Cat Lovers Descend On Los Angeles During First Annual CatCon

More than 10,000 people attended the first-ever CatCon, held this weekend in Los Angeles, California.

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Swag from the first CatCon. Via hoodcats/Instagram
Swag from the first CatCon. Via hoodcats/Instagram

No, the Internet didn’t explode in downtown Los Angeles over the weekend, but you’d be forgiven for thinking that it did. Instead, more than 10,000 people attended the first-ever CatCon, a two-day convention that was dedicated to all things cat, The New York Times reports. The gathering was so singularly focused that even the human restrooms were sponsored by a cat litter company.

“My goal is to break down the stereotype of the weird cat person,” CatCon organizer Susan Michals told The New York Times. “There is a whole world of cat lovers out there. We’re not all a bunch of ‘Grey Gardens’ Miss Havishams.”

Vendors and artists, speakers and living, breathing memes (hello, Lil Bub!) collided with enthusiastic cat fanciers, and the weekend seemed to be a success on several levels. And a percentage of the ticket prices was donated to FixNation, a non-profit spay and neuter clinic. We’d say it was “purrfect” but we’d… well, we’d probably fit right in.

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