There's now a national agility organization and competition for cats. The cats learn to run across obstacles around the house, sometimes for clicks and treats but more often for clicks and chasing a feather lure or some other toy through the course. Cats love it and take well to running new courses in new places. The courses are set up inside an area fenced with special wire net panels that cats can't climb, so there's no risk of contestants going AWOL. The first major competition was won by an eight month old Himalayan kitten (a long-haired breed you'd expect to be a couch potato, but not this one.)
International Cat Agility Tournaments (ICAT) is a new club chartered by The International Cat Association and devoted to creating a new category of cat competition in which cats negotiate an agility course. Cat agility is designed to display speed, coordination, beauty of movement, physical condition, intelligence, training, and the quality and depth of their relationship with their owner (who trains with them and guides them through the course). ICAT is fun for you and your cat!
- Want to see a competition? Or even enter your cat? Click here for more info.
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