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Cat Juggling

Updated on November 11, 2011

What IS Cat Juggling?

Cat juggling is one of the biggest and darkest secrets that have eluded mankind over the last century. Yes, Cat Juggling. A skill that involves the throwing and catching of more than two felines, without allowing them to touch the ground, just for the mere entertainment value and/or the sheer sport. It is one of the most serious, multi-tasking events that include both man and cat.

To many folks, it is a well respected art that requires a harmonious connection between the juggler and the furry critter. To others, it is nothing more than a means of individuals capitalizing from an event where many kittens are being discombobulated and humiliated for the profit of others.

It's History

The history of Cat Juggling is believed to have begun around the turn of the century, by a man known as Pig Eye Jackson. Pig Eye made his fortune with ability to hurl these domesticated carnivorous mammals, into a circular motion, at ranges from 5 to 15 feet above the ground. Hundreds of curious individuals would file into a dark, smoke-filled rooms, for a price, to witness this feline phenomenon. Pig Eye was not only the father of this “sport” but to this day, is still the most accomplished master of CJ, to have ever lived.

The Art

Though Pig Eye made this look somewhat simple, the concentration required to not only keep these little fellas from rendering their tiny yet razor sharp appendages from digging deep into the hands of the juggler causing excruciating pain, all the while maintaining a complex figure eight design of feline madness of motion.

Even though it never gained popularity throughout major cities across this nation, it still had an enormous underground following. Though gambling was heavily inspired through all of this, it still had its share of supporters who simply admired the beauty of calico kittens being adorned in the air, melodiously. It has been said that there is nothing more exquisite than Pig Eye doing his infamous “Nine Life Catmap Extraordinaire”. Where he simultaneously engages nine tabby’s for over 64 revolutions.

Navin R. Johnson - Millionaire
Navin R. Johnson - Millionaire

Entertainment or Atrocity?

Peta and other such organizations have assembled lawmakers to enforce harsh penalties to anyone caught performing such acts. While opposing groups have advocated it’s art back into the mainstream of American entertainment deeming it has positive effects upon the species, and is encouraging more ownership, leaving fewer to be “put down” in animal shelters across this land.

Millionaire Navin R. Johnson has organized group efforts to stop this kind of event from continuing. 

Though I have no real opinion on it’s future outcome, I find this topic rather fascinating.

Disclaimer

 (All information given in this hub is at the sole discretion of CMerritt, and has no real redeeming value to anyone other than those who feel it necessary believe that such a story could truly exist, then in which case should refer to further reading and discretionary measures to support such claims)

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      Cindy A. Johnson 6 years ago from Sevierville, TN

      Hilarious! Thanks for brightening my day.

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      Bob Diamond RPh 6 years ago from Charlotte, NC USA

      Giggle. Giggle.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Heh, heh!

      That movie is a classic.

      Funny Hub and voted that way!

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      Jackie Paulson 6 years ago from USA IL

      LOL you are funny. Thanks

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      Old Poolman 6 years ago

      Doesn't look like something I would want to try, but funny as heck.

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      amybradley77 6 years ago

      This is so great, LOL voted up and the cats seem to actually be kind of enjoying the attention and playfulness of it all. So, great for the pets and the kids, awesome!! A.B.

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      Michael Adams1959 6 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

      Needed a good laugh that is too funny!

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      Rosie Rose 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Hiya CMerritt, you got me! I've never seen this movie but the first picture looks like Steve Martin to me, but I thought I could be wrong. lol So funny!

      Have a nice day,

      Rosie

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      rachellrobinson 6 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      I have to send a link of this to my boyfriend, he loves cats....

      Rachel

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      TimBryce 6 years ago

      A lot of fun. I just saw Martin doing it over the weekend on an old SNL repeat.

      All the Best,

      Tim Bryce

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Esmeowl12, I am happy that I was able to brighten your day. I thank you for stopping by and commenting.

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Diamond, thanks for the giggles!... :)

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      WillStarr, Boy to I agree, IT is one funny movie.

      Thanks for the laudations.

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      onceuponatime66, you are very welcome, I just had a "wild and crazy" moment. Thanks for stopping by.

      :)

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Old Poolman, I agree with you. Cat Juggling looks like it could be quite challanging.

      Thanks for commenting and stopping by. I always appreciate your comments.

      :)

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      amybradley77, I agree, I think the cats LOVE this kind of affection and the opportunities to gather public attentions....lol.

      Thank you very much for you kind words.

      :)

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Michael Adams1959, I am glad I was able to prompt you to a good laugh. Thanks for coming by and reading.

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Hi ya Rosie, yes, it is based on Steve Martin from his movie the Jerk. Wow, you need to take some time to watch this amazing comedy!...I never tire of it. Thanks for your comments.

      You have a great day as well.

      :)

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Hi rachell, I hope your boyfriend can find the humor that was intended. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Hi Tim, I never saw the SNL skit on this. Martin has a great comedic mind, that is for sure.

      I appreciate you coming by.

      :)

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      rachellrobinson 6 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      I told him to practice with his cats at home, he said that he'd rather not; but he'd love to see me try. It was very entertaining.

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      I think you could be very good at this. It can be a great stress reliever from the daily grind that our political world create for us.

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      William Kovacic 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      CMerritt,

      Wow! My wife as four cats. I would love to learn the trick.

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Lifegate, after the cats get over the discombobulation they really love it. I think you and your wife can have hours of fun and entertainment if you have the patience to master this craft.

      Thanks for stopping by!

      :)

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      allweathersforum 6 years ago from Gans Oklahoma

      God bless you. You made me laugh and have brightened my day. Rich blessings be yours brother.

      Michael

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Michael,

      I am so glad I was able to brighten up your day. Sometimes these crazy thoughts just run through my brain, and this time I was able to put them on paper.

      I appreciate you stopping by and commenting.

      Blessings to you also,

      Chris

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      50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

      C.M., I was hoping this was trick photography where the kittens were replaced by stuffed animals. I voted it up and funny on that basis only.

      If it was live cats a whole nother story, How about setting them on a clay pigeon thrower and throwing them while others shoot them with shot guns? I'd find no humor in either there is a line between mistreating an animal and killing one. There's my nickles worth, 50

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Dusty, it is nothing more than comedy....no animals were harmed during the making of this hub.

      I would probably be a contributor to the Navin R. Johnson foundation if this was real.

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      Kindacrazy 6 years ago from Tennessee

      This is NOT something I would want to try!! VERY Funny!!

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      jimcrowthers 6 years ago from Port Charlotte

      Steve Martin can be hilarious.

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Kindacrazy, you never know until you give it a try.

      Thanks for reading, I appreciate it.

      :)

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Jim, boy do I agree, Steve Martin is a comedic genius. I think he has also turned out to be a pretty darned good actor as well.

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      American Romance 6 years ago from America

      funny! Now get back to bashing liberals! hahah

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      AR, lol...I had to take a quick break from the madness....and talk about something that actually made sense.

      Thanks for commenting!

      :)

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      lindatymensky 6 years ago

      Love it! I knew I wasn't the only person in the world who had this dark, secret passion....

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Linda, come on out an stand proud! CJ is making a comeback!

      LOL

      Thanks for coming by and commenting.

      :)

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      I love it! Who knew that cat juggling had such a glorious history. I have learned at the feet of the master today. Thank you.

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      QudsiaP1 6 years ago

      At first I thught you were kidding... :P

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      James, I have to give all the credit to Pig Eye Jackson. For it was he, who inspired me to put this to paper.

      I am "humbled" at you way too kind words....

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      QudsiaP1

      I could never kid about such a topic as Cat Juggling...

      well I could, but then I could never look at cat's in the same way as I once did....not to say that I had a particular "look" for cats....but I could never not take cats serious, and juggling alone by itself, can be serious, but only if accompanied by cat's, in which I could still take serious, but only if juggling was not part of what I wanted to be serious about.

      follow?

      Thanks for stopping by, and I apologize for my rambling.

      :)

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      Brutus Orkney 6 years ago from AZ

      Great write-up. In my opinion, it's definitely art and entertainment. And let's just be honest, you know the cats love it!

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      Beth100 6 years ago from Canada

      I have never heard of cat juggling -- til today! Don't quite know what to think of it...yet!

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Brutus, you know it!....I think the cats have a blast, at least until somebody drops one...but other than that, HEY, what is not to like? lol

      Thanks for coming by...I really appreciate it...

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Beth, I glad I was able to introduce you to the world of Cat Juggling.....I hope you enjoyed my hub, and I'm really glad you stopped by.

      :)

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      Stephanie Hicks 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      OH MY!!!! This is so funny - love the pictures, the video and your serious take on the art. Best hub I've read in weeks. ;-) Have a great one!

      p.s. when you drop a cat, they always land on their feet, right?

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Steph, I am so greatful for your kind words.

      YES, those little critters are amazing, despite the obvious vertigo they MUST encounter, they ALWAYS land on there precious little paws....

      Thanks again,

      :)

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      Stephanie Hicks 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      I am looking for the little "like" button for the comment! Must be spending too much time on Facebook. I'd best be off to go juggle some cats....

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      Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Hilarious spoof! The believable entity is that Steve Martin would have a hand in this!

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Hi Amy, Steve Martin is one funny guy with a wild and crazy imagination.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting...

      :)

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      Sembj 6 years ago

      I was checking out some Hubs of yours CMerritt after you did me the honor of becoming a follower. (I suspect it was the result of a comment I made about someone else's article.) Now, I know we have something of the same kind of humor. But I've read enough of your other articles and profile to know that we probably disagree about a great deal more than we agree on. I can't think of receiving a greater compliment than have someone accord me with that type of respect.

      Encouraging us all to take an interest and respectfully listen to each other is certainly one of the aspects of HubPages that recommends it. Humor is one great catalyst. Its encouraging that there's a forum where such civilized behavior is encouraged - thanks. And I've signed on as one of your loyal followers!

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      Sembj 6 years ago

      P.S. I believe that there's a short movie clip of an interview between Salvador Dali and a US TV reporter. Dali is caught on camera throwing a cat in the air. He is accused of being cruel. He replies that it is a lot less cruel than making cats watch TV as Americans are reputed to do to their cats. I realize that I am just one of the 0.0000001% who finds that either funny or profound but it is a cat story and the clip might be interesting to add to any archive you may consider building, if you were able to find it!

      I'm back after looking for the reference and it may have to do with the art that's to be found at the following site - it's worth a look:

      http://www.flickr.com/photos/monkeyc/95165918/

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Sembj,

      I very much appreciate your comments. I think the fact that we both have a sense of humor is the first step at getting along on other issues, despite the position. I am also humbled that you are a follower. I look forward to reading more of your hubs in the near future.

      Thanks again!

      :)

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      ChristineVianello 6 years ago from Philadelphia

      Ha wow...If I tried that cats would scratch my face off!

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Christine,

      Cat juggling should be left for the professionals...lol

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting.

      :)

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Leave it to the pros! It's just too dangerous!

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      THAT it is Mick....THAT is is.

      :)

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      Playdoh 6 years ago from Michigan

      That was epic, I can't believe that got kind of popular. Lol

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Thanks Playdoh!

      Hard to believe, but yet...so, so true!

      ;)

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      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      Cat Juggling. It was purrfectly funny.

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Thanks toknowinfo; lol ... that is furry kind of you to say...

      :)

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ......well as soon as I saw an image of Steve Martin - I knew the gig was up - lol lol lol - although I know they have dog fights and cock fights - and even humans fight each other - so I thought with twisted human ingenuity

      that cat juggling just might be possible - remember it's still early here by Lake Erie and I have started drinking my pot of coffee yet - lol - I too juggle two cats in my life (one of whom you see - that's Little Miss Tiffy - she's a diva) and what I am mean by 'juggle' is I try to get them both happy with equal measures of attention ..... but I love your tongue in cheek writing - though - it's clever and witty and it made me think at the same time - always good to make the epi-man think - so bravo to you and so very nice to meet your acquaintance!

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Thank you epi, and it is nice to meet you too.

      I had fun with this one....and I bet, trying to keep two cats happy IS a juggling act.

      :)

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      BukowskiBabe 5 years ago from Somewhere in the middle of it all.

      I told my cats about this and they're currently on a call with Gloria Allred.

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      Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Ut-OH!!!!

      Not Gloria Allred!!!

      I am in REAL TROUBLE NOW!!!

      LOL...Thanks BB!!

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