Find the scoop on cat and dog poop, why we take care of it, and what you can do to help.
Poop. Let’s discuss. While poop is not the most polite thing to talk about when it comes to your pets, but because it’s International Pooper Scooper Week, it’s totally appropriate!
Did you know that our pets produce over 4.4 billion pounds of waste per year? That’s enough to cover 900 football fields with 12 inches of waste!
Picking Up Poo, The Right Thing To Do!
In 2002, the Association of Professional Animal Waste Specialists created International Pooper Scooper week to educate pet owners on the importance of cleaning up after their pets. How many walks have you been on with your dog or cat and noticed poop laying around in yards or parks? Most likely more than you would like to see! Here are some reasons why it’s important and courteous to pick up your pet’s poop:
- Stormwater carries pet waste and other pollutants directly into waterways.
- Animal waste can contain bacteria and other organisms that can be transmitted to humans.
- In many suburban and urban areas, it’s the law to pick up after your pet. If there is no law in your area, it is still the polite thing to do!
No one likes to step in pet waste and spread it into homes, businesses, or cars. So be sure to carry a bag with you on your walks or outings. Cleaning your front and back yards is also very important as that is where most poop can really pile up and be tracked into your homes.
Our kitty friends also need to have clean litter boxes! Litter boxes should be scooped daily to keep your kitty happy. Generally, cat owners should have 1 litter box per cat plus one (i.e. if you have 2 cats you should have 3 litter boxes). As long as the litter boxes are scooped daily, cat owners can have the litter last 3-4 weeks before refilling the box. Skout’s Honor Litter Box Deodorizer is a great product to use before refilling the box with new litter to remove urine and stool smells. For in-between uses, we love the BoxieCat Litter Extender Spray, this helps decrease bacteria and extend the life of your litter!
Healthy Poo, It's All About Their Diet Too!
Making sure that your pet’s stools are healthy is another reason to clean up and examine what it looks like. Diet plays a huge role in how your pet’s stool looks and what it smells like. If your pet is suffering from loose or runny stools, The Pet Beastro has some options to get your pet’s digestive system up and running again!
- Dr. Harvey’s Runs Be Gone
- Diggin Your Dog Firm Up Supplement
- Canned Pumpkin
- Kin + Kind Pumpkin Boost
- Herbsmith’s Scooter’s Butt Bars
Does your dog eat poo? Here is something for you. If you find your pet is eating stool, digestive enzymes might be missing from the diet.
The Best Dog & Cat Poop In Town
You can find all of your dog and cat poop needs at The Pet Beastro, in Madison Heights, Michigan. We have biodegradable bags, poop bag holders, litter bags and so much more! We hope everyone does their part to pick up after their pets and keep our outdoor communities and homes clean!