What Are Cat Agility Competitions?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Allison Howard with the Cat Fanciers Association explains how cat agility competitions work.

    Allison Howard: Hi! I am Allison with the Cat Fanciers Associations. You have probably heard of "Dog Agility Competitions" but you know that cats can also participate. Crowd, pleasing Feline Agility Competitions are rapidly growing in popularity. Where can you see these acrobatic feats? At cat shows.

    Cats can be taught how to follow a teaser toy or laser, just about anywhere including a challenging obstacle course. Here is how Agility Competition works. Each cat enters the agility ring through a gate and his given a little time to get comfortable with the surroundings before they began.

    Once the cat is comfortable its owner and handler leads them through each obstacle in the course using a toy. The handler isn't allowed to touch the cat with their hands, but may encourage and entice around the course using the toy.

    The course run is timed by the ringmaster using a stopwatch. Timing starts when the cat touches the first obstacle and ends when the last obstacle is completed. Their final score is based on the number of obstacles completed. If the cat completes all of the obstacles they will get bonus points for the number or seconds under the maximum allowed time of 4 and 1/2 minutes.

    At Agility Competitions like those at CFA cat shows. Cats with the highest scores will receive a rosette. Cats who have the highest scores for the year are also eligible to receive a regional or national agility rosette and trophy.

    If you're a cat lover or any animal lover joint on the excitement and check it out a cat Agility Competition in your hometown.