Comic Relief

Model and actor Antonio Sabato, Jr., talks about his funny felines.

By Interview and photo by Christopher Ameruoso | Posted: April 6, 2011, 3 a.m. EDT

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Antonion Sabato Jr. and Cat

Antonion Sabato Jr. with his cat Chihiro.

Antonio Sabato, Jr., first became known as a Calvin Klein model and for his role on General Hospital and has more recently guest starred on shows such as CSI: New York and Scrubs. He shares his home with several pets who entertain his family with their comical antics.

Tell us about your cat.
My daughter, Mina, wanted a kitty of her own, as we already have an all-black Persian cat named Sensai, which means teacher in Japanese. So after sitting down and talking with her, we decided the best thing to do is save a kitty and went to our local shelter. We really stressed how important it is not to only find a kitten but to give the other adult cats a chance to show her their love. I was very proud of her as she chose this sweet, loving, bursting-with-personality, 6-year-old stray. She named her Chihiro, which means abundance in Japanese, after a character in her favorite movie, Spirited Away.
How different is having cats in your home compared to dogs?
Cats are so different because they are very independent and incredibly comical. They have awesome personalities.
How smart are your cats?
Highly intelligent: Sensai does tricks and knows what to do to get her treats. Chihiro uses her coy disposition to get us out of bed when she wants attention and love by standing over us and pressing nose-to-nose until we wake up and pet her.
Out of all your pets, who runs the house – the dogs or cats?
Our little Cockapoo Stella runs the bigger dogs, and our cat Sensai runs the dogs and her sister Chihiro.
How much attention do your cats look for?
Only when they are hungry and want to be cuddled at night before bedtime.

What do you like about cats in general?
They possess such grace and agility. They are excellent hunters and always want to show off their prizes — and their cute personalities.

What do you like most about your cats?
They are so sweet, loving and cuddly. They offer lots of comic relief.
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