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A. It’s easier to manage the situation by keeping the box where the dog can’t get into it (but the cat can) than it is to teach the dog to leave the litterbox alone. That’s because dogs absolutely love feline feces (and other kinds of poop). Every time a dog sneaks a bite of it, the habit is reinforced.
So though it’s certainly possible to train your dogs to keep their noses out of the box, you’ll likely be happier if you come up with a way to keep their noses nowhere near it. Some suggestions:
Covered litterboxes are often suggested as well, but they may present some problems for your cat. Large cats may not fit comfortably inside them, and other cats may feel uncomfortable in a small, enclosed space, especially if you’re not scrupulous about cleaning the box. If your cat has asthma, a covered box is not recommended.
Experiment to see what your cat will tolerate, and remember to make any change slowly, so as not to discourage litter box use by your cat.
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