TOur two kitties have been enjoying their new “play station” for about two weeks now. Our boy gets the most use out of it, since it’s a great place to hide and sneak attack anyone passing by (his favorite thing to do). He’s dashed through it like a cannon ball, and so far none of the fasteners have been damaged. Because he’s a robust-sized kitty (no, really, it’s all muscle) and generally a ball of energy (we’re convinced he was a Jack Russell in a former life), I enlarged some of the holes for easier access/exit. My husband refers to these as “portly portals”, and it was quite simple to do without compromising the sturdiness or structure of the top rug.
The rugs themselves seem to be of genuinely good quality. No unpleasant odors were noticeable when the packaging was first opened, and we haven’t had any issues with nails (or a certain boy’s teeth) getting caught in the rugs. Set-up was quite easy and reconfiguring the shapes keeps The Ripple Rug from losing its novelty. Oh, and cleaning it is as simple as a good rinse, patting it dry with a towel, and a little time hanging up to make certain the backing is completely dry. Wish I could get kitty puke out of all my carpets so easily!
Overall, while the concept of this product is simple, I wouldn’t bother trying to make one of these on my own. Most of the rugs you would buy in a store are not US-made products and fiber content, dyes, etc. are therefore questionable. Plus, the guess work on how to adhere the velcro firmly and safely has already been done. I commend the owners/inventors of The Ripple Rug for taking all kinds of quality and safety concerns into consideration, and coming up with a really fun and versatile product that my fur babies actually enjoy!