- I love it! Review by Fran
I found the wheel easy to assemble - the videos were of great help! I have several cats and two in particular took to the wheel very quickly. Some of the others just go for a stroll on the wheel, while Stella and Wisp run as fast as they can go. I love seeing them use the cat wheel and they seem to love getting extra exercise on it. (Posted on 6/29/2015)
- Both Bengals love the wheel Review by Shelly
Bella took to the wheel right away with help from a laser light. Oswald was only 8 weeks old and could not move the wheel. He is now 13 weeks old and double in size. Yesterday he jumped on the wheel and ran flat out! Shocked the heck out of me. He is a much faster runner than Bella. I would could Bella a Stroller! LOL. She just likes to walk. I put the wheel beside the door-wall so the can see outside when they walk. Both cats love the wheel. It was very easy to put together. Did it myself in 20 minutes. (Posted on 6/22/2015)
- The best money I've ever spent! Review by Susan
We have two cats, one-year-old, a brother and sister named Grover and Josie. Grover was getting a little porky, so I figured with them being indoor cats, I would give "One Fast Cat" a try. It was easily assembled from the video. Then we started to train Grover with a toy. He got on the wheel and started going! What amazed us was the next day when he got on all by himself and started going! Here's what blew us away, Josie, Grover's tiny, petite sister, started going on the wheel without even being trained! And she goes so fast! Faster than Grover. She is obsessed with the wheel. I can hear her using it in the middle of the night! This wheel is so cool and effective for cat exercise. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! (Posted on 6/21/2015)
- A happy purchase Review by Naomi
i find it easy to take a few minutes, a few times a day to sit with her and use a yummy treat to get her to run. But, after two weeks, she does not use it without a lure. I'm hopeful that this may change, even slightly. I don't give her any treats unless she runs a few rotations, so I am trying to link the wheel and treats as inseparable for her and this takes time. Assembly was easy, especially the second time! I put the running boards too close and had to reassemble. All in all, I am very pleased with the one fastest wheel! (Posted on 6/21/2015)
- Great Product, Needs Tweaks Review by Matthew
First of all, I was one of the initial orders so some things may have changed.
First, the parts that need improvement: The product came packed in a way which damaged several (3-5, I forget) of the track pads as well as indentations on the wheels. The wheel indentation seems to have gone away, and all damage was caused by the underside of the track being presses against it. Since then, the tracks came off some (the ones which were creased) and the wheels are becoming worn. There is white wheel dust against the inside of the track which demonstrates rubbing, and this has caused additional friction on the wheel movement.
Now for the good stuff... While I had hoped the exercise wheel would get my overweight Bengal running, he won't get on the thing at all. I underestimated his timidity and overly sensitive temperament. His skinny brother though? All about it. He sprints on the thing, tail all bushy. I even had to put the wheel in the garage so he could run until he was happy without the noise at night. Now when I go near it he jumps on, meows, and starts sprinting. He loves to show off, but the occasional treat may be part of it too...
Overall, I really like the product and it has been a great conversation piece... Almost an instillation art piece for when my friends are over. I'll keep working on the fat one. He will run eventually. (Posted on 6/24/2015)
- Awesome Review by Tania
We have a cat boarding facility and the cats love the wheel, there are a few that will even get on the wheel themselves and get it working (Posted on 6/15/2015)Looks good. Review by Jackie
Although the wheel looks stunning in 4-year old Mindy's room, I have been unable to motivate her to even step onto the wheel! Using the training videos I have found that she is neither food nor toy-motivated! I can only hope that eventually she will step on it if it sits there long enough. She definitely needs the exercise, as she's a bit overweight.
The assembly was a bear. I couldn't get the gaps out. Eventually my sister's boyfriend had to complete it.
At least it looks good! (Posted on 7/25/2015)
- Well worth it Review by Rebecca
Assembly was incredibly easy - I watched the instructional videos the day before I got the wheel, and then was able to assemble it in about 20 minutes with the help of a friend. No problems there.
It did take a bit before my cat took to the wheel - at first she was uncomfortable with the 'the floor is moving' concept, but she got used to it within a week. Then for weeks I thought she would only ever use it when I bribed her with treats, but just recently she started using it on her own! So, don't give up right away, just give them time to adjust.
Now my very energetic cat has a way to burn off steam and will leave my lazy cat alone - win-win situation. The lazy cat never took to the wheel, but I didn't get it for her.
Only complaint is that if my cat really starts running at her top speed, the wheel comes off the tracks. But I think its because she runs at an angle a bit, the weirdo. The wheel is sturdy for her usual pace. (Posted on 7/11/2015)
- My cat already lost 1lb Review by Jennifer
My cat loves the wheel. It took him a while to get the idea of it - probably about a month. He is 6 years old and we weren't sure if he was going to use it because for a while all he would do is lie down and get comfy on it! We used treats and a lazer pointer to train him as people have done, and also showed him how to do it by sitting beside the wheel and "walking" on it with our hands to get it moving - as if we're going for a walk with him. It took a while for him to realize that he can move it on his own but got the hang of it and slowly got comfortable running faster. Now he loves it and always wants us to do it with him - as soon as we come into the room he'll jump onto the wheel and start meowing! He uses it on his own as well but seems to view it as something fun we do together. He purrs like crazy. He is at a much healthier weight now after using it for only a couple of months.
No complaints. The only thing we found strange was the instructions made a big deal about how you have to leave a gap between the pads when you are putting them on, which we did but then when we got to the end there was an extra pad. So we could have put them on with no gaps and then just cut the last one to size. (Posted on 6/13/2015)
- An Engineering Marvel Review by Jacob
I bought One Fast Cat Exercise Wheel because it fit my budget, it was compact, light weight and seemed to be well designed. $250 is an excellent price point considering that all of the other options out there don't come close and that making one of these wheels yourself for less money is not trivial. The wheel is very easy to assemble (easier than Ikea furniture) and actually fun.
As the wheel is constructed from many small, repeating parts, my expectations for perfect roundness and symmetry were modest at best. When I first tested the wheel (by hand, of course) I noticed that the imperfections in the geometry of the assembled wheel caused some minor oscillations that destabilized the wheel. This was in no means an issue for me. Just something I noticed. The only problem I encountered was that unless the skate wheels were perfectly aligned, the wheel would rub on the sidewalls of the wheel and cause friction and the wheel would not work efficiently. I was able to solve this issue through making small adjustments in the alignment of the base. Perhaps in the second generation model One Fast Cat will include a system for tuning the skate wheel alignment. Judging form how well engineered this wheel is currently, I don't think this will be a problem for the designer.
Overall, I am quite satisfied with my purchase and my Bengal kitten, Nimbus, loves his wheel. Nice work One Fast Cat! (Posted on 6/7/2015)
- Cat uses it every day Review by Joseph
I had always wanted a cat wheel for my cats, but never could bring myself to buy one because of the over the top prices. One Fast Cat came out with an affordable version that was in the price range where even if my cats didn't like it I felt like it was worth the risk.
I've had it since February 2015 and my black cat has used it every day since I got it. My Maine Coon has never set foot on it which is actually a good thing because it's nice for my Black cat to have something that's his own, (the Maine Coon like to take over and make everything hers) I never expected the wheel to be this big of a success with my cat, and it looks like from all the Facebook videos of cats enjoying the wheel, that it's pretty universal. (Posted on 5/13/2015)
- IT DIDN'T TAKE LONG AND HE'S OFF AND RUNNING Review by Michelle
i THOUGHT AT 11 MONTHS MAX WASN'T HEAVY ENOUGH TO MAKE THE WHEEL MOVE, BUT AFTER 1 DAY OF FAMILIARIZING HIMSELF WITH IT BEING IN THE HOUSE, I ENTICED HIM TO IT WITH A TOY AND HE WAS OFF AND RUNNING - AND I MEAN RUNNING. I CAN'T BELIEVE HOW HE'S TAKEN TO HIS WHEEL. I'M SO HAPPY HE'S GETTING HIS EXERCISE AND ENJOYING HIMSELF SO MUCH. THIS WAS A GREAT INVESTMENT IN HEALTH AND HAPPINESS FOR MAX. NOW HE HAS AN OUTLET FOR ALL THAT KITTENISH ENERGY! (THE VIDEO ALSO MAKE IT EASY TO ASSEMBLE). (Posted on 5/6/2015)
- This is a superb product at a great price Review by Charles (froghair)
My cats love this product, they run on it so fast that when they stop they turn a flip by going up the other side. Its like a cats cardio workout, with the only problem I have is only 1 on it at a time. I have 32 rescused cats, maybe in the future you could make a wider version for multiple cats. I have 1 that runs so fast that you can't hardly see her front feet and her back feet look like they are hopping. In closing I give this product 10 stars out of 5. EXCELLENT PRODUCT Thank You (Posted on 5/3/2015)
- Great Purchase! Review by Jennifer
I was a kickstarter backer. Even though I had to wait several months longer than expected, it definitely was worth the wait. We have our wheel on a hardwood floor and is very stable. Our savannah cat is on it all the time, at all hours of the day. It was a great purchase and would definitely recommend it. (Posted on 5/1/2015)
- Definitely Worth the Investment Review by Morgan
Once I had successfully assembled her One Fast Cat exercise wheel on Sunday afternoon (April 26th), my cat Cleopatra (Cleo) was intrigued, but still not quite sure what to do with it, no matter how many treats or different toys were used to entice her. Besides having put two paws on the exercise wheel the day it was assembled and set up, the most she would do afterwards was to sit on it for short periods three days in a row. However knowing not to pressure her about it and to be patient as well as understanding, I was confident that she would eventually take to it, given the time to do so. It also proved to be very important to continue engaging and playing with her without the focus being on the exercise wheel as well.
After being enticed by a different toy yesterday morning (Thursday), Cleo was amazing herself with what it was like to saunter and run, almost effortlessly, on her exercise wheel for the first time and was enjoying herself quite a bit. Taking breaks here and there, she would return to the wheel for yet another jaunt. She had even nearly broke out in almost a full gallop at one point, but decided not to overdo it all at once. There were also times when she was not really focused on the toy any longer either, so I would pull it away and only bring it back when it helped her to refocus.
What was the toy?: Had simply cut a short piece from an overstretched belt cord off an old pair of sweatpants. Like most cats, she took to it rather easily of course, most likely due to the novelty of it. It was either that or, if need be, I was tempted to purchase a laser cat toy.
This morning I awoke just prior to 4:00 AM (ET) and soon after Cleo could be overheard using the exercise wheel on her own, sauntering off and on for brief spurts and taking short breaks in between. This continued for a time after I arose from bed as well. She was no longer as interested in the cord as much, at least not this morning, save for when playing with it independent of the wheel.
Suffice it to say that, while keeping in mind about how careful and proper assembly of it is a most essential element of course, both Cleo and myself are extremely satisfied with the One Fast Cat exercise wheel and therefore we highly recommend it to other cats and their human caretakers.
It is most definitely worth the investment made in its acquisition. (Posted on 5/1/2015)
- Bengal Entertainment Review by Melanie
I bought the wheel crossing my fingers and hoping that it wouldn't be a waste of money. To my satisfaction, my cat took less than a day to get used to it and begin using it on his own without any incentive. Granted, he still runs faster with incentive (toys as he doesn't care at all about lasers for some reason). He IS a Bengal though so he had a higher chance of accepting it than most cats.
Assembling the wheel was work, but manageable. I am 5'1" and weigh 95lbs and was able to do it (with some huffing, puffing, and sweating) by myself. A rubber mallet would have been useful, but I was too eager to put it together to take the time to go to the store and get tools.
The wheel is definitely more stable on hard flooring compared to carpet, but I have mine set on carpet and it is only a little wobbly when my cat is running on it (he's pretty large; 17 pounds all muscle).
The assembly video was wonderful and I wish every product came with video instructions like that. Much easier to follow than paper instructions. (Posted on 4/30/2015)
- Finally got my wheel to Hawai'i :D Review by Aaron
I've been waiting for them to partner up with Amazon... now they are :D.
Ordered on the 23rd, arrived on the 27th. It came in it's orignial box, inside a cardboard box, inside another cardbaord... very well protected. I'd say it took 25 minutes to assemble, plus 10 minutes to stick on the running pads. Afterwards I gave it all a once over with my mallet just to make sure everything was good.
A couple things worth mentioning. My base has the slightest wobble which I had to correct with a slightly thicker floor pad on one of the corners.
Just by looking at the wheels I can tell in time they will need to replaced, also including a 6mm allen wrench if/when you need to adjust/remove the wheels would be nice.
Lastly, the assembly video on youtube says when applying the sticky traction pads, to, "leave a bit of a space." I did this, looking back I wish I'd ignored what she said, I had quite a bit of left over material... (Posted on 4/28/2015)
- EXCELLENT. This is a great product for indoor cats Review by Kathy
This wheel is amazing . I have been looking for something like this for my indoor cats that was affordable. I am SO happy to have found this, The wheel was extremely easy to assemble and training is going very well. I would highly recommend this to anyone with indoor cats. (Posted on 4/27/2015)
- Good product Review by Yvonne
Our cat seems to enjoy the wheel - if we put her on it she will go for a walk and even break into a gallop on occasion. But she is not on it all the time nor does she go on it voluntarily. If we hold a toy high on the wheel, she will try to catch it by running on the wheel which is quite funny. She is only a 6.5 pounds, 8 months old Tonkinese - some might say she is still a kitten so she is not heavy enough to make the wheel start easily. Once the wheel is moving, she has no issue keeping up or speeding up. Another factor is the wheel width - I think the wheel is too narrow. If it was 4 to 6 inches wider it would allow for distraction without the cat falling off the wheel! Sammy has fallen off the wheel a few times because she is running then she wants to look at us watching her run and bamm! She is an indoor cat, but we do "walk" her on a leash around the property. She is very fast and reachs the limit of the leash 100% of the time when she decides to take off. Indoors she is a rocket and has a "route" in the house she covers near full speed. I mention this becaue she is far from being a lethargic cat and seems to REALLY like running at full speed so we thought she would be basically on the wheel all the time, which is not the case, YET! Also, our wheel came with Blue pvc pads - every pad had dozens of small to large air bubbles between the glue and the pad. We applied one pad thinking that we could pop the bubbles by pressing the pad. The bubbles cannot be popped once you stick the pad on the wheel - we had to pull it out (not easy without deforming the pad!) then use a sharp hobby knife to cut the adhesive on *ALL* bubbles. We still did not get a very smooth surface as the cut adhesive film now blobs up here and there and you can feel it with your hands after the foam is in place ( you can see it too ). It is not a big deal for the cat, but just not the quality I was expecting. Last item, our wheel came with black silicone wheels - it looks like a downgrade from the transparent ones I see on the videos. Some manufacturing cost trimming ? Not sure - time will tell! For now, I think it is a good product and the fact that the cat is not in love with it is not a fault in the product but just a personality trait of the cat - Sammy could careless about her cat tree for the first 3 months and now she on it everyday. I think with time she will be on the wheel more often and on her own :-) (Posted on 4/27/2015)
- Love the wheel, but not as easy to assemble Review by Lyubov
I received the wheel 4 days ago and I'm proud to say that one of my 3 cats started using it on her own for the first time earlier today. The second cat would use the pads as a scratching post and sleep on the wheel, The most stubborn third cat is starting to show interest in the wheel because she sees the first one constantly using it. I'm rather proud of my kitties after only 4 days, and very hopeful that soon they all will be using the wheel on their own.
I'm giving it 4.5 starts because of the assembly. It wasn't difficult, but it was frustrating even after watching the recommended video. I had to walk away several times and take a break because I could not either put a part on, or remove the part when I accidentally put it in the wrong place. Get armed with lots of patience, otherwise you might break some tiny plastic part. My other problem was with the pads. I followed the directions and left a little bit of space between each one, and when I came to the last one I had about 2-3 inches extra left that I had to cut away. I didn't realize that I will have that excess, so I thought I did something wrong. I didn't, so anyone who is reading this review, please watch for extra pad length. I simply cut it away with scissors.
Also, if you have to lift up the pad for any reason, frequently the sticky stuff will stay on the wheel and not come off with the pad. When I thought I did something wrong, I attempted to re-position couple of pads and that was definitely a big mistake. Don't do it! Try to get it right the first time. Thankfully, One Fast Cat now offers replacement pads, so I can replace the ones that are bubbling up now.
Overall, I'm very happy with the wheel and I highly recommend it to anyone who has indoor cats. Just watch out for the mistakes I've made, and try not to make them yourself. (Posted on 4/26/2015)
- My cat loves the wheel Review by melina
I purchased teh cat wheel for mainly 2 of my four cats, 1 with behaviour issues, and 1 that is overweight. The overweight cat has not had much to do with the wheel but the cat with behavior issues jumps on the wheel several times and did so without too much training. I got my wheel through nthe kickstarter campaign and because it is great we purchsed one for my sister who not only has her own cats but fosters cats too. Hopefully the wheel will be fun for all of them.
I would recommend to everyone looking for good cat entertainment and exercise.
It was very simple to put together and there are loads of videos to help if you get stuck :)
(Posted on 4/25/2015)
- Very good Review by Marlene
I Received the cat wheel within 5 days and assembled it in about an hour and am still trying to train 2 timid cats but I think I had a breakthrough with one of them as she took a few steps by herself when I wasn't giving her a treat but jumped off when it moved. With a few more treats, I think she'll get used to it and then the other one will follow her lead. (Posted on 4/25/2015)
- Excellent product Review by Maria
The Wheel was a snap to put together. It took us about a 1/2 an hour from start to finish and my two bengals were on it in a flash. My older bengal loves to walk on it and my younger guy likes to run full speed. We haven't had any issues with it coming off the track or tipping over. For the price, plus the free shipping, buying this wheel was a no brainer, especially when you look at the prices of the other wheels on the market. This product does exactly what it claims to do ... gives your cat another outlet for their energy at an excellant price. I am definitely going to need replacement pads in the near future ! Thank you One Fast Cat !!! (Posted on 4/25/2015)
- Cat has really taken to it an uses it every day Review by Christine
My cat was a little suspicious of the wheel at first. She's 2 years old and has never seen one. She wasn't so sure about the ground moving under her. With some treats, patience and encouragement, she got use to it in about 2 weeks. She now hops on the wheel to take quick runs throughout the day and will chase her favorite toy at a fast pace. I've even caught her taking a nap in it once, LOL. The wheel is really well built and easy to put together. I did it in about 20 minutes using a hammer with a tennis ball placed over the top. I would defiantly recommend. (Posted on 4/25/2015)
- Easy to Put Together, Easy to Train Review by Cheryl
The wheel itself is great. It was easy to put together (took me 30 minutes), and it's not hard to move it since it doesn't weigh much. It's not the most beautiful thing (but neither are the cat trees in my living room). Training for me has been slower, my cats (6 and 10) were very nervous of it, but both had been on it and taken a couple steps within the first few days. We're a few weeks in and they'll both jog a little if you have a treat. Occasionally the 6-year-old will walk on it alone to see if she can spontaneously generate treats. Unfortunately my lazy cats give up quickly and wouldn't dare try running. I'm not sure it will help the one cat lose weight since she'll only do it for treats. (Posted on 4/25/2015)
- Great Purchase Review by Joan
The wheel was very easy to put together and turns very smoothly. I have a bunch of young cats who can't go outside, so I'm glad I found this wheel for them at such a reasonable price. They've just started learning to run on the wheel. Two of them have the hang of it, and will run for treats. The others are watching and learning. We're trying to get some video. (Posted on 4/24/2015)
- Great Product Review by Amanda
It was a bit difficult to put together, I used a rubber mallet but got super frustrated but the actual track pieces on. I finally figured out my mistake and bam I have an amazing toy/exercise products for my 2 bengals. Within the first 5 minutes my 18 week old was having a blast! Totally worth the money! (Posted on 4/24/2015)
- Good but needs some refinement.... Review by Madeline
I have two Bengal kittens, who like the wheel and are learning to use it. There are two design problems though. First, the wheel itself is heavy enough to do major damage to a little kitten if they were to get a limb caught in the front between the skateboard wheels and the big wheel. For this reason, I can only let one of them in the room at a time, or carefully supervise them when they use it. The kittens chase each other around, and try to jump on the wheel when the other is using it. Incidentally, I have a front loader washing machine in the same room with the door always open when not in use. The smaller kitten has figured out that if she gets into the drum, she can use it for a treadmill too.
The second flaw is really due to the plastic interlocking parts that aren't ideal for such a precision piece of equipment. Imperfections make a big difference, and I did have to work on it a bit and take some parts off to reduce wobbling. My floors are not exactly level, which doesn't help matter. I would like to see a bicycle spoke center hub that could be attached to the rim and used with a stationary stand. With a spoke system, the wheel imperfections would not matter, and a design like that could also be manufactured at a reasonable price. So I like the wheel, but see some room for improvement. Currently there is nothing better that you can buy for a reasonable price. (Posted on 4/24/2015)
- fantastic product! Review by Mandi M
i love this wheel! I have a very high energy orange baby, and it's difficult to find something that will help him burn it off without destroying things in the house. Since we got the wheel he has taken right to it, and mastered wearing himself out on it. There have been a lot less destroyed items in our home, and a much happier kitty to have around! He loves it, and uses it several times a day. It was so beyond worth the investment. (Posted on 4/22/2015)
- Love this product Review by Bonnie
We have had our wheel about two months now and three of my six cats love it. My Sphynx uses it ten to fifteen times a day. Sometimes he justs walks but most of the time he runs like something is after him. Best purchase I have ever made for my cats. Thank you, One Fast Cat. (Posted on 4/22/2015)
- Great Product!! Review by Lor
I love this wheel! Took me under 15 minutes to build! It runs great, and it's on carpet ! Never has run off track ever! All of my cats enjoy it..Definitely a great buy!!! (Posted on 4/22/2015)
- ....AWESOME! Review by OMAR
Putting the exercise wheel together was super easy. Thank you for the videos- they really helped out! My cat loves the wheel and started using it on her own immediately. I did run into a snag with the wheel falling off the base but it was quickly fixed by watching the troubleshooting video. If you just bought a wheel do yourself a huge favor and watch the quick videos! I had to take mine apart and reinstall because I didn't FOLLOW DIRECTIONS. Thanks One Fast Cat for an awesome product!!! I'm sharing with all my cat friends!! (Posted on 4/13/2015)
- exceeded our expectations! Review by Matthew
We think the wheel is very well made, has a great price and the ease of set up was spot on.
We put our cat on the wheel the first day, on the second day he was getting on it by himself, and by the fourth day he had figured it out and was getting some great runs going. He gets on it multiple times a day (and at night), and really enjoys it. He uses it more often than we expected. (Posted on 3/16/2015)
- Carpet treads a must have. Review by ChristineI received my wheel a little over a week ago and I couldn't be more pleased. There is one weak spot I corrected immediately. My cat has front claws and they kept getting stuck in the foam treads. I found the perfect solution with carpet treads on amazon for about 40 bucks and 8 inch wide carpet tape from Dean Flooring. Marsha took to the wheel with much enthusiasm immediately and I even heard her using by herself for the first time. An extra 100 bucks was well worth it. No more stuck claws. (Posted on 2/20/2015)
- Good stuff Review by Kamal
Having tried a few other cat wheels in the past, I have found the One Fast Cat wheel to be the most sturdy and affordable design. My only request is to design a cat wheel that is twice as wide as this one to keep multiple cats happy. My EIGHTS cats fight over this wheel. (Posted on 2/17/2015)
- A hit! Review by Arlene
By day two, four out of my seven cats were using the wheel--three of them on their own, without a laser or any other inducement (including one cat who's overweight). I would not have believed it! (Posted on 2/3/2015)