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 Post subject: Cat Wheel
PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 3:09 pm 
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I have done it, ordered a cat wheel.... i ummed and ahhhed over which 1 to get and in the end i went with 1 made by willowfrost bengals, the most expensive of the 3 i was looking at but the biggest and best i feel.... it will be 2 to 4 weeks as made to order, below are a couple of pics of 1 they have made before, mine will be the same but with a plain background...

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of course when my own comes i will photo my lot on it and post xx

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 4:12 pm 
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Oooo, lovely! I wish I had the $$ for such a thing! I've been bugging the bf to build me one for months :cry:

I'm sure it will be well used once you get it home!!

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 4:15 pm 
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SafariCat7 wrote:
Oooo, lovely! I wish I had the $$ for such a thing! I've been bugging the bf to build me one for months :cry:

I'm sure it will be well used once you get it home!!


i really hope so, the 1 ive ordered is black frame and plain white background, its the biggest of the 3 i looked at... xx

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 7:26 pm 
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Congrats, yea, I looked for one like that around here and had no luck. I ended up with one from "catwheelcompany", but not nearly as nice as yours. I'm definitely envious.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 7:41 pm 
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brianj12 wrote:
Congrats, yea, I looked for one like that around here and had no luck. I ended up with one from "catwheelcompany", but not nearly as nice as yours. I'm definitely envious.




thanks Brian, i spent days comparing the above 1, the maclaw 1 and the toy go round from the cat wheel company, the above 1 i feel is definitely the best i feel and the largest dimension at 49 inches, my f2 rudy is a big boy so i needed a bigger 1 xx

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 5:18 pm 
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Wow...that is a BIG one...looking forward to your pics.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 7:59 pm 
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I love the wheel! I've had a look on the 'net and have been rather unimpressed at the cat-go-round and maclaw wheels. I think I may have seen a picture of this one before and loved it then... their website doesnt have any info on the wheel. Do you know where i could find some?

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 8:50 pm 
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Rachelle wrote:
I love the wheel! I've had a look on the 'net and have been rather unimpressed at the cat-go-round and maclaw wheels. I think I may have seen a picture of this one before and loved it then... their website doesnt have any info on the wheel. Do you know where i could find some?

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if you are on facebook pm claire herkes here
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=755135233

its her partner who makes them, if not you can always email her through willowfrost website to ask about them xx

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:19 am 
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That's fantastic! Looks really nice Miki! And so solid! It's given me idea's for decorating mine actually (It's still plain wood 3 months on :oops: )! :D I'm sure your guys will love it Miki, my two took to it very quickly and still can't get enough of it (especially at around midnight and 6.30am it would seem.... :roll: )

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 10:02 am 
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hi i've noticed smebody mentioned making the wheels. i mentioned this to my husband but were struggling with what to make the actual wheel out of. any suggestions would be much appreciated. failing that where is the best place to purchase 1? thankyou x


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 12:14 pm 
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Castillo wrote:
That's fantastic! Looks really nice Miki! And so solid! It's given me idea's for decorating mine actually (It's still plain wood 3 months on :oops: )! :D I'm sure your guys will love it Miki, my two took to it very quickly and still can't get enough of it (especially at around midnight and 6.30am it would seem.... :roll: )


have you got the same wheel then?? im really excited bout getting it, its by far the best of all the ones ive looked at xx

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 4:23 pm 
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How exciting!
I will be interested to see how the cats like it when it arrives. :D

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 Post subject: Re: help
PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 5:34 pm 
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disneybengals wrote:
hi i've noticed smebody mentioned making the wheels. i mentioned this to my husband but were struggling with what to make the actual wheel out of. any suggestions would be much appreciated. failing that where is the best place to purchase 1? thankyou x


the bearing is a washing machine drum bearing - I think they call them a spider not sure.

The actual wheel you can make out of a plywood circle. The track can be made from a strip of plywood with lots of saw cuts running across it about half way through the depth of the ply, this will make the strip flexible so you can bend it around the ply circle and fix it in place with glue & screws.

I think possibly 2 strips of thinner ply for the track would be better, fixing the first to the ply circle, then glue and screw the second strip to the first with the join of the second strip being in a different place to the first strip - if that makes any sense.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 10:32 am 
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miki129 wrote:
Castillo wrote:
That's fantastic! Looks really nice Miki! And so solid! It's given me idea's for decorating mine actually (It's still plain wood 3 months on :oops: )! :D I'm sure your guys will love it Miki, my two took to it very quickly and still can't get enough of it (especially at around midnight and 6.30am it would seem.... :roll: )


have you got the same wheel then?? im really excited bout getting it, its by far the best of all the ones ive looked at xx


Nope, mine is a home-made (well OH made :lol: ) jobby! but the bargain was, Kev would make it, and I'd decorate it, which still hasn't happened yet :oops:
Have to say totally agree the willowfrost ones look by far the nicest, especially like the metal frame! I just couldn't stretch to one at the time so that's why Kev got roped in!!
Your guys are going to love it I'm sure! Can't wait to see pics of them on it :D

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 Post subject: Re: help
PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 10:44 am 
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Louise-paisley wrote:
disneybengals wrote:
hi i've noticed smebody mentioned making the wheels. i mentioned this to my husband but were struggling with what to make the actual wheel out of. any suggestions would be much appreciated. failing that where is the best place to purchase 1? thankyou x


the bearing is a washing machine drum bearing - I think they call them a spider not sure.

The actual wheel you can make out of a plywood circle. The track can be made from a strip of plywood with lots of saw cuts running across it about half way through the depth of the ply, this will make the strip flexible so you can bend it around the ply circle and fix it in place with glue & screws.

I think possibly 2 strips of thinner ply for the track would be better, fixing the first to the ply circle, then glue and screw the second strip to the first with the join of the second strip being in a different place to the first strip - if that makes any sense.



My OH made our cat wheel pretty much as Louise has described. I posted some pics in a thread when he made it: http://www.bengalcatforums.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=10949
The spinning bit is a washing machine bearing from Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/HOTPOINT-CREDA-Support-SPIDER-BEARING/dp/B002T3DAA8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=kitchen&qid=1301391838&sr=8-1
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