CatConLA – Purrfect Success!

June 24, 2015

The dust has finally settled after the big event and I think most attendees would agree it was a huge success. I might be a little slow with my wrap up but now I’m able to report some final tallies from the show.

First, though, I have to say how amazed I was at the turn out. I went on Sunday, waiting in a long line before the doors opened and heard it wasn’t as crowded as it was on Saturday! There was excitement & expectation in the air and general goodwill feelings towards fellow cat lovers.

The crowd just getting started on Sunday.

The crowd just getting started on Sunday.

Inside it took a few minutes to get my bearings and decide which way to go first!  After getting my free cat tattoo and green cat ears headband,  I felt “official” and ready to enjoy the activities. I took a quick tour of all the various vendors, bypassed the long, long line for cat adoptions (we already have a rescue kitty) and then got in line for my first of several seminars.

All day line for cat adoption.

A line all day for the cat adoptions.

The selection of cat product vendors offered almost anything you could think of!  Very easy to rack up the debit card charges. (I should consider having a booth myself next year). The Pusheen cat booth kept a line most of the time, a new “robotic” kitty, Zoomer, promises to be the next BIG thing, and of course, the booth for CatConLA memorabilia was popular. Who could leave without their official t-shirt or mug? (I know I couldn’t!)

"Zoomer" the new robotic cat with glowing eyes.

“Zoomer” the new robotic cat with glowing eyes.

Another huge bonus at the show was Lil Bub. His owner, Mike Bridavsky, brought him out to his product booth for a photo session and the “paparazzi” went wild! I tried to get close but wasn’t quite aggressive enough to fight my way in : )  Only one blurry shot to show for it.

The crowds at the Lil Bub appearance.

The crowds at the Lil Bub appearance.

I mentioned at the beginning that I had some final tallies from the show –

  • The attendance was unexpected, more than 10,000 over the weekend.
  • About 70 cats and kittens were adopted. Thank you Best Friends Animal Society.
  • $35,000 was raised and donated to FixNation and Lil Bub’s Big Fund.

I truly enjoyed the day at CatConLA. It was fun being immersed among cat lovers, all free to express their love of all things cat!  A big thank you to Susan Michals, creator of the event and Karn Myers, founder of FixNation. Also for all the wonderful speakers at the seminars and the Meet & Greets.

I look forward to next year. But I have a feeling it will have to be moved to a much larger venue!!

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CatConLA is Coming! 8 Days & Counting!

May 29, 2015

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It’s BIG! It’s NEW It’s going to be AMAZING!  I can’t believe the very first CatConLA is just a short drive away in downtown Los Angeles!

Being featured as “comic-con for cat people” the event promises a unique experience of art & design, merchandise, and seminars. Not to mention the guests speakers including Simon Tofield (Simon’s Cat), Ben Huh (ICANHASCHEEZBURGER) and Angie Bailey (CatLadyLand), plus, drum roll here, Mike Bridavsky and Lil Bub!

Lil BUB, from internet photo

Lil BUB, from internet photo

I want to inject here that I mentioned these seemingly well-known people to some of my co-workers  at my part-time job and was greeted with blank stares. How could they not know about Simon’s Cat videos or sweet Lil Bub? Or the hilarious CHEEZBURGER photos?

CatConLA also is partnered with a good cause- FixNation, whose mission is to reduce the number of homeless cats with TNR management. Part of the proceeds of the event will be donated to this non-profit organization. There will also be on-site cat adoptions available at a super low cost by Best Friends Animal Society.

Cat shows are not like your ordinary pet shows. Of course there are the judging shows for all animals. But dog events might feature sporting (Frisbees), training (police dogs), agility & obstacle courses and more. Equestrian events can include racing, dressage or exciting rodeos. Cat shows, on the other hand, are a little “edgier”.  Not so much emphasis on their physical abilities but on their ability to make us revere them!

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What do I expect out of CatConLA?  Of course, I’ll be on the lookout for some new, unique product for my cat lover website, georgiasgifts.com as usual. And with the huge array of vendors with cat themed merchandise & clothes my personal budget will certainly be strained!  But I will also get to attend some great seminars with some popular cat experts, view creative art pieces of all types, and just enjoy a general happy atmosphere of cat people letting their true love of cats show in public. (I expect to see many dressed in their best cat gear & makeup).

I’ll follow-up after my trip to the event with my experience. Are you going to #CatConLA?  Would love to hear from you now & after also. Now, I just have to decide which cat shirt should I wear? Umm….