Why does my dog like to eat cat litter?

asked 2017-01-15 14:26:52 -0500

My dog really likes to eat cat poop. I'd love to know how to keep him out of the litter box because it can get messy and I'm worry he'll fall sick. What can I do? Why does he like cat litter so much?

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answered 2017-02-26 13:14:57 -0500

It is not uncommon for dogs to eat other animals feces, including indoor cats in a littler box. While there can be medical reasons a dog would eat the cats poop, ruling those out, it may be best for you to find a covered littler box that is not accessible to your dog. Cats also often LOVE having the privacy and it can make it a little easier to clean up when your kitty is not able to kick litter around. There are lots of store brand little boxes with lids, or you can use an upside-down storage box with a little kitty door opening.
If you feed your dog in the same room that you keep the litter box, you may also consider moving the box or the feeding ritual to another room.

If the problem persists, you may want to contact your vet by phone for some additional suggestions.

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answered 2017-02-23 14:15:08 -0500

Cat food and the resulting poop is sweeter and so dogs can find it delicious. You can try sprinkling cayenne pepper or another deterrent (that won't keep your cat from using the litter box).

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