Mayya Panfilova and Andriy Bilobrov are both first generation circus performers. The two began over 14 years ago with a dream of creating a unique presentation. With a lot of practice and patience the two achieved their goal in 1996 when they received their first circus contract with a Russian circus. Since then the two have presented their cats in Europe, China, the United States, and have even been featured on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Mayya and Andriy has twelve cats. A modern day cat whisperer, Mayya has always had a passion for these agile felines. The twelve cats that are traveling with Andriy and Mayya range from two to nine years old and consist of different breeds including five British Shorthairs, four Russian Siberians, two Orientals and a Siamese. Ten of the twelve gifted cats were handpicked and trained by Mayya, while the other two were born in their care. “I’m not sure how she does it; she can just look at a cat and know that they will be able to perform. It’s amazing, she just has that connection with them,” explains Andriy. Each of the cats possesses different skills that can be seen during their adorable performance. Audiences will witness the cats scaling a kitty low wire, balancing on top of balls, jumping through hula hoops, and walking across parallel bars only using their front paws.
Whoever said that cats couldn’t be trained will think twice after seeing the Performing House Cats!