If your cat doesn’t do much more than lay around the house and sleep or eat, she could probably benefit from some exercise. My cat, Rio, used to get her exercise at 3:00am, dashing around the house like a crazy thing, determined to wake up everybody in the apartment building I lived in at the time. If you’d rather channel your cat’s energy into something a little more neighbor-friendly, you probably have looked at exercise wheels for small dogs and cats. Those are usually big and bulky and cost around $500 or more. One Fast Cat has developed a better, cheaper version of the cat exercise wheel, and they have turned to Kickstarter for funding.
The One Fast Cat Exercise Wheel is easily assembled in about 10 minutes without tools, and it’s quiet and nice looking enough that you could even place it in your living room. It doesn’t require power, other than what Kitty will provide. It has a 48″ diameter to protect the cat’s back, and its 10″ traction surface is wide enough for sure footing. It’s made of recycled plastics, and it’s sturdy and lightweight so you can move it around in your house or take it outside and hose it off when it’s time for a cleaning.
For a pledge of $199, you will receive a One Fast Cat Exercise Wheel with your choice of a black, blue, green, or red traction surface. No need to wonder if the project will meet its funding goals; they’ve already raised over $115,000 in pledges and far exceeded their $10,000 funding goal, with 16 days left in the funding period. It’s available for shipping within the US only, and shipments are expected to begin in September, 2014.