Is a crate a cage?

This is a stupid question....I keep hearing the word crate, is this different than a cage? I just picked up my 8 week old maltese puppy today, but I am concerned because he cries when he is in his cage for even a second....If I block him off in a small area in my kitchen, do you think that will be okay? I don't want his crying to get my in trouble with my landlord....I was also wondering what i should do with the dog when I go to work at night...How much food and water should I leave him? I work 12 hour midnights and don't want him to be without adequated food and water....Any help or answers anyone has....I would appreciate it...

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