How to Get Your Cat in Commercials

By Contributing Writer

Do you have a cat you think would be perfect for television commercials? While the idea of getting your pet in show business seems appealing, there is a lot of competition and you have to know what to do to help give your kitty an "edge."

Getting Your Kitty on Television

Make sure your cat really does have "the right stuff." Ask people you know, who have no difficulty being candid, if they think your cat has the kind of charm and personality it takes to be in television commercials. Getting a few second opinions, before you embark on trying to make your cat a "legend" may save you a lot of time, effort, money and disappointment.

If you decide that you still want to get your cat in commercials, remember that first impressions are lasting. Your cat should always look his best. Keep him clean and well-groomed at all times.

Get professionally done photographs of your cat to send out to potential agents. Your cat will need an agent to help get him into auditions for commercials. Don't expect it to be easy, since many animal actor agencies receive loads of inquiries from cat owners who want them to represent their pets. Check out the legitimacy and reputation of any agency you contact before giving any money or information to them. Also make sure that it is a USDA studio animal company, which it must be by law, in order for your cat to be hired.

Work on training your cat. Most advertisers who hire animals to appear in commercials want cats that can easily take direction and that do not have behavior problems. Time is money and if your cat causes delays and ends up causing a production company to spend more than they want, it will be harder to get your pet cast in future commercials.

Keep your cat healthy. No production company wants to lose time because your cat is too ill to do a shoot. Make certain his diet is appropriate, that he gets plenty of exercise and that he sees a veterinarian often for checkups.

If your cat is scheduled for an audition, make sure that you show up on time and that your cat remains calm and manageable. A cat that is hungry, thirsty and stressed out is not likely to do well in an audition. Feed him, give him water and bring a favorite small toy for him to play with, so he can feel relaxed.

Be sure that you have enough money to pay for whatever is required to promote your cat. Paying for an agency, publicity, the cost of traveling to auditions and more can be expensive.