When Your Dog Eats Cat Poop

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If you’re like us and have both dog and cat pets, then you have probably experienced what happens when your dog eats cat poop. When they feast on the cat’s “goodies”, well, it’s just…I don’t know, disgusting. We would definitely want our dogs to avoid being in this kind of mess, and that is why in this article, we are going to discuss on the reasons why this happens and how it can be prevented.

As weird as it sounds, dogs actually find cat stools very appealing and attractive, and this is why they always look for a cat’s litter box. They think it’s very tasty! It was explained this way by our veterinarian: because cat feces contain high amounts of protein and fat and extra elements, dogs have cravings for them. And now that we know why Fido is a litter box junkie, it’s time we put an end to it. He also took pains to assure us that it is not normally a danger to the dog, if the cat is healthy.

When Your Dog Eats Cat Poop

Although cat stools normally do not come with health risks for dogs, there are still potential problems, such as possible parasites, and some stools may also cause dogs to have diarrhea or constipation. Some dogs may have gastrointestinal problems and strain in defecating due to having eaten them. Other symptoms may occur such as lethargy or nausea, and even appetite loss.  If such symptoms occur in your dog, contact your vet right away.

So how do you keep your dog away from the litter box?

The answer is simple – you just have to know how to outsmart your dog. First, try covering the litter box (when not in use by your cat) with a piece of cloth that is not currently in use, preferably one that can stop the smell of the cat stools. Fortunately in our case, and old towel covering the entrance to the box worked — the dog would go sniff for several days, but never tried to enter. After several days, she finally quit even the sniffing. There are also covered litter boxes available in the market for your convenience. Some of these are even too small for a dog to fit in but large enough for the cat to stay.

Because cats have more agility and flexibility than dogs, try putting it in a space where only your cat can reach it. You can put some baby gates, obstacles/barriers or small fences so that only your cat can pass through, but not your dog.

A chain or doorframe can also be used to narrow down the space where your cat’s litter box is located, so that only your cat can pass through without getting disturbed. Latches can hold doors and make them partially open – you can try this too.

As a last resort, you can also try cleaning up the litter box in regular intervals and more often. In this way, your dog will not have much opportunity to get his “treats” as you have already cleaned them up. Although there can still be some goodies left, there will not be as many as when you don’t regularly maintain it.

If none of these work for you when your dog when your dog eats cat poop, there is still help available, according to an article on the eHow.com website:

Purchase a chemical solution you can feed your cat to discourage coprophagia. The main ingredient is glutamic acid, which causes the poop to become bitter to taste.

Visit your vet for a prescription for glutamic acid or other medications that have been clinically proven to do the trick.

By putting these tips into practice, you are ensuring your dog’s diet doesn’t get messy and you will eliminate the occasions when your dog eats cat poop.

Have you had this problem? Please share any tricks you may have used to stop Fido’s visits!


  1. A New Level of Filth
    This is why I waited ten years to say yes to a dog.

    I wash my feet before getting in bed to get all the cat litter, feces, trace urine etc. off.

    It’s so disgusting!!! The animals have taken over the house and ruin things on a daily basis.

    The best kept secret in the pet industry is all the wonderful things you get to touch and smell.

    We even have to deal with headless rat bodies our precious cat leaves around and the parasites they give it (and maybe us, cringe). My Mom lets her little Pom lick inside her mouth and shares food with it. My God.

    Eating the cats poop is gross, but I see worse on a regular basis.

    Like when my cat killed a bird and the dog ate it before I could dispose of it…

    My husky just ran away again tonight and came back smelling like a skunk.

    Usually she just comes back after rolling in cow manure.

    My cat had tape worms crawling out of his but onto my daughters bed as a kitten.

    Then got an abscess that bust and leaked brown slime all over the house.

    The vet just gave us antibiotics. It was so infected it was farting gasses and puss out of the whole six inches away.

    I can only image what our family has been exposed to and what might be crawling around inside us.

    Anyone know where I can get pills for humans to kill parasites?

    I don’t want those things eating away at my brain or my heart or anyone else in the family.

    It is true they can pass on to humans. Look it up smarty pants.

    The reality of pet ownership can be so much worse than imagined.

    I know not everyone has such nasty pets, but be careful!!!!

  2. We had a similar problem when our cousin’s dog came to visit. We solved it using our own invention that we created to keep one cat out of the other cat’s food. Today we sell it online. It’s called the MeowSpace, and does indeed keep the dogs out of the litter box. http://www.meowspace.biz. Hope this helps some of you!

    • This worked really well when my dog was eating poop in the back yard. Sprinkle cayenne pepper or chili powder on it. They won’t eat it. My problem is her eating the poop out of the litter boxes now. Can’t put the pepper in there