I spent Wednesday through Friday in Orlando, FL, at the Global Pet Expo. This is the largest trade show of pet products anywhere in the world. There were close to 1,000 exhibitors in almost 3,000 booth in the Orange County Convention Center.
In the coming days and weeks, I’ll be bringing you lots of cool information about some of the amazing products I saw there, including my choice of best new cat product. Today, I’m sharing some of the highlights of my personal experience with you.
There were two product lines I had been most curious about: The Jackson Galaxy Collection of cat toys developed by Jackson in partnership with Petmate, and the Kathy Ireland Loved Ones pet product collection. I’ll be sharing more details about both collections in a future post. Here’s a sneak peek at The Jackson Galaxy Collection:
Kathy Ireland was at the expo to personally introduce her collection, and meeting this former supermodel turned entrepreneur was one of the highlights of the expo for me. In addition to being stunningly beautiful, she was incredibly gracious and friendly. She was the featured speaker at a breakfast for women in the pet industry, where she shared experiences from her personal journey from model to creating a multi-billion dollar enterprise.
Walking around the massive show floor, I felt like the proverbial kind in a candy store. It was hard to know where to look first! There were so many fabulous cat products, ranging from scratchers to modular cat trees and play systems to new lines of food and treats. And boy did I walk a lot! According to expo organizers, if you walked past all the booths in the massive show hall, it was a 4 mile walk – and it felt like I did that multiple times all three days.
I also had a chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones – always the best part of any pet related gathering. I even ran into a very unexpected guest:
There were even some real cats in attendance. The Hagen company had a litter of eight-week-old kittens from a local humane society at their booth – and three of them were torties! As you can imagine, I made frequent stops there for a cat fix. Petting these precious babies helped me miss my girls a little less. All of the kittens were adopted before the end of the expo.
Stay tuned for more coverage of the expo as I sort through the massive amounts of material I brought with me.
Conscious Cat Sunday will return next week.