I enjoyed a fun-filled, cat-filled day this past Sunday at CatCon. This was my fourth time attending the annual show, and I wish every cat lady and cat dude could attend this wonderful event in Southern California.
Now, let’s check out my day at CatCon 2019!
When my friend and I arrived, we knew that the adoptions area had a line to get in, so we headed over there first to ooh and ahh over the cats and kittens. This year, CatCon selected Best Friends Animal Society in Los Angeles as their adoption partner. Best Friends holds a special place in my heart because I’ve fostered for them in the past and have two Best Friends foster fails (Woodrow and Harley).
And good news! 176 cats and kittens found their forever homes during the two-day event! I think only one adult and one kitten went back to their adoption center in Mission Hills.
Exhibitors and Products
Of course, there were cat products galore at CatCon. Everything from cat toys and food to cat art and attire. There was even a tattoo artist giving cat tattoos during the event! She was booked solid during the two days. There were also meet and greets with celebrity cats and personalities (which I didn’t do) and educational panels. Big brands, smaller brands, new companies, independent artists – CatCon pretty much has something for everyone.
Here are just a few examples of what you can find at CatCon. With 200 exhibitors, there’s just too much to show.
Not only is it fun to browse the items, but it’s a great place to meet up with fellow cat folks. I caught up with Christina from Meet the Fosters (who threw the kitten shower I posted about recently and whose three fosters were adopted the first day of CatCon), and Samantha Bell, my friend who is the Cat Behavior & Enrichment Lead at Best Friends (who spoke on a panel at CatCon). I met one of Harley’s biggest fans from social media (that went to his head when he found out), and I met Erica Danger (photo below), whose photography I’ve featured twice on the blog in Best Friends-related posts. I also saw Summer’s mom and gave her a hug for Binga.
What I Brought Home
You know I couldn’t escape CatCon without bringing home an item or two. Here’s what I bought.
I had a nice chat with the humans behind the Yeowww! Catnip company. This was the first show they’ve attended geared toward the general public. Since I have several bananas at home already, I purchased their new Yeowww!-ola Catnip Crayons. Check out this banana chair the company made in honor of Game of Thrones. duckyworld.com
I purchased this cat card game because I thought it was cute. No idea how to play it yet! The company also makes tea (for humans). cantankerous-cats.com
My friend signed up for CatLadyBox (they were offering a show special). I’ve been a subscriber for three years now. They gave current subscribers a free t-shirt for stopping by their booth – the first time they’ve done this! They were out of my size, so they’ll be shipping mine. Their booth had a fun cat lady display for photo ops. catladybox.com
Perhaps my favorite purchase of the day…this handmade whisker holder from a company called Hungry Munchy. I’ve already put two whickers in it! hungrymunchy.com
Something for Ross
I had to buy something for the hubby – a shirt that says Super Rad Cat Dad. Woodrow had to check it out. I think he approved of both the shirt and the sentiment.
It was a very fun day and I can’t wait for next year’s CatCon! Who’s joining me?
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26 thoughts on “CatCon 2019”
oh what wonderful things you found!!! I would love to visit such an event… (but without the two of course)
Sounds like a wonderful event…………too far away for me to go but love seeing photos and hearing about it! You scored some very cool presents for everyone too! Happy especially about the adoptions being a HUG success.
So enjoyed your post. I got to see some of the cat fun and the good stuff available. You found some very cute presents and “stuff”! I would love to go to CatCon but I am on the other coast!
Fantastic event, great items!
Looks like an amazing event! Thanks for the virtual “walkthrough.” I hope to exhibit there next year!
You should definitely exhibit there! I’d love to meet you in person if you do!
Me too!! So many new “virtual” cat-loving friends, like you, who would be come “real-life” friends!
It does look like you had fun! And congratulations for not buying everything in the place and not returning with another foster…
First time at this ameowzing event! So sorry we didn’t coordinate days!! All of the exhibits, especially the art was purrfect! One activity we attended the Friday before was Cat Bingo! That was so much fun! CatCon is definitely a must see event for any cat lover.
If you’re ever headed back again, we will definitely meet up. :-)
What fun! Sounds like a destination I need to check out one of these times.
I think I would have blown my budget for SURE! I’ve wanted to attend a CatCon since they first began, but it’s so hard when I have a flight AND hotel costs. But maybe I just need some inspiration, and the ability to meet up with some cat blogger friends… :-)
How fun would that be to meet up with a bunch of cat blogging friends!
mom would love to go….though she got tired just looking at the pictures :)
Sounds like you had an amazing day! I think the peeps would love a whisker holder since they have whiskers from every cat they ever had including me. How fun to see friends there too.
Would love to attend and I love your recap!! Just wish it was closer! Love what you purchased! We have reviewed Yeowww sooo many times, but their catnip toys are the best! That chair is hilarious!!!!!! So glad so many kitties were adopted there too!
What a fun event! That whisker holder is adorable.
I would love to go there if I lived closer. Such a cat lover’s paradise.
That sure looks like a fun, fun time. I’m glad you got to give Janiss a hug.
I’m so jealous! I love those whisker holders! You almost need one for each cat!
Sounds like a wonderful event for cat lovers. I would love to go someday if time and budget allows. Oh my cat! I need those whisker holders, and Momma Kat Katherine is correct, you need to customize for each cat with their names too.
What a wonderful time. We hope we get a cat con on the East coast near us soon
What an awesome event. WE would totally go if we lived in LA!
Amazing! What a great event, never saw this in our Country. I think I have the best idea for a chair now…*Grannyyyy…*
Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend🐾😽💞
Thank you for sharing! I attended the first CatCon and boy, it sure has come a long way! I’m sorry that I missed it. For certain, this cat lady will attend next year.