Saturday, January 28, 2017

Caturday: Do My Cats Need an Exercise Wheel?

I've been seeing kitty hamster wheels all over the internet, and I am intrigued. I don't know who came up with idea, why it's spreading, or why cats even run on wheels. I guess it's not really that weird though, I mean people and even some dogs like to run on treadmills, right? I'm not sure if I could convince my indoor cats to walk on an exercise wheel, or where I'd put one if we got it. Those things take up a ton of space!

Still, I am in love with the idea, and will likely implement one of these when we eventually get our own place. Here are the options I've found so far:
Feline exercise wheel for cats

One Fast Cat


  • Freestanding modern artsy design
  • Open-sided wheel for claustrophobic kitty comfort
  • 48" diameter, helps avoid bending kitty's spine too much
  • Easy to move, wheel sits on base and can be separated
  • Less than $200


  • User-assembled, and based on their Amazon reviews, it's quite the chore
  • Manufacturing defects are common, pieces break curing assembly
  • Company seems to send out dirty, ripped boxes and possibly used products
  • Returns are a huge hassle, customer service seems to be lacking
  • Lack of a central axle means this wheel is prone to instability


Kitty Exercise Wheel


  • Very sturdy
  • Arrives fully or mostly assembled
  • Stable enough for sprinting
  • Comes in medium and large sizes if you have a monster cat bigger than the 25-pound limit of the small wheel


  • 40" diameter on small wheel, bigger is more ergonomic
  • Kinda industrial-looking
  • Costs around $500



  • Lots of tutorials and ideas available
  • Can be made to fit your space and budget
  • Color and aesthetic entirely up to you


  • Inevitably going to be heavier than the above options
  • You have to have a little bit of carpentry skills and stuff
  • And power tools, definitely power tools
What do you think? Brilliant idea? Or another expensive toy for the cats to ignore like...well...cats?


  1. Adam Savage made this cat wheel quieter---any ideas on the brand? https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=W5axvYiT5tQ