Thursday 8 June 2023

The B Team's Quick Cat Guide ~ How To Crate Your Cat

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The B Team's Quick Cat Guide 

As highly experienced cats in the field of training humans, facilitating the best human relationships and how to get the most out of life, we've decided to share a bite-sized series offering completely unsolicited advice to any potential cat pawrent who needs it in our new Quick Cat Guide. 


We offer a highly condensed guide to all things cat, as we know mew're busy and probably have less time than mew'd like in today's hectic world. Plus we are very time sensitive as we have a lot of catnaps and meals to fit into our daily routine, and mew know if we don't get enough naps, we don't have enough energy for our main snooze!

A Quick Guide To How To Crate Your Cat 

If mew're a cat owner, mew might need to put your feline friend in a crate for various reasons. Whether mew're traveling, moving to a new home, or taking your cat to the vet, crate training can help make the experience more comfortable for both mew and your furry companion. Here are some helpful tips that can make crating your cat a stress-free experience:

1. Get the Right Crate Size

When choosing a crate for your cat, it's essential to get the appropriate size for your pet. The crate, box or as we call it, The Cat Transportation Unit, aka TCTU should be big enough for your cat to stand up, turn around, and lie down inside comfortably. A crate that's too small can make your cat feel cramped and uneasy, while a crate that's too big may not provide a sense of security. Make sure to measure your cat's length and height before making a purrchase.

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2. Consider the Material of the Crate

The material of the crate is another crucial factor to consider. Some cats may prefer a soft-sided crate, while others may feel more secure in a hard-sided crate. Soft-sided crates are lightweight and easy to transport, while hard-sided crates are more durable and provide better protection. Choose the material that suits your cat's needs the best.

3. Make the Crate Comfortable and Inviting

Cats are curious creatures by nature and are more likely to enter the crate willingly if it's a comfortable and inviting space. Mew can add a soft blanket or towel to the bottom of the crate and a favourite toy or treat. Mew can also try leaving the crate open and placing treats or toys inside to encourage your cat to explore. Ensure that the crate is well-ventilated to provide proper airflow.

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4. Introduce the Crate Gradually

Introducing your cat to the crate gradually is crucial, especially if your pet isn't used to being confined. Start by leaving the crate open and allowing your cat to explore at their own pace. Once your cat is comfortable entering and exiting the crate, you can start closing the door for short periods. Gradually increase the duration of time that your cat spends in the crate until they're comfortable with longer periods.

5. Use Positive Reinforcement

Cats respond well to positive reinforcement, so reward your pet for good behaviour. Offer treats or verbal praise when your cat enters the crate willingly, and avoid using punishment or negative reinforcement. This encourages your cat to associate the crate with positive experiences.

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6. Consider Using Pheromone Sprays or Diffusers

If your cat is particularly anxious or resistant to being crated, consider using a pheromone spray or diffuser. These products release calming scents that can help reduce stress and anxiety in cats.

7. Make the Crate a Familiar Space

Once your cat is comfortable with the crate, make it a familiar space by leaving it open and accessible. Mew can also try feeding your cat inside the crate or placing a favourite toy or blanket inside. This will help your cat associate the crate with positive experiences and feel comfortable.

8. Be Patient

Crating your cat may take time and patience, especially if your pet isn't used to being confined. Be patient and consistent in your training, and always use positive reinforcement. Never force your cat into the crate, which can create negative associations.

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By following these helpful tips mew can create a comfortable and secure environment for your cat in their crate. Remember to be patient and consistent in your training, and always use positive reinforcement. With time and patience, your cat can learn to love their crate and make travelling or vet visits a breeze.

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TOP TIP

Always check the carry handle or the strap before venturing out. 

And check the door lock or zips or however your crate fastens - check everything twice before leaving the home.

As we have heard of many kitties escaping at the vets, in the car park or wherever due to something failing on the cat transportation unit; whether that be the carry handle breaking or the strap and the crate hits the floor and your kitty escapes in an unknown area, then bolts in terror.

Do your due diligence and check that the crate is up for the job and if it's not, get a new one that is. Remember your kitty is irreplaceable.   

We hope mew enjoyed our bite-sized guide on how to crate your cat, and if mew're looking for further information check out our Top Tips for Cat Pawrents page, at the top of the blog, or click here.

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Stay tuned for more episodes coming soon, and we'll be back tomorrow with another Sunday Selfies post, Amber was here yesterday with another furbulous book review, and it was my 21st Birthday on Thursday, the pawty and giveaway are still happening, so do join in!

We'll see mew in the morning, until then...

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Disclaimer: We are not vets, animal medical professionals, animal doctors or have any formal qualifications in animal health. If mew are worried or concerned about anything at all, purrlease take your feline furiend to your purrsonal veterinarian or other health care provider and seek expert advice and assistance immediately.


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7 comments:

  1. That's some great crate tips fur sure!

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  2. What I cannot figure out, is how Sweetie, who is tiny, has a light crate, but Da Boyz each have heavy ones!
    And when they travel together, someone's back hurts...

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  3. Eric was easy to crate, it was just getting him out again when we got to the vet!

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  4. Great tips on crate travel for kitties!

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  5. Great advice! I especially liked the reminder to check the crate handles and fasteners, really an important step!

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  6. Great information thank you.xx😻🐈‍⬛🐈‍⬛🐾🐾

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