Pinkie "Paws" Peeker, Ace Reporter

Pinkie "Paws" Peeker, Ace Reporter
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Friday, February 3, 2012

Moscow Meow!

Blue dreams of running to Russia to join the Moscow Cat Theater:

Pinkie "Paws" Peeker Reports:

               I am very sensitive to animal cruelty and I thought this was cruel until I saw the show live in Chicago. The cats seemed well and didn't seem to mind. They seemed happy. I mean, as far as I know, an unhappy cat would curl up in a corner and be defensive and wouldn't even think about doing tricks like this. You can't force a cat to do something it doesn't want to do and that's a factright? I know PETA was involved in monitoring the Chicago performance and they didn't make any negative comments. I actually saw the trailer where the cats are kept. It was huge, clean, and seemed to have everything they needed. Those cats live better than a lot of people I know.

      MOSCOW CATS THEATER – the only entertainment of its kind in the world features non-stop action by a troop of talented felines performing original and astounding acrobatic feats, integrated into a non-verbal, colorful and fun-filled family show.

Created almost 30 years ago by renowned circus performer Yuri Kuklachev, MOSCOW CATS THEATRE has grown into one of the most popular weekend outings for Moscow kids and adults, selling out every performance. Kuklachev decided to start working with cats after finding an abandoned kitten in a park. A juggler, flying gymnast, illusionist and clown, he kept on training cats, disproving a widespread belief that cats cannot be tamed.

According to Yuri Kuklachev the founder of the show, "The cats are the stars of this show – they walk tightropes, balance balls on their noses, do paw-stands, jump from great heights, and unerringly negotiate complex mazes". "We glorify them and that‘s why we provide the cats with a traveling entourage including a vet, kitty caretakers and personal stylists to tend to the needs of our feline superstars."

Kuklachev stated that his love for performing with cats runs in the family. His principal assistant and co-creator of the show is his son, Dimitri who is the leading expert on Russian TV in staging stunts with cats for commercials. Dimitri is also currently shooting a "How to…" - special about training and handling cats for a major Russian TV channel.

Yuri Kuklachev is a national institution, having performed in over 80 countries and received many prestigious international awards and accolades, including The People‘s Artist in Russia, Honorary Member of the American Clown Association, the Silver Clown Award in Monte Carlo, the Golden Clown Crown in Canada, the Golden Oscar in Japan, a San Marino postage stamp, and in France a chapter in their national grammar book titled "Lessons of Kindness".

These cats were so adorable I wanted to hug all of them. They did seem to love Kuklachev. Are they exploiting the animals or giving them a better life. What are YOUR thoughts?

CBS News: Yuri Kuklachev has turned dozens of cats into a team of four-legged acrobats that perform on cue. He and his cats are in the "Moscow Cats Theater" playing in New York.

They performed in Tribeca in 2006. I am not sure when they will be returning to New York or where they will be performing next. Does anyone have any updates or information to share?

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