Dogs and Cats (Solutions)

Cat WashroomAbout a year ago my wife and I decided to adopt a dog since we had become settled in our new apartment and figured it would add some companionship and a give us reason to get out and hike every weekend. There was only one small issue, which is that we have had a cat for about four years and she is certainly the “queen of her domain”. We were a little apprehensive bringing the dog home for a “foster” night to test the waters, but it turned out to be a great fit and the two animals have become fast friends.

Unfortunately we ran into another little problem with the relationship our dog has with the cat – (brace yourself because it is gross) – she loves to raid the cat’s litter box. It is quite disgusting to a dog-owner to find little bits of cat litter in her terrier-beard. After about a week’s time of bathing her every day, we decided we had to figure something out because simply disciplining the dog was getting nowhere.

The first solution we took was to re-appropriate the baby-gate we purchased when introducing the two animals to each other, which we stopped needing months ago. Problem with this was that it seemed like the only way to block the dog’s access to the litter box was to also block the cat’s access. That was not going to be a lasting solution and ended up with the cat being very angry with us.

Believe it or not, the best solution was to hide the litter box in plain sight. We love our dog, but she is certainly not the smartest pooch in the world. Using a simple side table that is designed to surround the cat box was all we needed to do to keep her out! The cat had no problem identifying her litter box’s location, but for some reason our dog is completely dumbfounded. The box doesn’t look too bad either (though it certainly is not displayed prominently in our living room or anything) and offers a couple of storage accessories for the litter box. I would definitely recommend this box to anyone having this gross problem!

2 thoughts on “Dogs and Cats (Solutions)

  • February 19 2013 at 4:09 am
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    I also brought home a rescue dog, and my cat was less than pleased, after being an only pet for 3 years. After calling at least 7 stores, I found a pet gate with a small gate in it so the cat could come and go at will – then we found out the dog could fit through it too. 14 months later, we're still working on this issue… but at least she can't get to the litter box!

  • February 19 2013 at 9:40 am
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    It's tough when your dog is cat sized. Fortunately, my dog just wants to use the litter box. Unfortunately, he misses. If anyone has a solution, please let me know!

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