Separating Dogs from Cat Bowls and Kitty Litter

If you have a dog and a cat in your home, you’ll know that one of the biggest problems often is them fighting – it’s stopping your dog from raiding the cat’s food bowls. And they often like to dig around in cat litter boxes too. Here are some ways to keep your dog away from your kitty’s spaces.

Cat-friendly Gates

Carlson Extra Wide Walk Through Gate with Pet Door

You can buy gates that work in the same way as a baby gate but have a secondary smaller door built in that’s a good size for cats but will keep most breeds of dogs at bay. These gates fit almost any space too.

Cat Doors

Purrfect Portal Door with Brush February 2021 Giveaway cat door installation

If you want a permanent solution, install a cat door in your existing doors or walls. These small doors allow cats through, but no bigger animals, so just keep the doors to the cat’s bowls and trays closed, and you’ll have no issues.

Dog-proof Latches

Door Buddy Door Latch Plus Door Stopper

A more temporary solution is to use a dog-proof latch on your door. These peel and stick to the door and frame, stopping it from opening far enough for a dog to get through during meal times.

Elevate the Bowl

If the problem is just with food bowls, try putting them in a higher place. Cat trees are great for this – the cat can dine in peace, and the dog can’t reach it. This works well for smaller dog breeds where other methods are ineffective.

Choose a Dog-proof Feeding Station

Dog Proof Cat Feeding Station Meowspace

Another option is to get a feeding station as a private enclosure for your cat. It has an automatic cat door that works with your cat’s microchip, so even small dogs can’t get inside.

Automatic Cat Feeders

Cat Feeder SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder by SureFlap Promotional Code FLOPPYCAT15

These work similarly to a private feeding station but are just a feeding bowl with a cover. The cover only opens when your cat’s chip is detected – so dogs can’t steal all the food.

Try a Puzzle Feeder

CatAmazing Puzzle Toy for Cats

Puzzle feeders are toys designed to help cats slow their eating and stimulate their brains simultaneously. But the small holes also work well when you want to stop dogs from eating the food.

Covered Litter Boxes

Petmate Booda Dome Clean Step Cat Litter Box 3 Colors

If your dog likes to investigate – or worse, snack from – the litter box, get one with a cover that your dog can’t remove. This keeps your cat feeling safe when doing their business.

Automatic Litter Boxes

three different litter boxes next to eachother

Use an automatic self-cleaning litter box to stop your dog from getting into the used litter. Most of these litter boxes are covered, but even those that aren’t will automatically move your cat’s waste into a covered bin where the dog can’t get it.

Litter Box Enclosures

Like the food enclosures, you can use these as private spaces only your cat can access through an automatic cat door.

Don’t Keep Food and Litter Together

While putting food bowls and litter boxes in the same private enclosure may be tempting, don’t. It might stop your dog from getting to both, but it’s not hygienic for your cat.

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Some people recommend peppers or hot sauce to deter dogs, but you shouldn’t. If the dog does eat the spicy foods, they may suffer digestive problems, and cats may accidentally ingest it, too, especially if it gets onto their paws.

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Hi, I’m Jenny Dean, creator of Floppycats! Ever since my Aunt got the first Ragdoll cat in our family, I have loved the breed. Inspired by my childhood Ragdoll cat, Rags, I created Floppycats to connect, share and inspire other Ragdoll cat lovers around the world,

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