I took it out of the package and my cat immediately laid down. We've had record temp heat here and the cats seem to prefer the cooling mat to laying on our laminate floor. When I step on the mat, it does seem distinctly cooler than the floor. There's one cat of mine who prefers the mat more than other two, but I've seen all three of my cats sprawled out on it, and even a couple of territorial looks when someone is using it when another cat wants it. If I had a larger apartment, I'd be ordering more.