Feline fans celebrate all things kitty at CatCon convention

PASADENA, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (AUGUST 13, 2017) (REUTERS) – Thousands of cat enthusiasts gathered on Sunday (August 13) for the third annual CatCon convention, a celebration of all things feline.

Cat lovers dressed up to the nines in furry costumes, cat-themed outfits and pointed kitty ears for the two day convention in Pasadena, California.

“One of the reasons that I started CatCon was that there is no equivalent to the dog park in real life for cat people,” said CatCon creator Susan Michals (pronounced Michaels).

“People still want that real life experience. They want the memory, they want the feeling, they want the experience. And that’s something we really feel strongly about providing at CatCon,” she said.

Celebrity feline Nala Cat, who has 3.4 million followers on Instagram, met with some of her fans. Her owner, known only as Pookie, said Nala’s popularity was down to her cartoon-like appearance.

“One day, one of her photos went viral and, after that, all the followers just keep coming,” Pookie said.

And even at a pet convention, politics were not far off. “Kittens against Trump,” posters and t-shirts, protesting against the U.S. president, flew off the shelf at artist J Morrison’s booth.

“Kittens against Trump was an idea to take something very dark and depressing about our current politics and make it fun and humorous and make people laugh and to try to keep moving forward,” he said.

For attendees looking for a little more than a pair of cat ears to take home, the Pasadena Humane Society had dozens of furry friends on hand for adoption. They said 150 cats and kittens found new homes over the two days of CatCon.