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Cats and Havanese

I invited a person to join the forum who is thinking about getting a Havanese. Is there anyone out there who owns cats and Havs? If so, do you have problems with your Hav eating cat poop or the cat's food?
We don't own a cat, but cat poop found outside is a delicacy for my Havanese. YUK!! Please answer this thread if it applies to you.
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Most dogs will eat cat poop & food. Our Jack Russel does, my daughters spca small dog does and Smarty would if I let her.

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What kinds of things can you do to keep dogs out of cat poop if you have a litter box and a Havanese?
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Ask Capotesmom--she has both a cat and a Hav.

I would assume that if you put the litter box in an unassable area to the Hav, that would work--about a bath tub?

I had a cat when we owned our cairn terrier. The dog never ate the poop, but sure liked the food--it caused him to gain weight. We had to keep the cat food up on a ledge in the basement to keep him from getting it.
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We have had a cat for five years, and he has taken 6 mos. to adjust to our getting Biscuit, really felt displaced and jealous. But now, they are finally pals, and like to nap together. Though Biscuit is so perplexed and frustrated that Jesse won't PLAY, like another dog would. He tries every trick and pose to entice Jesse, and that's hilarious.

The cat's litter is in a laundry room and the garage, areas that Biscuit isn't in (he's gated in a large family/kitchen), and the cat doesn't go outside, so Biscuit isn't exposed to cat poop when he plays in our yard. Also, the cat is fed elsewhere in a bathroom, so Biscuit doesn't ever see his food, cause otherwise he'd eat it. Thus for us, segregation is the answer and it works, but might not for most folks.

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I often visit my Bet Friends Mother and she has a Cat and Radar doesn't really find the cat Poop that entertaining. He can smel it and has even seen it but will not eat it. Thank God for That.

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We have a cat and two Havs. We keep the cat's food and litter box in the den. The french doors to the den stay closed and the door into the hallway is blocked off wth a baby gate. The cat goes over the baby gate but the dogs can't.

I'm looking into getting one of the top entry cat boxes. If I get one of those then I can open up my den. The girls woiuld not be able to get to the litter. They also make litter box holders out of nice wood that look like furniture but so far, I haven't been able to justify $200 for a cat box cover.....



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We also have a cat and the answer for us is keeping the food and liter box out of the dog's reach. The litter box sits in a bath tub and quite out of the reach of the dogs. The food is also out of dog's reach, otherwise the dogs would eat all of it and the cat would be hungry.

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We have 3 cats. Food is food. I wouldn't worry too much about that. The cats will always eat the dog kibble and the dogs love the cat food. I have the litter boxes and the food in my basement and the dogs don't go down there unless they are with me. Then I put up a gate so they can't get to it.

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I also have 2 cats. Abbie is 9 and Jake is 6. Abbie lived with a dog when she was a kitten, so I thought she would like Brady. Not so much. The cats moved to the basement for about a month when I brought Brady home . My cats have always spent a lot of time in the basement (we leave the door open). Their food and water and litterboxes are downstairs. When Brady first came home he was afraid of the basement stairs so we went with that. He will now do any stairs, but still does not go into the basement. He did start to attempt once or twice, but we told him no and now he doesn't even try. My cats have learned that they can jump on a counter or down a step and get away from Brady when he starts harrassing them too much. He doesn't understand that they are cats and don't play like dogs do. Brady would be thrilled if they would rough house with him.

One cute thing is that Abbie will bring up her stuffed kitty toys from the basement for Brady. She meows her whole way up the stairs to let him know she has something for him, and then she will drop it at the top of the stairs for him to play with. It is pretty sweet.

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