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Like you have noted, coprophagia (the technical term for feces-eating) can, like dirt eating, be a response to a dietary need (often stuff like missing enzymes and the like in their diet). If the dog eats a dry-food only diet, they will be missing certain things that might make them more prone to seeking out poop as a way of filling that need for digestive ...


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This comes from their ancestors, wolves. The reason varies however, depending on the stench. Usually rolling in faeces of animals is to disguise their scent, thus being able to sneak upon their prey undetected. In the case of carcasses, this is basically a way of claiming it, kind of a "look what I got" towards other dogs. There are other cases however, ...


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So, for the short answer on this, I would get him into the vet to check his hydration and to, possibly, clean him out. Not so much because he's in immediate danger, but because there are long term risks with this situation in the formation of megacolon. As you know, cats are not necessarily avid drinkers and this becomes more risky if a cat is prone to ...


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Some ideas, since you are unable to identify the other dog: use a motion-activated sprinkler This will probably scare the dog and owner for the first few times, signaling that you don't want others entering over your grass and doing things spread a repellant or unpleasant odor ammonia, vinegar, citrus peels or oil, Liquid Fence. You won't need a great ...


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I think there are two concerns here (assuming colour is accurate) 1) the connection appears to be fur which suggests the rabbit has an increased chance of going into stasis/gut immobility from wool block 2) the colour of the faeces is quite dark, and maybe a bit small which can suggest a poor diet (unless this is an exposure issue with the picture?) a ...


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Generally, a domesticated dog marking its territory will simply encourage other domesticated dogs to add their own mark. I'm not sure this applies to feces, however, as urine is the primary means of territory marking. It is possible that getting your dog to mark your yard will prompt the other dog to mark instead of defecating, as most dogs are seemingly ...


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Treat the fish for Ammonia poisoning If it's been any length of time since you took all the gravel, filter, water out and replaced them, you need to do two things: Check the ammonia levels in your tank Treat the tank if the ammonia levels are high What's happened? By washing your filter and gravel in hot water, the chances are you've killed all of the ...


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An anal gland infection/impaction may cause him to associate pain with the litter box. In the early stages, there will be no evidence of a problem. http://cats.about.com/cs/healthissues/a/analglands.htm Other than the issues noted already, this is the only thing I can think of that would cause your cat to avoid the litter box.


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This is not calcium, but uric acid crystals. All animals produce ammonia (a nitrogen compound) as a waste product. Ammonia is toxic and must be converted to something else before being excreted (with a few exceptions of aquatic animals that excrete ammonia directly into the water). Mammals excrete their waste nitrogen mainly as urea, but most reptiles ...


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So, first, 1 to 2 times a day is not necessarily abnormal for a cat, though it's the larger cats that will be more frequent than that. The thing to know is that normal cat feces has a pretty high water level and that even a small increase in the water intake can lead to softer and more frequent stools. One of our cats has megacolon and we actually medicate ...


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So, normal? No, I don't think it is. What it does seem like is possibly canine obsessive-compulsive disorder. You mention that he's a rescue from the streets and it's entirely possible that during his street time he reacted or moved into that position during defecation as a result of something happening on the streets and it stuck, it may have even happened ...


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A female dog will eat the feces of her puppies. It starts as soon as the newly born puppies start producing stool and it continues until the puppies have been left to their new owners. In case a puppy stays with its mother the poop-eating may continue for a rather long time. I've witnessed a mother-dog still eating her puppy's poop when the puppy was five ...


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Of course first, you need to take him to the vet to rule out medical issues. The loud meow before defecating could be pain. After you know there is no medical issues, here are some things you could try: LARGER/MORE LITTER BOXES: Since you have 2 cats, you will need 2 or 3 litter boxes. You want to make his litter box experience enjoyable. Typically, ...


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Your cat isn't weird, a lot of cats display this behaviour. It could just be because he goes to check out what you are doing, and then boom! What a good idea, partner, let's use the litter box. When my cat was young, she used to do this every time I cleaned the litter box, and I clean it once daily. However she stopped doing it after I started telling her "...


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You say you're "convinced that no cat owner would agree to confining their cat," and so you won't even entertain talking to your neighbors. You should talk to them. Consider that in many places, indoor-only cats are already extremely common (and tend to be healthier and longer lived than their indoor-outdoor counterparts), and are becoming moreso. Perhaps, ...


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Dog poo eating is a common problem with dog owners, especially with some breeds. My sister's Labrador had the same problem and it took quite a long time (few months) to control this habit. The problem is, some dog breeds are unable to understand the difference between edible and inedible things, which is very common in Labrador, Golden Retrievers, etc. For ...


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Spay or neuter is always a good choice and can have great impact on marking behavior. Neutering aside; before I address leaving droppings, a more major concern about a bunny in areas that are not bunny proofed is electrical cords. Something about them attracts bunnies and they like to nibble on them, not good for the cords or the bunnies. So make sure ...


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It is unusual for a cat to rub his butt on the floor, something is clearly wrong. It sounds like your cat might have an infection or an injury. Cats have some glands in the anal area that might get infected. Your cat might be in pain, so you will have to take him to the vet. Another cause for your cat to rub his butt against the floor might be intestinal ...


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Anything that you give to actively induce a bowel movement is likely going to be adverse for the cat. A better approach would be to monitor the cat's schedule. Likely the cat will have a bowel movement a few hours after eating, and this can be encouraged with being well hydrated. So feed your cat say 5 hours before the appointment (correct for any ...


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I have seen cats not like using the litterbox for a variety of reasons. Do not want to share with another cat They do not like the litter - smell, touch, etc. They do not like the location of the litterbox Litterbox is not clean enough They dont like the litterbox cover Not big enough Too hard to get in to - either they are too small to get in, or arthritic ...


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My experience is 1-3 poops a day. Big dogs just take bigger poops.


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I finally succeeded in changing this behavior by breaking the routine. I had seen a vet that said my cat is perfectly fine, and just after that I went on vacation and for 10 days a friend looked after him in his own place. When I got home and took my cat back, he was back defecating in his box normally. I don't know why he began to defecate out of the ...


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Not pooping is an unhealthy sign, it is usually related to tooth and/or digestive issues. This is a medical emergency, your vet may recommend a laxative to help, if so be sure not to get tuna, chicken or other meat flavored variates as your rabbit will not eat it. There some non-meat flavors available. Rabbits teeth grow continually so it is difficult to ...


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Your cats are pooping in the carrier because they are nervous. There are several strategies for dealing with this (none foolproof) As you indicate take the cat in after it poops (but the bowels still might have some stuff in them and when your cat gets really afraid...) Change the feeding schedule before the visit, for instance 6-8 hours before the visit ...


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Yes! Not only is it possible its a sustainable method of farming! Hydroponics is farming without soil, and aquaponics is hydroponics using fish. On a low level, the fish waste feeds the plants and the plants clean the water for the fish. Here are a lot more details. If you want to grow food you can eat, lettuce is by far the easiest to use. If you just ...


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Don't overthink it. Bring scissors and cut the hair, the poo would fall down and you will be done. Don't worry about hair itself though, because it should come out once the cat uses the litterbox the next time. Also keep your house clean and make sure to always use a vacuum cleaner. Lesson learned.


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This behaviour is usually associated with separation anxiety. However, before addressing the behaviour, I strongly suggest a visit to your vet to eliminate any medical conditions. Dogs are excellent watchers. They learn new behaviours all the time on how to react to human behaviours to please us. Basically, they are first triggered by something, see your ...


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To answer the question, "Can I?" the answer is probably, "Yes." It would physically work to remove water and automatically replace it. But, there is another question hidden here, "Should I?" And the answer to that is most definitely, "No." Here's why: Flush valves are designed to empty the cistern completely. You would need a way to make sure that you don'...


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