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An introduction to International Cat Agility Tournaments. World Cat Congress Annual Meeting Christchurch, New Zealand June 6, 2005 Presented by Kay DeVilbiss, President, TICA. © International Cat Agility Tournaments LLC 2005. What is ICAT?. ICAT provides a new category of cat competition .
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World Cat Congress Annual Meeting
Christchurch, New Zealand
June 6, 2005
Presented by Kay DeVilbiss, President, TICA
© International Cat Agility Tournaments LLC 2005
ICAT provides a new category of cat competition
In ICAT competitions cats negotiate an agility course, designed to display their speed, coordination, beauty of movement, physical condition, intelligence and training, plus the quality and depth of their relationship with their owner, who trains them and guides them through the course
3 ideals, which are ICAT’s mottos:
Shirley Piper, and
This is Paparazzi, a Himalayan kitten, completing the first ever Clean Run on an ICAT cat agility course! Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 2003
Many more ICAT shows followed, mostly at TICA shows, but also CFA, ACFA, Independents, FIFe and solo cat agility shows, in the U.S., Canada and Europe
Nemo, a 10-year old domestic, the winner in Florida, August 2004
Fast cat, slow handler
While kittens enjoy chasing toys and playing, they aren’t truly professional agility cats, so kittens are scored for time and awards, but not titles
Experienced adults plan ahead and are guided by hands, toys, or target sticks
3 levels of difficulty, and advanced games
Height top of lower edge 26 cm
Distance between tubes 5 cm
James and Spirit
Seth and Dancer
Suzanne and Ziggy
Russelsheim, Germany, October 2004
Agility Cat Canada club holds 6-week training and practice sessions at a community center, and now has some of the best agility cats in the world, including the World Record holder, a cat aptly named Zoom
Strasbourg, France, November 2004
The benefits of having ICAT as part of the regular cat activities extend to:
earn the same titles and recognition in tournaments. Being loved is what matters
indicating a mentally and physically fit family of cats
Cheers, Cheerio, Goodbye, Thank You