2nd January 2012, 04:00 AM
Question about POOP! :)
I have not posted in a while but wanted to check in. Can anyone tell me how often a 7 month old male pup should poop? He eats twice a day, dry high quality kibbble. He has a few treats mid -day. We are having a hard time gettting him to poop outside regularly. On the few occassions that he had an accident inside he eats it....yuck! Is this normal? I feel like he is of the age where his body should be on a regular schedule .
One more thing to note....he is getting neutered on Wed. I am very nervous for him. He started marking and lifting his leg last week. WHere did the time go? I thought he would stay a puppy forever.
One more question. He is currently 15 pounds and is supposed to be on the smaller side. At what point are they typically full grown?
Thank you for all your advice!
2nd January 2012, 08:14 AM
I am in no way experienced, but I have done a lot of research. What I have read is that they usually grow to double their weight at 3 months.
With the poop, Bella still eats 3 times a day and she will do at least 3 poos a day, sometimes however it is like she will do one and then the other half of it she does 1/2 hour to 1 hour later. So between 3 and 6 a day. With your pup I would think it would be between 2 and 4 a day.
I do not know about the eating of his own poop, but Bella tried to eat cat poop once - glad I was there to stop her! I think pups love to try anything that is smelly.
2nd January 2012, 03:10 PM
my louie used to eat his own poo through the night there were only traces left in the morning
when he was a puppy but as he got older he stopped eating his poo so do'nt worrie
2nd January 2012, 04:50 PM
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2nd January 2012, 05:38 PM
My 1-year-old Cav eats the cat's poop, not her own. I've raised the litter onto a table, but in my frustation at her eating poop, I read that adding grapefruit, Prozyme (a probiotic enzymatic vitamin addititve), or pumpkin to the dog (or cat's) diet can make the poop not as appealing. Not sure if she would eat the grapefruit - weird, but I believe pure canned pumpkin (not canned pumpkin pie) is a great idea for your particular situation anyway as it has tons of vitamins and can solve both diarrhea AND constipation and is a great method to use for weight loss. Instead of 1 cup of food per day, you feed 3/4 cup of food and 1/4 of pumpkin and it makes them feel full, but promotes losing bulk if needed (esp. after a neuter when they can put on weight). Of course, yours doesn't need to lose weight, so you would just add a tsp or two to the food. I did just read too that if they are pooping at night - sneaking out of the bedroom to go poop, that you need to feed their last meal just before your dinner and then remove food so their last stool is not in the middle of the night. Or, close the bedroom door or crate them beside your bed. Like Karlin said, they haven't earned their place on the bed if they are soiling basically.
2nd January 2012, 06:24 PM
All my dogs will eat cat poops -- aka "kitty roca".
I just got this great new litter box which prevents the dogs getting in -- it is expensive but looks nice, is very solid and I have spent as much on smaller boxes of various sizes and designs that are all now unused in the attic!
IMHO totally worth the money! I like it so much that I will get another. Not all the cats will use it, but am hoping to migrate the older ones over to it over time. Another bonus is they track far less litter around! The scoop is also the best I've had. It comes with a permanent lift-out liner for easy cleaning. In Ireland I ordered mine from online pet site Zooplus, where it's €119. If any of you with cat/dog households go nuts from cleaning up tracked litter and/or having dogs with cat poop breath and/or ugly/flimsy litter boxes -- you will love this litter box.
In memory: Lucy
3rd January 2012, 04:44 AM
That looks like a pretty good solution. I have been having a huge problem with Sonny sneaking into Nico's litter box. Did it take very long for your cats to start using it? Thanks for posting this!
Originally Posted by Karlin
3rd January 2012, 08:58 PM
They sell something similar in U.S. that's a top-entry litterbox. Saw a video on youtube how to make one and my hubby took a storage tote and cut a whole in the lid, sanded the edges and added electrical tape just to make sure there were no hard edges. No cat used it for two days, so I took the top off. Our Cav cannot get that high, but the cats can jump off the cat tower and use it! Hurray! I'm going to wait a while and then put the lid on hoping for the best. I adopted a cat who was used to an open litterbox and I kept the lid off for a while until they got used to it.
I hear that big dogs can dive their noses in if they are really motivated, but it's fairly deep so it would take great motivation. The trick is that it's not RIGHT in front of their nose... for the taking!
3rd January 2012, 09:24 PM
Interesting! I will have to look into it. Right now I keep the door to the room where the litter is stored closed, but then I don't always know when my kitty needs to go in there! Thanks for the advice on top entry boxes!