Many dogs know basic commands like “sit” and “stay,” so it doesn’t seem too tough to teach them to go to their travel crate when it’s time to hit the road. Cats, however, might be a different story. If you have a relocation coming up and aren’t sure how to help your strong-willed feline feel comfortable in a travel crate, here are a few tips to make the process a little more plausible.
As soon as you know you’re going to move, start the crate-training process. Step one may be as subtle as placing the crate in the living room and leaving it there for a week so your cat gets used to seeing it and has a chance to sniff around a little.
Use Treats and Toys
Whether your cat loves balls of string, mouse-shaped toys or those little treats you save for special occasions, now is the time to focus on his favorite things and use them to your advantage. Let him see you place the toy or treat in the crate and watch as he starts to associate the inside of the carrier with good things.
Don’t expect change to happen overnight. We all know that cats like to do their own thing, but that doesn’t mean they’re untrainable. With consistency and positivity on your end, it’s possible to help the family feline learn to be a better traveler.