In this article, we will be taking a look at how to keep a dog out of a litter box. We have seen a number of people asking similar questions based around keeping their dog out of their cat’s litter tray so thought we would publish this article to help anyone in the same boat.
The two main reasons that people want to keep their dogs out of their kitty litter boxes are because some dogs choose to sleep in them for some reasons and the other is due to their dog eating the cat poop. If your dog is eating cat poop, our article on How To Stop A Dog From Eating Cat Poop may help you.
How To Keep A Dog Out Of A Litter Box
We will be looking at two different ways that you are able to prevent your dog from getting into your litter box. The first is a high-quality commercially available kitty litter box that has been specifically designed to prevent dogs from being able to gain access to it while your cat can come and go as it pleases.
The second is a few tweaks that you can do to a current litter box in an attempt to prevent your dog from having access to it while still letting your cat get to it easy to do its business. That said, these tweaks to an existing litter box are not guaranteed to work whereas getting a high-quality dog proof litter box places a physical barrier between your dog and your cat’s litter box.
The Best Dog Proof Litter Box On The Market
Since its release, it has quickly grown to become the market leading product in the niche with no real competition to challenge its place in the top spot. Over the years it has cultivated a loyal and dedicated customer base who use the Petmate Clean Step Litter Dome as their cat litter tray.
The products current customer base have left plenty of reviews online of the product that you can read by clicking here if you like. All of those reviews have been left by third-party, independent dog and cat owners who have no attachment to our website at all.
Features And Benefits
The Petmate Clean Step Litter Dome is currently available in four different colors to try and offer something to match most styles of home. Its sleek design offers privacy for your cat via its hooded dome lid while also serving as a physical barrier to prevent your dog from being able to gain access to the litter tray.
The steps of the litter tray have been specifically designed to remove any litter attached to your cat’s paws while it exits the product. This helps to prevent any litter or waste unintentionally being spread throughout your home via your cat’s paws. The built-in charcoal filter also works to keep any odors to an absolute minimum without any additional effort from you.
Question – Where is the Petmate Clean Step Litter Dome built?
Answer – It is produced in the United States of America.
Question – Will my dog be able to get its head into the Petmate Clean Step Litter Dome?
Answer – The shape of both the ramp and the entrance hole have been designed to make it as difficult as possible for your dog to get its head into the litterbox.
Question – Do you have to use bag liners in the Petmate Clean Step Litter Dome?
Answer – No, like many modern kitty litter trays, there is absolutely no requirement for you to use a bad liner.
Here are some reports on the Petmate Clean Step Litter Dome from third-party, independent dog and cat owners. We have summarised the reports below to make them both easier and quicker to read for our readers but you can click on the links to read the original report in full if you choose.
- This report comments on how their cat got used to the Petmate Clean Step Litter Dome quickly even though she was used to uncovered litter boxes. They go on to say that the stairs on the product have managed to catch so much excess litter from their cat’s paw and prevent it from being spread through their home. They also mention how their twenty two pound dog is unable to get into the litter box to steal their cat’s poop.
- This report comments on how their cats love the Petmate Clean Step Litter Dome and that their dog is not able to get access to the box to use it as their own snack bar. They also mention how one of their large Maine Coon is able to get in and out of the litter box without issue.
- This report comments on how they turned to the Petmate Clean Step Litter Dome as their dogs enjoyed getting into their cat’s litter box for a quick and easy lunch. They mention how since getting this litter box, their dogs are unable to get access to their cat’s poop and that the litter box also helps to deal with the smells.
- This report comments on how they decided to get the Petmate Clean Step Litter Dome as their pet Dachshund enjoyed eating their cat’s poop. They mention how their cats took to the new litter box instantly and that their Dachshund doesn’t seem to show much interest in their cat’s poop anymore.
- This report comments on how their dog has developed the habit of stealing their cat’s poop from its litter box as a quick and easy snack. They decided to try the Petmate Clean Step Litter Dome as a last-ditch attempt to stop the habit and confirm that it worked.
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DIY Dog Proof Litter Box
We will now be taking a quick look at some DIY home tweaks you can make to your kitty litter box to help prevent your dog from eating your cat’s poop.
Restrict Access To The Litter Box
This can only work if your have a medium or large dog breed. The most common way to restrict access is to use something like a baby gate to form a barrier between where you keep your cats kitty litter tray and the rest of the house.
The idea is that you leave a gap at the base of the barrier so your cat will easily be able to crawl under it with minimal effort but your dog will not be able to fit. Although a baby gate is the most commonly used item, other things such as garden fence can be used just as efficiently.
Elevating Your Kitty Litter Box
Provided you don’t have a senior cat, there is a good chance that your cat has a much higher level of mobility than your dog. Another similar tweak that some cat owners deploy to stop their dog from eating their cat’s poop is to elevate their cat’s litter box.
To do this simply put your cat’s litter box on a high chair, a shelf, a tabletop or something else that is higher than your dog will be able to get access to. As your cat can climb and jump more efficiently then your dog it can still get access to the litter box while your dog cant.
Our final advice is to simply keep an eye on your cat’s kitty litter tray and remove its poop as soon as possible. This will remove any chance of your dog being able to eat the poop as you have already cleaned it up.