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Kitten training Kansas Bonanno Due November 15; 3 kids; 1 angel baby; North Carolina 2578 posts
May 8th '17

Holy mother of god, we got a kitten yesterday. Last night was awful. It wanted to be stuck to my side all night. I finally put it in its crate at 5 cause it kept jumping on my face. Anyone ever crate train a kitten for night time any tips? It wants to stay on the bed with me and it's so tiny if it does my husband can't sleep in the bed cause he'd smoosh it by accident. 

Cat.Woman. 2 kids; Gotham City, PA, United States 9782 posts
May 8th '17

I've never heard of anyone crate training a cat. That doesn't sound like it would work well to me

Tσѕнιε 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Derp, WV, United States 10688 posts
May 8th '17

Ahh.. cat life. You are it's b***h now lol jk. Just keep being consistent with putting it off of the bed. Maybe get a comfy place for it to sleep on. Maybe use one of your shirts? 

Have Heart 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Western, NY, United States 9013 posts
May 8th '17

I thought you meant potty wise, lol.

I've had many kittens over the years.
With my last one, I used a animal carrier that opened from the top with a grate, on a table next to my bed. and it would wine and meow when it was hungry, like a baby, lol. pretty much just have to make them comfy cozy with tiny blankets or dishtowels. but be prepared to change frequently with potty messes

mrs.white8389 TTC since Jan 2016; 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Florida 2642 posts
May 8th '17

Get rid cat was my answer. The thing wouldnt shut up and kept us all awake all night long. Ill stick to my dogs, horse, chickens and ducks as pets lol they make less of a mess and aren't as loud. I don't think cats crate train except to be put into one to go to The vet. Other then that they wander the house, unless you had a devil cat like my dad did and it tried to kill you if you even looked at it or tried to touch it.

SomeMommy Due June 18; 4 kids; 1 angel baby; Chicago, IL, United States 73946 posts
May 8th '17

I hand raised 2 kittens from 2 weeks and had to keep them in a crate over night but they were used to it cause it was from the start. They wanted nothing to do with it at one point though so I had to litter box train them more and try to set boundaries. They're not allowed in bedrooms.

tinana+3 3 kids; Orlando, FL, Virgin Islands 48209 posts
May 8th '17

Quoting SomeMommy:
I hand raised 2 kittens from 2 weeks and had to keep them in a crate over night but they were used to it cause it was from the start. They wanted nothing to do with it at one point though so I had to litter box train them more and try to set boundaries. They're not allowed in bedrooms.


I think them being so young helped with the crate probably. Well, that and your insane amount of patience with them. Otherwise, I don't think I know of anyone it's ever worked for. 38

SomeMommy Due June 18; 4 kids; 1 angel baby; Chicago, IL, United States 73946 posts
May 8th '17

Quoting tinana+2 (22w):

I think them being so young helped with the crate probably. Well, that and your insane amount of patience with them. Otherwise, I don't think I know of anyone it's ever worked for. 38


Yea, it was all they knew so it wasn't a fight. Plus, they were still so little, they'd do nothing but eat, poo/pee and sleep so they were happy to go into their dark place lol. I'm shocked I had that I did it....and they survived. But they were breaking out by one point and there was NO way to keep them in... I had to let them free but glad we set some boundaries for them. It was one hell of a process...

anna_allover Due April 3; 1 child; 1 angel baby; United States 866 posts
May 8th '17

Quoting Mαяcєℓιηє:
Ahh.. cat life. You are it's b***h now lol jk. Just keep being consistent with putting it off of the bed. Maybe get a comfy place for it to sleep on. Maybe use one of your shirts? 


Yup. Lmao! It gets better though OP. My cat was the most annoying little shit the first few nights we had her, but it's just while they get used to their new surroundings. They're pretty independent thinkers so "training" them is rather difficult. I just kept my kitten locked in the bathroom with her litter box and food, some toys and her cozy bed throughout the night until she learned to chill. She didn't like it, but it helped.

♥Jessie♥ TTC since May 2019; 5 kids; 2 angel babies; Idaho 14883 posts
May 8th '17

I read the title 'kitten training' and immediately thought no such thing. Cats are literally the boss once they join the family.

Cat.Woman. 2 kids; Gotham City, PA, United States 9782 posts
May 8th '17

Quoting ♥Jessie♥:
I read the title 'kitten training' and immediately thought no such thing. Cats are literally the boss once they join the family.


Yes! 38

SomeMommy Due June 18; 4 kids; 1 angel baby; Chicago, IL, United States 73946 posts
May 8th '17

Quoting ♥Jessie♥:
I read the title 'kitten training' and immediately thought no such thing. Cats are literally the boss once they join the family.


They take it over, totally! 

Austs_Momma Due June 30; 1 child; 1 angel baby; CD, NY, United States 3814 posts
May 8th '17

My aunt crate trained her cat at night, and I actually keep my older cat in one at night because she's now delusional and disruptive. 

Shes down stairs, so we don't hear her... but she has a large dog crate with food and water, and a litter box. She goes in on her own every night. 

Kansas Bonanno Due November 15; 3 kids; 1 angel baby; North Carolina 2578 posts
May 8th '17

Thanks everyone, shes exploring alot more today. Hopefully she will be tired out for bed. Shes only 7 weeks old. 
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Double Jeopardy 1 child; 1 angel baby; Seattle, WA, United States 19389 posts
May 8th '17

I have a 8 week old kitten. He has a crate. I put the cat cave in there, food bowl inside the cat cave and water on the outside of the cat cave inside the crate. He's a weirdo. He'll eat and hang out in the cat cave but when it's sleep time, he climbs on top and sleep on top of that thing. However, I don't close it. It's in the bathroom with a scratching post and litter box. I just close the bathroom door at night and when I go out. There's also a gate separating the bathroom because I also have a 1 year old dog and a 11 month old cat. It works for us. He freaked out the first time I put him in the crate because he wasn't used to it. I've had him a week and he's pretty used to it. Doesn't freak out anymore.

I kind of crate train my dog the same way. She's not allowed on the bed or couch and if she wants to hang out, she has to hang out in her crate. I leave the door open so she knows she can come and go as she pleases (except when we're out and when it's bed time). Dogs are so much easier to train!