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5 Best Dog Proof Litter Boxes: Keeping Your Pup Out of Cat Poo!

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Gear By Meg Marrs 8 min read January 12, 2020 25 Comments

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Did your dog get into the cat litter box…again?

We get it – dogs like to eat poop! It’s gross and weird (at least to humans). Owners who have both cats and dogs in their family may find themselves struggling to keep their canine from chowing down on their feline’s feces.

Good news – there are several different methods you can use to dog proof your litter box. We’ll cover all the methods today, and recommend some top rated dog proof litter boxes you can purchase for your home.

Dog Proof Litter Boxes: Quick Picks

  • PICK #1: Catit Hooded Cat Litter Box [Best For Bigger Cats] This larger box-style litter box includes a cover and a sturdy flap to help keep dogs and odors out.
  • Pick #2: Petmate Top Entry Litter Pan [Best Used With Smaller Dogs] This kitty litter box uses a top entrance design, with your cat jumping on top of the litter box to enter. Larger dogs may be able to still stick their nose inside, but small and medium-sized dogs can be kept out.
  • PICK #3: Petmate Clean Step Litter Dome [Best For Messy Paws] This dome igloo-style litter box is quit large and totally enclosed, keeping odors and dogs out. It also has a litter-clinging steps that collect litter as your cat enters and exits, keeping your floors clean.

Continue reading for more in-depth reviews

8 Strategies for Keeping Your Dog Away From Cat Poop

We’ve got 8 tips for keeping your dog safe and away from your cat’s waste!

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1. Raise Up Your Cat’s Litter Box. One option is to place your cat’s litter box on a raised surface, such as a table or counter top, that only your cat can access (unless your dog is a skilled counter surfer). The downside is that this can gross out some owners – especially if you plan on using the table or raised surface for anything other than your cat’s bathroom time.

2. Try An Auto-Cleaning Litter Box. Some cat litter boxes are designed to be electronically self-cleaning, automatically removing your cat’s waste after your kitty relieves itself. However, fast-moving dogs still may be able to get a bite in before the cleaning can take place.

3. Keep Cat in Gated Area. Rather than purchasing a dog proof litter box, you may consider keeping your cat’s litter box in a gated off area that only your cat can access. Some indoor dog gates are specifically designed to let cats slink through while keeping dogs out.

4. Clean Up Poop ASAP. If you spend enough time around the house, simply cleaning up your cat’s poop often as you can may be enough to prevent your dog from getting into it. Naturally, this won’t be an option for everyone.

5. Change The Taste Of Your Cat’s Poo. Some desperate owners resort to feeding their cats certain types of food that are designed to make their waste less desirable to dogs. However, picky cats likely won’t be too keen on this idea.

6. Covered Litter Box. Some litter boxes can be set up with a covered opening that only cats can access. Not all cats take kindly to covered boxes – some won’t accept them and get nervous, feeling that the covered boxes are too much like a trap. However, for more laid back felines, this is a solid option (we’ll review a few models of covered litter boxes below).

7. Keep Your Dog Occupied. Your dog could be eating poop out of boredom – in which case distraction may be one possible solution to your poo problems. Try setting your dog up with a treat dispensing dog toy that can challenge your pooch and keep him occupied.

8. Dog Proof Door Latch. You can also purchase a dog proof door latch that keeps the door open with enough space that is large enough for a cat to slip through, but too narrow for a dog. This won’t work if your dog is close in size to your cat. You’ll also need a certain room to be sanctioned off for your cat’s use.

Best Dog Proof Litter Boxes: Designed to Keep Dogs Out

Dogs may have their own reasons for eating poop, but that doesn’t mean us fur parents need to encourage it!

If you’ve reviewed these options and think a dog proof litter box may be in your future, take a look at some of our recommended litter boxes below that will keep out canines.

1. Catit Hooded Cat Litter Box

About: The Catit Hooded Cat Litter Box is a handy litter box with a door flap, helping give your cat privacy and keep dogs at bay.

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  • Carbon Filter. Carbon filter prevents smell and odors.
  • Large Size. This larger-sized litter box is great for bigger felines.
  • Foldable Door. This dog proof litter box features a door flap that can help deter dogs and prevent odor from spreading. The door can also be folded up on top if you choose to not use it.

PROS

Owners note that this litter box’s hood fits on snuggly, preventing any accidental leaks. They also like the foldable door and the bag lock feature, allowing owners to hook a bag onto the edge when scooping for mess-free clean up.

CONS

Some owners note that their cats jump on top of the box and tear apart the carbon filter, which sits on top of the unit. One owner notes that applying sticky tape (face up) over the filter prevent the cats from messing with it.

2. Petmate Top Entry Litter Pan

About: The Petmate Top Entry Litter Pan is a dog proof litter box that forces your cat to enter from the top of the litter box (making it more difficult dogs to access the litter area).

petmate top entry litter box
  • Top Entry. The top entry design prevents dogs from easily accessing your cat’s poo.
  • Slotted, Hinged Top. The top cover is slotted, allowing for litter to fall back into the pan when your cat leaves. The hinged top also makes it easy to open and remove waste.

PROS

This dog proof litter box is great for small and medium-sized dogs. The top entry also results in significantly less litter being spread on the floor than via the side entry boxes.

CONS

Larger dogs may still be able to fit their heads in the top opening. Owners also note a few major design flaws – one is that the hinged top collects litter and can scatter it on the floor when opened. There is also a small raised portion on the bottom of the box that can make it more difficult to scoop clean (although some note that filling the box with a couple of extra inches of litter resolves this).

3. Petmate Clean Step Litter Dome

About: The Petmate Clean Step Litter Dome popular dome-style dog proof litter box keeps pups away from poop and prevents cats from making a litter mess. 

petmate dome
  • Step Design. This litter boxes step design prevents the spread of litter while keeping dogs out.
  • Enclosed Dome. The enclosed dome keeps litter and odor ineffectively.
  • Large Design. This litter box is quite larger, allowing plenty of space for your cat to do his or her business.
  • Charcoal Filter. The included charcoal filter cuts down on odors and helps prevent stinky smells.

PROS

Great at keeping dogs out, and the step design prevents cats from tracking litter everywhere. Also big enough for larger cats, whereas other covered models may be too small for bigger felines.

CONS

Owners had trouble keeping the included liner in place, which could mean that this litter box will require more frequent cleanings if you choose to give up on using the liner.

 4. Van Ness Cat Litter Pan

About: The Van Ness Enclosed Cat Pan is a covered litter box with a covered entry point that is convenient for cats but a hindrance for dogs.

vanness cat litter pan
  • Removable Lid. Removable lid keeps litter box covered, while keeping it easy to clean.
  • Odor Filter. Contains zeolite filter for removing odor, which can last several months.

PROS

This affordable litter box has a handy door panel that keeps litter, odors, and pups out.

CONS

Some owners found that their dogs are able to lift the flap off without much effort.

5. Scoop Free Self-Cleaning Litter Box

About: The Scoop Self-Cleaning Litter Box is an electric cat waste box, with sensors that detect when your cat has relieved itself and instantly cleans and removes offending feces and odor. 

scoop free litter box
  • Self-Cleaning. No scooping, cleaning, or refilling needed, as this self-cleaning litter box does all the work.
  • No Mess or Smell. Device traps waste in a lockable, disposable tray that can be removed and disposed of with ease. The litter box dehydrates the waste and absorbs urine, erasing odor instantly.
  • Auto-Sensors. Detects when your cat has used the litter box, setting a rake timer shortly after you cat leaves.

PROS

Great for owners who are focused on convenience and don’t want to spend time scooping their cat’s smelly poo.

CONS

Cat’s waste is raked away automatically 20 minutes after your cat has used it, which may not be enough time to stop dogs from digging in. While trays claim to last 30 days, owners note that the trays need to be replaced more often (every couple weeks or even more frequently, depending on the number of cats).

If you’re not interested in purchasing a dog proof litter box, you can always attempt to make a DIY version, such as in the video below.

What are your methods for keeping your canine away from cat poop? Do you use a dog proof litter box, or some other method? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Also, maybe you might consider getting your pup his own dog litter box. Maybe he’s just jealous of the cat 😉

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Meg Marrs is the Founder and Director of Marketing at K9 of Mine. She is a lifelong canine enthusiast and adores dogs of all shapes and sizes! She loves iced coffee, hammocks, and puppy-cuddling!

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Bill and Suzanne

We found TheDoorLatch on Amazon. Check it out! it works great! Holds the door open for the cat, but out 30lb dog cant get in! Life saver.

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Ben Team

Thanks, guys! We’ll check it out!

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Cvn33

I can honestly say I have tried every one of the suggested liter box’s. None of them have worked

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Rosemarie Breton

My dog got up and inside the dome litter box.

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Deb

I have 4 cats and a 65 lb lab/shepherd mix. The only things that have worked for me are:
1. putting the litter boxes ( without the hoods) in large dog crates and rigging the doors to stay at about 4 or 5 inches open, no more. Doggie can’t get his head in. These are in the garage.
2. In the house, I have a tall clear latch bins turned upside down. Cut an 8 inch circle on top. He can get his head in, but it’s too far to the litter. I use the Breeze litter system, cheap metal tongs to pick out the poop, and several litter genies. 40 + years of cats n dogs led me to this. 😀

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Leslie

How tall is the crate? I am worried my cat won’t feel comfortable trying to go the bathroom because she has to crouch. The tallest boxes I have seen are shorter then her relaxed stance. Thank you.

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Ben Team

Hey, Leslie.
Why don’t you try the Scoop Free Self-Cleaning Litter Box (#5 above). It doesn’t have a lid at all, so your cat should have all the room she needs!
Let us know how it works out.

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bill

Check out this latch! It works perfect.
TheDoorLatch.com
It’s on Etsy too! Worked perfect for me.

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Barbara

My dog gets plenty of exercise and is well trained. A rescue dog gotten at almost 2 years old – Blue Heeler mix. Very smart and very food driven. I try to beat him out to the box though he invariably wins. Cat food was a major challenge as he cd make it through cat only doors and over many barriers. For food finally won by putting gait on staircase… the higher step prevents him from going straight through cat door gate and of course over. Can’t put cat box up there as someone lives there.
I may just have to try some kind of gate with a tunnel to my bedroom. He is way too smart and loves treats.
Suspicious of the self cleaning box’s or lids as he is likely to stick his head in and dump the whole business. I appreciate all suggestions.
Note; I keep him in living room when I am at work as he has discovered the fun when alone of walking on kitchen counter searching for food (50 lb dog!) lol

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Tazmen

We tried several specialty litter boxes, but either the small dog walked right in the opening or the large dog knocked them over. We finally figured out what worked for our dogs and cat (and us since we didn’t want the box right on the countertop). I got a cheap baby-changing table at a thrift store and got a simple, open litter box to set in it. We put a step-stool on the side so the cat can get up there easily. It’s been a great solution. As a bonus, we can store the litter and scooper in the cabinet underneath.

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Meg Marrs

Great idea, thanks for sharing!

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Erika

this sounds like a very interesting idea. id love to see a picture!

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Jessica Bolek

Too many typos in this article. None of these work for my husband’s stupid pitbull. Ready to rehome the dog. Was trying to crate train her but she uses the bathroom in the crate. Too annoying. She eats my cats food and destroys the litter box. I even had the box shoved in a corner with stands and a large piece of wood to stop the dog. Well guess what, every time we leave she destroys the whole areas. Came home to the litter box upside down in the middle of the floor. It’s even the type of box that have a lid and small opening. Doesn’t stop her stupid 55 pound self… no wonder people dont want to adopt adult dogs from shelters with training problems.

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Meg Marrs

Hi Jessica – sorry about the typos, this article was written before we hired an editor! I think I just went in and got most of them. As far as your husband’s pitbull, did you try some of the other methods suggested here, like raising up the litterbox?

Keeping the cat in a separate area and giving your dog a more appealing treat-dispensing puzzle toy might be effective too.

Also make sure to check out our guide on crate training, as it could be possible you’re missing some major steps with crate training. Dogs don’t usually go to the bathroom in a crate unless you are giving them too much space!

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Jo

Sounds like you should take the pup to some training classes instead of using all your energy ranting and complaining

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Maryanne

As a long time cat and dog owner, I can tell you that your dog is very anxious and you are not providing the needed environment; there are many things you and your spouse can do as a team to help the dog. You can Google it any time. Try to put in some real time with the dog. No admonishes. Just gentle corrections and show the dog what he needs to know. Didn’t you ever see one episode of Dog Whisperer? Too many dogs are ruined by ignorant people and dumped in shelters to be killed. Don’t let your selves be one of Those.

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Melissa

My puppy is not just eating the cat poo, he’s getting right in the box and digging for treasures, cat litter is EVERYWHERE! I think raising the box is a great idea, but people live here too, and gross!

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Betty Sanders

My mini poodle has taken to eating from the cat pan since my husband died. I have tried everything and I mean everything. The only thing that works is kennelling him or locking him in the spare room. He is their size so those tips for that will not work. He is acting out because he misses his ‘daddy’. I am at my wits end. I like to let him roam free, he always has. His brother has no desire to get into the cat pan. ARG!

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Meg Marrs

Have you tried raising the cat’s litter box to a higher location the dog can’t access?

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Sheila

Do you have a guest room? Put the litter box in the guest room bathtub.

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Sheila

Do you have a guest room? Put the litter box in the guest room bathtub.

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Tom

search “thedoorlatch” all one word in Amazon or Etsy… Great product. A little cheaper on etsy, but takes a little longer to get it. I love it!

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Clinton Chreene

Very good blog,thank so much for your time in writing the posts.

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Vonnie Wood

What a great idea. And, if your dog figures out how to manipulate it, secure it in a corner with door just close enough that only your cat can enter…or put it up on something, like a diy table. Mom always said, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

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Kim

My dog will just stuck his head in the hole and eat the poopkim

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