How to train your kitten: Circus tricks and catnip

BOULDER, Colorado (KUSA) – Sometimes you just have to see something to believe it.

That’s the case for a circus of sorts, performing this weekend in Boulder, Colorado

“I started it about 10 years ago,” said Samantha Martin, owner and performer of the Amazing Acro-Cats.

“It started out very simply with a couple of ladders and a big rope I got from the hardware store,” said Martin.

Rescues, strays, and misfits. In them, Martin saw potential for something more.

She wanted to show people you could actually train a cat.

Martin quit her job as a zookeeper and ran away with the cat circus full-time.

“The cats roll barrels, push shopping carts, jump through hoops, do long jumps, high jumps, ring bells (and even play in an all cat band called the rock cats.”

The antics are silly, but they’re helping a serious problem.

“Since 2009, I’ve found homes for 142 cats.”

Each show a chance for a foster cat to find a home, if Martin doesn’t adopt them first.

“I have enough space in my life, my heart, and my bus to take a few here and there.”

Home is often a giant traveling cat-bus full of felines that are more than a funny show or a full-time job , they’re family.

 

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