Cat exercise wheels are all the rage these days. More people are having inside cats and lots of people prefer active cats that will engage with them. Problem is that these wheels tend to be expensive. How easy is it to make a cat exercise wheel DIY version that is safe and robust for your cats to play in?
The answer is that you will need some very elementary woodwork skill and a few tools including clamps to glue the treads onto the wheel. You will also need some space for assembly. Beyond that it is relatively simple. Here is a video that show the work involved in making a cat exercise wheel from plywood:
Cat exercise wheel DIY version
Here is another homemade design in action. In this case the rotation comes from a bicycle wheel. This certainly looks good and seems to work well. It also shows how normal house cats rapidly get the idea of these wheels. I love the bit when both cats go in different directions…
Cat exercise wheel DIY version in action
There are other many designs around. It needs a little imagination and the ability to improvise with materials you have around or can easily obtain. If you do build a wheel, or have done so, then please let us know and we will give everyone the details. We would also love to know how readily your cats adopt and use their wheels.
Hopefully cat exercise wheels, including DIY ones, will help to reduce the epidemic of obesity that has arisen in our cats as well as giving them a lot of fun.