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Posted by: Ilse | 2011/10/19

Vitamine deficiancy

My puppy is 4 moths old and a mix breed. He digs in the cat''s litter box an eats the cat faeces. Why could he be doing this? Could it be a vitamine deficiancy?

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Hi Ilse, although this is a behaviour we, as humans really do not like, a dog is a scavenger and they do these things - luckily for you it is just cat poo!
If you are feeding a good quality dog food, then the chances of this being a vitamin/mineral defiency are very slight, rather just that the dog is being a dog.
The easiest way to remedy this is by simple management. Put the cat tray in an area that the dog does not have access too, even by putting a baby control gate on the door to the room in which it is kept, or move it to a higher position. Additionally your cat will be happier having her tray to herself!.
Thanks Scotty

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Posted by: Dog Behaviour Expert | 2011/10/20

Hi Ilse, although this is a behaviour we, as humans really do not like, a dog is a scavenger and they do these things - luckily for you it is just cat poo!
If you are feeding a good quality dog food, then the chances of this being a vitamin/mineral defiency are very slight, rather just that the dog is being a dog.
The easiest way to remedy this is by simple management. Put the cat tray in an area that the dog does not have access too, even by putting a baby control gate on the door to the room in which it is kept, or move it to a higher position. Additionally your cat will be happier having her tray to herself!.
Thanks Scotty

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