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Kennel Training Cats

Why kennel train a cat?

Cats can learn to adopt a kennel (also called a crate) as a safe, comfy resting area. If your cat feels safe in the kennel, it will be less traumatic to travel inside the kennel by car or plane.
Do NOT make the only time that your cat is in the kennel associated with long car rides or trips that result in undesirable destinations such as veterinary treatments, long term kenneling or baths.


What to do

  • Choose a kennel that's large enough for your cat to stand up, lay down, and turn around comfortably.  

  • Find a location that appeals to your cat.  Cats like to have places to hide.  Place irresistible, extra comfy bedding inside the kennel.

  • Make the kennel a place where your cat finds treats, food, and toys. 

  • Praise your cat and give lots of loving attention when he/she chooses to be in the kennel.

Close the kennel door during feeding after your cat will go in and out of the kennel at will. When the kitten is comfortable resting in the kennel, latch the door overnight for the first time when the cat is likely to sleep anyway. Praise lavishly when you close the door. 

Dr. Tripp Video

 1) Kennel training; 2) Aloof feline; 3) When to spay


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