Tuna, star of the Amazing Acro-Cats, dies of cancer

Updated Jan 14, 2017
  • By Joy Johnston
  • Cox Media Group National Content Desk

The cowbell won't sound quite the same now that Tuna, the star of the Amazing Acro-Cats cat circus, has died.

Happy Cats Haven posted the news Friday on its Facebook page: "To all our fans of Tuna and The Rock Cats and the Amazing Acro-Cats, it's with many tears that we let you know that Samantha Martin's star kitty Tuna crossed the Rainbow Bridge yesterday from cancer."

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Tuna had recently been diagnosed with oral cancer, and on Wednesday, chief cat trainer Martin posted on the Acro-Cats Facebook page: “Spending my last night with Tuna by a lovely fire. Tomorrow she will go to the rainbow bridge. It is time. My world will be forever changed.”

Tuna was a major star in the Acro-Cats show. She rang a bell to begin the show and also played cowbell during the Rock Cats musical performance, in addition to performing timed leaps and jumps. While Morton said during shows that Tuna did not have an affectionate personality, she was a workaholic who loved learning new tricks.

See Tuna in action during a 2009 performance.

The Acro-Cats is a cat circus show featuring rescued cats that tours the country, delighting fans of all ages. Morton seeks to educate audiences on cat behavior, and prove to everyone that cats can be trained. Morton also rescues stray cats and helps them get adopted while on tour.