Why crate train your cat? Isn’t that more of a necessity for dogs? While such training for felines isn’t as common as with canines, there are plenty of benefits in getting your cat acclimated to a crate, including:
- Preparing your cat to be transported in a carrier to the vet or elsewhere
- Providing a secure place for injury recovery
- Keeping your cat safe when there are disruptions in the home, such as renovation work
- Preparing your cat for a stay at a boarding facility
You never know what situation may arise. Crate training your cat ahead of the need for crating makes life easier for both of you.
At some point, you’ll almost certainly have to bring your cat to the vet. While you’ll use a carrier rather than a larger crate to transport Kitty to the vet’s office, a cat used to being crated should have less anxiety in a carrier than one unaccustomed to a confined space.
Here are some key benefits of cat crate training:
There are times when a cat needs confinement when recuperating from illness or injury. The animal is already stressed. If he is familiar with the crate in which he must stay for several days or longer, that’s less stress on his recovering body.
Crates are also useful in situations where cats require separate feeding. A crate allows you to feed a cat a special diet without being bothered by other felines in the household. The same holds true if an older animal needs more time to eat and can’t compete with younger or more aggressive cats.
You want to know your cat is safe when there’s any sort of disruption in the home. For example, you may have workmen going in and out of the house during a project or repair. Not only is Kitty likely to prove fearful of strangers, but a door to the outside left ajar can mean disaster.
When your cat is crate trained, placing him in the crate for safety’s sake protects him and gives you peace of mind.
You never know when an emergency is going to strike, or the nature of the crisis. For instance, dangerous weather conditions could spark an evacuation.
A major benefit of crate training for your cat is knowing she will feel more secure in case of an emergency. When time is of the essence, you don’t want to discover that getting Kitty safely into her crate is difficult.
Changes in the Home
Home life doesn’t remain static. New people and pets may enter the scene, and that can stress cats. Whether it’s a new baby or a new puppy, a cat needs a place to relax and feel less anxious. A comfy crate can fill that bill.
If you’re planning a vacation, you must decide who will care for your cat when you are away. Ideally, someone will come into the home at least once daily, but that isn’t always possible. If taking your cat to a boarding kennel, familiarity with the crate can help them adjust. At Direct Animal, our pet care professionals design and manufacture heavy-duty, easy-to-clean professional cat condos and other state-of-the-art equipment for animal facilities that are made to last, whether you’re a vet, animal shelter, luxury boarding facility, or doggy daycare. Rely on us for animal care equipment that is affordable, ergonomic, and hygienic. For more information about our products, contact us today.