Several weeks ago I decided to splurge and buy a couple of Ham-Micks after seeing them on other friends blogs. Well, they've turned out to be wildly popular with both the General Population and, now, the little ones. The optional rubber feet are perfect if you have hardwood floors (I got one with and one without - my next order will have the feet, given all the hardwood upstairs- yeah, one is not enough for the GP).
Here Oliver, Miska, Gia and Lessa demonstrate the gentler side of Ham-Mick use. Read on for more active utilization possibilities:
I had to write to Forty Paws yesterday and let them know just how popular their simple, effective contraptions had become:
"Ordered 2 hammicks a few weeks ago. Back to report they are a BIG hit. Simple idea, great results. Kudos!
With the General Population (6 adults): Initially, there was surprisingly little interest... the poor hammick sat empty after the catnip wore off (nice touch to spur interest, btw). By week 2, some lounging activity was seen. By week 3, critters are clearly irritated when the hammick is already occupied... usurping activity noted. Since then, we've had a high occupancy rate.
Down in the foster room: First couple of weeks are moot - kittens too little and mom a feral who hides when I'm in the room. Then the kittens discovered the hammick could be climbed. They do. A lot. With enthusiasm.
Trampoline potential was almost immediately exploited. Hammick is extensively used as cover for surprise attacks on siblings. Unsuspecting loungers are dive bombed by their sibs, who launch from the adjoining cardboard castle.
But best of all is walking into the foster room to find the kittens curled up and snoozing in their new bed of choice, the hammick."
Ummm... and I wrote "6 adults" totally forgetting the Ham-Mick lounger extrodinaire, Opie, in the tally: