I came. I saw. I fell in love with the adoptable cats. And my heart was beyond full. After only a few minutes of arriving at CatCon, I knew this was the place for me. Whenever someone asks me how I liked it, I immediately say “Loved it! It was so awesome to be surrounded by people who love the same thing I do…cats!” I can’t help but be that super enthusiastic person who just loves cats. It’s like it’s ingrained in my DNA or something. I was with my fellow cat people and I was home.
CatCon 2017, was the third annual celebration of all things cats. As you’re walking up to the building you know you’re not in Pasadena anymore. You’re in a whole different cat-loving world. And I was ready. As I walked through the expo area, I was thinking about how much I basically need everything these vendors were selling. But, I had a budget to stick to. The real challenge would be getting through the adoption area without bringing a new furbaby home. I will say my heart broke a little when I saw them in the cages. That was until I noticed that almost every single one had “adopted” tags on them. I found out later that the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA helped facilitate 150 on-site adoptions at the Furever Home Adoption Lounge in partnership with CatCon’s Presenting Sponsor, Rachael Ray™ Nutrish®. I might have cried happy cat lady tears.
And in case you’re wondering, every year they choose a charity to donate a portion of tickets sales too. This year $2 of every ticket sold went to the Ian Somerhalder Foundation. No, unfortunately, I didn’t get to see him and I didn’t get in on any of the celebrity/cat celebrity meet & greets either. I was bummed. If you plan on attending in the future, just know that those sell out really fast. It’s OK though because there are sessions to keep you busy. Like the one, I attended about the cat history here in Los Angeles. There was even an award show! It really is a weekend you will never furrrrrget. See what I did there.
Anyways…after taking lots of photos (see below), winning a Jackson Galaxy cat toy from Petsmart, and doing a little shopping—it was time to run home to my fur babies. I had so much fun! FYI if anyone wants to go next year let me know. Yes, I’m already thinking about next year. And don’t worry dog enthusiasts, DogCon is coming in 2018!
Disclosure: I received a media pass.