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Old 12-23-2008, 08:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ive been searching for plans on how to build a cat excercise wheel. Google has turned up nothing for me. Does anyone have a link or plans for building one? Maybe a website with a $$ friendly model for sale?
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Old 12-23-2008, 08:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Ive been searching for plans on how to build a cat excercise wheel. Google has turned up nothing for me. Does anyone have a link or plans for building one? Maybe a website with a $$ friendly model for sale?
Thank You in advance
Mike and Meyer
I think cats would do much better on a treadmill than a wheel. Look on YouTube for cats on treadmills, some of them really get the hang of it and will get up to a vigorous trot!
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Old 12-23-2008, 10:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I did a lot to create an environment that keeps my cats active, by
giving them so many convenient climbing options all over my home.
I also positioned my furniture so when the cats chase each other,
they have lots of straight paths and soft obstacles to choose from.
don't think exercise machine - think jungle gym with track & field





there are expensive dog treadmills out there,
but I doubt cats would put up with it for long,
as cats are not used to being leashed like dogs.



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Old 12-23-2008, 10:20 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Dude! I had to check and make sure my cats weren't looking over my shoulder at your bodacious cat castle - they would soo be hitchhiking your way!!! Heck, even I'm envious!
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Old 12-23-2008, 10:22 PM   #5 (permalink)
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yeah, I got lucky and rescued that $450 cat condo off craigslist;
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everything else are budget DIY projects with industrial materials.

just wait till I cat proof my bedroom... I have many more
cat friendly furniture gimmicks planned for that room too
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Old 12-23-2008, 10:28 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Your cats really do have a great place to live. I've got some good ideas from your pictures...

As a side note: The fabric of your couch slip-cover is the same I used to make window treatments for the kitchen and living room and a shower curtain for the master bath. It had a coordinating fabric with flowers and leaves in the squares of a large 'plaid' with taupe stripes.
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Old 12-23-2008, 10:35 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks - I'm just trying to impress upon michaeljl3 (the thread starter)
to consider alternative ways of thinking about his cat's exercises needs.

something as simple as pulling your furniture a foot away from the wall
gives your cats their own avenue of movement that encourages activity.

I'd give up all my gimmicks for one of Starlinka's specials;
but I don't live in a house... yet

viewtopic.php?f=2&t=54764&start=0


Check out this Extreme Cat Shelf Homes in Japan;

http://www.crookedbrains.net/2008/10/de ... house.html

http://www.crookedbrains.net/2008/11/house_21.html

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Old 12-23-2008, 11:00 PM   #8 (permalink)
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That is great! I love that spiral !!! Im in the midst of moving into a house, and out of our lil" bachelor pad apartment. That definately opens up options for some custom kitty friendly additions. Thanks much!
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Old 12-23-2008, 11:30 PM   #9 (permalink)
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if you are getting a house, then something less elaborate
could be done inexpensively against the house, and I doubt
it would require any zoning variances;

http://picasaweb.google.com/cherylshtuff/CatPen#
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Old 12-24-2008, 12:38 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I found this vid, still looking for actual plans or blueprints...
http://cats.about.com/od/catvideos/youtube/CatWheel.htm
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