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issues related to solid waste (poop) where "toilet-training" is not the appropriate tag.

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Why is my dog eating poop?

Very occasionally, my dog eats poop that has been outside for a while. Usually it is a dried-up piece that insects have long-since abandoned. This is appalling behavior and my only way to prevent it ...
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How does one stop a New Zealand rabbit from leaving droppings in the house?

A pet rabbit was found abandoned and was reluctantly re-homed at my house. He's healthy, has not been neutered, and lives in the laundry room. Occasionally, he gets let out into other rooms, but ...
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Why does my dog roll in gross stuff?

Sometimes my occasionally timid dog comes in from the backyard with extreme confidence, jumps up next to us, and we simply want to vomit due to the incredibly new and violently horrible stench he has ...
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My cat suddenly stopped using the litter-box to defecate

I have read this question, but no answer seems to help here. My cat is an eight-year-old neutered male, and I have had it for five years. He has always used the litter box, but sometimes defecated ...
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Is there a way to prevent another dog from pooping on our grass?

Our regularly-trimmed grass outside our gate has been pooped on by another dog. I don't know the dog and I've been trying to determine which dog it was. I know about dogs being territorial, and that ...
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Neighbourhood cat poops and vomits in my garden and driveway

Sorry cat lovers, you're gonna hate me for this one. I don't mind cats (or dogs, birds, etc.) but I very specifically don't want a pet in my household. Yet I have a problem that I'm unsure of how to ...
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Should I worry that my rabbit is leaving connected poops?

My bunny has been pooping connected poops (see picture). I sometimes see a couple of these when cleaning the litter box. Is something wrong? What causes this?
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My leopard gecko is excreting a white sludge. What is this and is it normal?

There's a white paste coming out of my gecko's vent. Is this calcium or something else? Should I be worried about it if the gecko isn't metabolising the calcium properly?
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Cat stool sample collection in household with two cats

I am trying to get three days of stool samples from my cat, but he only ever does the toilet when I’m asleep and by that time my other cat has also gone to the toilet so I don’t know whose is who’s. ...
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How can I get my cat to stop pooping on my kid's bed?

Our cat is 5 years old male British shorthair. We had a baby 9 months ago and our cat started to poop on our son's bed. It happened 3 times in last month. Before the baby, he never did such a thing. ...
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My cat hasn't pooped in 2 days, what should I do?

My cat hasn't pooped in 2 days. How long do cats typically go between pooping? How long should I wait before I take him to the vet? He is a neutered male domestic short hair, about three years old ...
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Cat uses litterbox while I'm cleaning it - Is my cat weird

I have a covered litter box which I clean twice a week. When I remove the lid to clean it, my male cat jumps into it and starts using it (urinates/defecates) in front of me, while I'm trying to clean ...
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Balancing on two front paws while defecating

I noticed that when my poodle needs to defecate, he often stands on his two front paws; lifting the rear half of his body upwards toward a tree. He has done this ever since I've rescued him off the ...
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What is the cat owners risk of toxomoplasmosis from cats?

Do all cat owners have it? The world prevalence of toxomoplasmosis is 33% so it's extremely common. Even though it's supposedly asymptomatic and harmless I've read journal articles speculating that ...
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What reasons could there be for my rabbit not defecating?

My 6 year old female outdoor rabbit is free to roam for up to 8 hours a day in our large garden, but has stopped eating the grass and hay. At one point she stopped eating altogether, and the vet said ...
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My kitten doesn't pee - should I worry?

I have a two and half months female kitten for 3 days. She doesn't enjoy dry food so far so she's eating primarily wet food - from can or pouches, but I started mixing them with dry food. I think her ...
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How can I encourage a kitten to poop for a stool sample?

I always seem to have this problem. My kitten has her second doctor's appointment coming up (second round of shots), and I still need to get them a stool sample for a checkup, preferably no older ...
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My cat poops twice a day on new nutrition. Is it bad?

He's castrate, nearly 4 y.o, weights about 4kg(9 lbs), crossbreed of Siberian and unknown dad - very dense and long fur, lives indoor, quite inactive. I trim him twice a year for almost zero in ...
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What is my risk of getting Toxoplasmosis from my neighbor's cat?

Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic disease it is most commonly spread in feces by household cats., the related question What is the cat owner's risk of toxoplasmosis from cats? has an answer that indicates ...
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Cat wipes its bum on floor

Surely this cannot be the first such question, but I have not found the appropriate keywords... This morning, I saw one of my cats (9 year old, male, fixed) hop out of the litterbox (where he did not ...
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Can I keep my cat from defecating in the carrier during transport?

About 6 weeks ago, we adopted 2 senior cats. While bringing them home, one of the cats defecated in her carrier. Last night, I took them both to our vet for a checkup. Each cat has their own ...
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Should I stop my dog from attempting to defecate more than needed?

When I simply let my dog out to use the bathroom, she will always go normally without issue. The problem I am concerned about happens when we go on longer walks of about 2 mi. (3.2km). She stops ...
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How often do different breeds of dog poop?

Small parrots poop much more frequently than large parrots. I have never had (or lived with) a dog. I would like to know how often dogs need to poop and especially whether pooping frequency is related ...
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How do I keep my neighbor's cat from defecating in my yard?

One of my neighbors (not sure which one) has a cat that keeps defecating in my yard, I keep finding remnants every other day. While amusing, I don't have time to build the motion activated scare ...
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Kitten does not clean herself after using the litterbox / only after a few minutes

So, I'm having a hard time with my new kitten. She uses the litterbox just fine. After using it, she gets out and only cleans her butt after a few or so minutes. By the time she does, she was on a lot ...
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My cat hasn't defecated in 2 days

My cat hasn't defecated in 2 days. He hasn't been neutered and he has been sleeping more than usual. We brought him outside a few days ago into our garden which we share with our neighbours dogs. They ...
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Meowing when pooping

Why does my 2 month old female kitten meow when using the bathroom? She succeeds in using it but cries out in pain before she does.. please help
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My dog when left alone in a room while poop and eat it. Even after walk (with #2)

Hello I have a a 7/8 month old puppy who does not like to be left alone at all, which for the most part she never is. We've trained her to be calm while we are at work but the real challenge is when ...
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How to remove poop from a cat if it's stuck on some hair that's stuck in her butt?

Just as the question says my cat has hair coming out of her butt. Human hair. Our mistake. There is poop hanging on the hair. The cat has kittens it should go back to, and I am keeping her in the ...
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Dog rolls in poop at daycare

We have a 1 year old BernieDoodle that is pretty well behaved at the house. We take him to Doggy Daycare once or twice a week so he can get some energy out and mingle since we work. At daycare he has ...
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Hand Stand Poop

My Jack Russell Terrier poops with his rear legs and behind raised, usually sticking the poop to a tree or a wall. Any ideas why?
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Do small parrots poop more frequently than large parrots?

A recent post said: Small parrots poop much more frequently than large parrots. Is that actually true? If so why?
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What is the cleanest way I can pick up all of my dog's poop on grass?

This is somewhat of both a Lifehacks and a Pets question. My question is also short - but I think it's pretty self-explanatory. When my dog poops on grass (such as on my lawn or a park) I find it ...
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Odd poop, clear jelly like, with fresh blood and eating grass

My dog went out and ate a bunch of grass then immediately came in the house and pooped the undirected grass. It was encased in a clear jelly like substance with fresh blood mixed in. Earlier in the ...
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Goldfish behaviour after medication

My goldfish was showing signs of illness, then started shredding its tail and losing its colour - I did a complete water change and cleaned the filter and tank/gravel. I purchased some Tri-Sulfa ...
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Why kitten always go to litter box but no pee or stools?

It has been 2 days since my cat started going to the litter box but leaving no waste inside the box. Every time, he sits inside for a long time and acts like he's defecating or peeing, but as I said, ...
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Aqua plants and fish poop

Currently I have an aquarium that has a pebble bottom. Smooth and round pebbles both big and small. I am toying with the idea of introducing live plants to my aquarium. I would like to avoid soil ...
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How much land is required to not poop scoop for average sized dog?

I am hoping to eventually buy some land (at least 4 acres) outside the city, and I plan on adopting a bunch of "undesirable" (seniors, "bad" breeds, ugly, unfriendly, etc.) dogs. ...
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Cat poops on the lawn without burying it

A few days ago, a cat appeared in our garden and was very adamant that he was here to stay. From pretty much the first day, we found poop on the lawn which looks like it is his. Somehow his instinct ...
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Can't find a reason for my cat's soft stool

I've recently bought a kitten. She is now 3 months old, and I've had her for one month. The first week I had brought her home, I was only feeding dry food (Applaws kitten). I think she had mostly ...
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Why does one of my dogs refuse to poop on our walk, but instead in our backyard?

My black-mouth curr just refuses to poop anywhere that is not our backyard. This is weird because he is only just starting to do this (has only been doing this for a month after pooping on every walk)....
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Do plecos eat fish poop?

I'm wondering if plecos will eat the poop of other fish, specifically Molly fish. I've heard they eat algae growing on the aquarium walls but I don't know about what else their diet may include. I'm ...
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Leopard gecko not eating and acting strange

I have a leopard gecko who's a little over a year old. I've had her for about a month now. I have reptile carpet, a warm hideout, a cool hideout and a humid hideout. Also a little bowl of calcium, ...
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How can I keep poop from getting caught in my cats fur?

My cat has a terrible problem with poop getting caught in her fur. I have tried to help her clean it but she scratched my arms up terribly. I have another Persian cat who has never had this problem. ...
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Dog strange behavior before pooping

My dog is a shiba. He is now 16 months old. We live in a hot region in Brazil. This is our first pet, therefore we don't know how to address many suspicious behaviors. Unfortunately, some of these ...
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My cat has not been eating much how worried should I be?

He is as active and happy as he was before but he has been sometimes only eating one meal portion a day. We thought it was that he didn't like the new food for weight loss but he hasn't been eating ...
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Guard dog poops overnight on the garage/driveway

I live in a ranch (very small farm) in a tropical region, here there is 1000 m2 (10 700 ft2) of grass for my guard dogs to poop, however they insist in pooping in front of the cars (or the rest of the ...
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My 9 month old bearded dragon poops only every week or two

I know baby bearded dragons are supposed to poop multiple times a day, but mine only poops every 7-14 days. He always eats his bugs (BSFL) and vegetables (Kale), but I am concerned that he is ...
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My star tortoise doesn't poop since last 8 days

My start tortoise doesn't poop since last 8 days. He eats well and tries hard to get the poop out but no luck. Kindly suggest something so that I can help him.
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Are these defecation habits a healthy variation from the norm for newborn kittens?

I took in 4 abandoned newborn (no more than 3 days old) kittens and I've been feeding them lactose-free milk for 5 days now. They all seem healthy according to what Internet resources describe as ...
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