Cats don't want to be famous, cat guardians do
"When I first got to LA, I got into this TV show [Think Like a Cat on Game Show Network], with Chuck Woolery. I was working the auditions, in LA Denver, and a few other places, and every stage mom in the world was bringing their cat in and showing them. The cats would have to go through an obstacle course, things like that, and at the end they would win a whole mess of money. I was the behaviorist on call, and let me tell you something: you get a dozen cats on a stage in front of an audience... that is just not fun for the cat. Then you try to get them to run through a maze, or do X, Y, or Z.
"It pointed to the fact that you're better off just trying to catch cats on camera when it comes to behavior, rather than trying create it. This is part of my whole teaching philosophy: cats are not programmed to please you. That's not on the menu. In preserving what we love about cats, we actually shouldn't try to get them to do these things that normally they wouldn't do. It sort of dilutes that thing that makes a cat a cat, which is sort of that independent streak, and their, 'I'll do it when I'm ready to do it.' And now, everybody thinks now, 'My cat can be the next Lil BUB.' We have a whole new generation of stage mom coming out of the woodwork."