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Pet Poo-traits: ‘Barksy’ paints famous animal portraits with poo

Blog Home Dec 8, 2020

Poo! It’s not something we like to talk about, but it’s a huge part of pet paw-renting. 

We spend many minutes a day chasing our furry pals around with a poo bag in hand. And with over two thirds of Brits thinking they don’t need to keep an eye on pet poo for signs of poor health1, we wanted to address the issue head on and show owners how they can help safeguard their animal’s health, by regularly checking their pet’s poo. 

To do just that, we have teamed up with an underground artist known only as ‘Barksy’ to recreate a series of iconic animal images, painted entirely out of animal excrement. Yes, you read that right. It’s a series of Pet Poo-traits.

Pet Poo-traits Excre-hibition

Dorothy and Toto from The Wizard of Oz

Larry the cat, Chief Mouser to the Cabinet at 10 Downing Street

Puss in Boots from Shrek

The ‘meatballs & spaghetti’ scene from Lady and the Tramp

Dr Evil and Mr Bigglesworth from Austin Powers

What should you be looking for in your pet’s poo?

We’ve also been speaking to our in-house vet, Zoe Costigan, who has shared her advice on what to keep an eye out for when checking your pets’ poo.

“Casting an eye over your pet’s poo is a good habit in order to notice any potential early indicators of disease. Faecal colour, consistency and odour should be fairly similar on a day to day basis as should how often your pet poos and the amount of effort involved. If there are any changes from what is normal for your pet then be sure to seek advice.”

“The list of conditions resulting in changes to your pets’ poo is very broad and it’s important that you are aware of anything visible in the poo which shouldn’t be there such as blood, mucus, worms, or even foreign material such as undigested food or toys!”

We’ve also created these handy visual guides so you can match up your pet’s poo to check whether it’s in tip top condition or not.

After all that you may be wondering how you can get your hands on your very own poo-trait. Well, you are in luck, as we have two to give away! For the chance to have your animal immortalised in faeces, simply go to Itch’s Facebook page and share your favourite photo of your pet. Itch will pick two winners at random and Barksy will do what he does best… paint a portrait out of poo.

And it doesn’t end there, as we are also going to be donating our famous animal poo-traits to an animal welfare charity, so they can auction them off to raise vital funds. 


1 Consumer research carried out by Research Without Barriers, consisting of 2,002 UK adults and conducted between 27th and 30th November 2020