Having a problem with your dog eating cat poop out of the litterbox? This is a messy subject but you don't have to be embarrassed about it. It is a common problem for many dog owners.
For reasons we'll never fully understand, many dogs like to eat the feces of other animals, especially cats. The technical name for this is coprophagia which means, �the oral ingestion of fecal material.� Yes, this is really disgusting, but dogs think it's perfectly normal.
An Easy Way to Prevent Your Dog from Eating Cat Poop
To best way to keep your dog from engaging in this behavior is simply to prevent it from happening in the first place. How? Make it a habit to scoop your cat's litterbox daily. Twice a day is even better. You may be asking, "How do I beat my dog to the cat's poop?" The best way is to schedule the feeding of your cat. Don't just make food available all the time. Using this method, you will be able to predict with near-perfect accuracy when kitty needs to relieve himself (and when you need to scoop out the litterbox).
If your dog beats you to it I can guarantee that yelling at him will have little effect on his behavior. He's already received his reward. Some dog owners go so far as to sprinkle Tabasco sauce or cayenne pepper on the stool to deter the dog from eating it. I really wouldn't recommend this. First of all, if you're going to go through all that trouble you might as well just scoop the poop out of the cat's litterbox and be done with it. Besides, some say that their dog seems to enjoy the spicey taste.
In addition to regular scooping, the best way to keep your dog from eating the cat's poop is to keep him out of the litterbox to begin with. Make the litterbox accessible to the cat only. This can be achieved many ways, but one of the easiest is to use a cat door.
There are many varieties available but the one I like best resembles a simple archway. Installation is easy and the door can be either painted or stained to match your d�cor. This can be especially handy if you keep your cat's litterbox in a room where the door remains closed most of the time, such as the laundry room, or in a closet. Of all the pet stores, I have found the largest selection of cat doors at Pet Street Mall.
If your dog likes to eat the occasional cat turd or two it probably won't hurt him much. However, following the simple tips above should resolve the problem of your dog eating cat poop. Even so, it may be a good idea to have him wormed regularly by your veterinarian. Also, proper dental hygiene is a must!
My recommendation for clean teeth and fresh breath is the Dingo Dental Mini Bones. They offer the same great taste as the original Dingo Meat in the Middle Rawhide Chews but with the added benefit of baking soda, Chlorophyll and Parsley Seed for extra clean teeth and fresh breath.
Rawhide is like a toothbrush, scraping and rubbing your dog's teeth clean. If your dog is eating cat poop, you definitely want there to be some scrubbing going on. But would you use a toothbrush without toothpaste? That is why Dingo Dental Rawhide Chews are the best way to keep your Dingo Dogs teeth clean, by putting toothpaste on that rawhide toothbrush! The Dingo Dental Mini Dog Bones are a safe and healthful way to keep your dogs mouth and teeth healthy. Great for any dog.