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|Posted: 1/4/2013 12:53:16 PM|
We are considering getting a small dog ( chihuahua or similar size ). But, we have an indoor cat and litter box. What is the best way to keep a smaller dog out of the car box?
The dog we get could be smaller than our cat so a cat door or baby gate won't work.
|Posted: 1/4/2013 12:54:48 PM|
Put up a baby gate that the cat can jump over but the dog can't.
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|Posted: 1/4/2013 12:55:27 PM|Our Cairn Terrier recently decided - after two years of ignoring it - that the litter box might hold some tasty treats
I got a top entry litter box and that's done the trick. He is back to completely ignoring it.
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|Posted: 1/4/2013 12:59:32 PM|
My friends use a baby gate to keep their dogs out. Their cat can jump it, their dogs can't. I know some dogs can be good jumpers, though, so it would just depend on the dog I guess.
I'll be curious to see what others say.
|Posted: 1/4/2013 12:59:44 PM|
The litter box sits on top of the dog crate. Dog can't get to it, but cat can. Problem solved at my house. Good Luck!
|Posted: 1/4/2013 1:00:34 PM|
I have a high walled covered litter box, a small chihuahua wouldn't be able to climb inside of it. I bought it at Target for less than $30.00.
You could also put the litter box on a higher level.
|Posted: 1/4/2013 1:01:03 PM|
I second the top entry litterbox. We use a rubbermaid tote, I cut a hole in the lid. It keeps the cat from kicking "debris" out of the box as well. My friend bought a top entry litter box as Petsmart, it has grating cut into it so the excess litter falls off the cats' paws when they get out. Nice feature, but I think she paid about 40.00. I paid like 5.00 for the rubbermaid tote and most people don't even realize its a litterbox unless its in dire need of scooping or the cat has just got done using it.
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|Posted: 1/4/2013 1:01:59 PM|
We have a dormer closet that has a kitty door on it where we keep it now because our dog can't fit through that door, but prior to that we also used a baby gate, and it worked great!
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|Posted: 1/4/2013 1:07:23 PM|Here's what I did in case my description is confusing:
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|Posted: 1/4/2013 1:07:43 PM|
I have never heard of a top entry litter box. That is brilliant for keep a dog out plus keeping the sand contained!
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|Posted: 1/4/2013 1:08:14 PM|Get a 2 story house and put the litter box on the top floor. Then get a dog that is to lazy to go up the stairs.
Actually the baby gate works good unless the cat is an older cat. We do have our cats litter box upstairs because that is really the only place that has space for it. One of our cats is 13 years old and I see her stop part way up the steps and rest sometimes before going all of the way up. I am not sure if it is just because she wants to or because it is hard on her. I am thinking about trying to find a place down here for it. We also have one on the screened in porch that they can use when it is warm out. I keep them cleaned out daily and occasionally one of the dogs will get into it, but it does not happen very often.
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|Posted: 1/4/2013 1:09:45 PM|
We keep the litter boxes in the furnace room and have a hole cut in the door about 14" or so from the floor. The cats can jump through but the dog can't.
|Posted: 1/4/2013 1:11:40 PM|
Baby gate at our house. The cat food and water is also behind the gate. I love the make your own cat box posted above!!
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|Posted: 1/4/2013 1:12:37 PM|
We had two cats before we started adding dogs (Shih Tzu) to the household. In the old house, we kept the litter box in the (unfinished) basement and didn't allow the dogs to go down there. The door was open just a crack. The dogs never went down there.
In the current house, the basement is finished, but we still kept the litter box in the unfinished portion of the basement. We kept a gate up that the cats could go under, but the dogs could not.
The dogs never showed an interest in the litter box.
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|Posted: 1/4/2013 7:14:41 PM|Baby gate for us too
The cat has his litter box, food and cat tree in my scraproom behind the baby gate. He loves having his own special place that the dogs can't invade. And it means the puppy has never tasted litter box treats so that is another plus!!
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|Posted: 1/4/2013 7:18:58 PM|
We did barrier training with our dog. The cat box is in a room in which the dog knows he's not allowed.
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|Posted: 1/4/2013 9:08:39 PM|
That DIY litter box is a GREAT idea...TFS!
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|Posted: 1/4/2013 9:11:56 PM|
baby gate at our house too, the cat's litter box is actually in a closet. The door is left ajar so the cats can get in and out. Cat food goes on top on the bathroom counter. The litter box use to be under the sink, in the bathroom cabinet, but we changed it.
Now that I see the box from the rubbermaid tub, that looks like a great idea although I worry about our ancient cat getting in and out.