I just wanted to update that Billy loves his perch now. It just took some time. We ended up wrapping a lot of the branches with vet wrap though, since they were slippery. He loves tearing the vet wrap off and throwing the shreds around. We just re-wrap as needed. It does not look so pretty covered with a variety of different vet wraps, but Billy thinks it is just great. Also, since it has industrial style wheels, it can move around to any window in the house so he can watch us when we work outside. Overall, we love the perch and the versatility it gives us! Peace.