3 Ways to Stop Your Dog from Eating Cat Feces

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3 Ways to Stop Your Dog from Eating Cat Feces
3 Ways to Stop Your Dog from Eating Cat Feces

You love your dog, but some of his habits can be a little annoying. In fact, some are even disgusting. A dog that eats feces is a perfect example of this. Eating your own faeces is bad enough, but eating cat faeces can be even worse. The habit of snacking in the cat's box is not only unpleasant, it's also unhealthy. The cat can be pretty stressed if the dog is in his private space all the time. In addition, the habit can also be a sign that the dog has health or behavior issues that need to be addressed.


Method 1 of 3: Examining Dog Health

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Step 1. Have a veterinarian examine the health of the dog's digestive system

A small percentage of dogs that eat feces suffer from health problems that encourage them to do strange things. A dog with an absence of digestive enzymes may want to eat feces due to the inability to digest its food, which makes it look for these vital nutrients.

  • Another example of a health problem that causes coprophagia (eating feces) is an overgrowth of bacteria in the intestine, which causes a deficiency of vitamins in the intestinal walls. To correct this deficiency, the dog ends up wanting to eat feces.
  • Typically, both conditions are associated with loose or runny stools, as the dog cannot properly digest food. However, eating normal stools does not mean that these health problems are not present.
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Step 2. Improve the dog's diet

If the animal's food does not contain the necessary nutrients, it may end up resorting to coprophagy. A food that is difficult to digest and rich in cereals can make some puppies look for feces to supplement their diet. Give high quality food with some type of meat being the main ingredient.

Give the recommended amount (not too little or too much) so the dog doesn't get hungry

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Step 3. Treat worms

Intestinal worms can steal vital nutrients from the dog, and he may end up trying to get them back by eating feces. Deworm your dog with a good dewormer (which should normally be prescribed by a veterinarian) against all classes of worms (Nematodes, Trichuris and Cestoda).

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Step 4. Make sure your dog is not bored

A frustrated or bored dog can end up creating its own entertainment, which includes looking for and eating feces! Exercise the animal a lot and play with it interactively to alleviate the boredom that can be causing unpleasant habits.

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Step 5. Wait for health problems to improve

You may even have a dog that is dewormed and exercises regularly, but he may still want to eat cat droppings. Understand that some things can happen out of habit, including coprophagia. It may take a few weeks after treating any other problem for the dog to stop doing this.

Method 2 of 3: Preventing access to cat feces

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Step 1. Change the cat droppings box

Sometimes the best option to help your dog is to eliminate the temptation to misbehave. If you can, put the cat box somewhere where your dog doesn't have access. Block the entrance with a barrier so the cat can still jump but the dog can't get through.

  • For larger dogs or those who like to jump, install a smaller cat door in the room door and keep it closed.
  • If you have a small dog, put in a microchip-enabled door and program just the cat number so the dog can't access the room.
  • Obviously, show the cat the new location of the box.
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Step 2. Use a covered box

Instead of using an open box, use one with a lid to make it more difficult for the dog to access the cat's feces. In fact, there are boxes with a top entrance, making them accessible for young cats (not a good idea for older or arthritic cats), but not for dogs.

Some cats don't like using closed boxes. In that case, try a different option

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Step 3. Place a trap in the cat's box

The idea is to make something unpleasant happen when the dog approaches the crate. You can place a motion-sensitive compressed air canister behind the box that will activate when the dog approaches. Another option is to use traps that pop into the ground around the box. That way, they will crack when the dog approaches.

  • This needs to be done carefully and in a well-programmed way, as you may end up surprising the cat, which may make it unwilling to use the box anymore.
  • Do not leave these traps in place permanently, as you may end up irritating the cat.
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Step 4. Make feces unpleasant for the dog

Try to make the cat's feces less attractive by making them more unpleasant for the dog. There are many commercial products made to put in food, which can result in unpleasant tasting stools.

  • This method has some disadvantages. The additive must be used in the cat's food, and the cat may be too selective in eating and end up refusing the altered food. Also, puppies have a relatively low sense of taste and may not find altered stool all that unpleasant (after all, how can it get any worse?).
  • It may be more effective to make the stool smell more unpleasant. Dogs have a very sensitive sense of smell and usually smell food before eating. Put pepper in the stool. When the dog approaches and sniffs them, the pepper will make him sneeze and find the "food" unpleasant.
  • Don't expect the dog to stop immediately. Maybe he needs to sneeze constantly for several weeks before he can give up.

Method 3 of 3: Training the Dog

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Step 1. Be gentle to control behavior

Understand that removing the cat's feces when the dog tries to eat it can have the opposite effect, increasing competition for the feces. It's better to let him investigate, but distract him and reward him for redirecting attention.

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Step 2. Train the dog to let go of the stool and “let go”

One method is to place a treat in your hand and let the dog smell it first, but not give the treat just yet. When he eventually gives up sniffing your hand and turns his head, say “let go” and give him a treat (not what's in your hand). The dog will learn that no matter how tempting the forbidden treat is, when you say “let go” there is a guaranteed treat waiting for him.

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Step 3. Never punish the dog

Never rub his nose in his feces or physically or verbally abuse the animal. His actions can be irritating and disgusting, but you need to act strategically in order to change that behavior. Yelling and being visibly angry will only teach him to be afraid of you and hide his actions.

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