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Catt ♠️ 8/8 is my lucky number
May 12th, 2017 10:48:22am
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At the end of the month we'll be moving about 15 minutes down the road to a house we'll be renting so that means moving the pets.


The dogs are fine no problem there.  The issue is with our kitten Macy.  She absolutely hates her crate and freaks out if you put her near it or move it at all.


Last month we couldn't even take her to the vet to get her shots because she freaked out so bad we couldn't get her in the crate.  When we first rescued her as a kitten she liked the crate sometimes didn't even want to come out.  We're not supposed to have cats so she was supposed to just be temporary so she stayed in the crate in the garage but that didn't happen so she's with us for the time being.  The only way to move her to the new house is by the crate.


Are there any ways to get her to at least tolerate the crate so we can move her?  She is a very picky eater (doesn't always eat her food just licks it or plays with it), hates cardboard boxes, and she'll play with her toys but I have feeling she'll stop if it goes near the crate.


 


On a side note if anyone has tips on moving a 3 gallon fish tank that would be appreciated as well!




 

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[Tera]nika; the original ;
May 12th, 2017 10:56:23am
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get the crate out and just leave it out and open. Put some of her toys near it, if she likes a blanket/bed, food, etc. A lot of cats freak out when the carriers come out because they are never around and then all of the sudden we get them out and take the cats "bad" places (usually the vets!) so getting it out and just letting it be apart of the house helps





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Catt ♠️ 8/8 is my lucky number
May 12th, 2017 11:40:14am
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Right now I have it open and sitting next to her cat tower.  I'll probably change out the blankets for softer ones because she loves fluffy blankets and I'll probably start feeding her near it as well.  Thanks Tera!




 

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May 12th, 2017 12:03:43pm
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Thats weird...i bring a crate out and all my cats get in it..

I did however recently had to take a wild cat who had never been in a crate to the vet...he freaked out at first but then calmed down...you can also cover the crate in a dark blanket while shes in it ,as cats like to hide in the dark...it worked for him when we had to take him out for them to look at his broken leg....they covered his face with the towel i had in the crate and he calmly layed there while they held him :)




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Moderator xxCHAOTIC // A wicked stitch for a frozen smile
May 12th, 2017 12:18:23pm
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As far as desensitizing them, putting things they enjoy in the crate and leaving it out is good practice as well. Feed the cat in the crate. Put her favorite bed inside the crate. A shirt or something that smells like her people. Covering it with a blanket so it looks like a cave and less like a crate... 

 

Push come the shove if you have to break out the brute force, wrap the cat snug in a blanket and insert the purrito into the crate. We have to do this with Peep because she wiggles so unpredictably due to her neurological condition and she HATES CRATES. If the cat gets aggressive towards you trying to put them in there this will more or less keep you safe from the stabby bits, too. 

 

We also have crates that you can disassemble. Just unscrew the wing nuts on the outside and the top pops off. Take off top. Place cat into bottom. Quickly drop the top back on... Usually with one person holding down the top while another puts the wing nuts back on. 

 

Or they could be like our kitten and jump into an open crate if you carry it past him. He's weird. 




 

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Moderator Maharet
May 12th, 2017 3:42:36pm
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i generally just shove mine in there and he gives me the stink eye. Its easier then trying to convince them. Just do it right before your gonna leave so the cat isnt in there forever. 
as for fish tanks since it is such a small tank you can place the fish in bags (like you would do when bought from the pet store) and move as needed. 
also since its such a small tank pre-make your water (water declor drops) and shake a few times before setting the tank (premake the water in the morning and shake jug every hour or so) 




 

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Moderator xxCHAOTIC // A wicked stitch for a frozen smile
May 12th, 2017 8:09:30pm
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yeah when I moved my 10 gallon I just asked for a couple extra fishy bags from the pet store and told them I was moving. Usually they're more than happy to toss you a few. Keep your gravel/decor and filter media wet, prefferably. Like ziplock bags or tupperwares, to keep your nitrifying bacteria alive. Like Maharet said pre-treat your water before refilling it. Float everybody like you did when you first got them.




 

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