The Best DIY Cat Running Wheel On A Budget/Inexpensive/Cheap/Easy

How to make a DIY cat exercise running wheel with open sides. Only cost $34 to make and is 4 feet wide! Best cat wheel you can make for the money!

Check out my new updated cat wheel. Better base on it and made from corrugated plastic.

Thinking about making a cat wheel? Here are the Do’s and Don’t of making wheels…

Want to buy the items to make this wheel off amazon?
Here are the links to what I used.
Foam Poster Board: https://amzn.to/3ebwEcm
Spray Glue: https://amzn.to/36nO9na
Low Temp Glue Gun: https://amzn.to/2TvSfED
2″ Catser Wheels: https://amzn.to/3cUG6Rr
Duck Tape: https://amzn.to/3cQLapM
Door Mat: https://amzn.to/3cWcsv2

50 Comments

  1. Angela Felix on June 20, 2022 at 10:13 pm

    I’ve attempted the wheel twice they are great, I’m having a little trouble with the base but getting closer 😖😊.

  2. Dionysus on June 20, 2022 at 10:14 pm

    Cat Toy Lady, you are a genius 😀

  3. Kyla Ford on June 20, 2022 at 10:14 pm

    Was the base on that big enough for an adult cat and was the circular unit heavy enough to stay in place when a full-grown cat was running on it?

  4. mv on June 20, 2022 at 10:15 pm

    LOL all of the cuts. This lady clearly cant follow a script

  5. Lloyd B on June 20, 2022 at 10:16 pm

    21:55 It doesn’t look like it moves nice and easily… It sounds like it’s scraping on something.

  6. Anonymous User on June 20, 2022 at 10:16 pm

    And not one cat used it hahah can’t see this working it’s so cheap and sticks when you move it.

  7. Shawn/IO on June 20, 2022 at 10:17 pm

    listen I dont know about you guys but my cats would absolutely destroy that in 15 seconds

  8. Serdar Dokuzkardeşler on June 20, 2022 at 10:18 pm

    👏👏👏👏👍

  9. Bennu on June 20, 2022 at 10:20 pm

    What no demonstration with an actual cat?🤨 Sus

  10. Matthew S on June 20, 2022 at 10:20 pm

    This is a waste of time you would be very lucky if this lasted a month there is too much friction on the walls and the materials won’t last they are not durable enough.

  11. James Pennington on June 20, 2022 at 10:21 pm

    You are the MacGyver of cat toys!

  12. HRH Pugwidgeon on June 20, 2022 at 10:22 pm

    This was so helpful. Thank you ❣️🥰🕊

  13. chuck hilliard on June 20, 2022 at 10:22 pm

    I’ve taken in 4 stray kittens who run around like maniacs late at night and early in the morning and I just happen to be sitting on a ton of foam board! When I googled/amazoned cat wheels and it comes up with results for $700 dollars?!?! I was shocked. Thank you so much for the tutorial, we’ll see what I come up with!

  14. Chang's Màu vẽ áo on June 20, 2022 at 10:22 pm

    No cat wheel she made that her cats can play into it, i didnt see anything like her cats can run stablely in it

  15. Sanguine Rain on June 20, 2022 at 10:22 pm

    My Simba would crush that foam lol

  16. Claudia Lai on June 20, 2022 at 10:23 pm

    No way this wont break if a cat runs on it!…

  17. Nicky Phoenix on June 20, 2022 at 10:23 pm

    It was all good until the wrapping paper and then I knew that I couldn’t do this… You have infinitely more patience than me, I would just end up with a sticky mess… I will have to wait until I see a 2nd hand one for sale, but kudos to you it’s fantastic for $34 which translates into about £26 for me which is amazing as they can be anything from £200-£500 here in the UK to buy new. But you do have a new subscriber as I do want to make a big scratching post with platforms for my little pride.

  18. Grandma Kelly’s Clean Life, Clean Living on June 20, 2022 at 10:25 pm

    How fun! I’ll have to show your channel to my crafty teenager … we only have 3 cats and a big bunch of other animals 💕👵

  19. Jennifer Martin on June 20, 2022 at 10:25 pm

    I’d love to see a cat running on this wheel, it’s a great design. Maybe kittens wouldn’t have a problem, but adult kitties are heavier and I worry that them inside of it, running will #1: make the wheels carve into the foam & #2: make the wheel stop turning. But you are the absolute best teacher, I love how detailed you are 🐈🐾

  20. HRH Pugwidgeon on June 20, 2022 at 10:27 pm

    Wish I could give this a million likes thank you👍🏻

  21. daveyboytellem on June 20, 2022 at 10:28 pm

    This would be a good base to fiberglass over. Lol my cats would destroy it, they used to get their onefastcat wheel so fast then jump off and it’d go flying

  22. armstrong armstrong on June 20, 2022 at 10:34 pm

    I bet she’s excellent at Xmas time

  23. Nidhi Gupta on June 20, 2022 at 10:34 pm

    Dimensions are not very clear…..wud have been good if you cud show them on the sceen

  24. CJ'S Equestrian on June 20, 2022 at 10:35 pm

    Absolutely brilliant! I’m going to have a go at this! I think my 12 rescue kitties will love it! One question, would you say it’s strong and stable enough for a cat that’s almost 7kg??

  25. Jacob Childers on June 20, 2022 at 10:35 pm

    I was looking for cat wheels, and I found a damn genius lol. Thank you for your content you’re the shit. Super cute too ❤️

  26. Deborah B on June 20, 2022 at 10:39 pm

    Had no idea that I needed to meet you today. Thank you for your full on best help attitude. My cats thank you.
    PS if you have never heard of the Sweet Potato Queens – you are a member in waiting

  27. Angela Felix on June 20, 2022 at 10:41 pm

    Hello cat toy lady, my husband and I love your videos, we are sending this message to you because we were wondering if there is anyway you could help us promote our GoFundMe titled "My 11 kittens are asking for your money (help)" because we have 4 cats and 11 kittens (they are cousins that are all too young to re-home because they are 3-4 weeks old still). We work but are falling behind on rent so anything will help right now to keep them homed and us as well. Hopefully you can help. Side note: I’ve attempted the wheel twice they are great, I’m having a little trouble with the base but getting closer 😖😊.

  28. Sasha Hera on June 20, 2022 at 10:42 pm

    Thank you so much for your very skilled and relaxed explanations …. These wheels are so pricey and I will try making one following your guide. Amazing 😻🌈🥰💙🙏🌈

  29. Rikard Johansen on June 20, 2022 at 10:42 pm

    it dident move lol

  30. madam firefly on June 20, 2022 at 10:44 pm

    U didn’t put a cat in it how is tape and glue going to hold up to a 6 to 15 pound cat? Looks great tho

  31. ashzole on June 20, 2022 at 10:46 pm

    why not find a used treadmill , ppl give them out for free , put walls around the treadmill , tape a photo of a mouse , super glue it on the mat, turn it on

  32. Dominique Cruz on June 20, 2022 at 10:48 pm

    Don’t use carpet!!! The cat can get their claws stuck! It’s happened. That’s why the ones you buy don’t come with carpet

  33. Chewie -V on June 20, 2022 at 10:48 pm

    This will not last. It is not smooth at all lol. Please do not make this for your cat. There’s a reason why she didn’t show any running on it.

  34. Rhys Rigsby on June 20, 2022 at 10:51 pm

    So…. how much weight can it handle and still move? that is the primary issue.
    I have a 16 pound cat… and that thing did not look like it moved that easily to start with, add 16 pounds of a monochrome Garfield and I doubt it is going to work as well as you think it will.

  35. farkkis on June 20, 2022 at 10:54 pm

    Stupid video, it clearly moves bad and no video in actual work, i dont think that will work

  36. Carol King on June 20, 2022 at 10:55 pm

    I’ve watched several of these wheels being made, and only one cat actually ran on it! The rest of the cats enjoyed their new lounging spot!😂

  37. Lisa Me on June 20, 2022 at 10:57 pm

    How small a circle can we make these that will still perform for 1 cat…. 28", 30"?
    I don’t think I can deal with 40+" in my apt, too small.

  38. Nostalgic on June 20, 2022 at 11:01 pm

    You are really creative! Thank you so much for this idea, I’m gonna try it.

  39. Shannon Mack on June 20, 2022 at 11:02 pm

    do the cats actually use this?

  40. K. Sajak on June 20, 2022 at 11:02 pm

    Wish we got to see a cat on it tho!

  41. Leigh Ellison on June 20, 2022 at 11:02 pm

    wow!!

  42. MY CUTE DOG AND CATS on June 20, 2022 at 11:04 pm

    A good channel.. I like your channel !
    My channel is about cats too and dogs..

    Salam sukses ya..

    Amin…

  43. Hope on June 20, 2022 at 11:04 pm

    Thank you thank you THANK YOU!!! ❤️❤️❤️

  44. Fran Fran on June 20, 2022 at 11:05 pm

    My cat son is getting really chonky, and since we live in a tiny apartment (read: we are not rich), he doesn’t have a lot of space to roam in sadly. So I went to look at cat wheels and was floored by how stupidly expensive they are (again, we don’t have a ton of money). This is an amazing solution, and I can tell it will support even my chonky little boy. I plan on making this soon with any luck, thank you for this video blessing! It’s time to visit the dollar store (and hardware store for caster wheels). 🐈😸😻

  45. Seattle Dragon on June 20, 2022 at 11:05 pm

    Needs a video of a real cat using it. Also the noise would drive me crazy. I would push the wheels a little closer together to raise the wheel up 1/2"
    above the base.

  46. Jen Flamer on June 20, 2022 at 11:05 pm

    =∆..∆=

  47. E P. Gallo on June 20, 2022 at 11:07 pm

    I love your ingenuity. I actually watched all of this. But WHY didn’t you include an actual test run with a real cat???😂😒

  48. aaronic on June 20, 2022 at 11:08 pm

    Whats the thickness of the foam board tho? 3mm?

  49. ILIV4DALE on June 20, 2022 at 11:12 pm

    could this be made with sturdy cardboard instead of foam board?

  50. Road Rash's Redline Resto Rods on June 20, 2022 at 11:13 pm

    This might be easier if you make one arc, cut it out & use that as a template to mark all the other arcs…this will save a lot of time moving the board around…contact paper could also be used instead of wrapping paper to eliminate the spray adhesive…I think I may make one of these for my 2…cheapest I found so far is still pushing $300…they won’t know the difference…

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