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post #1 of 23
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I have a question about our dog because he eats the clumps out of the cats litter box [gross I know]. Is this a common thing for dogs to do or does it mean something is wrong with our dog? She is about 75lbs Black Lab/Sheperd mix about 8 years old.
post #2 of 23
No, your dog is definitely not weird. Cats don't digest all of their food fully, so their poo is an irresistable protein treat for dogs. Yeah, it's gross. But it's something most people with mixed households have to deal with.

I'll move this to Cats & Other Animals for you.
post #3 of 23
I keep the cats' litter boxes in a separate room, behind a baby gate, to keep the dogs out of them.
post #4 of 23
Very common. I have to keep a baby gate up so Rain doesn't go in there and get a snack...
post #5 of 23
Definitely not weird....disghusting, but not unsual. If it's any consilation, my sister has 2 pups and 4 cats...both dogs find it to be a tasty treat....so my sister solved the problem by putting up a baby gate to seperate the litter boxes from the doggies. It's worked great...the cats jump the gate when they need to go, and the dogs can't get into the litter. Fourtinately my dog has never been attracted to kitty litter...i guess it just depends on the dog. Good luck.
post #6 of 23
Our dogs tried to do a lot of litter box diving when they were puppies and we ended up putting the litter boxes behind gates or in rooms where they had no access. After about a year or more, they finally lost interest.

Yup - quite common.
post #7 of 23
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Yvonne said I need to make some kind of gate or something to keep her out, I guess I better do it soon. We have the litter boxes in the corner of the back room next to the washer with a small storage thing standing there to keep the dog out but she just tips the thing over to get to the litter boxes.
post #8 of 23
We bought one of those baby gates that you actually install.
It pops off easily if you need it to, or swings open.

Was only about $30.
We installed it 8 inches from the floor, plenty of room for kitties to crawl under, but dog can't crawl under or jump over.
post #9 of 23
No-my dogs do the same thing, and it drives me crazy!! I keep our liter box upstairs in a spare room, and so its kinda hard to find a gate to fit, but I did manage to find one, and now they cant go get the litter box as they please.
post #10 of 23
My dogs must be lazy. They would love to eat the kitty poo, but only if it is easy to get to. I have Rubbermaid tubs with holes cut in the top(top entry litter boxes) & the dogs can't get their heads down far enough into them to get any snacks, so they don't bother. If they do get their heads in them, they get stuck, so they only do it once in a great while.
post #11 of 23
Kitty Rocha is tasty to my dogs as well.
post #12 of 23
Thread Starter 
When we only had Missy we had a covered litter box aimed in such a way Missy could get in but dog couldn't. But when we got Panther he was going on the floor all over the house till we figured out he wouldn't go in the covered litter box so we had to go to open ones.

Where we have the litter boxes I can make a wall out of a piece paneling or something like that with a opening cut in it so cats can get to it with no problem, but Panther and Rusty get so scared when anything new is added to there lives it might take a while for them to get used to it.
post #13 of 23
My dog was so determined he's even stuck his head in the covered boxes, he's a big boy so his head got stuck

Since then we use baby gates and all is well.
post #14 of 23
My parents modified their office closet to place a shelf about 3 and 1/2 feet up and the litter box goes up there so the dogs can't get to it.
Though now I wonder if they eat Buster's poo when he goes out in the back yard...


~Julia
post #15 of 23
No, it's quite common for dogs to enjoy kitty rocas. Mine doesn't seem to care about the litter box though, so I am lucky!
post #16 of 23
We have 2 dogs and 4 litter boxes (one for each cat) and we have them in the basement, but the dogs still try and get down there whenever they can to get in the boxes. It's gross, but I think they all do it.
post #17 of 23
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Originally Posted by Tom W
Yvonne said I need to make some kind of gate or something to keep her out, I guess I better do it soon. We have the litter boxes in the corner of the back room next to the washer with a small storage thing standing there to keep the dog out but she just tips the thing over to get to the litter boxes.
Mine is flipped around. Skittles jumps on the top in a corner. There is enough room for her but Baby thinks it is to much work
post #18 of 23
Our last dog (a lab) used to do that. On the lab forum I belonged to, we referred to them as tootsie roll treats. With our lab we also used a baby gate for not only the litter box but the food as well.

Our current dog (a poodle) could care less about the cats food or litter.
post #19 of 23
Never heard them called that...
post #20 of 23
Every dog I've ever had wants a ...uhmm... kitty treat. This last time around, with Hana being so elderly, it was easy enough to fix, I just put a step stool in front of where the litter box is, the cats got to it just fine, but she could not.
post #21 of 23
My shep/doberman mix Bustah, had two bad habbits, one was rolling in dead or stinky things and then of course eating cat crunchies. He would get into it no matter what. He tried to act all innocent, sneaking up like he wasn't doing any thing, but the litter dropping out of his nose was a dead give a way My boxer Draxton, had every other bad habbit there was but surprisingly didn't bother with the cat crunchies, and was to prissy to roll in some thing smelly like Bustah did.
post #22 of 23
LOL, I call the litter, kitty crunchies, the treat no dog can resist.
I keep our litterboxes in a separate room, with a kitty door going into it. The cats have their own retreat with litter, food, water, toys, and many cat trees. It is kitty paradise.
There is suppose to be some type of product that can be sprinkled on the kitty poo to make it less appealing. As if it wasn't disgusting to begin with.
post #23 of 23
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Originally Posted by FamilytimeRags
LOL, I call the litter, kitty crunchies, the treat no dog can resist.
I keep our litterboxes in a separate room, with a kitty door going into it. The cats have their own retreat with litter, food, water, toys, and many cat trees. It is kitty paradise.
There is suppose to be some type of product that can be sprinkled on the kitty poo to make it less appealing. As if it wasn't disgusting to begin with.
LOL I bet the stuff dont work
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