More of us are keeping our cats indoors. Problem is many cats need lots of exercise and get frustrated cooped in our homes. A cat treadmill can be an excellent way to solve this problem. According to cat behaviorist Pam Johnson-Bennett in her book Cat vs Cat:
…even though kittens seem to be able to play endlessly, many adult cats fall into the couch potato category. Since these feline couch potatoes gradually become less and less active, many owners don’t really notice the change until the annual veterinary exam when the cat is diagnosed as overweight. “Overweight? My Kitty? How did that happen?”
Well you can, and should, regularly play with your cat — though this normally fails to burn all the excess energy. Enter the cat treadmill — normally in the form of a giant exercise wheel.
Cat treadmill video (cat goes at amazing speed towards the end)
That’s really exhausting exercise.
In the next video the cats go like crazy too — there is a bit of a pause in the middle where they have a bite to eat but after that one of them goes at warp speed.
A homemade cat treadmill also works well…
The cats seemed to be really enjoying themselves — true it doesn’t look anywhere near as good as the factory version.
Most cats will use a wheel like these. Some cats will take to them without hesitation. Some will need to be shown what to do using a toy. A cat that has been overweight awhile may need some extra encouragement and take longer to adapt. Please tell us what you think.