The Coolest Cat Event Ever

Find your tribe, dis­cover the coolest cat merch, and meet your favourite In­sta­gram-fa­mous kit­ties at CatCon—(think ComicCon’s cat-fo­cused cousin)

Modern Cat - - Contents - BY CON­NIE WIL­SON

Find your tribe, dis­cover the coolest cat merch, and meet your favourite In­sta­gram-fa­mous kit­ties at CatCon (think ComicCon’s cat-fo­cused cousin).

Imag­ine an event where you can min­gle with other cat peo­ple, shop unique cat-re­lated merch, visit adopt­able cats, meet and greet your favourite In­sta­gram-fa­mous kit­ties, at­tend sem­i­nars, take green-screen self­ies while rock­ing cat ears, and so much more. Wel­come to cat lover Su­san Michals’s fourth an­nual CatCon, an event de­signed by and for cat peo­ple. We asked Su­san some ques­tions about the event and some of this year’s not-to-be-missed high­lights. Mark your cal­en­dar, this is an event you’re not go­ing to want to miss.

Q: CatCon fills a real hole, unit­ing fe­line fans in a mod­ern and fun cel­e­bra­tion of cats. What was your in­spi­ra­tion and how did CatCon come to be?

I worked in en­ter­tain­ment and as a jour­nal­ist for over 15 years in Hol­ly­wood. In 2014, I cre­ated Cat Art Show, with over 100 works by ac­claimed and emerg­ing artists. Over 4,500 peo­ple showed up in 4 days! Af­ter that I de­cided to ex­pand be­yond the art, and into the amazing prod­ucts and trends I saw for cats and their peo­ple. That’s how CatCon was born!

Q: How has the event changed over the last three years?

Ev­ery year it’s got­ten even big­ger! We started out with

12,000 at­ten­dees, and now we’re at 15,000. In terms of scope, we have gone into a lot of ex­pe­ri­en­tial ter­ri­tory— more photo booths, VR ex­pe­ri­ences, es­cape rooms—lots of fun stuff, all for the cat per­son. Plus we have grown in the num­ber of ex­hibitors. This year there will be over 160.

Q: Now that the event is at a new venue, can event at­ten­dees bring their own cats with them to the show?

Un­for­tu­nately no, they can’t. Just imag­ine if even 10 per­cent of our 15,000 at­ten­dees brought their kit­ties to this—it would be may­hem! For the safety of all in­volved, we ask that your fur ba­bies stay at home. It’s qui­eter there, I as­sure you.

Q: We love CatCon’s fo­cus on res­cue or­ga­ni­za­tions and “adopt don’t shop” phi­los­o­phy. How many cats were suc­cess­fully adopted last year?

Last year 150 cats and kit­tens were adopted! In to­tal, 327 adop­tions have tran­spired at CatCon in three years. This year we hope we can get even more into their for­ever homes!

Q: Can you tell us a bit about this year’s lineup?

It’s a great mix of re­turn­ing and new tal­ent. I wanted to bring on a num­ber of emerg­ing cats and hu­mans, and of­fer them an op­por­tu­nity to tell their sto­ries as well.

Q: What’s been the most pop­u­lar as­pect of CatCon?

Adop­tion is al­ways su­per huge. Af­ter that, I’d have to say all the ex­pe­ri­ences we of­fer that are put on by our ame­owz­ing spon­sors. Ev­ery year they never cease to amaze me with their cre­ativ­ity, like World’s Best Cat Lit­ter bring­ing in a Fiat on­site that you could win (with a toy kitty be­hind the wheel, no less) to Hill’s Sci­ence Diet’s hi­lar­i­ous green screen photo booth.

Q: Will there be an op­por­tu­nity to meet fa­mous cats like Lil Bub? Which fa­mous cat are you most ex­cited to meet?

Of course! Bub re­turns for year four, and then we’ll have a num­ber of new­bies. Some names to drop ( but by no means our com­plete list) in­clude: Mer­lin Rag­doll, Sir Thomas True­heart, and Waf­fles.

Q: What can at­ten­dees ex­pect to learn or take away from their CatCon ex­pe­ri­ence this year?

That CatCon truly is a one of a kind ex­pe­ri­ence for the cat lover. Our sem­i­nars—as al­ways— are in­for­ma­tion and ed­u­ca­tion, under the guise of en­ter­tain­ment. Events like Men and Cats: a Love Story, and Fos­ter­ing 101: how to be the Best Temp Me­owmy are fun, and at the same time, at­ten­dees will leave with new­found knowl­edge. Plus we have a bang up group of ex­hibitors this year— I guar­an­tee there’s go­ing to be merch you never even knew ex­isted for you and your beloved fe­line!

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