Alley, a stray cat, was adopted after she was found looking frail and nervous in a city side street. Taken in by Chicagoan Samantha Martin, Alley had really landed on her feet, because Samantha is a trainer for the traveling cat circus Acro-cats (search for their videos on YouTube—they’re really fun), and she quickly discovered that Alley loved to bounce around the platforms she used to teach her cats to jump. As Samantha began to train her, it became apparent that Alley had a real aptitude for jumping, leaping over 6 feet. Could this street cat really become record-breaking royalty?
The Pocket-Size Kitty
Singapura are nicknamed “Velcro Cats” because of their sometimes irritating desire to stay close to their owners. They have been acknowledged as the smallest breed of cat in the world. The full-grown males reach only around 7 pounds, while females can weigh a paltry 4 pounds. Some claim they were originally river or “drain“ cats in Singapore, while others have suggested they were a cross between Abyssinian and Burmese breeds.
Big Big Cat
There are cats, big cats, and then there are ligers. Ligers are the offspring of a male lion and a tigress—huge animals that do not exist in the wild and are only bred in captivity. Hercules, who usually lives at the Myrtle Beach Safari wildlife preserve in South Carolina, is the biggest of them all. He is 6 feet tall, 12 feet long, and weighs 900 pounds—as big as his parents combined. He may look a handful, but his keepers say he’s a real pussycat.