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House cats possess a natural hunting instinct, and this product helps them expend that pent up energy. It's an exercise wheel for cats! Read more

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This project was successfully funded on August 7, 2014.

House cats possess a natural hunting instinct, and this product helps them expend that pent up energy. It's an exercise wheel for cats!

Sean Farley
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About this project

The most important thing you can do to prevent boredom in your cat is to make sure their environment is stimulating. This means an environment with things to do – windows to look out of, things to watch, places to climb and safe toys to play with. Climbing posts, scratching posts, cat grass, windows perches, window beds, and a view of birds or squirrels to watch are all great ways to enrich your cats live and prevent boredom.
 
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. It’s good for cats to get some sort of workout and changing it up to keep them interested is important. There are many ways to keep your cat lively, giving them access to energetic companions, making a play session part of their day, and/or offering them tempting exercise equipment for use when you’re not at home…that’s why we came up with “One Fast Cat” cat wheel.

There have been more and more test 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.

“Our cat now uses the wheel on her own several times a day” Amberlee - Bengal Cat Owner
 
 
Our cat wheel design is more advanced than any before it:
  • Smart industrial design allows it to ship or retail in a very small box (box size).
  • This design also allows for it to be assembled extremely quickly for home use.
  • 48" diameter wheel protects your cat's back.
  • 10" running tread provides plenty of space for feline footing.
  • Sturdy and lightweight for ease of moving it around.
  • It is made of Recycled plastics.
  • Run surface is made from a closed cell EVA foam to prevent claws from catching and allowing cats to run naturally using their claws for safe footing.
  • Can be cleaned by taking it outside and spraying it with a hose or wiped down with a wet towel.
  • Open design so cats can enter from either side.
Available traction pad colors: black, blue, green, and red.
Available traction pad colors: black, blue, green, and red.

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Risks and challenges

Our risks and challenges that come with completing our project are that we will not sell as many units as we would like. We have already spent many dollars creating the plastic injection tooling for our product and have already done field testing for our product so we know that it works well and that it has value to our potential customers. We believe that if people try our product they will spread the word and we will be successful.

There is also the chance that a supplier might go out of business. We are well versed in purchasing and finding manufacturing suppliers throughout the world. If this happens we can and will find another supplier quickly. We will have no problem overcoming all the future obstacles that lie in our way.

We have already made the injection tooling and have already received and tested our first articles, made adjustments and have tested our second articles. Everything on our product is working well. We may have some shipment or manufacturing delays but we have added extra time for delivery of our product to the customer, once funded. We have a well-seasoned team, well versed in product development, manufacturing, and customer service. We are confident in our ability to perform.

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  • Kickstarter automatically charges the pledge amount upon the campaign deadline on August 7, 2014. If we haven't reached our goal of $10,000 by then, no funds will be withdrawn and none of our backers will be charged.

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  • No! We don't even tack on an extra charge for shipping. The pledge amount covers the cost of the wheel including shipping to your home.

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  • When the campaign finalizes on August 8th, we will send out a survey to all of our backers via email. We will ask for your shipping address for the wheel, and also which color traction pad you would like to receive.

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  • We designed the wheel for cats up to 25 lbs, and have tested the wheel with 30 lb weights. The wheel proved remarkably stable and had no problem supporting the weight. We're still looking for a 30 lb cat to feature in a test video. We can't say with certainty that the wheel will work for cats in the 25 lb+ range, but we do know it can support the extra weight with no problem.

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  • This Kickstarter campaign is limited to the United States, but we will ship internationally in September of this year via Amazon.com. Selling through the US Amazon marketplace allows us to use Amazon's proven international fulfillment options and take advantage of low shipping and customs rates that we couldn't achieve on our own. International customers should mark their calendars to look for us on Amazon.com in September!

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  • We created a pledge with a $87 up-charge to cover freight charges for backers in Alaska and Hawaii. Anyone from those states who backed at the lower $199 option can edit their pledge choice to ensure delivery. The Alaskan and Hawaiian pledge amount is $286.

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  • A great design is the answer. This product is very stable as we put a lot of thought and effort into the design. You and your cat are going to love the product.

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  • Yes the wheel is remarkably stable on both carpet and hard-floors due to the well sized base. We haven't noticed any base wobbling or walking even when cats run aggressively. The design really works well!

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  • You selected
    Pledge $1 or more

    71 backers

    Receive a thank you note from One Fast Cat Team, plus behind-the-scenes updates on progress and future product releases.

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    Only ships to: United States
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    Pledge $1 or more

    137 backers

    Receive an electronic thank you note from the One Fast Cat Team, plus behind-the-scenes updates on progress and future product releases. Now open to international backers! We'll notify you when the wheel is ready to be purchased for international shipping.

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    Pledge $175 or more

    25 backers All gone!

    Receive one of the first wheels off the production line: the first 25 backers get the wheel for this great price.

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    Only ships to: United States
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    Pledge $199 or more

    812 backers

    Be among the first to receive your One Fast Cat Exercise Wheel: introductory price for Kickstarter backers. The price will go up once this campaign ends.

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    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $199 or more

    596 backers

    Get a One Fast Cat Exercise Wheel with a red, blue, or green colored traction pad for your cat. Roll in style while coordinating colors in your home!

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    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $286 or more

    6 backers

    ALASKA & HAWAII: This pledge amount includes an $87 up-charge for shipping to backers in ALASKA and HAWAII. Get a One Fast Cat Exercise Wheel with a black, blue, green, or red colored traction pad for your cat.

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    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $350 or more

    20 backers All gone!

    Two Cat Wheels, delivered to your door. Again this is a special introductory price for our Kickstarter Backer community.

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    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $375 or more

    99 backers Limited (1 left of 100)

    Two Cat Wheels delivered to your home! The price will go up once this campaign ends. Black, red, blue, and green colored traction pad is available and can be chosen upon campaign completion.

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    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $549 or more

    24 backers Limited (6 left of 30)

    Three Cat Wheels delivered to your home! This reward would be great for families with many cats or individuals looking purchase with a friend and spend $183 per wheel. Black, red, blue, and green colored traction pads available, and can be chosen upon campaign completion.

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    Only ships to: United States

Funding period

- (30 days)