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Harley & Carley
31st May 2007, 08:34 PM
The puppies are most often in the kitchen/den area, but I am slowly allowing them to venture out into other parts of the house for brief periods. They often go through the utility room to get to the garage for a car ride, so they have walked past the cat litter box many times and not even noticed it.
Over the past week, they have become overly familiar with the litter box and its contents. Not only am I thoroughly grossed out, but it has to stop. We have just gone back to not letting them out of the kitchen for now. Just this morning, we were going for a car ride, and they made a beeline for the litter box and were even clinbing in to get a better selection of its contents.
HELP!! I have a really week stomach and prying cat poop from their mouths is way more than I can handle!!

Lindsay
31st May 2007, 08:45 PM
My litter box has a lid and the opening faces the wall so that only Howie can squeeze in. That was the only solution I found.

Good luck! :flwr:

Scouty girl
31st May 2007, 08:50 PM
For some reason, please don't ask me why, dogs love cat poop. Breeze used to try and sneak into the spare bedroom where the boxes are, but she stopped many years ago. Scout is a different story I have to put a gate up to the doorway and the kitty jumps it to get to the box, if not she would be in there all the time.....:mad: :rolleyes: :confused: :(

Cathy T
31st May 2007, 10:37 PM
Jake used to love kitty crunchies. Yuck! We resorted to putting the litterbox in the garage so he couldn't have access to it. There was no way to stop him, we just had to remedy the situation.

IsabellaBugatti
1st June 2007, 12:32 AM
Bella has an affinity for our litter boxes as well. I think the reason dogs love the kitty crunchies so much is because of the high content of protein in cat food.

They do make covered litter boxes with a round opening on the top (instead of the sides) so that the cat can just jump in. Dogs can't get in to those. I've seen them at PetSmart and Petco.

Good luck!

Azriel
1st June 2007, 04:44 AM
if you can gate off the room that the litter boxes are in... it keeps the dogs out of the box as well as giving the cat a place to jump into to get away from the dog if they are getting too annoying.

OhMarley
1st June 2007, 12:14 PM
I have the same problem however the cat goes in the garden and Marley keeps digging up her poop and eating it!!!!!!!!! He is also eating the rabbits poop!
I don't know how to stop him doing it and I have a high tolerance for poop I work in a vet clinic but this is really starting to get on my nerves.... how can I stop him doing it!??????

Lindsay
1st June 2007, 02:05 PM
I know I have seen a powder that you can put on the "poopers" food that makes a poop eater stop eating it, but I don't know anything about it as I have never looked into it. May be worth researching. :flwr:

Karlin
1st June 2007, 03:06 PM
Puppies sem a lot more interested in poop than adults -- Jaspar never tries to get at the litter box anymore -- but some, like Lily, are lifetime devotees. There are special litter boxes you can get that are inaccessible to dogs. You can put the litter box in a room or say the shower, behind a baby gate the cats can go through or over but not dogs. You can try to face it away (a covered box). I face it at an angle and have had to put a weighted bucket in front of the access so the cats can get in but Lily can't.

Ifa cat is burying them and a dog is digging it up, the only real answer is have an indoor cat with litter boxes so you can maintain control (all four of my cats are all-indoor cats with an outdoor confined area they cannot get out of) or always keep the dog under control/on a lead when in the garden. Unfortunately that's really about all that can be done for poo-eaters (except hoping they grow out of it): bar access one way or another as you cannot train them not to eat it with much success.

I'm told the reason dogs like cat poo is their food has a much higher protein content. Many of not most dogs will eat or roll in a variety of poo though -- :-|:eek: -- one of the delights of dog ownership! :lol: