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Cat Exercise Wheel

Cat Exercise Wheel

Product Review (submitted on April 27, 2015):
Our cat seems to enjoy the wheel - if we put her on it she will go for a walk and even break into a gallop on occasion. But she is not on it all the time nor does she go on it voluntarily. If we hold a toy high on the wheel, she will try to catch it by running on the wheel which is quite funny. She is only a 6.5 pounds, 8 months old Tonkinese - some might say she is still a kitten so she is not heavy enough to make the wheel start easily. Once the wheel is moving, she has no issue keeping up or speeding up. Another factor is the wheel width - I think the wheel is too narrow. If it was 4 to 6 inches wider it would allow for distraction without the cat falling off the wheel! Sammy has fallen off the wheel a few times because she is running then she wants to look at us watching her run and bamm! She is an indoor cat, but we do "walk" her on a leash around the property. She is very fast and reachs the limit of the leash 100% of the time when she decides to take off. Indoors she is a rocket and has a "route" in the house she covers near full speed. I mention this becaue she is far from being a lethargic cat and seems to REALLY like running at full speed so we thought she would be basically on the wheel all the time, which is not the case, YET! Also, our wheel came with Blue pvc pads - every pad had dozens of small to large air bubbles between the glue and the pad. We applied one pad thinking that we could pop the bubbles by pressing the pad. The bubbles cannot be popped once you stick the pad on the wheel - we had to pull it out (not easy without deforming the pad!) then use a sharp hobby knife to cut the adhesive on *ALL* bubbles. We still did not get a very smooth surface as the cut adhesive film now blobs up here and there and you can feel it with your hands after the foam is in place ( you can see it too ). It is not a big deal for the cat, but just not the quality I was expecting. Last item, our wheel came with black silicone wheels - it looks like a downgrade from the transparent ones I see on the videos. Some manufacturing cost trimming ? Not sure - time will tell! For now, I think it is a good product and the fact that the cat is not in love with it is not a fault in the product but just a personality trait of the cat - Sammy could careless about her cat tree for the first 3 months and now she on it everyday. I think with time she will be on the wheel more often and on her own :-)