by Andrea Sparks
When you need to put your cat in a cat cage, you want to make sure she's as comfortable as possible in there. Pet cages can be cold, hard and lonely for kitties, but with the right preparations, crates and kennels can actually become cozy. Whether you're taking her to the vet in a kennel or you want her to sleep in a cat cage at night, helping your cat feel comfortable will make things easier for both of you.
Soft and warm: Cats love to snuggle up somewhere quiet, warm and cozy. Place a soft towel or blanket on the floor of the cat crate to make it both warm and soft for your kitty. A heated pet bed can also make the floor of the cage warm and keep your cat warm while she's inside. If you keep your cat cage in a garage or storage room while not in use, bring it inside to warm up for a while before you put your cat inside.
Size: The size of cage you choose can help make your cat comfortable as well. Whether you're buying a small cat kennel for trips to the veterinarian or a cage for your cat to use in your home, you'll want to make sure it's large enough to allow your cat to stand up, turn around and lie down. If your cat is spending extended periods of time in her cat enclosure, you'll want to make sure it's large enough for her to walk, jump and play as well.
Toys and treats: Giving your kitty some of her favorite things, like catnip toys and treats, can help make time in a cage more comfortable for her. You can even encourage your kitty to become familiar with her cat carrier beforehand by placing toys and treats inside. She'll learn to explore the cage and become comfortable with it on her own terms.
Food and litter: If your kitty is spending extended periods of time in a pet cage or carrier, you'll want to make sure she has food and water while she's in there. You can purchase stands that hold pet dishes to keep them from spilling while inside your cat's crate. Similarly, you'll want to provide your kitty with a litter box to use while she's enclosed. Make sure the pet kennel you choose is large enough to have food, water and litter inside, while maintaining enough room for your kitty to move around.