Hi as you may have read I will be adopting one or two kittens this week, they will be neutered before I get them. I have had a cat for nineteen years till last year. And outdoor cats all my life out in country. I live in suburb with fenced in yard and three dogs. I am thinking of keeping kitten or kittens in small plastic dogcrate at night with room to sleep play and go potty. If they are out with me I want them to be in sight playing for awhile, then let them have a chance to go potty then play some more. Has anyone else here ever raised a cat with crate training. I know they are not like dogs but I will also be getting new flooring and want to have them well trained before. If you have I would like to hear from you and any methonds or successes you have. I plan to put it in another room down the hallway so we are not disturbed at night if they wrestle etc. Thanks in Advance, Irishwabbit
Are you kidding? Crate training a cat? All that will do is teach them to fear being picked up because they know you're going to stick them in a box. I would recommend confining them to a room with the litterbox, food and water at night for the first few days or even as long as you need to. But sticking them in a box overnight will not teach them to properly use the litterbox. Cats/kittens don't usually need to be trained. Their mom kitty shows them how to use a litterbox and by the time you get them, they already know what it is. Just keep it clean and accesible with a good litter in it and make sure they know where it is and that nothing prevents them from getting to it (like scary dogs). And unless your new flooring is carpet and you're afraid they will claw it up, that should not be a factor in training them. They are not like puppies where they will just go potty on the floor when the need arises. I have brand new flooring throughout most of my home and I have never had any incidents. My condo is on the market and my home needs to be clean at all times so I can assure you that even my 9 week old kitten is not an issue with my floors.
I agree with MaxandAllie. Crate training a cat is not the way to go. I foster kittens and at 3 weeks of age they start using the litter box. Very rarely are there any accidents here!. I just don't let them run around the house at that age. They are confined to one room, then as they get older around 6 weeks, they can roam two rooms.
As for the wrestling at night, it will happen. But what I do, is play with them and give them some food before I go to bed. They are tired, and a full tummy, they tend to play for about 5 minutes and then settle down. One of my fosters left me yesterday. He was 12 weeks old, and he knew the routine. Do not wake mommy!!
The only time I had to crate a kitten, was when I had two feral kittens. They were so wild, and I had to teach them humans are not bad. They were fine within a week and no longer crated.
If you are afraid of them getting into things or breaking things, then don't get kittens. Consider adopting adults. They are always the ones that get left behind. Good Luck in whatever you chose to do. But please don't crate them, unless you are transporting them to the vets.
I'm sorry, and nothing personal, but crate training for cats has to be the worst idea I have ever heard (well, except for declawing). I have been around cats my entire life and anyone that knows anything about kitty behavior can pretty much figure out that: 1) it wouldn't work, 2) it would have a negative impact on their behavior. 3) it could cause health problems, especially in a small crate.
Please don't try crate training your kitties! If you are worried about your floors then I definately agree that you should consider adopting an adult cat, not kittens.
I like most cats better than I like most people. I'll try to be nicer if you try to be smarter.
Crating has recently become a popular practice often used on adult dogs by people who say that they are protecting their dogs. Often, however, it will turn out that the true reason for crating is to protect furniture or simply because itís convenient. But this practice deprives dogs of basic necessities, such as the freedom to walk around and look out the window, the opportunity to relieve themselves, and the comfort of stretching out.
Lol to horsemama! You just ignore and give your opinion. I like that. I also think that crating a cat is very...... well, odd really. Why would you need to? Un-necessary confinement....But, I am horribly allergic to cats anyway. The forum is right though, I think... don't crate them.
eminnyw-horsemama wasn't really giving her opinion. She was spamming the board with PETA propaganda, cutting and pasting entire paragraphs without giving credit to original authors, and probably got herself banned in the process. Quite a few of her responses had absolutely nothing to do with the thread in which she posted, and quite a few of her responses were also deleted. Not sure why you seem to like her because of this. If so, you're the only person here who does.
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