Sorry cat people, this is no Barkus

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Local cat lovers may and may not get excited about the "Amazing Acro-Cats" coming to Mardi Gras. Samantha Martin is bringing her troupe of cat performers to the Shadowbox Theatre March 4-5. One might question the heavy use of editing in this video; the cat stunts and cat rock band don't appear to speak particularly well for the species' talents or abilities to learn tricks. In fact, Martin is a former rat trainer — apparently a go-to rat trainer for film and TV— before she decided to try her luck with felines. And the rat stunts in the video above seem more polished and focused.

Barkus is celebrating Broadway in its 19th annual parade on Sunday, Feb. 27. It's a better bet, even if all the dogs do is wear costumes.

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