Why is My Dog Eating Cat Litter?

What’s worse than a dog eating cat litter? A dog that eats cat poop and then subsequently goes on to eat cat litter. The latter situation is equally unpleasant, so we’re here to discuss it in detail… and suggest some solutions.

Dogs eat cat litter because they’re hungry or curious.

There are a number of reasons dogs may be eating cat litter. They could be hungry and looking for something to eat; they could be curious and looking for something to play with; they could be looking to bury or scratch themselves.

While it is unlikely that your dog will eat enough cat litter to cause them any harm, you should watch out because some kinds of “litter” contain chemicals that can harm your dog if they eat enough of it.

Pick up the phone and call your vet, who will help you determine whether your dog is unwell.

If you notice your dog eating cat litter, pick up the phone and call your vet. It’s important to determine whether or not your dog is unwell before you can approach her behavior on a deeper level. Your vet will likely want to take a look at the feces of both dogs, as well as any other symptoms that may be associated with this behavior.

If it turns out that your dog is sick, there are some steps you can take to help prevent future incidents of this nature–for example, if she has an upset stomach due to a change in diet or an illness such as parasites or colitis (inflammation of the colon), then switching back to her original diet might help alleviate both stomach problems and litter-eating tendencies.

Keep your dog away from the litter box.

To prevent your dog from eating cat litter, take steps to keep her away from the litter box. If you have a cat door that allows your dog access to the room where the litter box is, close it when not in use. If you don’t want to close off this area with a door, place a baby gate or other barrier between the two rooms and ensure that there are no gaps in it that your dog could slip through.

If you’re concerned about having an unsupervised animal near a closed off room as well as an accessible one, consider getting another litter box or purchasing indoor/outdoor kitty toilets designed for cats but usable by dogs too (but be aware that these still contain chemicals).

If your dog continues to eat cat litter, consider switching to a non-clumping litter that doesn’t resemble food to your dog’s taste buds.

If your dog continues to eat cat litter, consider switching to a non-clumping litter that doesn’t resemble food to your dog’s taste buds. Non-clumping litters are less expensive than clumping litters and can be used for longer before needing replacement. Also, non-clumping litters are eco-friendlier than their clumping counterparts because they don’t contain any chemicals or additives that could be harmful if ingested by dogs or cats.

Don’t leave kitty poop in the litter box. Scoop it out after it lands there.

You may have noticed that your dog is eating cat litter. You may have also noticed that you leave kitty poop in the cat litter box, and while it’s gross to think about, it’s a good idea to remove this waste from the box so that your dog isn’t tempted to eat it.

Cats are clean animals who don’t like to eat their own poop! They will only do so if they’re hungry, bored, or stressed out—and leaving kitty poop around for them to find (and eat) will increase their chances of doing so. The best way to ensure that your dog doesn’t try this again is by scooping out all of their waste from underneath them when they use their litter boxes; otherwise, it can attract dogs who want an easy snack!

Feed your dog regularly and on time, so she doesn’t feel tempted to look elsewhere for food and attention.

Dogs typically eat once in the morning and once in the evening. This schedule helps keep your dog’s stomach full, and reduces the chances of him eating other things because he’s hungry. If you’re unsure of how much to feed your dog, ask your veterinarian for guidance on his recommended daily caloric intake.

To avoid overfeeding or underfeeding your pup, try to keep track of what he is eating each day by measuring out his food in advance so that you can serve it at regular intervals throughout the day. The easiest way to do this is by buying pre-measured bags of dry dog food from pet stores or online retailers such as Amazon (though these tend not to be cheap).

An added benefit of this method is that regular feeding times will help prevent stress-related behaviors like scarfing down entire bowls at once due to pent-up anxiety about being left alone all day without any human contact whatsoever!


When a dog eats cat litter, it’s usually due to hunger or curiosity. But if you notice your dog eating cat litter regularly, be sure to check in with your vet and make sure she’s not sick! If the problem continues after calling your vet, you may want to consider switching to non-clumping litter that doesn’t smell like food, or changing your feeding schedule so your dog isn’t tempted by kitty kibble leftovers.