Traveling cat circus comes to Colorado

BOULDER - If there's one woman who can own up to the term "cat lady," it's Samantha Martin.

"It started out very simply, with a couple of ladders and a big rope I got from the hardware store," Martin said.

Martin now travels the country with thirteen and a half of her own cats (one is a kitten).

They're all rescues, strays, and misfits.

In them, Martin saw potential for something more; she wanted to show people you could actually train a cat.

"I'd be like, 'Hey come check out these cats and what they're doing.' And people just started showing up in droves," Martin said.

She quit her job as a zookeeper, and ran away with the cat circus full-time.

'The Amazing Acro Cats' were born.

"The cats roll barrels, push shopping carts, jump through hoops, do long jumps, high jumps, ring bells, and even play in an all cat band called The Rock Cats," Martin said.

Yes, a cat band with poultry on percussion: a chicken named Cluck Norris.

Throughout the show you may also spot a groundhog, some rats, and a skateboarding cat.

"You can train a cat to do just about anything," Martin said.

That's why Tuna, the show's star, also plays cowbell for the band.

The antics are silly, but they're helping a serious problem.

"Since 2009, I've found homes for 142 cats and kittens," Martin said.

Each show a chance for a foster cat to find a home, that is, if Martin doesn't adopt them first.

"I can't adopt every cat out there, but I have enough space in my life, my heart, and my bus to take a few here and there," she said.

Home is often a giant traveling cat-bus, full of felines that are more than a funny show or a full-time job, they're family.

"Just domestic 'ol house cats doing amazing things," Martin said.

The troupe will be in Boulder at The Nomad Theater through July 27, then The Bug Theater in Denver July 31- Aug 10. Their final stop is in Colorado Springs at The Stargazer Theater Aug. 13 and 14.

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