First, I MUST say how amazed I am with the shipping speed! I purchased this product and another tower on 2/16; yesterday [2/17] it was delivered!! That has GOT to be the fastest turn-around in the business!
This unit was exactly what I expected. We have 3 indoor-only cats, 2 indoor-outdoor cats, and 1 visiting indoor cat, and ALL of them love this tower [well, except for the visiting kitten who has special places he likes/feels safe]. The cats are: Kobe [about 16-20 lbs]; Keiko [about 10-12 lbs]; Tiger [about 10 lbs]; ELFie [about 15 lbs]; Jezebel [about 25-30 lbs]; and Edgar [a 6-month-old kitten].
Kobe has claimed one of the very highest perches as his own; considering he's kind of heavy, I'm impressed at how little the unit moves when he makes his way up there. Another high level perch has been taken by his sister Keiko, who generally prefers to sleep in the downstairs bathroom [to the exclusion of every other option!] so I'm guessing the faux fur feels very good. ELFie has claimed the larger cubby [the higher one] which is impressive; he's usually curled up on top of dogs, us, and other cats - he usually hates to be alone! Tiger has yet to find his favorite spot, but he's been on the tower almost constantly since it was assembled. Edgar, well... he's just a baby. He'll figure it out!
Jezebel, the fat cat, has taken up residence on the first level platform [that platform is pierced off-center so that it projects farther out the back, but I rotated it so that the bigger part is now inside the unit - almost against the back of the cubby - to save space]. Even as big as she is, she has plent of room to sprawl out on that platform!
The downsides to this unit:
1/ I would have preferred carpet to faux fur, but it's hard to find large carpet units for some reason. The faux fur on these pieces does seem to be of good quality, however, and there are very few exposed seams.
2/ I missed it in my other review, but there isn't any way to attach the toys to the structure. Also, I managed to attach them to this tower by being creative, but one toy string was broken within an hour and another was today.
The definite pluses:
1/ It was VERY easy to assemble! I think it MIGHT have taken 25-30 minutes, even with feline assistance.
2/ The sisal-wrapped posts! The cats have already tried out most of the posts; it has enough different heights to allow a good stretch for all the cats. They love these!
3/ The insides of the cubbies are covered [except for the inside roof] in faux fur to help trap body heat.
Overall, this is a great piece for a great price. I'm very satisfied and thoroughly impressed.
Thank you, Armarkat!
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