Mao Mao, a two-year-old British Shorthair from Chongqing, China, works as a professional cat model and earns between 5,000 yuan ($ 775) and 10,000 yuan ($ 1,550) per performance.
Mao Mao’s rise to fame was an accident. Its owner, a man with the surname Zheng, works in the automotive industry and came up with the brilliant idea of putting his pet cat in one of the cars at a car show. That immediately attracted a lot of people who couldn’t wait to take a photo of the cute cat and share it on their social media pages. That meant more prominence for the car brands, and so Zheng began promoting Mao Mao as a cat model for car brands that were seeking additional attention. These days, the cat is a household name at car shows and routinely lands a few gigs each month.
So what are the requirements to be a professional cat car model? Well, just like the human equivalent of the job, it’s about looking cute and attracting attention, and Mao Mao is a natural. Her pouting face, her casual demeanor, and the myriad of costumes that Zheng made for her make Mao Mao irresistible. No wonder she is a sought-after model.
As you can see in the video below, Mao Mao likes to be the center of attention. While most other cats feel overwhelmed, and may even run and hide, the attention, it just basks in the attention. And that makes them a professional car model.
Mao Mao makes between 5,000 and 10,000 yuan per performance, and her owner only accepts three or four performances per mouth, which is still a pretty penny. Zheng makes sure that he rewards his pet for her “effort” by buying her only the most expensive cat food and pampering her like the star she is.
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