CatCon 2017: An Amazing Ailurophile Adventure

Let’s begin with an easy question…

Q: Who rules the Internet?
A: If you don’t already know…the answer will be unveiled (again) on August 12th and 13th, 2017 in Pasadena, CA at the Pasadena Convention Center.

Drum roll…CatCon 2017 is Coming! It’s every Ailurophile’s (cat lover) dream event!

The coolest cat conference on the planet returns again for its 3rd year and is even bigger and better than ever. Are you feline the excitement surrounding this kitty love fest? To give you an idea of the popularity of CatCon…over 27,000 cat people came together from all across the globe for CatCon 2015 & 2016!  Now that’s a LOT of feline fan love!

CatCon is the gathering place for cat owners, vendors, artisans and anybody who loves cats and the company of cat people. See the latest cat products, kitty art, fierce cat fashion, cat culture and all manner of feline paraphernalia. How paw-some is that! The only downside is that cats are not permitted regardless of how well-behaved they may be on a leash.

The Celebrity Buzz

Fret not… this year’s cat-centric smackdown brings a lot of returning celebrity felines and some new ones, too for you to get your cat fix. Ever wanted to meet these adorable cuties – Lil BUB (left) or Nala (right)? Well here’s your chance!

Photo credit: @iamlilbub and @nala_cat

Or perhaps you fancy sharing a latte with White Coffee Cat (left) or a cuddle with Oskar the Blind Cat (right).

Photo credit: @white_coffee_cat_ and @oskar_the_blind_cat

Lest we not forget our humans…CatCon will have two of our favorite cat ladies…Julie Newmar (the original Catwoman) and Hannah Shaw (aka Kitten Lady). We’re not kitten…they’ll be there too! >^..^<

Photo credit: @julienewmarofficial and @kittenxlady

Sponsors and Beneficiaries

The Ian Somerhalder Foundation (ISF) is the official charity beneficiary for this year’s conference and for every ticket sold CatCon will donate $2 to the ISF and guests of the convention can even purchase tickets to meet Somerhalder. Adding even more celebrity horsepower (cat power?) the official presenting sponsor for CatCon 2017 is Rachael Ray Nutrish®.

Photo credit: @catconworldwide

The official CatCon 2017 adoption partner is The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA.  The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA is a donor-supported, nonprofit organization that provides animal care and services for homeless and owned animals in the Greater Los Angeles Area. They will be there to help facilitate on-site adoptions at Furever Home Adoption Lounge where you’ll be able meet and take home your new cat on the same day!

Talent on Tap

Be sure to check out the full list of CatCon Talent attending this year’s show.  This year’s talent roster is extensive and ranges from actors, to authors, to rappers, to social media moguls to cat advocates and then some. Truly something fur everyone!

Here are just a few of the cool cat folks you can meet there… Angie BaileyAaron BenitezKate Benjamin

Events and Activities

The signature CatCon aMEOWZing Adoption Village will be back again this year and promises to be even bigger and better. There’s a clowder of new and returning seminars, like The Furrocious Fashion Face-Off, The CatCon Awards, and Men and Cats: A Love Story.

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There are too many activities to mention so why not just pop on over to the official CatCon 2017 Schedule to see all the exciting things planned to amuse, entertain and educate.

This is gonna be a paw-tee like none other. Below – a photo from last year’s CatCon Fashion Contest. Everybody seemed to channel their ‘inner cat’ and a good time was clearly had by all!  >^..^<

Photo credit: @catconworldwide

Vision & Values

A special mention must be made to CatCon creator Susan Michals for her vision and incredible passion to create the exceptional event that CatCon has become.

But wait…this show is so much more than just a cat convention…

Under Susan’s astute leadership there are four core values underpinning the vision for CatCon and in the teams’ own words, they are as follows:

Shelters Far and Wide
We support animal shelters, both local and nationwide, in all of their efforts from adoption to feline healthcare to spay/neuter.

Adopt Don’t Shop
We vigorously promote “adopt, don’t shop.” Each year, millions of adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States. When you adopt instead of buying, you’re saving lives.

Inform, Educate and Entertain
Through engaging seminars and activities, we strive to educate and inform people in entertaining and outside the box ways.

Debunking the Cat Lady Myth
We are changing the negative perception of the “crazy cat lady” and proving that it is possible to be hip, stylish, and have a cat, simultaneously.

We certainly rally behind these noble initiatives!


The last time we checked there were nearly 400 exhibitors attending this year’s show. We selected 5 vendors all of whom we know, respect and have had the privilege to work with. Each of these companies (and their owners) are committed to making a difference in improving the quality of life for both cats and their owners. So without further ado, here are:

5 Vendors you really MUST visit at CatCon 2017

ViaGen Pets: America’s Pet Cloning and Genetic Preservation Experts Cloning and Genetic Preservation Experts. The work that they do is remarkable (and yes, it is rocket science but they’ve mastered it!). Ask them about their incredible client testimonials.

Category: Cat Services
Booth: 408

Kitangle: They make very high quality, unique high-sided litter boxes that are sensible, sturdy and stylish! Cats and their owners love them!

Category: Cat Litter Items
Booth: 613

Pet Tree Houses: They make the most amazing real cat trees! Need we say more? Your kitty deserves a real cat tree lovingly made with real leaves!

Category: Cat Furniture
Booth: 403

Cats Rule: They offer unique and innovative cat problem solving products from mats, to litter scoops to many other supplies. They’re fresh, fun and feline friendly.

Category: Cat Supplies
Booth: 925

Dezi & Roo: Owner Dr. Lynn Bahr sells exceptional cat toys and accessories that are all made in the USA and are safe, non-toxic, natural and biodegradable. See a recent post we did on Dezi & Roo.

Category: Cat Toys
Booth: TT11

If you do attend CatCon 2017 and have the opportunity to meet with these 5 vendors…you won’t be disappointed! Please say a warm ‘Hello’ from us!


We hope you’ll have the opportunity to attend but if not, watch for our round up here where we’ll post highlights of this year’s event.



  1. Momma meeow July 20, 2017
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  3. David Schmidt July 27, 2017
  4. Rose Martinez August 29, 2017

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