Jen Juneau
August 28, 2015 10:18 am

Maybe it’s the strength of the internet, but cats are everywhere these days. If you’re a cat lover, you’re in the same company as high-profile cat fans like Taylor Swift, and you can even cater to your feline proclivities with stuff like CatLadyBox, a Birchbox-esque service for cat lovers.

But hanging out with cats doesn’t have to be just a hobby. It can also be your job. That’s right: I think I’m not alone when I say I’m seriously considering quitting my day job to run away with the The Amazing Acro-Cats cat circus, because THEY’RE HIRING! According to the associated Craigslist ad that begins with “Has your dream always been to run away with a cat circus?” (WHOSE HASN’T?), The Amazing Acro-Cats are looking for a tour assistant. The right candidate has a flexible schedule, has experience working in theatre and with animals, is outgoing, and is cool hanging with a bunch of kitties in a tour bus and RV for extended periods of time while assisting with the show.

The Acro-Cats are led by their trainer, Samantha Martin, a former zookeeper. She has been training animals since she was 10 years old. The Acro-Cats are based in Chicago, but Martin brings the show around the country in her brightly painted tour bus. HOW COOL IS THIS?

In a New York Times interview last month, Martin stated that she began training cats about 10 years ago after not having much success with other animals such as rats and chickens (though she still has rats and a chicken!), and her performers are rescued shelter cats. During their shows, they perform tricks like jumping through hoops and pushing wheelbarrows before their musical finale, starring the Rock Cats.

On top of their circus job, the Acro-Cats have also starred in commercials for brands like Purina and Target. And one of them – Alley – even holds the Guinness World Record for Longest Cat Jump: six feet! Be right back while I reevaluate what I’m doing with my own life and also somehow figure out how to train my cat Penny to do anything other than sit for treats, which somehow doesn’t seem that impressive now.

If you’re not persuaded to apply for the Amazing Acro-Cats’ tour-assistant position by now, here’s a video of them performing on the Steve Harvey show late last year. That’s almost the same thing, right?

[Images via Craigslist and CircusCats.com]

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