Mews and Nips: Casting Cats on Broadway, and More


As the new Broadway version of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is getting ready for its March 20 premiere, there was one important role that was still uncast: that of Holly Golightly’s cat. The cat plays a key part in the story, and requires an animal that can handle lights, microphones and an audience, can cross the stage, sit, stay and exit on cue.

That’s a tall order for a cat, but Vito, a cat from the Dawn Animal Agency, a casting company with a 300-acre animal sanctuary in the Hudson Valley filled with cats, dogs, rats, camels, birds and more, was up to the task. Almost all of the agency’s 90 or so cats are rescues. The cats are chosen for acting work based on whether they are confident, sensible and aren’t bothered by noises or people. They are trained using rewards, including food, toys or, occasionally, affection, as well as clicker training. The New York Times has the full story of how Vito was chosen for the part.

If you missed any of the stories featured on The Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: On Monday, we provided helpful tips on how to stop your cat from scratching your furniture and carpets, on Tuesday we asked for your support in  nominating us for a BlogPaws Nose to Nose Social Media Pet Blogging Award (and thank you to all of you who did!), on Wednesday we introduced you to Jetset Vets, a new service that provides in flight veterinary care for pets, and on Friday we reviewed Acu-Cat: A Guide to Feline Acupressure. And don’t forget to enter our giveaway for an autographed copy of Gary Patterson’s book Cat Laughs.

Two weeks ago, we featured a video of a cat who was very determined to get the refrigerator door to open.  The cat in today’s video has mastered opening the freezer door. It’s a little hard to tell, but the Devon Rex in the video looks like she just might be a tortie!


Have a great weekend!

Photo sources: photo of Vito from New York Times website

7 Comments on Mews and Nips: Casting Cats on Broadway, and More

  1. Cynthia Southern
    March 9, 2013 at 11:43 pm (7 years ago)

    Wow, that cat is smart if he knows how to open the freezer door. I want to see the video of the cat who learns to open the cabinet to find a can of tuna then open it with the can opener. 🙂

    • Ingrid
      March 10, 2013 at 4:59 am (7 years ago)

      If cats ever figure all of that out, Cynthia, they’ll be well on their way to world domination! 🙂

  2. Deb Barnes - Zee and Zoey
    March 9, 2013 at 9:54 am (7 years ago)

    Oh my goodness! What a funny cat! What’s next, a video of him/her using the microwave to thaw out whatever goodie came from the freezer!?

    • Ingrid
      March 9, 2013 at 6:17 pm (7 years ago)

      If I find that video, I’ll be sure to post it here, Deb!

  3. Glogirly and Katie
    March 9, 2013 at 1:04 am (7 years ago)

    YAY for Vito!!!
    What a fun job he’s got. : )
    With as many videos I’ve stuck Katie in…she is the LAST cat that would ever be cast in a show. UTB is her middle name.
    ; ) Glogirly

    • Ingrid
      March 9, 2013 at 6:17 pm (7 years ago)

      I’m not sure what UTB stands for, but I can’t quite see Katie following direction, either, Debbie!


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