When animals are young, they will poop a lot. This is because puppies and kittens need more food to help them grow, thus they produce more waste. As puppies and kittens grow into adults, the amount of waste produced should reduce. Unfortunately, your dog or cat may produce a lot more waste than expected. This is usually due to a number of issues. The good news is you can reduce the amount of waste your pet produces with simple changes.
Feed a Quality Diet
A quality diet is important. Feeding your dog or cat a food that has a lot fillers will result in a lot of waste. This is because the animal can’t digest many of these fillers, especially corn. Instead, you want to find a healthy, quality food that is balanced with protein, fruits, and vegetables. Not only will your pet produce less waste, but they’ll be healthier and eat less because the food provides the nutrition they need. If you’re changing your pet’s food, remember to do so slowly to avoid digestive upset.
Some pets are good about eating until they get full. Others will cram their bellies full and continue to eat until the food is all gone. This is especially true when you have multiple pets. To help prevent your pet from overeating, limit the amount of food to the recommended amount for the weight of your pet. You may also find it easier to feed your pets in separate locations so one doesn’t try to eat the food of the others.
Check for Allergies
Your pet may also produce a lot of waste when there is a food allergy present. These food allergies may lead to diarrhea. If your pet has persistent diarrhea for longer than 24 hours, consult your veterinarian. It helps to bring along the food or label from your pet’s food so that the vet can determine what the allergy may be.
Avoid Human Food
Those big soulful eyes may tempt you into giving your pet just one bite of whatever you’re eating, but many human foods do not sit well with pets. In some cases, human food can lead to pancreatitis, which can cause diarrhea. If you want to treat your pet with human foods, treat them with raw baby carrots, apples, green beans, and other pet safe foods.
Keep Trash Inaccessible
Last, but not least, always make sure that your trash is protected from your pets. A dog or cat that munches away on trash can become extremely ill. Even if they don’t get ill, it can increase the amount of waste due to overeating.
If your dog or cat is pooping more than twice per day, there may be an issue. The good news is that simple changes can help you reduce pet waste.