These Feline “Olympics” Prove Cats Aren’t Just Adorable—They’re Real Athletes

Think the Winter Olympics can't get here fast enough? Well, you're in luck, especially if you're a cat-lover. This agility competition was made just for cat-thletes.

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If you’re a cat lover, then you should already know that cats are so darned smart that you can train them to do just about anything (no matter what dog lovers say!). That includes training them to use a toilet, to come when called, and all these other useful tricks you can teach your cat. What you may not know is that cats also have their own “agility Olympics.”

The Cat Fanciers’ Association International Cat Show (the CFA Show), sponsored by pet food company, Royal Canin, was held in Portland, Oregon on November 18 and 19. It featured a Feline Agility Competition, in which “cat-thletes” ran through an obstacle course to show that they’re every bit as athletic, agile, and Olympian as their canine counterparts. Here’s a demo of cat agility in action.

While all breeds were welcome to enter the contest, certain ones tend to be better at it, according to Cat Fancier’s Association marketing chair, Mary Auth, specifically Ocicat, Japanese Bobtail, and Cornish Rex. This year’s winners were:

  • First place: Xocol’s Damioseau, a Havana Brown
  • Second Place: Jobra’s John Snow, a Devon Rex
  • Third Place: Ettonent John Snow’s Ghost,  a Turkish Angora

The CFA Show, as a whole, featured nearly 600 cats, consisting of 41 breeds plus household cats, from 14 different countries across the world, even as far as China.

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It just goes to show that you should never underestimate your cat’s talents.

Lauren Cahn
Lauren Cahn is a New York-based writer whose work has appeared regularly on Reader's Digest, The Huffington Post, and a variety of other publications since 2008. She covers life and style, popular culture, law, religion, health, fitness, yoga, entertaining and entertainment. Lauren is also an author of crime fiction; her first full-length manuscript, The Trust Game, was short-listed for the 2017 CLUE Award for emerging talent in the genre of suspense fiction.