?training? and ?cats? are not typically uttered in the same
sentence, and for some obvious reasons -- cats are nothing if not
strong willed and independent creatures. So, it comes as no
surprise that many people are still skeptical about the idea of
training their cat at all, let alone training them to complete a
complex obstacle course. But cast aside your apprehension! Training your cat is not as absurd a notion as
you might think. In fact, more and more groups every day are
starting to see the value of a sport designed for cats.
While not every cat is going to jump through hoops on command, with
a little bit of practice, some cats might surprise you with how
quickly they take to the challenge. Here are some reasons why you
should try cat agility training for yourself.
1. Weight Loss
We?ve all seen one -- a cat that has fallen victim to
the trappings of a sedentary lifestyle. With the inherent dangers
that come from letting our cats roam outside, many people are
opting to keep their cats indoors, which is fine, and in many ways
safer. However, this choice also makes it easier for them to find a
comfy spot and effectively do nothing all day -- just eating and
napping on the sofa. A healthy amount of agility training every day
is sure to help your corpulent kitty
shed that extra weight in no time.
2. It?s Easy To Get Started
While you can certainly shell out some serious moolah
and get a professional grade agility course, you can also just get
a little creative with it. All you really need is something to jump
over, crawl under, run through, or weave in and out of. Stack some
phone books, put a broom handle across some chairs, or make a
tunnel out of old cardboard boxes -- so long as your cat is running
around, anything you do is a great start and your cat will go nuts
3. Get in Some Quality Time
Outside of sitting on your lap, what activities do you
really participate in with your cat? Dogs get daily walks, fetch,
tug-o-war, and a dozen other games, while cats tend to get the
short stick when it comes to quality play time; outside of tossing a bag of catnip around, there
isn?t much out there. Until now! With a few makeshift obstacles,
and a thing-on-a-string to motivate them across the course, you
could be that much closer to having another ?special something? you
can do with your cat.
4. Gives Your Cat an Outlet for Their Energy
Is your cat constantly climbing all over your
furniture, knocking things onto the floor? Are they tearing around
your house at breakneck speeds, or just generally underfoot? Help
them vent some of that extra energy in a controlled environment.
After a few runs around the ol? obstacle course, the only thing
your cat will want to catch are some Z?s.
5. Impress Your Friends
If you are tired of hearing your dog loving friends
talk about how cats are somehow lesser because of their inability
to be trained, put a stop to it with some jaw-dropping feats of
feline acrobatics. After watching your cat jump through a couple of
hoops, even the most outspoken dog-lover is going to change their
6. It?s Fun!
Whether or not your cat is up to the task, simply
setting up the course and trying to get your cat to play along can
be entertainment enough. Should your cat embrace the activity with
open paws, great! But even if they don't, watching them try to
avoid participating makes it well worth the effort.
7. You Could Be A Champion!
Cropping up at cat shows across the country, feline agility
competitions have become a popular event, bringing with them a
whole new audience. Still in its formative years, the feline
agility circuit is still wide open and looking for some breakout
stars, and your cat could be it! With a little bit of practice, and
a small amount of luck, you could have a champion in your midst.
How To Get Started
A little internet reading can go a long way -- check out?our
example, who have some great tips on getting started in cat
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