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Our dog has this very annoying habit of poking his head in the cat litter tray when nobody is looking and eating the cat poop which prompts the question, why do dogs eat cat poop?

Why do dogs eat cat poop?

Why do dogs eat poop?

There is actually a term for this behaviour called coprophagia. It’s actually a normal behaviour in dogs but it’s rather a disgusting habit to us humans.

To a dog, this is a tasty treat because cats faeces contain food that hasn’t been fully digested. Cats require lots of protein and their bodies process this leaving behind undigested foods such as carbohydrates. The dog smells this sees it as another piece of food.

You can’t blame them really. My dog probably thinks I’m crazy shouting at him every time he goes to eat the poop when he thinks it’s a tasty treat!

How to stop a dog eating poop

Use a door strap

Prevent your dog from going into the room where the cat’s litter tray is with this handy latch. It fixes to the door easily and be adjusted to let the cat in, but not the dog.

Door Buddy. A simple Door Latch that will keep your dog (if slightly larger than the cat) out of the room with the cat food and litter tray while still allowing your cat to have easy access.

Get a dog proof litter tray

This litter tray by Ferplast is dog proof and weatherproof. There’s no way your dog will get its head in this! Your cat will soon get used to this design. There are top entry cat litter trays available, but, dogs can still manage to stick their heads inside.

This style, being weatherproof is great for outdoor use, perfect for flat owners with limited space, as it can be placed on a balcony ensuring there is no mess or nasty smells in the flat.

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