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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Pikachu, a cat that was recently lost and found in Albuquerque, may have been running away to join the Acro-Cats, coming soon to Albuquerque, said Samantha Martin, the cats’ chief human and trainer. Pikachu was with owner Ted Brady of Bartlesville, Okla., on a two-month bike trip from Oklahoma to Las Vegas, Nev., when the curious kitty went missing on Dec. 28.

Potentially flirting with catastrophe, the outcome turned purrfect when Pikachu was found snoozing on a blanket inside a shed belonging to an Albuquerque family. After being checked out at a local pet hospital, Pikachu was reunited with its owner.

Asked whether Pikachu may have been running away to join the Acro-Cats, Martin said, “These Acro-Cats are the envy of all kitties, and I am sure Pikachu was looking to join up.”

‘The Amazing Acro-Cats’
WHEN: 5 and 8 p.m. Jan. 13; 2, 5 and 8 p.m. Jan. 14 and noon, 3 and 6 p.m. Jan. 15
WHERE: The Cell Theatre, 701 First NW
HOW MUCH: $18 adults, $12 children at the door; advance tickets available at 766-9412 or

Meanwhile, Martin and the Amazing Acro-Cats are slated to perform “live and in purr-son” Jan. 13-15 at the Cell Theatre.

Noting that it may indeed be hard to herd cats, Martin shows it’s not impossible to train them, using her click-reward system, in which she clicks for the animal to do a trick, and the cat is rewarded with a tasty treat.


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Martin has taught the cats to do a series of tricks, like pushing carts, riding skateboards, rolling barrels, ringing bells, turning on lights, walking tight ropes, jumping through hoops and much more.

Of course, there are bound to be catastrophes that go with “putting your future in the paws of an animal that does what it wants when it wants,” Martin said.

“Getting them to perform in new environments with lots of distractions is the hard part, but they always seem to get it done, even if it’s at their own pace,” she said.

The show also features a cat music combo, The Rock Cats, who play for their supper. These cool cats include Pinky on guitar, Dakota on drums and Nue on keyboards, with chicken Hendiana Jones, who can really peck a mean tambourine.