When and Why You Should Cage Cats

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We all know that cats are very active and playful when they are still young. Even in their adult stage they are still active.

It is not common to cage cats and you only see caged cats usually on pet shelters or pet shops. Caging cats or is not really advisable, but sometimes they need to be caged for some reasons. Here are the common reasons when and why they should cage their cats.

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Litter Box Training

Using the litter box is usually instinctual to most cats, even to those who have not even seen a litter box in their life.

Other cat breeds, on the other hand, are usually worse when in contact with a litter box and this is because they might have learned some bad litter box habits from other cats, usually their fellow housemate cats or even their mother.

Some cats think that a litter box is just a decorative item and their best bathroom is behind the furniture or even the carpet.

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This problem can be solved if you cage the young cats or kittens. It is advisable to have a cage just big enough for everything they need, food, water and their place to sleep and don’t forget the litter box.

This will force these kittens or young cats to use the litter box and it will become a good habit for them. And by six to eight weeks of their age, they are now ready to be released into your house without worrying about your kitties taking a bathroom break everywhere.

Taming Ferals

Feral cats are felines that live on the street, which are usually abandoned by their owners or usually just street cats that always avoid human contact.

Some feral cats usually get aggressive and may scratch or bite you if you go near them while others will just run away and avoid you.

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The idea behind caging feral cats is to reintroduce them to domestic life and for you to socialize with these cats. If given time, these feral cats will learn to accept and trust you.

Always remember that caging feral cats is just a temporary thing. You should not keep them inside the cage for all their lifetime. People usually release these feral cats inside the house once they are sure that the cats are well behaved and they will not hurt or bite the owners.


Quarantining pets is a very beneficial practice to pet owners who has more than one pet with the same  species. This practice is usually done to prevent contagious diseases from spreading into your other cats.

If one of your cat has shown some symptoms of some sickness or disease, it is advisable to quarantine them as soon as possible inside the cage. Observe their behaviour and check on their condition regularly.

And don’t forget to ask your local veterinarian for advice regarding your cat’s current condition.

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Quarantining a cat should be at least two weeks minimum and if no other symptoms have shown up it should be at least four or 6 weeks maximum.

New Cat Introduction to the Household

So what if you already have a cat in the house, or even some other cats that you own inside your house, and decided to get a new cat or a kitten. Your old cats might spray on the new cat as they see them.

This is because cats are also territorial and your house is their territory. What can you to do avoid a big fight if your new cat is let loose inside the house? You should cage the new cat first.

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Cage the new cat as you introduce them to the cats you currently own. This will prevent injuries if they ever start a fight and is also a less threatening way for those cats who owns the territory.

It all depends on how your cats respond to the new cat. If they look like they have accepted the new cat as part of their own group then try to release the new cat. This process will take a lot of time, but the rewards will last a lifetime. Just remember that patience is the key and don’t rush things.

Penning and Crating

If you have a cat or cats that usually vanishes from time to time and you might get worried where they wander if they disappear, then temporarily penning them or crating them is the solution. Always remember that this is temporary and is only done for them to behave or to stay inside the house all the time.

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Crating cats is also a way of travelling with cats and is usually done during the travel to the vet. You can’t just let your cat loose inside the car while you travel, for it may cause some distractions on you or the one who is driving, which may lead to accidents. Cat carriers are a must have for every cat owner.

Do you think these reasons are enough to cage cats sometimes? Let us know by leaving comments below.

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8 thoughts on “When and Why You Should Cage Cats

  1. Chantal says:

    After castration 9months cat fights with my other cats. Put him in cage bcs my kitty is afraid of him.Before they were so lovely together. How can i make them to be friendly again? Pls.advise. Thank you

  2. Al-Thani Ismael says:

    Hi I adopted a stray cat from the street and some how after a few hours of feeding her and playing with her she’s comfortable with me already. But then I brought her to my room I want her to sleep in her bed I made but then again she keeps on sleeping on my bed so my question is will it be ok for me to cage her in her make shift bed? What should I do?

    • kötturinn says:

      Hi, please don’t cage that cat.
      She shows you that she trusts you, cats have a very sensitive social behaviour.
      If you put your cat in a cage because she sleeps in your bed, she will feel punished. She sleeps there so she can be near you, she trusts you.
      Cats are very independent, you should accept that they decide where they sleep.
      I have two street cats too, they are the sweetest cats I ever had, but I know they had a very hard life and I would not dare to destroy their faith in me forcing them to do anything…

      Kind regards, pet your cat for me, will you 🙂

  3. Suzy says:

    Hi my cat is not used to be in cage, and she keeps on escaping, I want her to get used to her cage so that she will learn that, that cage is her like bedroom😅

    • Dave says:

      Hi Suzy.
      Does a cage feel like a bedroom to you? If not, then it wouldn’t for a even more anxious and sensitive animal.
      If you do go this option. Please consider getting a wire dog cage for a large breed. You can fit a small litter box, comfy bed, and food and water bowls.

  4. Sethulane Mogoba says:

    We recently got two kittens from a friend and we caged them. They immediately refused to eat and drink the milk they were given. Within a week they died , one following the other in days

  5. Kenna says:

    My cat a Russian Blue is now 2 years old. She was completely litter box trained. Recently she has began to not use the litterbox. Especially at night now. About 4 months ago she stopped popping in the litterbox. So I brought some pads and allowed her to just poop on the pad. But now she is peeing in the corners and I have carpet. It’s mostly done at night on a rug that may resemble “grass”. She is also extremely active at night, jumping on tables, the kitchen counters, and tearing up the leaves on my plants. She does none of this during the day. I do have a dog also which is crate trained. She is definitely not out at night. They play together during the day. They have a great relationship. I had the cat first and brought the dog as a 6 week old puppy when my cat turned 1 year old. My cat is bigger than my dog and she is fully grown. I am thinking about purchasing the 3 to 4 tier cat playpen and putting her in there at night. It will fit a litterbox, space for food and water, space for a bed and it comes with a hammock/swing attachment. Is it okay for the playpen to be a nightly routine? I also have an indoor garden so I don’t want it to feel like jail or punishment. I need the playpen to feel like a “going to bed at night” routine. Any advice or suggestions?

  6. Maggie says:

    Our 17 year old cat has started peeing and now pooping on our furniture. We’ve had testing done and public all vet has prescribed amitriptyline but, aside from being a nightmare to give her, the effects wear off quickly after we discontinue it and it starts all over again. Would it be cruel to crate her when we’re out of the house and at nighttime?

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