Cat Exercise Wheel
- Product Review (submitted on August 13, 2016):
I have five indoor cats and we all live in about 1200 sq. ft. I set the wheel up and just left it in the living room for several weeks. Everyone became comfortable with its presence. I used a marble to attract the youngest cat, Prince Charming, to the wheel. Take a marble or small ball and hold it against the wheel about 2 ft. up. When you let it go, it will roll down and up the other side and continue to do this. Prince Charming was fascinated and tried to catch it as it went by. That got his paw on the wheel bed. We did this for several days. He'd chase the marble when he got it and go all around the wheel in the process. Eventually, he sat on the wheel. I praised him and stroked him. He works for that, not food or toys, though more toward toys, as shown in the video. Eventually he stood and took a few steps and the wheel turned. It took a while before he'd stand comfortably on the wheel bed. At that point, i placed my hand up the wheel in front of him and he tried to walk to get my hand, which caused the wheel to turn and he hurried faster, then stopped abruptly, placing his butt above his head! Now, he's at the point where he runs a bit, seemingly trying to get to the top of the wheel. I use my hand on the outside of the wheel to slightly brake it, so he doesn't end up upside down when he stops. He spent an entire session running to try to see what the little wheels were doing, as he noticed they were moving. He'd race and then reach to catch them. This caused him to stop when he caught up to them and he'd fall off sideways. He was undaunted.
I have two very heavy queens, aged 6 and 10 years. I am hoping to start them on the wheel, but it will have to be a very slow process. The other two cats, a normal-weight queen and tom, have not been interested. All of my cats are "rescue" cats, so there are some psychological problems which must be accommodated. I'll let you know if anything that might help others occurs with them and the wheel.
I must say it is a pleasant addition to the room, very aesthetically pleasing. I got the leopard print and it looks very nice.