CatCon 2017 Attracts Celebrity Cats and Thousands of Feline Fans
Lil BUB and her dad Mike Bridavsky with actor Ian Somerhalder
CatCon Worldwide/Rich Hardcastle
The third annual CatCon attracted 15,000 cat lovers together for a weekend of feline frenzy. Presented by Rachael Ray Nutrish, CatCon was held at the Pasadena Convention Center in Los Angeles Aug. 12 to 13. Attendees participated in experiential activations, explored new products and fashion for both themselves and their four-legged friends, and met with some of the most famous internet cats in the world. More than 150 cats and kittens were adopted in the 4,000 square foot adoption lounge created by Nutrish with felines provided by Pasadena Humane and spca.
The first CatCon Awards were also held, which recognized winners in five different categories, including Biggest Newcomer, which was won by Sir Thomas Trueheart, of Milo’s Sanctuary. Actor Ian Somerhalder presented the Advocate of the Year Award to ‘Kitten Lady’ Hannah Shaw, who has dedicated her life to helping neo-natal kittens.
Celebrities—both human and feline—attended the event, including actor Gilles Marini, model Tess Holliday, Lil BUB, Tricia Helfer, Addison Riecke, Shrinkle, Jackson Galaxy, Cats of Instagram, Pudge, Nala Cat and siblings White Coffee Cat and Luna Rose, Lizzy Greene and more.
More than 140 vendors showcased their cat-centric products, in the areas of art, furniture, clothing, accessories and design, for cats and their people, with many returning exhibitors exceeding sales from the year prior and many completely selling out of merchandise.