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coprophagia

Discussion in 'Behavior' started by ghggp, Jan 9, 2019.

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  1. Shelby's mom

    Shelby's mom Forums Enthusiast

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    Our 1st Sheltie only ate cat poop. And we had some feral cats in the neighborhood that would always poop in our flower beds. One time Hollie ate it unknown to us and got pretty sick.

    Shelby on the other hand will eat any poop she can get her mouth on, including her own. We are always cleaning up after her to prevent her snacking habits, but unfortunately she is pretty good at hiding it for a sneaky snack. Especially in the fall when the leaves fall.
     
  2. Caro

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    Wow, it's definitely starting to sound like a genetic thing on that side of the world. Never heard of so many Shelties eating dog poop.
     
  3. Hanne

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    Luckily, Minnie never has eating dogs poop :no:

    Only as a little puppy a cat or rabbit snack once in a while :biggrin2:
     
  4. ghggp

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    Now that is a scary concept!
     
  5. Ann

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    I go nuts in the winter trying to stay ahead of my poop eaters. I don't know what it is about the winter months but almost all of my girls will snack when it's cold. Some like certain other dogs' leavings; others like it cold, or fresh, and one doesn't care and will scavenge for anything. In my house, it's definitely a female thing. Barkley has never had any interest in eating poop. And other than Sprite who is an all-season snacker, it's just a winter thing.

    I imagine the neighbors have quite the chuckle at me galloping across the yard waving the scooper yelling, "NO!! Leave it!!" when one gets ahead of me. I am literally out there at night with a flashlight and when it's pouring rain just to stay on top of picking up any and all potential munchies! :uhoh:
     
  6. ghggp

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    It is astounding to me that this happens more in the winter as the poopcicles must be a tasty treat to them!
    I feel for you, Ann! I know how meticulous you are about your shelties.
     
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  7. RikyR

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    Zulu does it, tried everything to stop it. I try my best to monitor him, but he is smart, and is always trying dodge my efforts to keep him from is "extra" treats!
     
  8. ghggp

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    Well, I have to say after posting this thread that maybe the 40% shelties do it, is quite accurate! Scary...
     
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  9. JacqueZ

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    Honey will eat it if it's in the yard, and she definitely has the desire to help clean out the cats box. But usually we can discourage her from that. The cold brings the behavior on, just like all of yours. I am now very thankful however that she's never gone after another dogs while on walks. :wtf: I had never even considered the possibility.

    Mango at one point started to eat it in the yard, but I refused to let her give me kisses, and she didn't find the poops worth that kind of torture. If the cat goes outside the litterbox she'll clean it up to try to prevent me from finding it and getting upset, but she leaves the box itself alone.
     
  10. danisgoat

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    Two out of my four love to eat poopy. YUCKO!
     

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