Once you unpack the Calming Pet Bed, you'll probably expect your cats to leap right in and start napping away with an "I'm happy!" purr. This may not be your cats' first reaction.
We have gleaned helpful tips from our customers' reviews. Follow along as we share some tricks on how to encourage your cats to warm up to the bed.
Place the bed somewhere already designated as your cats' favourite sleeping spot
Whether it is on the sofa, under your bed, or on the windowsill, your cats will likely continue sleeping wherever they see fit. When they enter the bed on their own accord, praise their behaviour as a form of positive reinforcement.
Place your cats' toys in the bed
Rub the bed with some of your cats' toys and leave the toys in it. They will smell themselves on the bed and may be more likely to curl up in it.
Elevate the bed
According to experts, most cats prefer to sleep and hang out in places with good vantage points. It comes from their instinct to protect themselves, and whether it's a high shelf or the top of the refrigerator, your cats may feel more comfortable in the upper half of the room that gives them an aerial advantage for spotting any potential dangers around them.
Lure your cats to the bed with their favourite treats. Once your cats step into the bed, hold a treat over their head until they sit down, praise and give them the treat. Leave some treats in the bed so they are inclined to come back to it.
Sprinkle fresh catnip on the bed to entice your cats to it. Don't worry about residue! The Calming Pet Bed is machine washable.
Wash the bed
Many cats refuse to sleep in a bed that does not smell appealing to them. Consider washing it (at 30 degrees low spin and low heat in the dryer - NO fabric softener/dryer sheet). The more it smells like home, the more willing your cats will be to roll around in it.
Try lining the bed with clothing or fabric that smells like you
Many cats are comforted by the scents of their owners, so leave an old T-shirt that you've worn in the bed.
Last but not least, do not react negatively if your cats avoid the bed. In doing so, it could send the wrong message.
Keep in mind that the length of time that it takes for a cat to get used to a new bed will vary from cat to cat.
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