Train Your Dog To Shun Cat Poop
Your canine companion’s obsession with eating feces, in most cases, is a behavioral issue. You can teach it to change its habits.
Some dog owners resort to punishing their dogs to correct this behavior. This may not be effective. By punishing your dog, you are teaching her to be more discrete while carrying on the act. So, when you are not around, the dog may still raid the litter box secretly and have her fill of your cat’s excrement.
Instead, you should encourage your pooch to desist from eating poop by incentivizing her. When you see her pacing around the cat litter box, command her firmly to leave. Reward her with a treat if she obeys. If she doesn’t, repeat your command, this time a little louder. With time, she will understand that you don’t want her around the litter box.
Keep Cat Litter Out Of Your Doggie’s Reach
The easiest way to prevent your dog from eating feline fecal deposits is to set a barrier that makes it impossible for your dog to access the cat litter.
Find a spot in your house where the dog cannot get to and keep the litter there. If this is not possible, you can get an indoor fence or baby gate to demarcate your cat litter’s corner.
There are many indoor fences online. You will easily find one whose specifications will serve this purpose. The most important thing to take note of is the space between the bars of the fence. It should be wide enough to allow your cat to pass through but too narrow for your dog.
Get A Dog-Proof Cat Litter Box
Your dog can easily access the poop in an open-top litter. Therefore, if you have been using an open-top litter, you shouldn’t really blame your dog for heeding this open invitation.
A closed litter box will stem the smell of your cat’s poop. And if your dog perceives the smell, the small opening will ensure that your dog has a really tough time trying to stick her head inside.
Enclosed cat litter boxes come in several shapes, sizes and designs. You will find one that matches your aesthetic and functional requirements by doing a quick search online.
Always Keep The Litter Box Clean
Your pet eats poop because it is available. What if the doggie cannot find cat poop? It’s simple. All you need to do is make sure your cat litter box is clean at all times. This means you have to clean the box as soon as your cat poops. This is hardly realistic because you can’t keep watch over your feline pet all the time.
However, you can solve this problem by getting a litter box with a self-cleaning feature. With this type of litter box, you don’t have to ‘babysit’ your cat all day.
Add Poop Repellent
Dogs have a strong sense of smell. You can capitalize on this by using poop repellent. Adding poop repellent to your cat’s food can alter the smell of her poop, making it unpleasant for your canine pet. However, cats are quite meticulous about what they eat. Your cat may refuse to eat once she notices the change caused by the poop repellent.
A better way to go about this is to add poop repellent directly to your cat poop or the litter box. Simply drop some black pepper or hot sauce in the litter box. Your pooch will sneeze once it perceives the pepper while sniffing the poop. This unpleasant experience can make her rethink her stance.
Keep The Dog Occupied
Another common method to stop your dog from eating poop is to keep her busy. Dogs can get bored easily. And if you don’t keep your furry companion engaged, she will try to explore on her own. This could lead her to your cat’s space.
Regularly keeping your furry friend busy with healthy tasks will help to prevent this situation. Exercise your dog often. Take her out for a walk every day. You can also keep her busy with toys and other interactive games.