I thought this might provoke an interesting discussion. Have any of you ever crate trained your cat?
We have. Why? Honestly, Leecy started the whole thing when I went on vacation. You may recall that I went to the Texas Hill Country and took Sascha (German Shepherd) with me. At the time I forgot to bring Sascha’s crate with me.
Well guess what? When I returned Leecy had converted Sascha’s crate to Delilah’s crate. Now why this kitten needed the largest crate in the house I have no idea.
So anyway, since Delilah seemed to be enjoying the new crate so much, I went out and bought Sascha a new crate.
There’s another reason why this crate training a cat thing isn’t such a bad idea. You see, Delilah is very much a mixed breed kitten, compared to Chloe who is also a mixed breed (both are rescues) but likely has some Birman in her. Delilah loves to run around the house, jump all over things, and chase the dogs and Chloe. She also tends to stare at Coco (our African Grey Parrot) in a way that makes me a little insecure about leaving them alone.
Thus, during the day we put the dogs and Delilah in their crates. Our cats tend to just sleep in the afternoon anyway, so I don’t Delilah cares in the least. I also have a feeling (though I can’t prove it) that Delilah feels like Sascha and Maggie are part of her clan or pack (or maybe it’s the other way around).
Oh, Chloe seems to appreciate it during the night as she gets to continue to sleep on our bed and not worry about harassment from Delilah.
Obviously Chloe is quite content at night (although Leecy may not be once she finds out that I took this picture while she was sleeping).
Here’s the rest of the pack. Maggie (Golden Retriever) appears quite content (sleeping upside down), Sascha is happy to pose for me (although she’s so black you can’t really see her in the picture), and Delilah is on her little cat bed, completely relaxed.
All in all, everyone appears to be quite happy.
One more thing if you’re interested. Sascha and Delilah tend to be best buddies (Sascha is very gentle with her and Delilah loves to play with Sascha’s tail), Maggie just wants attention from Leecy or myself, and Chloe tends to just not care who’s around as long as it’s relatively calm.