Samantha Martin believes in the power of cats. She has rescued and recovered cats for quite some time now. She trains these cats to be performers which are being thoroughly enjoyed! Currently she has 20 cats, 14 of which are on the road with her, Cluck Norris, as chicken that tours with her, a groundhog and some rats.
The Amazing Acro-Cats are really peaking in popularity. Martin recently was interviewed about the animals and her experiences. She drives the tour bus for the animals while they are travelling and providing entertainment for the enjoyment of all!
These cats are trained to play in a band, ride skateboards, jump through hoops and just provide entertainment for humans. Some cats just love travel and perform, while others are more homebodies and one cat in particular, Indie, was dismissed from the tour because she really wanted to eat Cluck Norris, the chicken. Indie still performs, but cannot travel with Cluck Norris because, according to Samantha, it is just not right to eat your co-workers!
While she started out training rats, Martin loves all animals and moved onto felines, chickens, groundhogs and the like – although she still has rats in her entourage. Many people of those people believe that cats are not trainable, she completely disagrees! Samantha actually recommends that every cat owner get involved with training their cats to some degree – albeit it does not have to have a musical inclination.
The Huffington Post actually recorded Samantha Martin on their very own podcast which is quite interesting to listen to. This woman is an incredible animal trainer and very entertaining to listen to!
According to this very motivated woman, there are some things that feline parents should know about cat training to get them started. These include:
1. You can do it. Use only positive reinforcement to train your kitten or young cat. Martin recommends clicker and whistle training – and lots and lots of patience! Reward with treats when actions are fulfilled. Treat training is effective with most animals!
2. You can actually train an old cat to do new tricks even if it is slightly more difficult; the younger the better, but ALL cats can be trained! She recommends working with cats that have natural tendencies. She observes the cats to see what the cat wants to do and works with that.
3. Training cats is not quite like training a dog. Samantha refers to dogs as true professionals and cats are more like employees that you would fire if they were human employees. She wants cat people to realize that cat training is actually more of a “negotiation” than a training session. Short and sweet training times are what she recommends though, if not, you will lose your cat’s attention.
4. Training cats can save their lives in more than one way and that is why she uses whistle training. That way, if any of her cats get away from her in a crowd or get loose in public, when she whistles, they return to her and not keep running. She also believes that training can help save lives indirectly as well. By utilizing the above mentioned training methods, even shy or fearful kitties can come out of their shell and be adopted. By using positive reinforcement and treat training, relationships can build, meaning that the kitties have a better opportunity to be adopted!
5. Training can strengthen the bond you have with your cat and curb bad behavior. The kitties that seem to get into the most trouble in the home by clawing furniture and knocking things over and running amuck, are also some of the most trainable. They have a tendency to act out due to boredom and excess energy. Training helps fill their time positively since they can exercise and be mentally stimulated as the same time. Training is also a great way to communicate with your kitty.
6. Training cats can make like a lot more hilarious because as the cats learn to do a trick, they will do so simply to score another treat. Samantha Martin recommends this over other scenes you could potentially come home to!
Check out her Amazing Acro-Cats. They are truly amazing!