The Amazing Acro-Cats Need a New Tour Bus! Plus, Enter to Win Tickets to See Them in Chicago!

Tue, Sep 25, 2012


Samantha Martin has been working with animals and studying the human-animal bond her entire life. At first glance, you may think that her touring show, The Amazing Acro-Cats and Rock Cats, is just a spectacle, but look closer — it is actually an incredible tool for helping educate people about building relationships with animals, emphasizing the joy they can bring to our lives. And, even more importantly in my opinion, the show increases awareness about the cat overpopulation problem we face here in the US and the importance of rescuing cats.

All of the cats in Samantha’s show are rescued. She demonstrates the usefulness of clicker-training for cats in the show as they perform, but Samantha is also a big advocate for using similar training techniques at home, especially in the case of emergencies.

Here’s the part I love: the Acto-Cats have started taking foster cats and kittens on the road with them to give the cats extra exposure and find them forever homes! They have adopted out over 90 cats since they started their foster program.

The Acro-cats Need a New Tour Bus!

To continue taking the show on the road, spreading their message, and adopting out foster cats, the Acro-Cats are in need of a new tour bus. They have a Kickstarter campaign running right now to raise the funds needed to create an amazing mobile cat heaven, equipped with everything the cats and human crew need to tour comfortably. Please check out the Acro-Cats Kickstarter page for more information and to show your support to this great group!

Sadly, Pinky, the Rock Cats’ guitar-playing blue-eyed beauty recently passed away after a second battle with cancer, so the Kickstarter campaign and tour bus project are being dedicated to her memory.


The Acro-Cats and Rock Cats are currently performing in their hometown, Chicago. They have evening shows on Sept 26, Oct 3, and Oct 10 at Stage 773 Theatre and one lucky Chicago-area reader is going to win a pair of tickets! (Actually, you don’t have to live in Chicago to win, you could give your tickets to a cat-loving friend in the area.) To enter, please leave a comment on this post. The winner will get to choose the performance date, either Oct 3 or Oct 10. We will pick the winner in a random drawing on September 30, 2012. One entry per person.

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118 Responses to “The Amazing Acro-Cats Need a New Tour Bus! Plus, Enter to Win Tickets to See Them in Chicago!”

  1. 1
    Teresa Frith

    I have seven cats and also help feed a small colony of semi ferals. I would so love to see these cats in action!

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  3. 3

    Wow! This is awesome!

  4. 4
    Kyle S.

    My birthday is coming up in October, and I live in St. Louis, which is close to Chicago. This would be a perfect gift for me! And maybe I could pick up a couple tricks to teach my beloved boy Smokey here at home, as well! :-)

  5. 5
    Nicole atkinson

    i love that some people are out there that are proving that not only dogs are smart enough to understand and perform tricks i love this!! !!

  6. 6
    Tom C.

    I would love to win those tickets! I missed my chance to see them in Seattle but could see them in Chicago!

  7. 7

    Chicago is only 4 hours away–totally doable!!! Pick me, please!

  8. 8

    This sounds so amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. 9

    I would LOVE to see the Acro-Cats and Rock Cats. Chicago is the purrfect venue.
    Thank you.

    p.s. I’ve trained my three cats (about 2 dozen tricks each), primarily to keep them intelletually alert, but also for my enjoyement (bonding with them). I can’t begin to imagine with a pro has been able to do… but I want to see this!

  10. 10

    I’d love to go given the chance! So cute!

  11. 11

    one word… Awesome

  12. 12

    This would be so awesome for me and my sister. We are major cat lovers. My birthday is early Nov, so this would be an early birthday present. We could so use a break from life and just have fun watching these precious kitties. Pick me Pick me!! :) thanks.

  13. 13
    Jess W

    My birthday is coming up and I would love to win tickets! I’ve lived near Chicago my whole life and have been wanting to see a cat show like this for quite some time.

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    Kathy M

    I live and Chicago and would love to see the AcroCats in Action. Thanks Samantha for all that you’ve done through the years for the kitties at Tree House and elsewhere in Chicago. You Rock!

  15. 15

    This would be incredible to see. I would love to win these tickets!

  16. 16
    Misty Avery

    This would be awesome to see!

  17. 17
    Brenda Barton

    These cats are amazing! They need transportation that is safe for the cats and that will allow them bring all their stuff!


  18. 18

    So cool!! I want to go!

  19. 19

    What a wonderful way to show the sweetness of shelter cats and the amazing power of clicker training at the same time! I love these guys – saw them on TV. This would be a very cool event! :)

  20. 20

    I’m a big fan of the Acro Cats and Tuna and the Rock Cats and LOVED seeing them when they were in Austin! I am thrilled Modern Cat is sharing this! LETS GET THESE CATS A NEW BUS!!!

  21. 21

    Oh how I would LOVE to see this show! But not living anywhere near Chicago, I would happily pass the tickets on to someone who could enjoy these beautiful, talented kitties. You know, kind of a pay it forward thing.

  22. 22
    Christine Partin

    I have never heard of this group before but I live two hours away from Chicagoland and I would love to see this! Yes, cats are smart!

  23. 23

    I live in the chicago area i wanna see these cat in action maybe pick up a few things from the show. I hope i win!!!!!

  24. 24
    Monica C.

    The Acrocats are adorable! I wish I had heard of them before, because I live 3 hours from Chicago and I would totally have made a trip to see them!

  25. 25

    I’ve been wanting to see this show for years! I hope the Acro-Cats get a new tour bus soon!

  26. 26

    I saw them on WGN 9 a while back and would love to see them in person – they look totally cool. (^_^)

  27. 27

    OMG!!! This is way too cool!!!! I’ve GOT TO SEE THIS!!!

  28. 28

    I never knew this existed…..until now. I’m very happy to see the word is spreading about the show and the great rescue work that is being done.

  29. 29

    I would love to see this! I studied animal behavior and work for a rescue league, and have 6 rescues at home. This is such an inspiration!

  30. 30
    Tania S. Schaefer

    A cat show would be awesome to go watch! ^_^

  31. 31

    I would love to see the Acro-Cats! Plus, it would be a good excuse to visit my family in Chicago :)

  32. 32

    Can I bring my kitty???

  33. 33
    Lori Udenberg

    This show proves that cats can in fact to persuaded to do tricks with the right motivation aka food.

  34. 34

    Tell her she needs to come to Minneapolis! After the internet cat film festival, I’m sure she’d be a sell out hit!

  35. 35

    Jump for joy! I would love to see this show. I live in the Chicago area so it would be so easy to get to the show.

  36. 36
    Karen Mermel

    Certified Feral Cat Caregiver and have 13 inside of my own. Got to see those cats.

  37. 37

    I’d love to win these tickets so I could take my uncle who lives in Chicago. He’s 85 and never gets to leave his house. It would be an enjoyable night out for him.

  38. 38
    Stella Gusman

    I have nine rescued cats myself ranging in age from a young 9 yrs to 16 yrs old. I am always amazed how kitties get trained because my cats have ME trained!!

  39. 39

    I missed the Moscow Cat Circus some years ago cuz of work :( Would love to see the AcroCats! Maybe Stray Cats will be opening act? :)

  40. 40

    Fantastic!!! I’d love to see this. :)

  41. 41

    eeep! great article! I have already shared with several friends. :] would love to see them in action!

  42. 42

    I’d love to see this show! I recently moved back to chicago, I heard about this before and have wanted to see these kitties in action.

  43. 43

    I would love to see acro-cats. Sounds very unique and fun.

  44. 44

    I have four and they all have a special something tricky that they do,just brought home a very young cat who was dropped off by a very busy road.They are very smart and believe me if they had thumbs I’d really be in trouble,because they’d be cooking round the clock.LOL!!

  45. 45

    What a great reason to go to Chicago!

  46. 46

    Wow! It sounds fantastic! I am excited to know they exist. I would love to go see this. Choose me! Choose me!

  47. 47

    This looks so awesome! If I don’t win, she should come do a performance in Oklahoma!

  48. 48
    Alice Workman

    It’s always wonderful to hear about rescued animal stories. I would like to learn more about the clicker training. Since our move to MS we have taken in abandoned animals. At present we have 5 dogs and 6 cats.

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    Karla Almanza

    This is better than anything out there! Cats are awesome!!

  50. 50

    I’m so excited they are coming to Chicago! I hope they get a new bus with lots of cat trees in it.

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