CatCon: The Place to Be for Cat Lovers


Pasadena, CA was the place to be for cat lovers last weekend. The 4th annual CatCon event featured cat lovers from around the world who came to attend seminars, meet celebrity cats, and shop a huge variety of cat products and accessories. The convention also featured a large adoption village.

The weekend was a whirlwind of activity, and I thought I’d share some of my personal highlights with you. I have to confess that I was so immersed in soaking up every aspect of the experience, I didn’t take a whole lot of pictures!


Saturday morning, waiting for CatCon to open

There were so many awesome cat products – I’ll be featuring some in the weeks and months to come. Here’s just a small sample:


I saw so many things I loved, it was hard to pick just one thing that stood out, but I have to admit, this stunning lucite cat tower from the Refined Feline was my absolute favorite.


On Sunday, I hosted an hour long, standing room only Ask the Cat Expert workshop. Thanks to all who came, and it was wonderful to meet so many of our readers in person!


Ask the Cat Expert Workshop

There were so many tortie kittens in the CatCon Adoption Village! 159 cats and kittens were adopted over the course of the weekend. I saw a lot of happy people walking out of the convention center with a cat carrier in hand, and I sure hope these tortie babies were among those who found their forever homes.


CatCon raised $40,000 for their charity beneficiaries, the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, Lil BUB’s Big Fund, Kitten Rescue LA, and Milo’s Sanctuary.

My two personal highlights of the weekend: getting to spend time with my dear friend Kate Benjamin of Hauspanther,


and a visit to Venice Beach Friday afternoon.


CatCon is an experience that’s not to be missed. The energy of 16,000 cat lovers, all excited to be there, sharing everything that’s good about loving cats – it’s a heady feeling that will stay with me long after the actual event.

21 Comments on CatCon: The Place to Be for Cat Lovers

  1. Linda
    August 13, 2018 at 4:21 pm (3 years ago)

    I love that Lucite cat tree too! Could not find it on the web šŸ™ That would go on my Christmas list.

    • Ingrid
      August 14, 2018 at 5:52 am (3 years ago)

      I don’t think it’s for general sale yet, but I will find out when it becomes available, Linda!

  2. Andrea
    August 13, 2018 at 12:16 am (3 years ago)

    Wow, I wish we had something like that around here in the Midwest

  3. caren gittleman
    August 12, 2018 at 10:14 pm (3 years ago)

    thank you for this purrfect recap! Maybe one year I will actually get there? lol!!

  4. mountainkiddo
    August 12, 2018 at 8:54 pm (3 years ago)

    Thank you so much for sharing Ingrid! Great pics!! And glad you got to enjoy some ‘Fun’ time as well!

  5. mountainkiddo
    August 12, 2018 at 8:52 pm (3 years ago)

    We should find a way to have CatCon East! Soon!!

  6. Deb
    August 12, 2018 at 6:36 pm (3 years ago)

    I wish we could have been there. Maybe one year in Florida???

  7. Chris Davis
    August 12, 2018 at 1:22 pm (3 years ago)

    What a great event! Thanks for sharing the fabulous photos, Ingrid!!

  8. Jackie Pasquini
    August 12, 2018 at 11:25 am (3 years ago)

    Awesome photos and I know it was a great time! I am so sorry I had to miss. it this year. I don’t know where it will be next time, but I am planning to be there!!

    • Ingrid
      August 12, 2018 at 4:13 pm (3 years ago)

      I’m pretty sure it will be in LA again, Jackie.

      • Jackie Pasquini
        August 13, 2018 at 12:55 am (3 years ago)

        Oh great!! That means it is driving distance from me in Arizona!!!

  9. Chery
    August 12, 2018 at 9:48 am (3 years ago)

    Wonderful seeing you at CatCon!!!!
    Great Photos!!!

    • Ingrid
      August 12, 2018 at 4:14 pm (3 years ago)

      It was so great to see you, too, Chery!

  10. Sue Brandes
    August 12, 2018 at 9:04 am (3 years ago)

    Glad you were able to go. Looks like a fun time.

  11. Janine
    August 12, 2018 at 7:46 am (3 years ago)

    I hope one day CatCon can expand to other cities.

  12. Denise Kornblattā€™s
    August 12, 2018 at 7:37 am (3 years ago)

    Did you happen to see the booth on FIP awareness with Peter COHEN of Zen By Cat , with the cat wheel ? Good friend and a great foundation to fund research for the kitten killer FIP ( Feline Infectious Peritonitis).

    • Ingrid
      August 12, 2018 at 4:14 pm (3 years ago)

      I saw a cat wheel, but I think it was at a different booth, Denise.

  13. Summer
    August 12, 2018 at 4:27 am (3 years ago)

    My human says she loved getting the chance to visit with you over the weekend! Maybe next year, I will be famous enough to be there – a kitty can hope, right?

    • Ingrid
      August 12, 2018 at 4:15 pm (3 years ago)

      It was so nice to get to spend some time with your human, Summer!

  14. NB
    August 12, 2018 at 2:07 am (3 years ago)

    Will someone do a follow-up visit or call to the cats who were adopted? Were rescues in charge of the cats?

    • Ingrid
      August 12, 2018 at 5:54 am (3 years ago)

      There were a number of different rescue groups in charge of adoptions.


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