Many cats fear the crate or associate it with negative things. For these cats, a crate is more like a portable prison than a personal getaway. In fact, the mere sight of the crate can become a cue that something bad is likely to happen, which can lead to a feline freak out – and make getting your kitty into her crate nearly impossible.
However, as pet owners, crates are necessary to us. Teaching cats to feel secure and comfortable in their crates can make it easier to entice them into it when we need to transport them somewhere, like the veterinarians office. More than that, cat crate can be useful for just taking your pet on the road; a crate can be a retreat for your cat in unfamiliar or stressful situations. With a little more patience, you can train your cat to love the crate. Here are my tips for making the crate to be a happy and warm place for your kitten.
If you want your cat to love her delicate house, then you need to start with the right design. There are various designs of pet crate on the market; you should pick up the one which is suitable for your kitten. My favorite crates have removable tops and at least two exit points. This is important because one exit point maybe easier to access than another, depending on how your cat is positioned in the crate when you get to your destination. A crate with a removable top also allows your veterinarian to examine your cat without removing her from the crate which can reduce your cat’s anxiety and make trips to the vet less stressful for her and you.
After choosing the right crate, to create a comfortable environment inside the house is in need. Make a soft nest with plush bedding or blanket, and you can add some cat supplies like toys and snake to attract your cat.
Once your cat is comfortable with her new house, you need to practice to crate-carrying ways. Lift it evenly on both sides rather than grabbing it by the handle, and carry it gentle, as if it were a breakable present. You may also want to cover the crate with a towel or blanket to reduce visual stimuli which can be stressful for your cat.
In the end, be aware to pull your cat out of the crate forcibly. You can open the door or remove the top and when she comes out on her own, you can comfort her with food and play with her.