Cat Exercise Wheel
- Product Review (submitted on August 22, 2016):
we've had the wheel almost 2 months now. Q-tip, our 3 year old large cat makes it very clear he doesn't want anything to do with it. He will chase a laser light or toy right up to the wheel then stop, sit and look away when the light or toy touches the wheel. He does watch Mrph, our smaller 4 year old cat walk on the wheel for a treat. For two months I've come home at night and given them treats when they interact with the wheel. At first it was when they would step onto the wheel, then when they made it move in any way. Mrph progressed from walking one rotation if I hold a treat just out of reach to finally this past weekend he progressed to leaping (truly running on the wheel) to chase the laser....twice. Q-tip, who we really bought it for because he has a tendency to overeat, is content to watch Mrph and hang around in the hopes we toss him a treat. Mrph runs to the wheel when I get home and stays on long enough to get 3-4 treats but usually he walks a little, stops and looks at me, waiting for his treat. Then he flops down and lays on it. He wants to please me so if I straddle the wheel and stand above him with encouraging words, he will keep walking while I pet and praise him and he purrs loud enough to trill like a Maine Coon (he is not a MC) If I move the wheel with my hands, he will dutifully walk like it's a treadmill but stops when I do. They don't see it as something to play on. But the box it came in? Well they just love the box! I cut out windows and laid it on its side with one end open and they played in and on the box until they crushed it.
I did watch the videos and trained them right but Q-tip just refuses to get on the wheel. If I pick him up and place him on it, he stays only if I give him a treat, then he's jumping away right after. That he is not afraid of it gives me hope but I did think they'd start to run on their own by now. This is not a design flaw, just my cat's flaws.
Downside: The black foam pads did not fit evenly on the wheel and I had to trim one piece to make then all fit. The pads are shredded just from the cats walking on it. If they ever decided to play in earnest on it, I'd need to replace the pads every month. I also wondered if I should have gotten the pads in green, a color most easily seen by cats, which have a limited color range of vision.