This past weekend, the good cats of CatCon Worldwide (presented by Rachael Ray Nutrish) invaded the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, Calif. With celebrity appearances from Ian Somerhalder ("Lost," "The Vampire Diaries") and Julie Newmar (yes, the original Catwoman!), in addition to a number of celebrities who came out to enjoy the conference alongside fans (Tricia Helfer, "Battlestar Galactica"), the real stars of this year's event were the more than 150 cats and kittens adopted and brought into new and loving homes. The Pasadena Humane Society and SPCA sponsored the tremendously successful event with a 4,000 foot adoption and viewing area.
CatCon Worldwide also featured over 140 vendors who brought all things wonderfully cat-centric like clothing, jewelry, toys for both fans and feline partners, games and books. This year's vendor area showed not only the love for cats, but also the innovation that many people are bringing to such things as cat health and sensory engagement (with new toys that interact with cats and kittens).
As CatCon Worldwide continues to grow and expand each year, this year's conference featured the first ever CatCon Awards. "Cat"-egories such as "Biggest Newcomer" (awarded to Sir Thomas Trueheart of Milo's Sanctuary, which advocates for cats and kittens with disabilities) and "Advocate of the Year Award" (presented by Ian Somerhalder to Hannah Shaw, the "Kitten Lady," who helps neo-natal kittens) were presented as fans eagerly looked on and applauded.
One of the highlights every year at the annual conference is the movie presentation, and this year's CatCon VideoFest (presented by The Pet Collective) was no different as videos from social media were highlighted and enjoyed by all. The VideoFest was capped off with a live performance from Moshow, "The Cat Rapper," who shared his love of cats and kittens through rhymes and beats.
Take a look at our pics from the third annual CatCon and check out their site for details on next year's CatCon Worldwide 2018!
If you can't wait to get your fill of all things cat and kitten related, take a look at this upcoming movie touring the U.S. right now:
"Cat Videos Live!" is an original collection of cat videos (none of which appear on YouTube) and it's currently making its way across the United States with special screenings.
"Cat Videos Live!" Tour Dates:
Oct. 26 - San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom (Click here for tickets)
Oct. 27 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre (Click here for tickets)
Oct. 28 - Eugene, OR - McDonald Theatre (Click here for tickets)
Oct. 29 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater