Why is My Dog Eating Cat Litter?
Well, for starters dogs are extremely scent oriented. Scent scientists put dogs at 10,000 to 100,000 times more sensitive than our paltry human noses. A better example was illustrated by dog cognition researcher, Alexandra Hortowitch, how humans may notice if our coffee has a teaspoon of sugar added to it. Meanwhile a dog can detect a teaspoon of sugar in a million gallons of water, the volume of two Olympic sized pools.
From a dog’s perspective the world exists in scent and having such a sensory unit, the litterbox, in an accessible area just invites a dog to investigate. Dogs are also scavengers and they explore opportunities. The same goes for if your pet is in the yard and finds a dead animal. Opportunity and curiosity intersect often for dogs and the outcomes can be mixed.