My Dog Loves Eating Cat Litter – What to Do Next
Dogs are extremely scent-oriented. They use smell to discover the world around them. For multi-pet households with cats and dogs, it could be quite normal to see dogs taking an interest in objects that belong to their feline pal. Unfortunately, some dogs may have too keen of an interest in the content inside a cat’s litter box.
Why dogs eat cat litter
One explanation might be the scent of the litter. This could either be the scent of fresh litter or the scent of cat urine and poop. It might sound disgusting to us but the dog might enjoy these scents for whatever “dog” reason.
Your dog might also be eating cat litter because he is suffering from a non-food eating disorder called pica. Dogs can develop this disorder from a variety of causes with the most common being nutritional deficiencies and hormonal imbalance. While unlikely, unusual eating behaviors could also be caused by underlying health problems. You should have the dog seen by the vet if he is showing other concerning symptoms aside from eating cat litter.
How to stop a dog from eating cat litter
The easiest solution is to make the cat litter box inaccessible to the dog. For example, you could place the cat litter box in the laundry room and bathroom. Set it up so that the cat only has entry to these spaces.
You could also replace your current litter box with something that is dog-proof. Top-entry litter boxes, for example, work quite well in keeping dogs away from the cat litter content.
If your dog is eating the cat litter because he likes the scent of cat poop and urine, it may also help to replace the litter box more often.