Do cows eat pumpkin ? and would it harm them? A neighbor gave us a large pumpkin before Xmas and I had forgotten it and it has become soft. With a lot of frozen pumpkin I don't want to bother with it.. could I feed it to the cow and calf?? and should it be raw or cooked??
Last Edit: Jun 11, 2011 17:26:00 GMT -5 by barnydhppy
Pumpkins are excellent cow food. Whack it up into pieces about the size of your hand to make it easier for your cow to eat. I don't think a cow can over eat on pumpkin. The seeds are also good for them. It is best raw.
Isabelle has discovered the joy of pumpkin this winter. We had a dozen from the garden hunkering on the front porch after Halloween and bribed her to try a piece by offering it with a chunk of apple (she had refused it before on other occasions). She decided it was good and got daily piles of pumpkin chunks until we ran out.
And amusingly- our big barn cat Malcolm had a big thing for the seeds and strings inside the pumpkins. Nothing funnier then a fat yellow cat snarfing down pumpkin innards!
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Thanks everyone! Actualy we have a kitten who loves it too!!! LOL We learned this when muydaughter put the kitten inside a 'jack O Lantren' he made us laugh peeping out of the eyes then he started to eat and we had a hard time pulling him out if it!!LOL
Claire – your fat yellow/orange cat eating pumpkin innards made me laugh out loud because it’s just more anecdotal evidence to support my theory that orange tabbies have a unique craving for “orange” food in order to maintain their “orangeness”. I’ve had several orange tabbies over the years and they’ve all had some kind of weird fruit or vegetable hang-up that seems to center around beta-carotene. Our worst offender was a huge, but very pin-headed, orange tabby named Fozzie. While we lived in Hawaii we often had papayas in our fruit basket until the day we came home to find that two entire papayas had been slaughtered and consumed right off of the counter top! He left a few black seeds and part of a rind but the rest of it, all 4 pounds of it, he ate. From that day, any time we ate a papaya, we’d give him the rind and he trot off with it to a corner and gnaw on it as if was a fresh kill. When we’d prepare salad for our dinner, he’d make terrible screeching and begging noises while popping wheelies and doing pirouettes so we might take pity and give him a piece of the tomato we were slicing. We also learned to defend our tomatoes from him. When we moved to California and he didn’t have as much access to papayas (too expensive!) he focused his attention on tomatoes. We ended up having to put them in a cage-type contraption on the counter because otherwise we’d walk into the kitchen first thing in the morning to find that he’d taken bites out of several tomatoes in the bowl and completely eaten several others. He also liked cantaloupe but no other types of melon (they didn’t have orange meat). I really think there is something to my theory. Mitra
Wow! What a timely topic!! I was just given a dozen pumpkins by a friend, and was dreading cooking them all and pureeing them (I already have a freezer full of frozen pureed pumpkin), but I hate seeing waste. Now I know what to do! Thanks!
Also-on the orange cat topic-I think I will fwd that post to a friend of mine, who does cat rescue and is a bona fide cat nut. I think she may find that theory interesting!
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