Sunday, March 27, 2011

Smarty Sunday: Some Amazing Cats!

Hi everyone! Sorry I've been missing from Smarty Sunday for a few weeks! Between Apollo's Blogathon and Mama's being under the weather, I haven't had a chance to get my little paws typing! But I have something pretty cool to show you, this week. 


Mama went to the Chicagoland Pet Expo, and she saw some really talented cats! The Amazing Acro-Cats put on a show where a group of kitties did all sorts of tricks! They did tricks like climb things, walk on high places, jump up and down, ring bells, go bowling, and push each other around in shopping carts. The cool thing was that they were all things that the kitties did naturally... but their trainer, Samantha, had figured out ways of getting them to do things on command! (Well... maybe kitties don't naturally balance on balls or push each other around in shopping carts. But they didn't seem to mind it much!)


One of the basic things the kitties did was run into their carrier every time they heard a whistle. Samantha said this was an important thing for all kitties to learn. Imagine if your house is on fire, and instead of running around frantically searching for your kitty, who might be hiding, all you have to do is blow a whistle and the kitty runs into his carrier! 


She also said that the biggest difference between training cats and training dogs was that dogs will work because they want to please you, but cats want to get paid every single time! So, if you are training cats, you have to have lots of delicious treats ready at all times. 


Want to know something else these cool cats did? They had their own rock band! There was a cat playing the guitar, a cat playing the drums, a cat playing the cow bell... and a chicken playing the tambourine. 
Yes, I said a chicken playing the tambourine! The chicken also bowls, by the way. And he usually beats the cats. 


One more awesome thing about these cats? Most of them came from shelters or rescue organizations. Samantha continues to foster cats and kittens who are in need of forever homes. She teaches the foster cats tricks, too, to make them more adoptable. Sometimes a foster cat gets along so well with the rest of the group, it becomes part of the show! 
You should check out their website, Amazing Animals By Samantha. They live in Chicago (like us!!!) but they travel around to different states, and their shows are very inexpensive. Besides the cat shows, they have other programs, including a reptile show, and they will perform at birthday parties, schools, and other gatherings. So, check out the site and see if they're coming to your town anytime soon! 
Did you like that Smarty Sunday? Now excuse me while I go push Lily around in a shopping cart. (LOL! As if!) 

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meowmeowmans said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

That is so cool! We are going to go check out their site now. :)

Kind of reminds us of the Moscow Cat Circus. We saw that when it was playing in New York a few years ago ... amazing!

Have a great Sunday. :)

Cara n Crew said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

that is cool! It's great that Samantha teaches her fosters tricks too :). We think Lily should push you around in the cart, Sammy-Joe :D
Have fun!

Pip, Smidgen, Minnie, and Hollie

Kirby, CGC said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

We think it is awesome that Samantha uses rescue cats! Even myself, being the smart terrier that I am, recognizes that the felines of the world have awesome talent too! How many of you can push a dog in a shopping cart...now that's talent!

Woof!
Kirby

Ettel, Charlie Poodle, and Emma Pitty said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

SO cool! I'll start training Tigress soon. She's already following a target stick. Watch out, she'll be joining the circus soon!!

Oskar said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

That sounds so cool, what talented kitties!

Nubbin wiggles,
Oskar

Link Bartholomew said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Wow, Marmie things this is awesome. She can't train me to do anything, I'm so stronf-willed! Maybe if she weren't so stingy on the deets, I'd perform on demand.

Max the Quilt Cat said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What a great blog post. I love it and the colorful background. I feel as if spring is really here now.

pawhugs, Max

Chewy said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

i like the blog background. i will check out that website now!

Chewy

24 Paws of Love said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

That must have been so cool to see! I have seen those kind of cat shows on TV before and was really amazed. What a great orginization.

Bailey Be Good! said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I wanna easter egg! I wanna easter egg!

Woofs & hugs,

~Bailey

Donna and the Dogs said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Sounds like a great show. Would a good idea to teach the cats to run into their carriers at the sound of a whistle!

Harry Spotter said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

HI everyone,

Wanted you to know that we just got your pawsome give a way gifts. We love the kitty book and those mice are very enticing. We can't wait to get our paws and teeth into them.

Thanks for the fun gifts, your friends:

Harry, Fiona and Daisie!

Jan Mader said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What an awesome post! I'm going to go find a whistle after I go visit the new site!

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