I was watching Cats 101 on Animal Planet last night and was amazed to see a segment showing, at a cat show, a cat agility competition. I had no idea that such a thing existed. It seems to be based on dog agility but the jumps are poles on the ground, the tunnel is shorter, the course is much shorter, and the handler uses a cat toy to entice the cat around the course. But it sure looks like a fun thing to do if you have a cat that wants to do this. I am guessing that training starts with behavior capture, then shaping the behavior, and finally putting it all together. Of course, if the cat does not want to do this, the only thing you can do is laugh and try again another time.
This is not something I'll ever be doing with my two Maine Coon guys. They hardly play; a play session of 5 minutes is a major feat and much of that time is lying there watching the toy. Summer prefers a ribbon and Sky prefers to chase a feather toy, but both prefer the red laser light toy and will actually get wild for a brief time.
Hestia, the calico, has a much higher play drive. She will play with most anything and her attention span is sometimes longer then mine. She really runs after the red laser light but has figured out the source of it is in my hand and has taken to looking at that instead of the red dot on the floor.
And just how does a cat perceive that laser light dot? We humans see a red dot but what do they see? I sure don't think it is a red dot since there is no reason for them to be so interested in a red dot. So what is it they see??