What are the rules for CFA feline agility competition?
Feline agility contests are held in an enclosure measuring 20 feet by 20 feet (or 32 feet by 32 feet) — any variation that encompasses the same square footage. Panels that are 5 to 6 feet in height with a slanted top are used to create the enclosure, with black netting mesh as the preferred material attached to steel or aluminum posts.
Solid panels are placed at the bottom of the enclosure and draped in some manner to minimize distractions for the performing animal. Portable flooring must be used, and the door must be created from one of the panels, and should open from the both the inside and outside of the area.
The 10 obstacles to be used include four hurdles of 1, 2, 3, and 4 bars; two tunnels, weave poles, stairs, and two hoops. The obstacles must be approved before the event, and are to be placed 3 feet apart. The ring itself should be located away from the judging rings, again to minimize distractions.
The ringmaster must have passed certification to run the event, and may have a cat competing, but may not time his or her cat. No food or treats are allowed in the agility ring. Handlers may not touch cats with their hands during a timed run.