Cats are well known for their finicky attitudes, especially when it comes to their food.  Trying to switch cat food can be a nightmare when your cat turns her nose up at everything you put in her bowl.  Occasionally, though, the cause for her discontent is just an upset tummy or minor digestive problems.  Always consult a vet if you cat stops eating.  But if the vet determines the problem to be minor then you might want to try this homemade pumpkin chicken recipe for your cat. 

When my cat was first diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, she would not eat anything because everything upset her stomach.  After trying a half a dozen different brands and flavors of canned cat food in a week, I knew I had to find something she would eat or she would be back at the vet’s office.  I made this recipe and she ate like she was starving!  (Which she was.)  In a few days her digestion had settled down, and she went back to eating her regular food.

By sticking with only a few basic ingredients this recipe reduces the likelihood of any of the ingredients upsetting her stomach while the flavor encourages her appetite.  This recipe is only intended for short-term use since it lacks essential nutrients cats need. It is also not intended for non-healthy cats.  Remember to always consult your vet before you change your cat’s diet.



1 boneless chicken breast

½ cup pumpkin, cubes or puree

½ cup water

Parmesan cheese


Step 1:

Put the chicken breast and water into a pot and cover with a lid.  Bring the water to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.  Let the chicken cook until lightly done (approximately 20 mins if chicken was frozen). 

Step 2:

Add the pumpkin to the pot and cook for an additional 5 minutes. 

Step 3:

Remove the pot from the stove.  Cut the chicken into very small pieces, about the size of regular cat kibble.  Also shred the pumpkin if it was cubed. 

Step 4:

Divide into 2 or 3 servings depending on the size of your cat.  Include some of the leftover broth with each serving too.  Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top of each serving as a tasty treat for your cat.


Makes 2-3 cat servings.