Why do dogs eat from cat litter boxes?
Which one would be more disgusting, a dog eating its own feces or one that raid the cat litter box and makes a meal out of the cat’s excrements? I’d say both would be disgusting but remember a cat’s poop has a more horrible odor.
- Why do dogs eat from cat litter boxes?
Frozen cat feces doesn't immediately come to mind when someone thinks of desert, but for a dog that's exactly what was on the menu. It's not quite clear why dogs love cat feces whether it be outside or in a litter box.
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We know that dogs have this disgusting behavior of eating its own and other dog’s feces. You have prevented the dog from eating its own poop by removing the poop as soon as the dog has finished doing its business. When you take the dog for a walk you make sure that the dog is leashed to prevent it from eating other dogs poop. You think you have solved the problem until you notice that the cat’s litter box is always empty. The dog has been eating the feces of the cat. The dog’s behavior of eating other animal’s feces is known as interspecific coprophagia.
A cat’s poop
A dog that has developed a taste for feces would eat any kind of poop once the opportunity to do so is presented. Dog experts believe that cat poop is highly desirable to dogs because it is noted to contain vitamins. Cat poop is believed to be rich in protein as well.
Dangers of raiding the cat’s litter box
Dog poop or cat poop may contain parasites. Apart from parasitic infestation some diseases are transmitted through the feces. Aside from these concerns, a dog would be in for some big time trouble if it continues to raid the cat’s litter box. Notice that when the dog eats the cat’s feces it would be ingesting the clumping litter as well. This can be a serious threat to the health of the dog given that some kinds of cat litter are not digestible.
A nutrient deficiency?
The belief that the dog’s habit of eating cat feces is due to a nutrient deficiency was refuted by dog experts. Dogs that are fed with high quality and nutrient rich dog food are still known to raid the cat’s litter box.
What to do to prevent the dog from eating cat feces
Cats can easily jump to higher places. One idea to prevent the dog from eating the cat’s feces is to place the litter box in a spot that is easily accessible to the cat but can not be reached by the do. Another is to put the litter box behind an opening that only the cat can pass through. Once the dog finds it physically impossible to get to the litter box, it will stop trying to get to the box to eat the cat’s feces.
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