Think your cat can do the weave better than the dogs you see on TV? Is your cat the ultimate jumper? Well, your cat may be perfect for an agility contest. No, it’s not just for dogs these days.
Cat shows around the world are showcasing cat agility contests and the popularity is rapidly increasing. Cats go through tunnels, jump, and weave through poles. The best of the best can do the course in about ten seconds, while others who like to take it leisurely take about several minutes.
Vickie Shields, who founded International Cat Agility Tournaments with three of her friends, said, “Cats are very smart and very trainable, but they’re not dogs. They don’t take orders. They will do things you want them to for praise and for fun â€” and if they want to do it.”
Shields said most people use clicker training and toys on sticks as indicators of where to go next.
She added, “This whole thing about cats being untrainable is ingrained in society, and it’s a myth. Agility is all about showing how smart and trainable they are, the bond between cat and owner, and showing the cats in active, athletic ways that you don’t see when they’re posed and judged at shows. You can get chills watching the speed and coordination of some of these cats.”
Just like with any animal, the range of what the cats do or more so, want to do varies. Some will get in there and finish the course quickly. Others will simply decide that they just aren’t going to do it or they get distracted in the middle and start doing something else.
One cat breeder said, “And the Persians would stop after a few seconds and lie around looking pretty.”
Any kind of cat, not just bluebloods, can participate in cat agility contests. So cats around the world including house cats, shelter cats, three-legged cats, and even a blind cat have joined in on the fun.
Here’s a video of a cat in action:
Source: USA Today