Choose the Right Crate: Select a well-ventilated, sturdy, and appropriately sized crate. It should be large enough for the cat to stand, turn around, and lie down comfortably.
Familiarize the Cat with the Crate:– Place the crate in a common area where the cat spends time, with the door open.
Positive Associations:– Make the crate a pleasant place by placing soft bedding, toys, and treats inside.
Mealtime in the Crate:– Gradually transition to feeding the cat near or inside the crate. Start with the door open and then gradually close it while the cat eats.
Short Intervals:– Begin with short periods of confinement and gradually extend the time the cat spends in the crate.
Slow Progression:– Increase crate time at the cat's pace. If the cat shows signs of distress, reduce the duration and try again later.
Positive Reinforcement:– Praise and reward the cat with treats when they enter the crate willingly or remain calm while inside.