Re: Pumpkin and constipation -- amounts
Hi Jim. Whenever I see a constipation topic now, it makes me cringe. If you've seen my other thread, I've had an ongoing nightmare with constipation in my cat for a month now too.
Given such, I have googled this topic forward, backwards and sideways. And everything I've read regarding pumpkin/fiber can be quite confusing. All sites I've read say that it can help constipation, but if you give too much.. it can contribute to constipation, because pumpkin bulks up their stool. So be careful that you don't bulk it up too large for her to get out. Its kind of trial and error to see what works for your cat. I give my girl 1 tsp of pumpkin daily, and I previously gave her 2 tsps daily, neither amounts resolved her constipation, and I was forced to resort to stronger medications prescribed by the vet.
I think 4 tablespoons of pumpkin would be way overkill, but ask your vet. I don't know much about that, just going by what I've read, and what I was told by my vet.. and the most my vet told me to give was 2 teaspoons. And normally if pumpkin doesn't work within the first few days to a week, it probably won't work solo. Have you tried any stool softeners for Missy in addition to the pumpkin, like Miralax? This didn't work for my cat either, but its worked for many others cats. So if not, its worth a shot, especially if she's had constipation for awhile... as we know, thats very uncomfortable for our furbabies. Please consult your vet and make sure its ok to give her Miralax first though, if you decide to try it. And your vet will give you the required dosage to give her.
I know how stressful and frustrating dealing with cat constipation can be. Good luck!