Tips for Crate Training Cats

Thursday, June 13, 2013 by

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.

two cats one crate

Cats should become comfortable with their crates.

Start Early

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.

Be Patient

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.



Some cats may be great road travelers, but the fact of the matter is that many kitties aren’t too happy about leaving the comfort of home. If you find it necessary to take your cat on your next car trip, here are a few things to attend to before you go.

The Travel Crate

One of the best things you can do for you cat is help her get used to the travel crate before your date of departure (here are a few cat crate-training tips), and you also need to choose one that’s large enough and very secure. Taking care of this important factor will lay a good foundation for any cat move.

cat lounging in crate

Familiarity with her crate will make your cat less anxious during travel.


Bring everything your cat will need — plenty of food, lots of water (we recommend freezing some before you go so as it melts there will be a fresh, cool supply), and anything familiar, like a toy or blanket, that might make your kitty more comfortable.

Safety Precautions

We recommend microchips for traveling cats (they’re a good idea for all cats, really). Keep a photo on your phone, and have your recent vet information on hand, as well. Hopefully you’ll never have to deal with an unexpected separation, but it’s smart to be prepared for anything, just in case.