Introduction: How to Make a Pet Exercise Wheel
Ms Lola was putting on a little extra padding and was becoming quite concerned about her figure. We tried to explain that we loved her and it was alright. She insisted on us making her an exercise wheel. We found an old cookie tin and a skateboard wheel for the basis of the idea and went from there.
Step 1: The Items Needed for the Project.
To create the exercise wheel. We used an old cookie tin, pliers, drill, a nut and 3 1/2" bolt, a screw driver, tin snips or high quality scissors a skateboard wheel with bearings and a washers and screws.
I found the center of the bottom of the cookie tin. Marked it with an X and drilled a hole.
Next I took the skateboard wheel with screw and lined up the screw in the hole so i could trace around the wheel with a green sharpie.
I cut out from the drill hole to the traced circle leaving about an inch or so between cuts at edge of the green circle.
Once the cuts are made. Carefully take your pliers and pull the tin until the wheel fits inside the opening.
take a few small screws, pre-drill them and screw them through the tin into the wheel.
Step 3: Seal All of the Sharp Edges
Be kind to you furry friend. Take some gorilla tape and wrap the wheel so that our little friend doesn't get cut from our handy work.
Step 4: Create the Cage Mount
I lined the inside of the tin with 1 layer of gorilla tape to allow Ms Lola maximum traction while running.
I actually created 2 different methods for mounting the wheel. The first method as you can see in the 2nd and 3rd picture I took a small piece of wood and the nut and bolt. This could have worked nicely with the second nut.
I decided the best way for my cage was to use 2 nuts and 2 washers on either side of the cage and snug it up nicely.
Step 5: Happiness and Furry Fitness!!!!
Ms Lola is getting a lot of joy out of her new jogger!!