If you’ve ever been to a cat show, you’ve probably seen those cat agility circuits: a miniature obstacle course of hurdles and tunnels. Cats are enticed through the parcours by a human waving a sparkly wand or feather, and the cat’s time through the circuit is timed. Some cats complete the circuit in a few seconds, others may lay down in the middle of the course and decide that they’re done.
Ruby and I sort of “happened” upon an agility parcours in our kitty playroom the other day. I was playing with her and Allegra with the Da Bird Sparkly Attachment, which has become a new favorite at our house. They both love chasing this toy throughout the house. It’s a great way for all of us to have some fun, and for the girls to get some exercise and burn off energy.
One day, I lured Ruby downstairs to the kitty playroom with the toy, and started to drag it through our assorted hollow scratchers and tunnels. She followed it through the Kittyblock and the Catpod* and through a little cardboard house – and she had a blast. I decided to try to film her, and you can see the result below. It’s a bit challenging to film with one hand and play with the other, so the video won’t be winning any cinematography awards, but I think you’ll get a sense of how much fun Ruby had.
What do you think? Will Ruby become an agility champion? Have you tried agility with your cat?
*My apologies to the folks at Catpods: in the video, I keep encouraging Ruby to “go through the Kittyblock,” but the rounded cardboard scratcher is actually a Catpod, not a Kittyblock. The Kittyblock is the square scratcher she runs through at the beginning of the video.