How to Train Your Cat to Use a Cat Wheel


Training your cat to use a The Cat Dash cat wheel can be a rewarding and fun experience for both you and your feline friend. Our cat wheels are designed to provide exercise and mental stimulation, helping to keep your cat healthy and happy. In this guide, we'll take you through the process of training your cat to use a The Cat Dash cat wheel and eventually start running on it.

Step 1: Choose the Right The Cat Dash Cat Wheel:

Select a The Cat Dash cat wheel that suits your cat's size and needs. Our wheels are known for their stability and easy assembly. Place it in a location that your cat frequents, like a playroom or near a sunny window. You can explore our range of cat wheels here.

Step 2: Introduction to the The Cat Dash Cat Wheel:

Begin by introducing your cat to the The Cat Dash cat wheel. Let them inspect it and get familiar with its presence. Avoid any sudden movements or noises that might startle your cat. Remember, it's all about creating a "purrfect" experience.

Step 3: Positive Associations:

Encourage your cat to approach the wheel with positive associations. Place some treats or their favorite toy near the wheel to pique their interest. Allow your cat to explore and play around the wheel on their own terms.

Step 4: Treat Trail:

Create a trail of treats leading up to and around the The Cat Dash cat wheel. This will encourage your cat to approach the wheel and investigate it further.

Step 5: The Treat Inside the Wheel:

Place a treat or a small amount of wet food inside the The Cat Dash cat wheel, near the center. Your cat will need to step onto the wheel to access the treat. This helps your cat become more comfortable with the wheel's movement.

Step 6: Gradual Encouragement:

Gently encourage your cat to step onto the The Cat Dash cat wheel. Use treats and praise as rewards when they do so. Initially, it's okay if they only place one paw on it. Remember, Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither is a "pro-athlete kitty"!

Step 7: Controlled Movement:

Slowly start turning the The Cat Dash cat wheel by hand while your cat is on it. Be gentle and ensure your cat is comfortable with the movement. Offer treats and praise as you do this. It's like giving your kitty a "wheel-y" good massage.

Step 8: Increase Training Sessions:

Practice these steps regularly but keep training sessions short and "pawsitive." Gradually increase the time your cat spends on the The Cat Dash cat wheel. Little by little, they'll become a "wheel-y" enthusiast!

Step 9: Running on the Wheel:

As your cat becomes more comfortable with the The Cat Dash cat wheel's movement, they may start running on it independently. Celebrate this achievement with plenty of treats and affection. It's like watching your cat become the next "marathon champion"!

Step 10: Consistency and Patience:

Consistency is key to successful training. Be patient and understanding of your cat's progress. Not all cats will take to the The Cat Dash cat wheel right away, so don't be discouraged by slow progress. Remember, it's a marathon, not a sprint!


  • Use a clicker to reinforce good behavior.
  • Make sure your cat associates the The Cat Dash cat wheel with "pawsitive" experiences.
  • Offer playtime and treats after successful training sessions.
  • If your cat seems stressed or disinterested, take a break and try again later.

Remember that each cat is unique, and the training process may vary from one feline friend to another. With time, patience, and positive reinforcement, your cat can learn to love their new exercise wheel from The Cat Dash and enjoy the benefits of regular exercise.

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