Today Lincoln Pet Culture is honored to feature an interview with Jax, who is the most popular of the Amazing Acro-cats. The group promotes animal welfare, educates audiences on cat training, and offers foster cats and kittens for adoption. Each of their shows typically closes with a performance by the Rock-Cats, which according to Wikipedia, is billed as the “only cat band in existence”. Rainy’s interview with Jax will also appear later this winter on Instagram.
Jax’s manager, Angela Callicut , informed me that Jax is kinda brief with answers and uses lots of acronyms. Here’s a “key” to some of her favorite acronyms:
- OMC (oh my cat!)
- MOL (meow out loud)
- NBD (no big deal)
- FTW (for the win)
RAINY: Why did your mom start teaching you tricks?
JAX: Dats just wut she does! Her whole ting iz to show people how clicker training can enrich r lives and stuff.
RAINY: How did your mom get you started on tricks?
JAX: She trains all her kittehs. She starts wif da basics: hi 5, sit pretty, hoop jumps. Den sees wut mew like doin da best.
RAINY: What is it like being on the road?
JAX: Omc itz pawsome! I luv my fans! Dey bring me treats & toys and give me tons of attention! Itz da best!
RAINY: What is it like doing tricks in public?
JAX: Nbd. Sumtimes i don’t even do my tricks. Sumtimes i just run in2 da audience instead. Da fans luuuv it!
RAINY: Why do you like doing tricks?
JAX: Fur da treats, of course!
RAINY: Tell me the story of how your mom got you.
JAX: She saw me at da shelter beating up my 2 bigger brofurs. Mol! She knew i wuz her kinda cat—fierce!
RAINY: Tell me more about your family members.
JAX: Omc. So, we haz like 15 active acrocats and 7 retirees. Tons of family. Mostly we get along… Mostly!
RAINY: What ways do you cause your mom trouble at home?
JAX: I beat up nola & buggles every chance i get. Dey r da worst!!! Sumtimes i sneak out of da house too!
RAINY: What ways do you make your mom happy?
JAX: I give her kisses—only her—but don’t tell any1! It’ll ruin my rep! I also help socialize da foster kittehs.
RAINY: What’s your favorite trick?
JAX: I luuuv sitting on my giant skull. I will perch on it & catch treats wif my paws, even at home.
RAINY: Which trick was the hardest to learn?
JAX: None of dem! I am good at da barrel & da yoga ball & i can push or ride on da car. I even play da trumpet sumtimes!
RAINY: What advice do you have for cats who aspire to do tricks?
JAX: Do it! Mew get tons of xtra attention and treats! Plus, mew won’t get bored, act out, and get in trouble anymore—training ftw! Mol!
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