Why does my dog eat cat poop?

asked 2017-11-02 12:44:04 -0500

This is a question that we often get from sitter and owners who work with Rover. Help the community out by answering them in our forum!

edit edit tags flag offensive close merge delete

1 Answer

Sort by ยป oldest newest most voted
answered 2017-11-10 14:42:48 -0500

Dogs are omnivores, so their diet ideal diet should be a balanced mix of meat and plants (grain, fruit, veg). Cats are opportunistic carnivores, so their diet should consist primarily of animal protein with occasional plants (grain, fruit, veg). This means that even in a digested form, cat poop still contains a good amount of protein. Cats also require a higher quality of food, and may not fully process all of the nutrients. Dogs are drawn to the remaining protein and see it as "food".

While its a pretty common behavior, dogs should definitely be discouraged from eating cat poop. Aside from the fact that its just gross, there can also be parasites and/or diseases passed from one animal to the other.

edit flag offensive delete link more

Your Answer

Please start posting anonymously - your entry will be published after you log in or create a new account. This space is reserved only for answers. If you would like to engage in a discussion, please instead post a comment under the question or an answer that you would like to discuss

Add Answer