In a recent post, we discussed intermittent constipation and the benefits of pumpkin puree. The best option is to cook your own, but canned pumpkin is available for your convenience. Pumpkin and butternut squash belong to the same family of squash, so you can use butternut squash instead.
To prepare/cook fresh butternut squash:
1. Wash, peel, and deseed the squash.
2. Cut into 2-3" cubes.
3. Place into a pot and cover with distilled water.
4. Bring to a boil, reduce to allow the squash to cook thoroughly.
5. Use a fork or knife to test that the squash is soft throughout.
6. Remove from the stove, strain the water, but leave 1-2 cups with the squash (depending on amount you cooked---the ending consistency should be like mashed potato, not soupy).
7. Transfer the squash and water to a blender and puree.
8. Store in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.
Feed your constipated carnivore pureed butternut squash daily until relief; mixed in meals or as a side between or with meals. Monitor signs as vomiting, straining, howling, and painful bowel movements. If defecation doesn't occur in a couple of days, it may be serious and it's time to take the little one to the veterinarian for further evaluation.