Keeping Dogs Out of the Litterbox


We’ll be the first to admit that our dogs would like nothing better than to have free reign to raid the litterboxes every day. Like kids in the coprophagia candy store, Irie and Tiki would happily dart into the laundry room where we keep our litterboxes for a quick fix any time they got a chance.

Fortunately, thanks to our cat door installed on the laundry room door, they’re not able to get into the room unless we forget and leave the door open. (Believe me: after accidentally leaving the door open and seeing Tiki rush in and gobble up that morning’s deposits, I do not forget now.)


If your dogs are larger than cat size, a cat flap or cat door to restrict access to the litterboxes works well. All our cats have always learned to use the cat door quickly. The laundry room is fairly large so they have plenty of room. Ideally, we’d have more than one entrance and exit from that laundry room so no cat could “guard” the flap but we’ve never had a problem.

Peek a Boo™ latch (giveaway)

If you can’t install a cat door (which involves cutting a hole in the door), an easy solution is the Peek a Boo™ latch. Like a large screen door hook and eye latch, it holds the door ajar enough for a cat to enter…but not so much that any dog larger than a cat can slip in. We’re doing a Peek a Boo giveaway on CatTipper right now so please pop over and enter if you’re interested!

Here are some other options for keeping your dog out of your cat’s litterbox:

A baby gate with a cat door


You can find a lot of pet gates and baby gates to prohibit access into a particular room but this Carlson gate has a small cat door built in. If your dog is too large to fit through this gate, you’ve got an easy way to restrict litterbox access.

A baby gate your cat goes over

Are your dog and cat close in size? In that case, you may need to encourage your cat to jump over the baby gate. Place a chair or nightstand on each side of the gate to give your cat a mid-way point to get up and over to the other side. (If your cat is a senior or has any mobility issues, this isn’t a good option.)

A baby gate your cat goes under

You can also raise the baby gate so your can goes UNDER the gate. This works better for senior cats — as long as your dog is larger than your cat.

A raised litterbox

Similarly, a litterbox on a raised platform can deter any canine snacking. Again, this isn’t an option if your cat has mobility issues.

An enclosed litterbox

Many cats (ours included) don’t like enclosed litterboxes but, if yours don’t mind, you’ll find many options on the market, both commercial litterboxes and do-it-yourself options. Again, this won’t work if you have a Chihuahua!


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  • Carrie Johnson Boyko

    Surprisingly, my mother’s small dog has never been taught that he has the ability to jump. He doesn’t jump on much of anything, so a top entry box would probably work with him in the home. Every strategy depends on the dog as well. Great post!