In Pasadena, California, just two short hours outside of San Diego each year 150+ vendors and tonnnnssss of cat lovers come together for a fun weekend of cat craziness!!! Even if you don’t own a cat, you can still get very involved with this weekend!! But, if you own and love cats, this is the holy grail of cat conventions!! Here are 5 reasons to go to CatCon, even if you don’t have a furry friend yourself:
1. The adoption village is in one corner of the convention and is probably the highlight of the entire weekend. In the adoption village you can choose to look at cats for adoption or simply just play with cats. My cousin, my son and I decided we just wanted to play with cats since she already owns six and I have two dogs and a husband who is allergic to cats. The cats in the village are completely ready to go to their new home and the first day of the convention there were 71 cats adopted! On Sunday, 88 were adopted also, bringing the total to 159!
2. Another exciting part of the convention were all the different variety of artistic booths and vendors and cat enthusiasts. There were so many little details from custom soaps, to jewelry and fine art work. I ended up buying a new handbag, a pair of earrings, five candles and some soap! (Each bar of soap’s colors match a Rescue cat’s fur color!!) I really had no idea there were so many different types of litter, beds, and food and water bowls. I was amazed at the amount of people walking up and down each aisle with excitement in their eyes.
3. There were other unique vendor booths such as a 3-D printer that was printing out mini cat statues, and a bigger area in the middle of the convention floor that was set up for workshops. When we stopped by the area, an artist was teaching people how to draw a cat face. I was surprised at the large audience and how interested they were to learn new techniques. Anything for cats right?
4. In another other room they had VIP meet and greets which were one-on-one gatherings between cat lovers and well-known people in the cat industry or even cats themselves! We did not pay extra for any meet and greets, but we heard there were some pretty cool people there! We did get to meet Cat Man Chris though and take a few photos with him! He explained to us that he wasn’t that exciting, but we assured him that YES he is! He brings awareness to many different aspects of animal love that truly need the exposure, and we were happy to buy a cool t-shirt & support his mission!
5. One of my favorite aspects of the entire weekend was getting to walk around and look at all of the amazing outfits that people had on! Everything from t-shirts to cat skirts to all-out costumes, you could find anything and almost every single person was wearing some sort of cat detail on their clothing. Even when we got back to our hotel two ladies walking in the door had cat tails sewn to their dresses!
So as you can see, it is easy to become a cat lover when you walk inside the CatCon convention doors if you weren’t one already! Overall the point was made very clear: cat lovers are out in full force and they are ready to make a difference! There are so many people taking in an extra cat or two (or five) and they are doing all they can to love on these animals and give them great homes! If you have it in your heart to look for a cat to adopt please do (and my cousin wants to remind you to NEVER get it declawed!!!)
If you are a cat enthusiast, make sure to visit CatCon next year! Even if you don’t own a cat, you can spend the entire weekend indulging in cat-astic events and meeting amazing people and companies!! Will you be going next year? Let me know!!