Have you tried everything already, but still could not keep your dogs away from your cat’s litter box? You are in the right place.
When you own dogs and cats at the same time, for some reason your dogs keep playing with cat poop. It is disgusting and bad for your doggo’s health.
Science says dogs eat cat poop because they are drawn to the protein content in the poop. It also suggests that a lack of proper nutrients in the dog’s body may be the reason behind this irksome behavior.
Whatever the reason may be, we must put a stop to this behavior, so that your dogs can stay healthy, and your cats can have some privacy. Keep on reading to know all the tricks and tips to get your dog to stay away from cat poop.
1. Teach Your Dog the ‘Leave It’ Command
If your dog keeps invading your cat’s privacy, it is time to teach them the ‘Leave it’ command. Here’s how you will teach them this command -
Be very diligent in this. Whenever you see your dog wandering around the cat’s potty, you know what they are up to. In a firm tone address your dog, and say “Leave it!”
If they listen to you, give them a treat. If they disobey, say it again, but louder. Dogs don’t need to understand your vocabulary; they can sense your command.
It may not work out for the first few times, because your dog is new to the command. But it will catch up with you soon enough. Just keep repeating it.
2. Keep Your Dog Busy
Your dogs may be drawn to your cat’s private business out of sheer curiosity. When they have nothing to do, they would rather eat and play with cat poop.
To avoid this situation, you must keep your dogs busy with other healthier options. Keep them busy with toys and games. Give them things to do, so that they won’t get bored and start looking for weird stuff to do.
3. Use Fences to Keep Them Away
Indoor fences outside the room cats poop can prevent the dogs from having access to that space. There are a number of indoor fences available online. Find the one right for your dog’s size, height, and temperament.
When you purchase them though, make sure the space between the bars are wide enough for cats to get through, but narrow enough to prevent dogs from getting through.
Contrarily, you can install a small door in the bathroom door, so that your kitties can access the bathroom, but not your dogs.
4. Clean the Litter Box ASAP
One fine way of preventing dogs from eating cat poop is by cleaning the litter box as soon as possible after the cat’s done with its deed.
If the litter box is clean, dogs won’t have a reason to go near it and eat the excrements. By doing so, you also prevent the nasty poopy smell from spreading all over the house.
If cleaning every time is impossible, you can invest in self-cleaning cat litter boxes that will clean and refresh the potty by itself.
5. Get Dog Proof Litter Boxes
These days you will be able to find cat litter boxes that come with lids. The enclosing property of the litter boxes blocks the poopy smell from taking over the house.
More importantly, these dog-proof litter boxes prevent dogs from accessing the litter box and gives your cat the privacy it needs. They may have self-cleaning properties and odor-preventing features built in. Some of them have see-through layers so that your cat doesn’t feel claustrophobic or trapped inside the box.
6. Buy Stool Deterrents
Another way to prevent your dogs from eating cat poop is by getting them stool deterrents. They are specially manufactured for dogs that cannot stop eating cat poop or other dog’s poop or their own.
You don’t want to kiss your dog once it has had its mouth in poop. Hence, investing in stool deterrents will be beneficial for you and for your dog, as some of the products have ‘fresh breath’ features to freshen up their mouths.
On the other hand, stool deterrents designed for cats can make their stools unattractive for dogs, so that they would stay away.
7. Add Black Pepper or Hot Sauce in the Litter Box
In order to keep your dogs away from cat litter, you can add some black pepper or hot sauce in the litter mix. Dogs would hate it!
Whenever your dogs get near the cat poop, the smell of hot sauce and pepper will repel them. This is a surefire way to make cat poop unattractive for dogs.
8. Give Your Dogs Proper Nutrition
Your dogs are most likely expressing interest in cat poop because of the nutritional value it provides. This is happening because your dogs are not getting enough nutrition from their current diet.
If this is so, it’s time to change the dog food. Check the ingredients labeled at the back of packages, and determine which ingredients your dogs mostly need. Your veterinarian can help you understand this.
Upon switching their dog food, make sure you portion their meals properly every day. You can give them human food as well, but with your veterinarian’s permission.
Having dogs are so much fun. They have their own personalities and temperament, and they keep your life exciting all the time.
Come to think of it, have you ever thought you will be researching about preventing your dogs from eating cat poop? No, right! But here you are, learning as much as you can about your lovely canine family.
Furthermore, the tips up here are not even as challenging. In fact, they are quite fun! So, all the best wishes.
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