Pet Travel Preparation Tips: How to Crate Train Your Cat

Tips for Cat Crate TrainingCat Crate Training Tips That Work

Planning a relocation that includes your pets adds a fair amount of prep work to the equation. Not only do you have to research pet import requirements, schedule vet visits, and buy an airline-approved travel crate, you'll need to help your furry friend feel comfortable spending time in the crate as best you can.

Some pet owners are lucky to have dogs or cats that tolerate or even like stepping into their home-away-from-home, but others have a challenge at hand. Based on general personality traits it seems easier to help dogs gradually accept crates and learn to treat them as a safe and cozy place, but we all know that cats can be a different story.

Before you throw up your hands in defeat imagining a lot of hissing, scratching, and yowling from your one-of-a-kind kitty, take a look at the following tips and give crate training a try. Your cat will probably never love the experience, but with time and patience applied to the situation, you can at least remove some of the discomfort.


It's a problem if cats only associate travel crates with being jostled around in the car and then taken into the vet's office to be poked and prodded. Try leaving the crate out in a room where the cat often goes so that the sight of it becomes less of an event and just a part of everyday life instead.


Always leave the door open and place toys inside the crate to pique feline curiosity. When the cat goes near it or inside it, offer praise and maybe a yummy snack. Soon your little skeptics will begin to put two and two together and will look to you for a handout each time they step inside.


Don't expect change to happen overnight. It might take weeks to see any progress, but with steady exposure and positive reinforcement, even the most stubborn kitty will show signs of progress.


Once your cat no longer freaks out at the sight of the crate and begins treating it like just another box to crawl inside of, it'll be time for some practice runs. Take a car ride around the block to start, and then try some longer drives so that when moving day arrives, that longer journey won't be such a shock.

Talk to your vet if you have any particular concerns about cat travel, and don't hesitate to ask your Pet Relocation Specialist for their own tips and advice, as well. We have lots of experience moving pets of all breed, size, and temperament, so don't be shy!

Have a dog? These tips generally apply to canines, too, but here are our favorite dog crate training tips



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By tvmlj on November 9, 2017 at 9:44 am

Hi, we have 4 adult cats and 1 baby cat. We want to bring them from the Philippines to New York. We want to be sure that they will travel safely.

By on November 10, 2017 at 10:20 am

Hello and thanks for reaching out!

We understand your concern for your cats' safety -- moving can be a stressful event for pets and their owners.

To ensure your cats have a safe journey, we would recommend crate training them (with the tips listed above) and selecting a pet-friendly airline to transport them. Lufthansa, KLM, and United are a few examples that you may want to look into.

We hope this helps get you started in the right direction! Should you need further assistance, please let us know here. Safe travels!

By Ro'cha Jb on October 16, 2017 at 3:31 pm

I have 2 cats how much does it cost to travel them from Saudi arabia to Philippines?

By on October 16, 2017 at 4:43 pm

Hello Ro'cha, thanks for reaching out!

If you'd like to see our service options and costs for your cats' move to the Philippines, please fill out our online form here. One of our consultants would be happy to speak with you about your move.

Thanks and we look forward to hearing from you again!

By Antonio Reta on September 1, 2017 at 11:19 pm

Iam taking my 3 cats , how long does it take for my cats get to my home leaving from Philippines to Pa, USA

By judith brown on March 12, 2018 at 5:15 pm

Hi how did your cats do? I am taking my 4 from USA to Uk and am worried, Need some reassurance

By on September 5, 2017 at 9:27 am

Hello Antonio,

Thank you for reaching out! The timing of the trip will depend on the routing you choose for your cats.

For example, using a pet-friendly airline like KLM or Lufthansa means your cats will be required to have a minimum 4 hour stop in either Amsterdam or Frankfurt before traveling on to the United States.

If you would like to know the routing options for your cats, please feel free to reach out to us as this is something our consultants can assist with. I hope this helps!

By Julie on July 28, 2017 at 12:25 pm

My cat gets motion sickness. :( She yowls, paces, and after even a few minutes in the car she'll start panting and throw up. This does seem less of an issue when I blast the AC, but it's still never fun for her. I traveled with her on my last move (about 12 hours in a car) and the vet gave her some anti-anxiety meds that helped her feel a lot more comfortable. If my next move takes me from one coast to the other in the US, it will inevitably be more time than that. Is there a way to help her feel more comfortable without using sedation? Thank you!

By on July 28, 2017 at 1:03 pm

Hi Julie, sorry to hear about your cat's challenges with traveling! Aside from helping her get more used to the crate by leaving it out in the house and placing food, treats, and toys inside, we'd suggest talking to your vet. You're correct sedation isn't a good idea, but if the anti-anxiety meds worked well last time, that may be your best solution once again. Hopefully the trip is as smooth and quick as possible. Good luck with everything!

By Lourdes Collins on May 21, 2017 at 3:43 pm

Do you have door to door services for cats?

By on May 22, 2017 at 12:48 pm

Hello, Lourdes. Yes, we do! Please complete the arrange a move form on our website ( and then one of our consultants will contact you immediately. Best, Daniel

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