Dogs have an innate dislike for cats but not for their poops. They certainly are contrasting animals, be it in terms of behaviour or in terms of dietary habits. While it may sound odd, dogs eat cat poop naturally even though they are two very different species and usually do not gel well with each other. Coprophagia can prove to be hazardous to the health of the dog so it should be prevented in all ways possible.
It is especially hazardous for street dogs as being scavengers as well as habitual to feces they hunt for discarded items the most. They do not get to eat special dog food and people offer them food once in a blue moon. So naturally, they get attracted to such items. They need to be fed a proper diet so that they do not rely on cat poops for their course meals.
There are numerous measures to reduce your pet’s desire to eat poop:
Proper Diet: Most veterinarians suggest food rich in fat and protein and low in carbohydrates in order to reduce coprophagia.
Keep Cats Away: Keeping cats away from your house won’t lead to coprophagia in the first place. “It is better to treat the trouble at the source to avoid a bigger mess”.
Do Not Let Them Starve: Being scavengers, dogs eat waste products when they feel ravenous. So, it is better to provide them with a proper diet.
Keep The Dog Busy: Play with your dog and provide it with some toys so that it stimulates its mind and keeps it away from engaging in coprophagia.
Hygiene: Dog stool and their surroundings including their toys and food bowls must always be cleaned in order to prevent them from turning their scavenger mode on.
Habits turn into addiction in no time so it’s better to take preventive measures and consult a veterinarian as soon as the dog begins to show behavioural changes. As disgusting as it might sound, they even eat their own feces so poops must always remain out of their sight.