Friday, August 19, 2016

An Evening With the Amazing Acro-Cats

Today we're turning over the blog to Glogirly so she can tell you all about the Amazing Acro Cats. Meanwhile, Waffles and I will be practicing our own act on Gloman's guitar and Glogirly's piano. 

WAFFLES:  I get to sing too! La La La La Bomba! La La–

KATIE:  Yeah... don't quit your day job, Waffles.

Live from Minneapolis:
The Amazing Acro-Cats!
When I discovered the Acro-Cats were making a stop in Minneapolis on their 2016 tour, I could hardly contain my excitement. Cats performing circus tricks and playing in a rock band, just a few miles from the Townhouse??? Sign me up!

Much to Katie & Waffles' chagrin, I invited our cat sitters out for an evening of feline fun and tricks. You know those rare experiences in life that leave your cheeks sore from laughing and smiling so much? That's exactly what seeing the Acro-Cats was like.

The show is a blend of engaging tricks that show off each cat's unique abilities, lots of fun and humor between the cats and their three human assistants and even some how-to tips on training your own cats.

Samantha Martin is the cat lady behind this amazing feline troupe. From the moment she steps on stage, it's clear she has a very unique bond with these beautiful animals. On her cue, the Acro-Cats perform tricks like jumping through hoops, riding a skateboard, balancing and walking on balls and leaping high, high through the air. And if that isn't enough fun, band leader Tuna and the Rock Cats play just about every musical instrument you could imagine. And a few you haven't!

The Mission Behind the Fun 
The Amazing Acro-Cats and their human staff are devoted to promoting cat-training awareness and supporting feline adoption and rescue across the country. Their mission is to show cat lovers how they can improve their relationships with their furry family members through positive reinforcements that result in long-lasting and beneficial behaviors. It's about strengthening the human-cat bond. 

In fact, some of these 'tricks' can save a life. When they hear a certain cue, each of the Acro-Cats are trained to go inside their carriers (which are all on stage during the performance). Just imagine how important that can be in the case of an emergency at home. 

Another aspect of their mission is forming partnerships that involve fostering and finding homes for cats and kittens as their troupe of former orphans and strays travel from city to city in their custom cat bus. Every one of the cats is a rescue and during a very special part of the show, Samantha shares the back story of each cat.

Riding in Style

The Acro-Cats know how to roll! Their new touring bus, which was funded in part through a recent Kickstarter campaign, is nothing short of amazing. And check out the Tuna Mobile, complete with Tuna and her signature bell on the roof!

Tuna! Tuna! Tuna!
Beautiful all-white Tuna is the band leader and brand ambassador. She loves to ring her bell and push the lever on the light-up applause sign. She also plays a mean cowbell in the band. I couldn't help but be reminded of Katie and her 'bossy' personality when Tuna would come out on stage. Perhaps I need to find Katie her own light up applause sign. 

Pudge is a beautiful long haired grey kitty who was found abandoned in a box on the side of a road. Now she's a happy, champion hoop jumper. Seeing the connection between Pudge and Samantha is so inspiring. You can just tell how much they trust and love each other. 

Gorgeous tuxedo Jax was found in a cooler outside a truck stop with her two brothers. She's fearless. Except when it comes to Cluck Norris, the chicken (yes, chicken!) who's also part of the talented troupe. Jax's specialty is walking on the ball and balancing on top of a skull while catching treats in her mouth.

Alley the Athlete
Alley was found in, you guessed it.... an Alley, along with her two brothers. Now she amazes her fans by leaping high in the air from platform to platform. She's even landed a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest cat leap! 

That's Buggles in the background looking on. He kicked off the show by riding his skateboard and then sat on top of that tall platform just watching all the action for the rest of the show.

Wiki was rescued along with his brother Frisco from a high volume kill shelter when they came to Samantha as foster kittens. Frisco was adopted right away. Wiki showed a love for performing and was adopted later at about 8 months, but was returned when he apparently made it clear to his new owner that he did not want to be a single, unemployed cat. 

Wiki likes to wander offstage during the performance and mingle with the crowd while his adoring fans slip dollar bills under his collar. 

In 2010 he officially became the second male Acro-Cat. When it comes to the Acro-Cats, I guess there's lots of girl-power!

Following Cues

I was so impressed by ALL of the Acro-Cats and how they focussed on and followed their human assistants' cues. Sure, there are plenty of *I'm a cat and I'll do as I please* moments...that's part of the fun. But to see their connection, their eye contact and how they are all just having fun being cats made my heart smile big.

That's Nola and Oz going for a ride as they follow Samantha's cues. Looks like Oz is a real backseat driver.

Groundhogs and Chickens and Rats (in HATS!)
In addition to the amazing cats, there are a few *surprise* performers. Garfield the groundhog specializes in ringing his gong and raising the American flag. He was SO into his gong, I thought I'd die laughing.

The Rats in Hats (there are 3!) dash across the high rope while Cluck Norris the chicken hops along the parallel bars. He also plays the tambourine in the band.

Meet the Cats
Each of the cats has their own page on the Acro-Cats website. Their bios are SO much fun to read and include things like their signature trick, how they became an Acro-Cat, their likes and dislikes and a special 'little known fact' unique to them. 
Meet the Acro-Cats HERE.
Meet the Rock Cats HERE.
ACRO-CATS | Asti, Alley, Annie, Buffy, Buggles, Jax, Nola, Oz, Pudge & Wiki
ROCK CATS | Tuna, Sookie, Pinky, Nue & Dakota

Post Show Surprise
Just when we thought the evening couldn't get any better... the whole audience was invited up on stage to get up close and personal with the cats. Photos are encouraged so this gave me an even better opportunity to get some great close ups. This is Nue on drums for the Rock Cats. Even with all the people on stage, she was SO focussed on her assistant's cues as she tapped away on her drumsticks. 

This all demonstrated to me just how genuine their mission is and how important the audience is to them. It was a full house and it sure looked like every single person stuck around to get up on stage and meet the cats. 

This was the first time I'd seen the Amazing Acro-Cats, but it certainly won't be the last. I'm a fan for life. 

Follow That Bus!
The next stop on their tour will be in their hometown of Chicago, October 6 thru 9. You can check out their tour schedule to see when they'll be in a city near you!


  1. It looks like a lot of fun. Maybe they will come to my part of the world someday. You had better not tell Waffles about the chicken....

  2. My human and I are THRILLED that Glogirly got to see the Acro-Cats! We love them! I do a few measly tricks, and people are so impressed - ha! They should see what THESE kitties do! They are pros. My human has seen the show on their L.A. visits three times so far, and her favorite cats are Sookie and Jax. If she ever wants to adopt another kitty, she thinks she may want one of the Acro-Cat fosters.

  3. OH BOY What a wonderful experience - we need you over here Acro-cats!!

  4. Too cool! It looks like a blast! We can see Katie with an applause sign, but she really doesn't need one! Uh, but Waffles shouldn't have s gong.....

  5. Two items HIGH on my bucket list- seeing the Acro-cats show, and meeting Waffles. Not necessarily in that order. If I got to pet Waffles, well I'd probably just swoon, go thud and be able to die happy. ❤️🐈🐾

  6. Wonderful photos! I love what Samantha is doing, both in terms of the performance, and in terms of all she's done to raise awareness how training can increase the bond between cat and human, and all she does to find home for cats. What an amazing lady.

  7. I saw them when they came to Austin and they were awesome. Can't wait til they come again. Trained cats, who knew!

  8. Loved reading this, hopefully the AcroCats will make it to a venue close to us soon! Love the chicken and groundhog too!

  9. How fun. Would love to see them.
    Sue B

  10. Katie needs a cowbell....oh wait.... MOL

    What a great wants to see them if they get a little closer to our hometown

  11. How incredible! Bear's mouth is watering over the tasty whole chicken ... how do the cats resist?!?! Thank you for sharing the show with us ... I'd never heard about the Acro-Cats before and now I want to see the show too! And maybe give a few (ALL) of the cats ear rubs and back scratches :)

  12. Oh what a blast!!!!!!! Fantastic recap and your photos are amazing as always! Doubt I can see them in October, starting a part time job outside of the house today and I have two trips coming up (Sept and Oct) so will probably miss them when they come to Detroit in October. At least I lived vicariously through you! catchatwithcarenandcody

  13. Oh wow, what a show!! Momma wants to see if they're coming near us any time soon.

  14. They are coming a little west of here later this year. Now I need to make sure I see them! Looks like a fun time.

  15. What an amazing night you must have had!!! And just looking at their calendar I see the northeast scheduled for next summer, so maybe...paws crossed!

  16. WOW. They seem amazing. We're going to have to check them out, and hopefully they will come to our city soon or Appleton. Great post.

  17. Tuuuuunnnnnaaaaaaa!!! :)

    I love Pudge, as you can imagine, since I'm partial to Nebelungs. I saw them when they came up this way, but I didn't have nearly as good of a seat as you did. Apparently getting there half an hour early wasn't nearly enough :D

  18. Oh my dawg! We thought it was a joke. Cool
    Lily & Edward

  19. We've heard such good things of them. It's great Glogirly got to see the show.

  20. That is so awesome that you got to see the Acro-Cats! We hope they come to our area sometime in the future!

  21. Amazing ! What a show ! We're glad Glogirly and the cat sitter had great time ! Purrs

  22. Aren't they the BEST?? We saw them (by mistake) the first time a few years ago, waiting for a wedding to start and stumbled on one of their posters. Cat Circus? We were in!! And hooked, saw them again and helped promo too, when they came to Baltimore recently. SO worth it if you get the chance!!

  23. Such smart kitties, that looks like a fun show.

  24. What a fun show...and such amazing cats! Thanks for the up close and purrsonal look. They're coming to our area this fall and the mom is definitely putting the show on her must see.

  25. Oh, the Acrocats are so much fun! The head peep saw them when they were in Florida, and she is totally in love with Jax (how embarrassing for us). She is looking forward to them coming back to Florida next year!

  26. VERY cool. We now want to go, since you guys thought it was that cool!

  27. We just bought three tickets for the Chicago performance. The VICP didn't have enough seats, so we got general seating, but third row isn't bad! My oldest and middle daughters are all-cat people, and I'm equally dog and cat. We're taking my oldest for her birthday and told her today. She's beyond thrilled. I just wish we could have met the cats afterwards. Maybe next time.


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