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Cats, dogs & Everything!

Of Interest to Cat Owners...


No one really wants to cage a cat… but for virtually all cat owners, there will almost certainly come a time to contain your cat.  An enclosure can even become a necessity when there are virulent males around of which you absolutely know their intentions!  Sick cats also need to be contained in many cases.  And sometimes, you just need to keep your cat out of trouble when you’re not free or not around. To some, it may sound mean or cruel to cage a cat, but it often is the best way to prevent harm. Believe it or not, cats actually can positively associate their cage with safety and happiness. Many owners find they can leave the cage door open when they are at home, and their cat will go into the cage to sleep. They also love to lay on the top shelf and survey "their territory" and are protective of their cage. if someone reaches into one of the many openings they may have.
 
When it comes to purchasing a cage, consider sturdiness as a priority rather than just choosing the cheapest unit that may not last with continued use.  Consider also ease of assembly.  Anything that needs hours to assemble is definitely undesirable. And a good cage should come with an understandable set of instructions on how to assemble it.


While choosing a sturdy cat cage is critical, making sure the cage has sufficient area is important too.  An active cat will probably feel restricted inside a small cage. Choosing a larger area will also give you plenty of options to make it more “cat-friendly” (i.e. cat tree?)  The ideal cat cage will also allow for areas that can handle a cat bed, litter box, feeding and watering bowls, and still have “living space” for the cat(s). A cage that has shelves on each level will increase the over-all living space as well.


A single-level cage is generally suitable for 1 or 2 cats. If you have more than that, a multi-level cage may be a better option. With the two- or three-level enclosures, you begin to have much more flexibility in arranging the living spaces.  For example, you can put a litter box at the bottom level, food trays which secure to the wire at the middle level and a cat bed at the top level. And with multi-level cages, the cat(s) can travel between levels providing both exercise and fun.


And since it is unlikely the cage is staying in only one place in your house, make sure to consider an enclosure with casters.  Not only does this allow you to easily push the cage into the bedroom at night, and back into the living area during the day, it also makes it much easier to clean behind and beneath the cage when necessary.  And a cage can be easily located near a window from time to time to allow the cat to see activity both outside and inside at the same time.