21 Things That Happened When I Went To A Cat Convention

I attended the inaugural CatCon LA this weekend, and this is what REALLY went down.

1. I hadn’t even stepped foot in the convention center, but I was already picking up some serious feline vibes.

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CatCon LA was advertised as “Like Comic-Con…but for cat people.” After attending this event, I think Comic-Con needs to be touted as “Like CatCon…but for nerds.”

2. I admired the pawfectly themed elevators.

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Because of course they were catty.

3. As were the bathrooms.

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I forgot to take a picture, but I think there was kitty litter in the men’s room to freshen it up. I might have been mistaken…but if I wasn’t, *maybe* that’s a step too far. Hey, at least they didn’t make us go in a litter box.

4. Of course, I saw some furbulous outfits.

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There were more cat shirts than you could shake a whisker at, cat leggings, cat dresses, and cat sweaters. If I had to venture a guess, there must have been some cat underwear too…BUT I CAN’T SAY FOR SURE.

5. Some people went ALL OUT with their outfits. This girl really was the cat’s meow.

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Seriously, if you were to bust out a cat outfit…CatCon WAS the place to do it.

6. Like seriously, I saw SO. MANY. CAT. OUTFITS.

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Sam Stryker / BuzzFeed

 

It was like Fashion Week, but for JUST cat-themed clothes.

7. And even though not EVERYONE was wearing feline-themed clothing, I noticed almost everyone had cat ears on.

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Because DUH. I felt like I was at an Ariana Grande concert.

8. I realized this was THE place to be in L.A. for the weekend.

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A crew from Ellen was on site (the anchor guy had a fabulous pink cat sweater on) and Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog, was also there taping. Luckily, he was the only canine in attendance.

9. I SAW CELEBS!!!

Jack McBrayer (Kenneth the Page from 30 Rock) was there with Triumph, who was “disguised” as a cat. LOL. Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory) was also there on Saturday. Stars! They’re just like us, in that they love cats too.

10. Of course, I browsed through the INSANE cat-themed items for sale.

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Sam Stryker / BuzzFeed

 

Like all this fancy cat porcelain? Including a statue of the Mother Mary and Baby Jesus, both in feline form. It was a little weird, TBH! But at least I learned I like my Baby Jesus in human form.

11. And I examined lots of cat art.

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Some of it was reallllllllllly creepy. Like, nightmare inducing. I guess taste really is subjective, especially when it comes to feline-themed art.

12. I hung out with your favorite Facebook Messenger cat, Pusheen!

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Or at least a Pusheen store. I am really regretting not buying anything, especially that Pusheen doll that was nearly as big as me.

13. You could get your nails done at a Caticure Bar, or have your Caticature drawn up by an artist (I didn’t do either).

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There were crazy lines for these, but great portmanteaus, guys.

14. I noticed there were really *interesting* ways that you could spend money on spoiling your cat.

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Like a Leaning Tower of Pisa that your cat could climb in. That’s amore!

15. I saw haute couture clothing for your kitty.

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This booth was sort of like Hot Topic, but for your cat.

16. And I saw gourmet/organic cat treats, because this event was in L.A., after all.

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I think you were able to taste-test the cat food pictured, but I didn’t because I didn’t trust my stomach to handle that.

17. And then I saw more high-end feline products, like a space-age kitty litter box and super-posh kitty litter.

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Sam Stryker / BuzzFeed

 

For the discerning crazy cat ladies.

18. Probably the funniest thing I noticed in all of CatCon was “cat marijuana.”

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Actually, I think it was just really nice catnip? But hey, this is California, so smoke ‘em if you got ‘em, even if you are a cat.

19. I realized there were actually VERY few real cats at CatCon.

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Sam Stryker / BuzzFeed

 

It probably would have been a nightmare if there were — the place was loud and crowded, the exact opposite of the type of place you’d want to take a cat. The entire event was more a celebration of cat culture than actual cats…but there WAS a cordoned-off area for rescue cats, and a really long line to get in.

20. But when there WERE real cats, I had to fight my way through the crowd to see them.

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There was a MASSIVE crowd to see internet-famous cat Lil Bub (Bub is like Kardashian-famous in the feline world), who lit’rally was just chillin’ like a villain on a table in a huge booth TOTALLY devoted to her. I’m not sure how Bub wasn’t freaking out, but I guess she’s just used to the fame by now.

21. And if you’re lucky like me, you might…MIGHT…just snag a selfie with a celebricat.

THANKS BUB.

And that’s what happened when I went to CatCon LA!

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