There are an estimated 400 million pet dogs world-wide and a little less than 250 million pet cats. As this number continues to grow steadily, dog feces is considered one of the main sources of contaminated water. Untreated dog feces is not a fertilizer and doesn’t provide benefits to the soil. In fact feces left on the soil for a long period causes the spread of bacteria, viruses and worms.
US reports show that yearly, 3.6 billion pounds of dog waste is produced in the United States alone, equaling 800 football fields, one foot high. Approximately 50 million registered dogs in the United States produces more than 5,000 tons of waste daily. Untreated, this waste can reach waterways killing aquatic life and contaminating drinking water.
Whereas cat feces is typically collected in cat litter boxes and then disposed of, it too poses a health threat to humans and other animals. Each year, over 2 million tons of cat litter ends up in municipal solid waste landfills. Most of that litter, an estimated 100,000 truckloads per year, is made from non-biodegradable clay that never decomposes. Several health risks are associated with cat feces, the most common of which are e-coli and toxoplasmosis.
Feces Left On Soil
There are an estimated 400 million pet dogs world-wide
Feces left on the soil for long periods causes the spread of bacteria, viruses and worms
Although more difficult to asses, there are an estimated 250 million pet cats world-wide