7 Of the Best Indoor Exercise Wheels for Cats

If you are one of the many cat owners who has decided that an indoor life is the safest option for your cat, you are not alone. With the dangers of cars, the risk of getting into costly scrapes with other cats, and the potential for cat theft, particularly with pedigree breeds, it’s no wonder more cat parents have decided to keep their feline friends partially or exclusively indoors.

While indoor cats might be safer than their roaming counterparts, indoor cats are more likely to become obese, suffer from boredom and display unwanted behaviours.

So, if you have an indoor cat that can be a bit disruptive, your feline friend could be in need of some stimulation. Cat wheels provide your kitty with the simple, healthy activity of walking and running while keeping them focused and entertained indoors.

Demand from owners has seen a number of modern and functional new cat wheels on the market in styles to suit most homes. From freestanding cat wheels, to fully customised wheels and even wall mounted cat wheels, there’s something here for every frisky feline. Here we compare 7 of the best cat wheels available.

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Catwheel II by Catswall

1. CATWHEEL II BY CATSWALL DESIGN

Let’s start with the crème de la crème of Cat wheels; the Catwheel II is the latest release from cat product experts, Catswall. An updated version of their already hugely popular Catwheel, the 2.0 version features a newly designed wheelbase, which reduces running noise (for those frisky kitties who enjoy a midnight dash), and increased stability.

For those of you with multi-cat households, the Catwheel II has an extra-wide track so it can fit up to three cats side by side. Unlike a lot of the cheaper wheels, which use only plastic, the Catwheel II uses MDF board for greater durability, plus it comes fully assembled, so you just unpack it and your cats are ready to run!

one fast cat cat wheel

2. ONE FAST CAT

This cat wheel made by One Fast Cat is easy to assemble and allows for it to easily be cleaned if your cat likes to make a mess. The wheel rests on two pairs of roller blade wheels on a base that fits into a track that keeps the exercise wheel in place but can be removed if you need to relocate or clean it. The exercise wheel itself is made of recycled plastics making it a good, inexpensive choice when shopping for cat wheels.

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3. CAT IN MOTION 

This elegant cat exercise wheel comes from the Canadian Cat Company. The large, open design of the wheel means it’s gentle on your cat’s back and it’s fitted with EVA foam to ensure a sturdy grip. It is made from lightweight, yet sturdy materials that can take plenty of use, plus it has been designed to have minimal running noise due to the ball-bearing rollers.

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4. WALL BIKE EXERCISE WHEELS FOR CATS

For those cat parents looking for something a little different, the Wall Bike from Holin Design will definitely be the talking point of your home. Made from reclaimed bicycle wheels, these cat wheels are wall-mounted so they take up no floor space at all (which is a common complaint of other cat wheels). Each wheel is handmade in Poland using birch plywood.

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5. CATWHEEL TOWERS

If you are not only looking for an exercise wheel for your cat but also an entire playground to keep multiple cats entertained, then look into getting a Catwheel Tower. Catwheel towers come in multiple varieties to fit you and your cat’s needs including options for storage, sections for food and litter, and scratching posts for your cats. The major component of these towers, however, is the exercise wheels at their base – making these the all-in-one package for indoor cats.

maclaw cat exercise wheel

6. MACLAW CUSTOM CAT WHEELS

For those of you looking for something different for your cat, look no further than the Maclaw Cat Wheel. Each wheel is hand-crafted and allows you to choose custom graphics, making each piece unique. The Maclaw Wheel is wide enough for two cats to use at the same time and has a rubber surface that allows for extra grip.

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7. GOCAT CAT WHEEL

The GoCat Wheel has a sleek design with a wooden base that keeps the exercise wheel in place, no matter how much your cat moves within it. The wheel’s track has a vinyl surface for easy cleanup and also has space for two cats to run simultaneously. Its design allows for the wheel to go as fast as your cat wants to run and can slow down fast when your cat is ready to stop. The GoCat Wheel is durable and lightweight and comes in a variety of colours.

In short, there are a wide variety of cat wheels available to fit any home and cat. They offer great exercise for your feline friends without costing a lot of space in your home or chunks from your bank account.

Do you have a cat wheel? What do you think about them? Tell us in the comments below!

Jessica is a writer in the Nerd Culture and Pet Niches who visualizes articles as an art of words. She resides in a very small Virginia town that is surrounded by mountains. She also enjoys working with furry companions and has taken in several rescues throughout the years. Currently, she resides with her cats Prince Noko, Chi, and Marshmellow. When not playing games or entertaining her cats you can find her under a warm blanket sampling different teas while reading graphic novels.

26 Comments

  • Reply January 5, 2018

    Cat

    The bike wheel idea looks very dangerous to me, if they stuck their paw out through the bars as it was rotating they could really hurt themselves..

    • Reply August 17, 2018

      Devon Rémy

      That was my first thought, and I still can’t get past it. I love the look – it’s right up my gutter – but I can’t help but cringe at the picture in my mind.

      • Reply August 18, 2018

        Angela Messerschmitt

        In reference to the bicycle wheel exerciser I would suggest using something cut out in the same shape as the wheel to cover the spokes. Like indoor/outdoor carpet, cardboard that can be recycled, any thick material. There is a slew of items…..!

    • Reply September 4, 2018

      Sam G

      That’s a very real concern. One could always put a cover over the wire spokes to make it safer. It’s moronic not to do so.

      A couple years back, my Maine coon somehow broke his femur indoors and to this day I have no idea how it happened. I’m very careful and put down rigid shelf liner on every wire shelf my home has.
      I learned the hard way that orthopedic cat surgeons are not cheap. It’s rather ironic, in the military I got a bit dented and dinged, and I walk with a left leg limp, as does my Maine coon. When we walk together people try to contain laughing, but it is pretty funny.

      Uncle Sam paid to refurbish my leg, but I had to foot the bill refurbishing my cats broken leg, no joy there as I could have bought six to eight OneFastCat wheels for the price of fixing my cats broken leg.

    • Reply December 25, 2018

      Alycia Dawn Payne

      You can always put a piece of plexiglass over the spokes so then they could not get there claws caught in it and you can get a very thin layer of plexiglass.

  • Reply February 12, 2018

    K J Gray

    It would have been good to know that the Catwheel Tower site does not have any English translations. I think it is in Chinese, though I can’t be sure just what language it is. They have some great looking stuff, but without translation, it’s not much use to those who can’t read the language.

    • Reply February 20, 2018

      Donna

      It’s in Korean. Use google translate to see website in English

  • Reply February 18, 2018

    CJ

    You can translate the catwheel site using Google Chrome’s automatic translator in the search bar — it’s in Korean 🙂

  • Reply April 9, 2018

    oliver costich

    Can you buy the catwheel wheels in the US?

    • Reply April 10, 2018

      Sara White

      Hi Oliver, I’m not too sure. You can use google translate on their Korean site to get more information.

    • Reply September 14, 2018

      Elen

      Check out Ziggydoo for a US cat wheel. Our Ferris wheel is arriving in 3 weeks time. We’re so excited!!

    • Reply March 23, 2019

      Lee

      Sadly, they dont ship worldwide 🙁 i was very disappointed.

  • Reply May 25, 2018

    manon gitany

    hello, do you have a link for the DIY wheel ? the actual link you posted sends me to an ebay page

  • Reply August 30, 2018

    Karen

    Hi
    I have a cat wheel and cannot get either of my cats to go on it!! Can anyone out there help me get my cats to get on the wheel and move??

  • Reply September 20, 2018

    Hillevi

    I have had the Cat in motion wheel. Two pieces of the wheel was broken when I got it that they replaced. It was loud and very unstable from the start and got more so over time. The wheel was rubbing against the steel bar under the wheel making a horrible noice. It broke completely after less then 7 month. I got nothing back because in the fine print you are not aloud to leave that cats unsupervised in the wheel for the warranty to be valid. Don’t buy it because it`s trash.

    PetPlanets wheel I have had and that is a cheap good wheel if you have short/small cats.

    I now have the Ferris wheel and I love it and so do the cats :).

  • Reply November 26, 2018

    Dianne

    The link to the DIY is not taking me to any instructions. It takes me to an EBAY site. Can you please correct this ? I am very interested in making a wheel.

  • Reply December 15, 2018

    Mizera Mykle

    Spokes and backs with small to medium open holes scream injury to me. Not only can heads and feet get caught but tails especially. I prefer the solid back for safety reasons and wonder if the designers of the two aforementioned love or know anything about cats and safety.

  • Reply January 10, 2019

    Janis

    Can You send a Cat exercise wheel to Latvia?

  • Reply November 26, 2019

    Toni

    I’m trying to decide between the Go!Cat!Wheel and the Cat Wheel II. Does anyone have experience with either of these? Opinions?

    • Reply April 5, 2020

      Amanda

      Hi Toni,
      I am the owner of Kittyglitz, we sell the Catwheel II. I have had the original version of the Catswall Design wheel since 2012. It has withstood the test of time with several litters of enthusiastic Bengal kittens and my own resident cats. It is robust, sturdy and one of the safest cat wheels around. The newer version has been updated to be even quieter – I hope this helps 🙂

  • Reply January 3, 2020

    Chan

    Ok, I love the catwheel/tower combo. But the site is all in what I assume is mandarin. Do you know if they do US sales?

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