Ferris Cat Wheel Assembly Instructions

ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS FOR YOUR FERRIS CAT WHEEL 

Thank you for purchasing your Ferris Cat Wheel from For My Petz.

Please read the following instructions thoroughly and carefully.  The videos and photos will also help guide you along the way. Elizabeth & Nikita from Ziggydoo in Canada have put together these detailed instructions to help ensure that you complete your wheel assembly with success!  We can't thank them enough for putting this all together.

CHOOSE YOUR WHEEL PLACEMENT WITH GREAT CARE 

  • The wheel looks great in front of a window, in the middle of a spacious room, against a  wall, behind a sofa etc. 
  • PLEASE NOTE that your Ferris Cat Wheel is ONLY guaranteed for INDOOR USE – if placed and used on a patio or other outdoor exposed area, your wheel will not be covered by our 1 year warranty on parts.  
  • AVOID placing the wheel in areas that receive a lot of direct sunlight throughout the day  – excess sunlight exposure will weaken the ABS plastic over time ( this is something that is useful to know because it applies to MANY plastic products)  
  • AVOID placing the wheel directly near or against a wall heater or air conditioner  
  • IF your wheel is placed near an air vent – be sure the air is not blowing directly onto the wheel – you can use various items available to redirect the hot/cold air AWAY from the  wheel.  
  • AVOID placing the wheelbase on surfaces with thick carpet or coverings which will reduce the sturdiness of the wheel, and may cause the wheel to sway and move more  than normal.  This could compromise the safety of your wheel’s performance.  
  • For optimum performance, the wheel must sit on an even surface that is level. In some  instances, you may want to place a rubber mat between your floor and the wheelbase, to avoid sliding. (an old yoga mat works a treat)  
  • If you place your wheel against a wall, we recommend that you leave at least 15cm/6 inches between the wall and the wheel to allow your cats enough space to jump in/out from either side of the wheel. Also, check for electricity outlets and wires/plugs and make the necessary coverings to ensure your cat’s safety.   

 

TIPS AND SUGGESTIONS BEFORE YOU GET STARTED WITH THE  WHEEL ASSEMBLY 

  • When you receive your boxed Ferris Cat Wheel, open it up to look at all the contents. Remove the EVA stick‐on foam pads – and spread them out in an area with good ventilation. This helps to air out any factory smells that your cat may find unpleasant. Just a few hours is all that’s needed.    
  • Carefully cut open the bubble wrapped packet – it contains your rubber mallet which is used throughout your assembly as well as a pouch of wingnut assemblies and the all essential Allen Key! You may also want to put the mallet somewhere to air out – it has a  rather strong rubber smell straight from the factory. (PLEASE NOTE: Do NOT disassemble the wingnuts – they are preassembled exactly the way you will need to use them)      
  • Remove and inspect all the remaining items in your box.  
    • Remove and inspect the 12 white wheel segments from your shipment box – and  strip off the plastic bag from each white wheel segment.     
    • Also remove the wheel‐base pieces – you’ll find them well packaged, held  together with plastic zip ties.  Careful cut the zip ties to remove from the wheel base parts.    
    • You’ll also find 2 long steel bars with screws already placed in their holes.    
    • PUT ALL THIS INTO THE ROOM YOU WILL BE DOING THE ASSEMBLY AND ALLOW  A FEW HOURS TO ADJUST TO YOUR ROOM TEMPERATURE – your wheel has travelled through various temperatures and climates on its way to you (especially during winter months), and so it is important to let everything get temperature‐adjusted to your home.    
  • CHOOSE A WELL LIT AREA WITH ENOUGH SPACE TO WORK COMFORTABLY – IT WILL  MAKE YOUR ASSEMBLY SO MUCH EASIER. It is important to clearly see what you are  doing as you assemble your wheel. A wheel that is poorly assembled or incorrectly assembled or incorrectly positioned will not perform the way it should, and may result in breakage that is NOT covered by the 1 Year Warranty for parts. 

ASSEMBLING THE WHEEL SEGMENTS WATCH THIS SHORT VIDEO: https://youtu.be/5n7XXFihucM 
 
FIRST YOU’LL CREATE 6 SECTIONS OF 2’s

  • Sit on the edge of a solid chair that does NOT have arms (it is A LOT EASIER on your neck, eyes and back, than being down on the ground the whole time)
  • Take 2 wheel segments and your rubber mallet and follow Elizabeth's demo video
    (YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/5n7XXFihucM )
  • PLEASE NOTE that no Herculean effort or strength is being used
  • You start tapping lightly following Elizabeth's example and increase a bit as you go – but you never need to go all out strong. Take careful note from the video where exactly to be tapping – it makes ALL the difference
  • Work 2 wheel segments at a time – and do this over again and again 6 times – this  means you will create 6 sections of two’s 

 

NEXT YOU’LL CREATE 3 SECTIONS OF 4’s

  • NOW do exactly the same procedure while sitting – and connect 2 of these larger  segments – you will end up with 3 sections with each section containing 4 segments. 

 

NOW IT’S TIME TO ADD THE WINGNUT ASSEMBLIES

  • Place each of your 3 sections on the ground IN THE SAME ORIENTATION as it was sitting on your lap – ie. like a curved bridge.
  • Take the wingnut assembly – and DO NOT DISASSEMBLE! – just open it up to its widest  – and then place the wingnut assembly in each slot where the wheel segments join together. VERY IMPORTANT: THERE SHOULD BE ONE RUBBER WASHER ON EACH SIDE OF THE SEAM. The butterfly/wing should be on the same side as the large prongs – and  the small grooves will hold it in place while you tighten with your Allan Key on the other side. IMPORTANT: USE THE ROUND KNOB END OF THE ALLAN KEY TO DO THE INITIAL TIGHTENING – IT WILL INSERT INTO THE SCREW HEAD AT A SLIGHT ANGLE.    

*******VERY VERY IMPORTANT:  THEN YOU USE THE OTHER SHORT END OF THE  ALLEN KEY TO DO THE FINAL MAX TIGHTENING OF EACH AND EVERY WINGNUT ASSEMBLY. IMPORTANT: Wingnuts incorrectly positioned, or wingnuts insufficiently tightened will result in connector joint breakage that can easily be  avoided by carefully following these assembly instructions. Be sure the wingnut assemblies are positioned as in the photo on this page!

NOW IT’S TIME TO GET ON THE GROUND 
(We find this next step works better on carpet for some reason) 

  • Position all three sections on the ground and form your wheel circle
  • Work at joining one set of connections – and then at the last two simultaneously – tapping in the same manner and in same places as the lap‐assembly video.
  • You may find that it takes a fair bit of harder banging for the very last joint – be patient – be  strategic to hit the right places – and it will join – you can celebrate when those last clips get into place. Watch this YouTube video:  https://youtu.be/92EjYCvp3gE
  • Add the remaining wingnut assemblies – and don’t panic if there are a few left over – sometimes there are extras!
  • Go over the ENTIRE wheel with your Allan Key’s shorter end (NOT the longer rounded end) and do a final tightening of all wingnut assemblies (THIS IS IMPORTANT)  IMPORTANT:  wingnuts incorrectly positioned, or wingnuts insufficiently tightened will result in connector joint breakage that can easily be avoided by  carefully following these assembly instructions. If you run into any difficulty getting the last wheel piece in place, just watch here for a few tips in this YouTube video: https://youtu.be/92EjYCvp3gE    TIME TO GET THE WHEEL ROLLING 

Placing the wheel onto the wheel base is much easier with two people – but is also doable with  one person! 

  • Make sure you go all around the wheel one last time to be sure everything is good and tight BEFORE you place the wheel on its base
  • Line up the wheel track grooves with the wheelbase skatewheels and gently lower the wheel into position.
  • Gently turn the wheel to ensure it is running in the track 

 

READY FOR THE STICK‐ON EVA FOAM TILE PADS 
The final step is to carefully apply the stick‐on EVA Foam Tile Pads.  

  • You can work sideways as is done in the video example, BUT I FIND IT MORE COMFORTABLE TO  STAND WITH MY LEGS, ONE ON EACH SIDE OF THE WHEEL (like you're IN the wheel) ‐ it is MUCH  EASIER this way to position things centered and straight since you are looking straight down at it, instead of bending over to the side.
  • When you place the pads ‐ there will be a little bit of white on each side ‐ this is normal. BE SURE TO PLACE ALL YOUR PADS IN THE SAME ORIENTATION. I like to set the first EVA pad across the middle of the wheel segment ‐ you'll see a round indentation there.
  • Place the first pad using the indented middle circle of the wheel as your guide for the first pad. THEN PROCEED WITH THE SAME METHOD AS YOU SEE IN THE VIDEO. https://youtu.be/wLM_ilpoInw?t=3m7s
  • Work your way around the wheel – placing the pads snugly one to the next one.
  • FOR THE LAST EVA PAD, sometimes you will need  to cut away a tiny strip to make it fit ‐  a millimetre or two 1/4" (if you've place all the pads very snug and tightly one after another) 

NOTE ABOUT THE FERRIS CAT WHEEL VIDEO DEMO EVA ASSEMBLY  The video is set to start right at the point where the EVA pad installation begins. (REMEMBER TO START IN THE MIDDLE WITH A FULL EVA PAD as I’ve described  earlier – and NOT with a small piece as is shown in this older video). Use the video to learn the best technique how to peel and stick the EVA pads. TAKE YOUR TIME TO DO IT RIGHT – they are really difficult to pull off once they are freshly placed. Here’s the link once again: https://youtu.be/wLM_ilpoInw?t=3m7s 
 
 
Time to introduce your cat(s) to their new wheel  Let’s get rolling with the Ferris Cat Wheel - For My Petz 

  • One last note:  LIFTING THE WHEEL OUT OF ITS BASE 
  • If ever you want to lift the wheel off of the base – gently lift up – and then gently lower the entire wheel down onto the ground (ie. Sideways). 
  • CHECK REGULARLY (every 3 months) TO MAINTAIN MAXIMUM TIGHTNESS OF WINGNUT ASSEMBLIES 
  • Your wheel will perform its best for your cat if you regularly check the wingnuts using your Allen Key – and tighten to the max if they have loosened.  At least every 3 months is recommended, but if you check more often, that’s even better!