How do I train my cat to use a MeowSpace?

Help! I need to train my cat to use a MeowSpace!

Train a Cat to use MeowSpace

So easy a child can train a cat to use a MeowSpace.

The biggest question from new MeowSpacers: “How do I train my cat to use a MeowSpace?” There are many ways train pets to use the MeowSpace®, and the system described below works for most. However, there are exceptions to every rule, and many of our customers have shared their unique ideas with us over the years. Most important, remember to make use of our Customer Helpline 1-855-MEOWSPACE (1-855-636-9772). We will work with you every step of the way. Our team’s success track record is amazing because we all want very much to see you succeed.

Here are the basics with which to start:

#1) Begin by putting the MeowSpace where you intend to keep it.

#2) Tape the door open for a couple of days to allow all of the pets in the home to become accustomed to it being there. It’s ok if all of them explore inside and out. Encourage exploration by leaving toys or treats inside. This will help your cat learn that the doorway is the entrance and exit.

#3) During this time, place the collar access device on the collar of the cat who will be using the MeowSpace, so they can get used to it being on their collar.

#4) After a couple of days, untape and close the door of the MeowSpace. Continue to allow your pets to explore around it.

#5) Plan a chunk of time, several times a day, to teach your MeowSpace cat how to enter the enclosure. If possible, put all other pets in another room during the training.

#6) Place a treat or a toy inside the MeowSpace, or your cat’s food will work, too.

#7) Slowly and gently take your cat over to the MeowSpace and place him with his head in an entering position. Hold him under his chest with one hand, and gently help him to push against the door with his head using your other hand. If he’s wearing the magnet for the magnetic system door, he will feel a bit of a tug downward, and the door will unlatch. You will hear a click, and if you push him gently forward, the door will open. If he is using the RFID tag for the RFID system door, you will hear a “CH” sound when the door has unlatched. With either system, use your free hand to help him push the door open. If he balks, you push the door open so he can see that it opens.

#8) Repeat this process several times a day, for as many days as it takes for your cat to get the idea. It could take minutes or a month. But when they get it, they get it forever.

4 Responses to “How do I train my cat to use a MeowSpace?”

  1. Linda HormanDecember 9, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

    Is there a warranty or refund policy if after following cat training hints the cat just will not enter the enclosure?

  2. lois pasternackDecember 29, 2013 at 8:16 pm #

    The assembly instructions do not describe the function of the settings on the control inside the box on the door assembly.

    • Casey Moffett-ChaneyDecember 29, 2013 at 8:51 pm #

      Hi Lois,

      Thanks for your comment. You’re right! They don’t explain it and ought to.

      Each setting has to do with how the door is locked or opened. These doors were originally created to let cats and small dogs in and out of the house, so the settings made it easy for an owner to lock the door at night, and to open it again in the morning, or vice versa.

      For your purposes, you will want to use the setting on the upper left side, and to do that you will need to point the skinniest side of the dial right at that unlock symbol (see the attached photo).
      Red dial
      We usually send them out with a black arrow showing where it should be pointing, and they are usually set when we pack them.

      Please feel free to call me or email with any questions, or for help with training, troubleshooting, etc.

      Again, thank you for pointing out the omission.

      Happy New Year!

      Casey

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