My five-year-old Miniature Schnauzer loves eating my cat’s tofu-based litter. She doesn’t eat the poop or pee, but she swallows clean parts of the litter by the mouthfuls.
I’ve tried mixing the tofu litter with pine litter, but she still eats it! Will this affect her health and how can I prevent it from happening again?
Tofu is palatable even to animals, so it should not cause any gastric blockages in your furkid. Some veterinarians actually recommend tofu as an alternative to dog food when treating food allergies. There is discussion that phenols from pine litter could cause toxicity. However, it doesn’t sound like your pooch has eaten much pine litter so it shouldn’t affect her. Your choices of litter are eco-friendly, so well done!
The options you have are to either change the litter to something less appealing to your pup, or cover the litter box in some way so that your Miniature Schnauzer cannot access the interior of the box. If you have tried a litter box with a cover, perhaps you can try creating a tunnel that only the cat can fit through or place the litter box in a location that your dog cannot easily access, such as a toilet, balcony or raised location.
Do a search online and you’ll discover a wide variety of litter box styles, including those with doors, those that can be accessed only from the top, and those that have a tunnel—one of these should do the trick!
EXPERT: DR ANTHONY BECK BVetMed, MRCVSChief veterinary officer Doctors Beck and Stone