Can You Crate Train a Cat ?

 


Hi! Welcome back! In this video I want to show you the steps that you need to take if you want to easily crate train your cat. Now the method that I'm going to show you is not only foolproof, but it's also absolutely, 100% stress free, and it will help you in establishing a habit of looking at the crate as something awesome, a place that's comfortable where you get fed and where you can be confined and feel like you're at home... if you're a cat of course! Before we start, [keep in mind that] this method is so simple, and it creates a habit that's so long-lasting, that even cats who have had previous bad experiences with a carrier will take to it. You will have to take your time, and you'll have to remember that this is NOT ABOUT THE CRATE, it's about the habit that you are establishing. There are several reasons as to why I think it's so important to create train your cat and I have mentioned them in this video. When I started crate training my cats I thought it would just be a moment for them to eat their food without carrying it all over the house. I thought it would just simplify my morning and evening routine, but it actually became so much more. We're going to divide training your cat into three different phases: 1) Seeing the carrier, 2) Eating in the carrier and then 3) Staying in the carrier. Let’s start with phase one - Seeing the carrier. All of the steps that you're going to take in all of the phases, you really want to be patient in, but particularly in this first phase, you really really want to not make it about the crate. So pull your crate out of storage or wherever you kind of hide it, go ahead and place it where your cat will be able to see it and will probably have to walk by it on its day-to-day life, but where it's not going to make your cat so uncomfortable that it's not going to be able to have its meal. Make it as close as your cat allows but if your cat is worried about it don't worry pull it back. After you've placed the carrier in it’s final position, you're just going to ignore it. You don't want to stand by the crate and you don't want to look at it. It has to be... NOT ABOUT THE CRATE! Repeat this step as many times as you need until your cat is comfortable with it. When your cat is finally eating and the crate is in sight, go ahead and take a picture of it put it in a special folder in your smartphone and use it as a reminder of where you started. Once you're done with this process, you will see all of the steps you've gone through and it will really give you a sense of the success that you've achieved and the level of comfort that your cat has gained when it comes to their crate. If you want a shout out and you want some support, go ahead and tag me on that picture and post it on Instagram. I'm really looking forward to seeing where you're starting from and supporting you in your journey to getting your cat used to the crate. Step two: place the crate right next to where your cat eats, possibly so that the bowl is right in front of the entrance. Again, patience is key here. If your cat is not comfortable, just use this step to get closer to the entrance. Once your cat is used to that, repeat this step moving the bowl closer and closer to the front of the entrance. If you need to, go ahead and use a little piece of tape to remind yourself where you placed their dish. Also, remember that you want to do this step after they've had the biggest meal of the day. You want to repeat step two for about a week. Some cats are going to be able to move a lot faster and they'll be okay in a couple of days. Some cats may take seven days or a week. Let your cat's natural inclination guide you. Don't be rushed. This part is the part that's going to go slower, that's going to require the most patience from you, but you will see that, if you are patient and you respect their boundaries in this phase, all of the next phases will go a lot faster. Because again, it’s NOT ABOUT THE CRATE. Step 3: we're upping the ante. Up until now, you've put food in your cat's dish, you have fed your cat, and then (once they’re done with their meal and not around anymore) you have moved the carrier to get them used to seeing it nearby. If your cat is comfortable with it, you might already be in step 3 and not realize it, because in this step you have to put the bowl down right in front of the carrier. This means that, in this step, you and your cat are going to be right next to the crate, together, at the same time. Now, before It was kind of - you know - non-confrontational. In steps 1 and 2, you just moved it. It had nothing to do with feeding and it's possible that when you moved it your cat was not even around, so your cat and you were never together by the crate. This is what this step is about. Repeat this step for a few days. Again, the timing depends on your cat. I would do three to four days at least, if you have time a week. Now, here's where it can get fun. Treats are really fun way to teach your cat that the crate is an awesome place to be. Instead of giving a treat on the couch or in the kitchen or wherever you usually do it, go ahead and walk to the crate, and throw it inside. Obviously, again, it’s not about the crate, but you are creating an association that “Hey, being in front of this thing is pretty awesome, because: I get fed; I get my treats; I'm happy; my owner's happy. This is an awesome step to take your time and really establish the habit. Once you're done with this step, you are done with phase one. Congratulate yourself! When your cat is comfortable eating in front of the crate, go ahead and take a picture put it in your special folder, and go ahead and tag me and show me you know how far you've come! It's awesome to see people's progress, and sometimes your progress can actually make somebody else feel like “Hey, you know, it's not that difficult! I can do that, too.” If you're done with this step, CONGRATULATIONS, you finished Phase 1. You're going to graduate to phase 2: Eating in the carrier. If you're interested in this kind of content, if you enjoy seeing Britannia, seeing Iberia and hopefully soon seeing Caledonia on screen, go ahead and subscribe and hit the bell because I will be online for at least the first hour after my videos drop to get a chance to chat with you in real time. Also like this video! It helps me have an idea of the kind of videos that you want to watch and the kind of discussions that you want to have, because this channel is really for us as pet owners so that we can grow and we can become better at taking care of our animals, and ultimately, so we can make our animals lives better. Okay let's get to Phase 2: 0:06:46.360,0:06:51.199 Eating in the carrier. Go ahead and place the dish one third of the way inside of the crate. Usually crates have either a little bit of a lip or obviously you have the line of the door. Somebody's dreaming. Is this not adorable? And it's funny because I don't want to disturb her, so then I'm whispering, but obviously, she fell asleep and was dreaming while I was talking… ❤️🐶 Okay... now I forgot what I was going to say... Okay, some crates will have a little bit of a lip, so that when you are putting the dish in, you're kind of going inside of it. Others like the one that I have, are flat, so as long as you place the dish right on the inside of the door, you're doing fine and that's deep enough. Throughout all of these steps, this is the key: you put the food down AND YOU WALK AWAY. It's not about the crate. It's not about the situation. They need to get used to it and having you there kind of hovering actually makes them think “Whoa! Something is wrong! This must be a big deal” But it's not! You're going to repeat step 4 one more time and instead of only putting your dish right in front of the door, you're going to push the dish a little bit further in ideally you would like your cat's shoulder to be hidden by the entrance of the crate. Once your cat is used to eating halfway in the crate you are ready to move on to Step 5: placing the dish all the way inside of the crate. You're going to place the dish in the way back and a little bit to the right side. You want to do this to help yourself get your cat used to turning around in the crate in the next steps, but if it gets used to eating in that corner it makes it a little bit easier, so when you feed your cat and when you're giving treats to your cat (if that was a habit that you'd already established) and you've already “played” in front of the crate with treats, then make sure that you always place them all the way to the back. By now, your cat should be used to eating in the crate. Maybe the first day she might feel it’s a little bit strange because - you know - they have to go further in, but don't worry and don't stress! If you just walk away, they will move at their own pace to go and get their food, and after about a week or ten days - and you can see, we wait a little bit longer than before - after a week or 10 days, you will have established a habit. I'm so proud of you! 🎉🏅 If you got to this stage, this is a huge huge step for your cat: to be almost completely inside of the crate is HUGE and for them to get the feeling that they are covered (so they are feeling protected but at the same time maybe a little bit confined) and yet they're eating food... this is wonderful “psychologically” for them to get used to! Keep on this stage quite a long time. My suggestion would be go on for about a month. Stay in this stage! You are not in a hurry to get your cat in the carrier. You are trying to establish a daily habit, and as you know from all of the youtube videos that we all watch about setting a new habit, it usually takes 30 days, and for animals as well it takes time. AND it has to become a routine thing, so stay on this step, stay patient, stay consistent! Once your cat is completely used to it, I would say towards the end of the 30 day period, go ahead and take a picture of them while they're eating (maybe make sure that your phone is on silent mode so that you don't scare them) and then go ahead and tag me on Instagram. I'm really looking forward to seeing your success. Have you tried any of these steps did any of them give you trouble or did any of them go much more smoothly than you expected go ahead and share it below. Let's discuss it. I'm really looking forward to hearing your feedback. Thank you for watching I'm gonna see you in the next one.

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