Why do dogs like to eat cat's poop?
#128052. Asked by Ilona_Ritter. (Nov 27 12 7:39 AM)
Dogs eat poop, cat poop or their own poop for two reasons. First the reason they seem to "love" cat poop is because of what we feed our cats. Most cat food is higher in real meat content than dog food. Dog food is generally made up of corn and meat byproducts. But no actual meat. There is so much good stuff left in the poop that the dogs eat it up.|
That can also be said for their own poop. If you feed your dog a really high quality dog food, they may turn around and eat their own poop as there is quite a bit of nutrition still left inside it.
The second reason is related to motherhood. Female dogs eat the poop of their pups to keep the den clean. They do this behavior by instinct. This keeps the smell down and makes sure that the pups won't be "sniffed" out by predators.
the fact that they like the taste is a more likely reason
Why Do Dogs Eat Poop?
The likelihood is that different dogs eat different kinds of feces for different reasons. First, some coprophagy is probably completely normal. As everybody knows, dogs evolved from wolves - probably, current thinking goes, from wolves that spooked less easily than average.(1) Those not-so-spooky wolves got closer than others did to human bands and, later, human settlements. Finding human garbage and human excrement, the wolves chowed down. Eventually, there evolved an animal like the wolf, except that it was smaller, it hung around people, and it mostly scavenged instead of mostly hunted. Hey presto, the domestic dog, for whom it is normal to eat anything lying around that might have some nutritional value, including human poop.
Why Do Dogs Eat Other Animals' Poop?
Cat feces probably attracts dogs because cat food is higher in fat and protein than dog food, and consequently cat feces is too. As for why dogs like horse and cow manure and goose droppings, your guess is as good as mine. Dogs like plenty of things we humans don't - when was the last time you rolled in a dead squirrel, grinning your fool head off the whole time? My best guess is that dogs just plain find feces tasty.
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