Many dog owners, especially those in multi-pet homes, ask how to stop their dog from eating cat poop. Unfortunately, this common behavior even has a name: coprophagia
. And while it’s normal instinctual behavior, no one wants a kiss from their furry best friend after they have been snacking in a litterbox. We're here to help!
Why does my dog eat cat poop?
Feces, especially from cats who eat high quality cat food, contain plenty of undigested goodness. Cat food often tends to be higher in fat than dog food, and the extra fat just adds to the appeal. According to the AKC
, many dogs just like the taste.
Is cat litter harmful to dogs?
When eaten in large amounts, cat litter can be difficult for dogs to pass through their systems – especially cat clumping litter. But as long as your dog has normal bowel movement, it is usually fine.
Keep your cat’s litter box away from your dog
Lucky for you, there are ways to dog-proof the cat’s litterbox and avoid having a stinky situation all together.
Use a baby gate to keep your dog from eating cat poop
It is important to find a place for the litterbox where the cat can easily get to it but the dog can’t. Some pet owners have found the laundry room to be a great place for a litter box, but keeping the door closed at all times doesn’t always coordinate with your cat’s bathroom schedule.
Invisible Fence® Brand Shields® Gate works like an invisible baby gate for your pet. Designed with doorways and hallways in mind, its unique boundary comes in a low profile, innovative design. This shape provides you convenient, trip-free maneuverability throughout your home and will keep your dog out of the room with your cat’s litterbox.
The easiest way to keep the litterbox accessible, but to keep Spot away? Indoor Shield
can allow Fluffy freedom around her box while warning Spot with a tone and a tingle whenever he gets a little too close.
Use a cat door to keep your dog from eating cat poop
Placing the litterbox in a utility room equipped with a cat door can prevent your dog from accessing the litterbox and eating cat poop.
The Doorman™ Electronic Pet Door
gives your cat the ability to show himself to the bathroom. Designed for multiple pet households, you can create custom rules for each pet. Because as a pet company that has been around for over 45 years, Invisible Fence understands that what works for one pet might not work for another — even in one home.
Preventing your dog from eating cat poop is a difficult task for many multi-pet households. Since 1973, Invisible Fence® Brand’s innovative solutions, industry-leading technology and expert training have given more than 3 million pets newfound independence and security - while also instilling confidence in their owners.
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