Published : 08/02/2017 12:00:00
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|Those who are most up-to-date with pet activities may already know dog agility : a canine sport in which a dog goes through an obstacle course with his master guiding him. This practice now exists in feline version ! Cat agility appeared in the early 2000s in the United States, It is therefore best known in America where competitions are regularly organised. In Europe, the practice is still confidential, but is beginning to gain followers.|
What is cat agility used for ?
Cat agility proves that it is possible, as with the dogs, to train a cat to carry out particular movements. The idea here is not to turn kitty into a circus animal but to spend a moment of play with him and deepen the relationship you have together. By making him do these agility exercises, you will also allow him to do a physical activity and to get some exercise (especially if it is a house cat).
What do you need ?
The practice of cat agility in competition is done in a fenced area (so that the cat does not escape) and with special accessories for the obstacle course : jump barriers, hoops, weave poles, stairs or tunnel. A course generally has about ten obstacles, arranged in an order that can vary.
How to train your cat ?
Training a cat at an agility course is a little more complicated than a dog. It usually takes a little more patience. Cats will also need to be motivated by a reward (a treat they like), whereas the dogs simply want to please their master ... However, cats have assets for cat agility : they are natural player and have better memory skills than their canine colleagues !
Wondering what cat agility looks like ? Or do you doubt that you can really train cats to make an obstacle course ? We will let you discover this video of the cats Puffy and Cashmere, both very gifted for this exercise ...