to the back of her neck to help her breathe as well as saline nasal spray for babies, one drop in each nostril to induce a good sneeze to help her clear out her nostrils when she has dry breathing sounds.
(Huntsville, Al, Usa)
Cat Constipation: My male cat was constipated for 4 day and after feeding him some canned pumpkin pie filling i was amazed to find within a 12 hrs he was a very happy cat. He wasnt thrilled with me mixing it with his wet food but after a little coaxing he seemed to like it. Thank you so much for this great idea and I will surely suggest it to anyone with similar problems.
(Mn, Unite States)
I have a pet sitting business and was looking after a Maine Coon Cat that hadn't had a bowel movement for 3 days. He wasn't eating very much and so didn't go to the bathroom. I gave him 1 teaspoon of pure pumpkin and the very next day he went to the bathroom. I have continued to give it to him and he loves it.
Canned Pumpkin For Constipated a Dog: Phoebe, my 22 pound 3 year old dachshund basset mix had surgery for a herniated disc and was defecating fine until about a week after her operation. Last night I gave her a tablespoon of pumpkin and one more this morning with her food, and she took care of business about an hour after breakfast. Thanks for your website!
The pumpkin really works! Wow. Thanks so much for your suggestions on using pure pumpkin for clearing up pet constipation issues. My dog was spayed a few days ago, and hasn't been able to go to the bathroom since I brought her home. I fed her 1 tsp. of pumpkin with her dinner, and a few hours later, she was finally able to start going to the bathroom again. Thanks!
Cat Constipation: Hi, I found this wonderful site searching for natural cure/treatment for Sjogrens disease. In cruising the site I found this section on pet treatments. I would like to tell everyone who has cats and feeds them dry food to give them a tablespoon of canned pumpkin 3/4 times a week to prevent feline constipation.NOT pumpkin pie filling-just plain old pumpkin. I lost a cat to this after surgery to remove the blockage. One cannot also feed them milk as this is not digestable.
My dog loves to eat. He suffered constipation the day after our Thanksgiving party. i suspect someone tossed him a bone or beef BBQ. Last night was really hard for him. After reading your web site, i went to the local store and bought a canned pumpkin. This did the trick for him. I gave him 5-7 spoons every 4 hours. The next morning he was jumping and relieved.
Thanks for the information. You help save my wonderful dog and help me a trip to the vet.
The pumpkin method also worked for my golden retriever, Lucy. I think at times she tends to overeat grass. The vet is the one who told me about the pumpkin so I felt it was a safe method. Now I have to really hide it in her food as she will not eat anything remotely related to fruits or vegetables concerning people food. Over her 2-1/2 years she has become a very picky eater for both dog and people food.
MY DOG WAS CONSTIPATED AFTER BEING OUTSIDE FOR AN OUT OF TOWN STAY, WHEN HE IS USE TO STAYING INSIDE. I THINK HE OVERATE THE GRASS. THE PUMPKIN WORKED GREAT, I GAVE HIM A SMALL AMOUNT IN A BOWL AND HE ATE IT FREELY AND THEN WE WENT ON A WALK. DURING THE WALK THE PROBLEM WAS TAKEN CARE OF AFTER TWO DAYS OF NO GOING TO THE BATHROOM. THANKS FOR THE ADVICE...
My kitten was constipated but what worried me most was the gas. My kitten eats raw but I have no clue how to give her pumpkin so this is what I did: I shred the pumpkin and then I put it in the blender with melted butter and obtained a paste. She loves it, I just give her 1 teaspoon a day and after 2 days the pup is too soft so I have to stop it. Anyway, great remedy. Thanks
Wow!! My dog was constipated due to recently being spayed. Gave her a tablespoon of pumpkin when we went to bed, woke up to lots of "treats"! Thanks
Canned pumpkin for dog's constipation. Tried the canned pumpkin and it worked like a charm on my little Chihuahua. Thanks for the information.
I have used Pumpkin for constipation for my dog who suffers from chronic problems daily. Contrary to others beliefs. I give him a tablespoon every day. It works great! I also have another dog that has problems with diarrhea I also give him the same amount as it has fiber and works for both problems. This is a marvelous cure all. I am thirlled that I found this information on this site.
My dog needed to see a Vet for constipation a few years back. He had to stay there for an enema, and it wasn't cheap. Today I recognized the signs and symptoms, Googled it, and found your Pumpkin remedy. He ate it willingly and it did the trick! I'm amazed and thankful.
The most bland pumpkin filling really works to cure both constipation AND diarrhea in a dog any age. If I known that my 10 month old Berner puppy has gotten into something, I will actually give him a heaping tablespoon to push out the junk him faster and the end result being less "mess".
BEWARE, if you feed it to a dog too often it stops being effective.