Our cat keeps washing his paws in the dog’s water bowl after going to the litter box. Never his water bowl; always our dog’s. We’ve moved both water bowls far away from his litter box yet he keeps up this pattern. He even pats his paws on the dirty laundry after. No, he is not licking his paws after. This pattern has become a serious problem and we don’t know how to stop it! Please help?
As the comments suggest there are some things you can try.
3 bowls could help your problem. Put the third - foot bath - bowl closer to the litter box than the other two. This should make it more attractive for washing feet in than the others. For the laundry I would suggest putting a towel or easy to clean carpet under the third bowl since that would immediately dry and clean your cats paws.
If this does not work you could put a wet cloth/towel around the litter box, this would at least ensure that his paws are somewhat clean when he tries to wash them after.
Last but not least you can buy a bowl stand for your dog like this one.
This should stop your cat from reaching it and unless you have a dachshund or something similar it should work fine.
Please let us know if any of the suggests work for you!