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?