I need a carrier for my cat? How to make #CrateHappyPets


Wonder why cats hide under the bed when company arrives?  They are trying to find a safe place to hide from possible danger.  Why not encourage your cat’s natural instincts and train it to enjoy the crate?  Dr. Anna Coffin offers techniques to get your cat to be a crate happy pet.

Crate training your cat will also reduce stress when transporting your cat to the veterinarian,  moving to a new home or in the case of a natural disaster/emergency.  In fact, many people avoid trips to the veterinarian because of the stress involved in getting the cat into the carrier.

Choose the right kind of carrier:

  • Pick a sturdy, secure, and easy to carry carrier
  • Dr. Coffin prefers hard sided carriers with openings at the front and top.
  • Get a carrier that disassembles easily so that you can get your cat out if it doesn’t want to come out on its own.

Training your cat to the carrier:

  • Place the crate in a quiet and secure location.  A good place to start is where your cat carriercurrently likes to rest.  These locations are usually in warm, elevated locations.
  • Wipe or spray the crate with Feliway, an artificial facial pheromone, to help reduce anxiety.
  • Leave the doors open at all times.  If your cat is resistant to go inside, remove the top completely.
  • Place a towel or throw with your scent in the carrier.
  • Place toys or catnip inside the crate.
  • Place a scratching post right outside the carrier.
  • Toss your cat’s favorite treat inside the carrier once a day.


Follow these tips and your cat will soon feel at home in the crate.  A carrier offers a secure and comfortable den for your cat when company arrives or during transportation.  [Tweet “Follow these tips and your cat will soon feel the carrier is a place of his own. “]

This post is sponsored by PetSmart, and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. Dr. Anna is being compensated for helping spread the word about Containment Products and Education for your pet, but Dr. Anna only shares information she feels is relevant to her readers. PetSmart is not responsible for the content of this article.


During the month of March, Dr. Anna Coffin recommends visiting a local PetSmart ® store near you or shop online to buy a crate, kennel or carrier.  Research all the options available for viewing Crates, Gates and Kennels:  An overview so that you can pick the best option for your pet.  The following brands will be on sale the entire month of March:


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