DIY Cat Wheel – How To Build A Cat Excercise Wheel from Scratch

Russell Jonathon

Russell Jonathon

Everyone loves a handy DIY right? Let’s be honest they can at times be a huge headache and not worth the trouble. That’s where our DIY guide to building your very own cat exercise wheel comes in handy.

Cat exercise wheels can be a fantastic edition to your cats life. Yes even your old cat who has seen it all could benefit from having one. They can however run at a high cost and take up space you simply don’t have.

If you’ve been thinking about setting up an exercise cat wheel in your home but don’t want to splash the cash below guide is for you.

What You Will Need

You will need a basic list of materials to put together your very own wheel. Some materials you will need to build your cat exercise wheel are as follows.

Your option on movement for the wheel. There are wheel spinners or in this case a pole and bearing set up was used.

2-Pillow block bearings front and back. We recommend doing your research on which specific movement will be suitable for your home.

1″ black pipe fittings.

Plywood. Be sure to pick up slightly more than required as a rule of thumb. We recommend some strong plywood for the backboard of the wheel and then thinner more flexible ply wood for the interior of the wheel.

Some wood screws and bolts. Also a handy toolkit like the CARTMAN Orange 39-Piece Tool Set will come in handy.

A strong Wood Glue for joining the required pieces.

Wood Stain if you plan on staining afterwards, or think of some coverings. ( Some people use yoga matts )

A good quality JigSaw will be needed for the majority of the work. We recommend using the TACKLIFE Advanced 6.7 Amp 3000 SPM Jigsaw with Laser & LED

Wood clamps for holding the glued sections over night.

Step 1: Making The Backboard

Measure out the backboard, we recommend 4 foot in diameter is ideal.

Mark a center point in the backboard and use a pin and marker with a ruler to draw the perfect circle. This will be a great guide when making the cut.

Once you have your perfect circle marked out go ahead and begin to cut using a good quality jigsaw.

Step 2: Building The Cat Walk

Next up you will want to make support strips for the wheel. We would recommend about 13 inches in length to create a wide enough platform for your cat to walk or run on. Dimensions used in the video. 1 1/2 x 3/4 x 13″ ribs.

Secure the strips to the board as seen in video. A good strong wood glue and wood clamps are required. Allow to set and dry for 24 to 48 hours.

Place the second circle base on top and measure up the internal needed to be cut out.

Use the same technique as before to get an accurate measure. Go ahead and glue that piece on and allow to dry again for 24 to 48 hours.

Step 3: Making The Running Surface

You will begin to fill the centre with flexible plywood as seen in the video. A combination of wood glue or nails can be used to fix the ply to the support sticks. Just be sure to get the nails flush. Take your time here as this will determine how smooth your running surface will be.

Step 4: Mounting The Exercise Wheel

There are many mounting options or ways to get your wheel to spin. In the video above the wheel is wall mounted. It makes for a very sturdy wheel. To wall mount your wheel you will need the following parts.

Step 5: Decorating

Go ahead and decorate the wheel how you feel comfortable. Some people use a wood stain finish while others will use a yoga mat. We loved the finished result of the cat exercise wheel.

Conclusion

While we hope this guide was useful in some way we understand that not everyone is handy with tools. If this was all a bit to much DIY and you are still wanting an exercise wheel for your cat than here are some of our recommendations.

Looking for other DIY projects for your kitty. I recommend checking out the DIY cat perch article.

One Fast Cat Exercise Wheel

Cat Owners report their cat loves this wheel. Its easy to put together and relatively affordable. A smooth running system using high quality parts should see this Cat Exercise Wheel lasting a long time.

One Fast Cat Exercise Wheel

Pros:

  • Build Quality
  • Looks Great
  • Good value
  • Easy To Put Together

Cons:

  • Not Budget Friendly

Phasuk Cat Exercise Wheel – Indoor

With its open design the Phasuk Exercise Wheel gives your cat the option to enter from both sides. Its design is pretty safe for all cats and kittens. Its lightweight yet very sturdy and would make a great addition to any cat household.

Pros:

Phasuk Cat Exercise Wheel - Indoor
  • Lightweight
  • Closed Cell EVA covering
  • Easy To Put Together

Cons:

  • Not Budget Friendly