One Fast Cat: A hamster wheel for kitty
One Fast Cat lets your feline friend get some much-needed exercise without having to brave the great outdoors.
If you like to keep your kitty indoors, at some point or another, you're probably going to see them go a bit crazy: rocketing down hallways, making flying leaps onto furniture, and otherwise hullabalooing about the house. This is because all cats -- even the indoor ones -- need to exercise.
"In nature, cats would use their energy to hunt. That hunting requires short bursts of energy; then they'd spend the rest of the time sleeping and grooming so they'll be ready for the next hunt (grooming is important so prey won't smell them coming). Without the need to hunt prey they need other outlets for that pent up energy," inventor Sean Farley explains on Kickstarter.
"There have been more and more tests showing that cats kept inside can become bored and develop cat depression and other psychological problems. These issues can present themselves in many ways, such as destroying furniture or not using litter boxes. In field testing, our cat wheel has proven to not only enhance the physical well-being of our cat but altered her disposition to be more relaxed and calm."
The wheel is designed for maximum kitty comfort, with a 1.2m (4ft) diameter and a tread width of 25.4cm (10in) so that puss can jog comfortably without having to worry about falling off or hurting her back. The tread is also covered in closed-cell EVA foam for comfort and to keep claws from snagging, and the entire construction is made from recycled plastic.
One Fast Cat is being offered as a reward for a minimum Kickstarter pledge of $199, and at the moment it ships only within the US, with the team looking into international shipping options. Head over to the One Fast Cat page for more info and to reserve one for yourself.