Cat Exercise Wheel
- Product Review (submitted on March 11, 2016):
We have had our wheel for about a month and are still working on getting our Lucky Little Guy comfortable with standing on the wheel when it moves. This is definitely a "baby steps" process for us.
His first impulse when he saw it was to sit on top of it not inside (you could tell by the way he looked at it). That impulse vanished once he saw it move.
I would advised watching the assembly video more than once and especially right before you assemble it. I had watched it several days before the wheel arrived and thought I had it down. It will wobble and jump the track if the parts aren't all well connected (I missed securely snapping one piece in place). Once we had that fixed the wheel ran smoothly. The mallet was very useful in putting the second outer wheel on and having a second person for that last step is helpful as well.
While LLG is both food and toy motivated, he is a cautious cat. I am working with him about 5 minutes 1-2 times a day. So far he will chase the laser through the wheel but not on it. Yesterday we had a bit of a breakthrough. I have a training reward stick with a spoon with his favourite food attached to the end. (I made the stick after looking at a cat training book). He was able to sit with all four paws on the wheel and not jump off when it moved a little while he ate the food off the spoon. YAY!!
I will review the training video again in the next couple of days and resist the impulse to push him to meet my agenda.
I have sprayed catnip spray and Feliway on the wheel to help him accept it.
I will do an update in another month or as soon as he starts moving on the wheel.
It is a well made, well designed product and looks beautiful.