My pet is a star – the ins and outs of animal modelling

Wouldn’t you be proud to see your four-legged friend celebrated across a billboard in all their furry cuteness? Or see them look back at you from a magazine advertisement for pet food? Or show what they can do in a film or television show? Many pet owners love to show the world how cute or talented their pet is, and animal modelling is taking off for exactly this reason. There is nothing wrong with giving it a go, as long as the work is serious and your cat feels completely at ease in his or her own fur. Never put your own interests and ambitions above the wellbeing of your pet. But if your four-legged friend enjoys it, then go for it!

How can you tell if your cat has star potential?

Firstly, your cat should have an extroverted personality, enjoy being the centre of attention and not shy about approaching strangers. Very few moggies are suited to being models for advertising campaigns. Many little tigers feel extremely uncomfortable in a strange environment and under a bright spotlight. There are naturally famous exceptions that can stretch out on fluffy blankets, blissfully unfazed by the flurry of camera flashes. If you have an unflinching and extremely calm cat, try taking them with you to friends and see how they behave in a foreign environment. Do they curiously explore their new surroundings or lay down unperturbed and let themselves be petted? Then your pet could be suited to the spotlight.

What is the best way to tell if a casting session is serious?

Firstly, that you are not just asked to send in a photo or video of your pet, but that you (and your pet!) are invited for a personal meeting. Here, experts can see it your cat is suitable for the job and have a look at what they can do. Never go to a photo shoot or TV job without having been briefed beforehand. You should know in advance what to expect and be sure that your cat really is the right animal for the job. Having a trainer to accompany and instruct you is a good sign. And very importantly: never pay a cent! Serious casting sessions don’t cost anything!

Where do you find out about casting sessions?

Online, in pet magazines or at large pet exhibitions are some ways to find out what is out there. Another option is to contact an animal modelling agency, where you can register your photogenic or camera-friendly pet. And who knows, maybe your four-legged friend will soon be a celebrity!

Call into your local store today to discuss your cat’s personal needs with our Maxi Zoo Pet Experts