Cats are a finicky lot, but one of the nice things about owning one is that they can be trained, fairly easily, to “do their business” in a litter box. The pet’s owner doesn’t have to go outside during inclement weather, or wait for their four-legged companion to answer nature’s call. Cats, in fact, prefer using kitty litter over anything else. Housebreaking cats is usually little more than a matter of showing them where their “restroom” is.
The litter box is ubiquitous with cat ownership, and people certainly appreciate the convenience factor. Some dog owners would love see their pets use a litter box, but is such a thing even possible? There are certainly a number of merchants that will tell you “of course it is, with our product.” While litter boxes specifically designed for dogs are widely through pet stores, and online retailers, little evidence suggests that it’s a worthwhile exercise.
Dr. Michael Fox, a veterinarian and pet advice columnist, told a reader “some dogs have been trained to use a litter box like a cat, but I don’t advise trying it, since failure stress, and distress are the usual outcomes” (The Sunday Gazette, Albany New York, September 8, 2002). He further points out that dogs need to go outside, not only to evacuate, but to poke around the neighborhood and get some fresh air. Cats, on the other hand, seem content to stay indoors and more readily take to the idea of a litter box.
Some dog owners disagree and say that smaller breeds in particular can actually benefit from litter box training. If you’re trying to decide whether or not to try litter box training with your dog, ask around. Fellow dog owners, as well as your vet, may have some valuable insight on the subject.
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