Friday, January 20, 2012

Kitten Agility Training

In this video, 5 1/2 week old Tonkinese kitten Jumpin Jack Flash attempts the cutest cat agility training session ever, on his very own handmade, "toddler sized" obstacles.

If you're unfamiliar with the world of CFA (Cat Fanciers' Association) Feline Agility Competitions, I think this excerpt from their website sums it up quite well:

What is Feline Agility?

It's new! It's exciting! And, OK, we'll admit it can also be pretty funny to watch, too! Some cats take to the course like a duck to water, and have it down pat when it comes to running through tunnels and jumping through hoops. Others, though, seem to be more curious about the course, and will thoroughly inspect each obstacle before even thinking about tackling it. And then there are those competing cats who think the idea is to put their owners through the course paces, and give the humans a really good work-out while trying to coax them out of a tunnel or over a jump. Course completion times can vary between a few seconds to 15 minutes, depending upon the curiosity level of the cat participant.

Unlike the strict requirements for a cat show, all pre-registered felines can enter an agility competition, including any household pet that is over 8 months old and spayed or neutered. I've witnessed a few of these competitions for myself at various cat shows, and will just say that the expression "herding cats" didn't come out of nowhere.



starification said...

This is too cute! Although I would imagine getting a kitten to focus wouldn't be an easy task...

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