CatCon, the ‘Comic-Con for cat people’, returns this fall

Dubbed the “Comic-Con for cat people“, CatCon returns in-person this coming October 1st and 2nd at the Pasadena Convention Center, in Pasadena, California, USA.

The event is full of cat-themed merchandise, activities, and opportunities to help out with cat-focused organizations.

Previous years have brought attendees from all over the US, as well as from 24 international countries.

With celebrity guests both feline and human alike, CatCon looks to be a dream for cat lovers everywhere.

For anyone interested, tickets for this year’s event are on sale now.

But for everyone else, let’s take a peek at whats been inside in the years before.

Strolling around

Even if you don’t plan to go, or want to go but can’t get a chance, it’s interesting to see the kinds of things that will be available on the days.

Most of the vendors/organizations/celebrities have social media accounts and websites, so we can still have a look around even if we’re not physically there.

Jamie the Catman himself attended the convention, which was forced to go virtual for the past two years because of the COVID-19 pandemic, back in 2019.

His experience there gives insight into what this year’s festivities will probably be like.

Catman takes us through some of the booths on offer like Cat Party Pet Portraits where you can get a professional portrait of you and your feline friend, and Mrs Copy Cat, a site that will print a picture of your cat on a pillow.

Things to do

Some of the activities on offer are a cat-themed fashion show, where the best cat wins.

But the best thing about this event is the connections and volunteers that non-profit organizations can make with all the cat-loving humans.

This is a great opportunity to spread awareness about saving cats’ lives through Trap Neuter Return (TNR) programs, and the value of fostering cats and kittens locally in your community.

In 2019 the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) had a booth where it was recruiting volunteers to help foster cats and kittens that wouldn’t survive in a shelter.

Trap King was also on hand to spread the word about his success with TNR programs, and said himself that his favorite thing about attending is the amount of people that come up to him at the event and tell him that they began a local TNR program after seeing him at CatCon the previous year.

A kitten plays at one of the ‘cat friendly’ adoption booths. Pic credit: @CatCon/CatCon Gallery

It goes to show just how powerful it can be to build communities around loving and caring for cats.

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