Happy Cats is proud to sponsor Samantha and her fabulous felines. She uses many of the same techniques we use to help our shelter cats regain their confidence…to create some of the most confident cats on the planet. You’ll see skateboarding cats, drum-playing cats, acrobatic cats and even a trained chicken. Oh, and don’t forget the flag-waving groundhog.
Don’t let the word CIRCUS put you off. There are no whips, no cages, no browbeaten animals. Samantha’s animals are her family and do this because they love to, not because they’re forced to. As we say with the clicker play we teach, her animals are her partners, not her subjects.
Samantha started training the family dog at 10 and has been a professional animal trainer for over 20 years. Her animals–including rats, snakes, chickens, kinkajous and that groundhog–have worked for everyone from New Line Cinema to Megadeth. She wanted a way to keep her cats in top shape, so she started performing between assignments. Soon, the troupe was on the road.
Many of her family of performers are rescued cats, just like ours. Samantha is a premier foster mom, having fostered and adopted out hundreds of cats and kittens. Samantha’s animal family has the run of the house, or the RV if they’re on the road. There are no circus cages here. They all travel with her across the US in a big bus.
Samantha’s training, like our Happy Cats clicker play, is all positive. She believes in the power of working and playing with your cat to strengthen the bond between feline and human. “Once they start learning, they want to learn more,” she says.
Even onstage, her stars always have a choice. Their carriers, which are their safe zones, are always open and ready if someone’s having an off night. Cats will be cats, even trained ones, and often things don’t go quite as planned. Samantha is quite the comedienne and uses their surprises to good effect, making great fun of it all. The show is perfect for all ages.
A portion of the proceeds is going to the cats and kittens at Happy Cats. Bring out the whole family for a evening full of giggles…knowing you’ll be helping out other cats besides Asti, Buggles, Fiji and the crew!