Ordered my tree on Monday and it arrived by Friday. My son was home and had it put together before I got home from work. It was very easy. The cats didn't seem to interested at first but by the 2nd day they were all over it. We removed the ladder as it was in their way. 3 of the 5 cats are on the tree continuously. The oldest is barely able to climb these days and Jill (the only female) will get on a ledge occasionally to look out the window. They are enjoying the ropes and no longer clawing my carpet! Thanks so much - we are all thrilled!