Putting a cat in a crate or a transport bag can be a real challenge! The easiest way is to get cats accustomed to the transport cage from an early age to be able to transport them easily during a visit to the veterinarian or for a trip … If this is not possible, there are small tips to place them more easily within it.
It is first important to choose a crate or a transport bag in which your cat will feel good. If you choose a cage that is too small, not comfortable … it will be very difficult to get your cat used to it.
The space offered to your cat must be big enough : he must be able to stand up and turn around easily. Your cat should go diagonally from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail.
It is also necessary to ensure the maximum comfort to your cat: install a blanket at the bottom so that your cat can sleep comfortably.
Transport boxes with a removable cover are very practical for consultations with the veterinarian. They allow access to the animal without having to take it out of the box.
Do not hesitate to read our sheet “Which transport bag for my cat?” ” for more information.
To be able to easily put a cat in a cage, the ideal is to get used to it from the youngest age. It is possible to get an adult cat to sleep in a crate, but it will probably be longer than for a kitten.
You can install the open transport cage in the living room for example (first of all it is advisable to remove the cage cover). Place blankets in the cage and try to entice your cat with toys, treats, etc. If your cat gets into it, praise him and reward him well. The goal is for him to associate the transport cage with something positive.
It is possible to add an additional step by installing the covers in the living room and then placing them in the open and then closed transport case.
During this period of habituation, you can give your cat a anti-stress food supplement. You can spray within the transport case a soothing spray for cats (based on pheromones or soothing essential oils) so that your cat feels good and gets there more easily.
This accustoming to the transport cage can take a few weeks to a few months and during this time, you must avoid forcing your cat to force its way into its cage.
If your cat gets into the habit of lying in its crate, it will be easy to put it in when you need to go on a trip or when you visit the veterinarian. You can just call him by offering him some food inside, he will probably go inside alone.
What if the cat still refuses to return to its cage?
If you have to transport your cat and the habituation could not be done or is not finished, then you can first try to bring it in by placing a little food inside.
If this does not work, you place the cage vertically and try to tuck your cat in, passing the hindquarters first. This helps reduce stress by not forcing the cat to go head first into the box.
In some cases, it is very difficult to place cats in a crate. It is therefore advisable to contact the animal’s veterinarian to let him know. There are drugs used to sedate animals for transport on veterinary prescription. Your veterinarian can suggest the most suitable solution for transporting your cat and will prescribe a sedative medication if necessary.