Merry Catmas and Happy Holidays!

Hard to believe it’s that time of year again! Wishing all my readers a wonderful Christmas and holiday season. Whether you spend it with friends, family or felines I hope you take the time to sit back and relax. Lil Bub’s Most Magical Yule Log video, complete with guest appearances, a tree, mini couch and some extra special Bub effects, will help you do just that.

Merry Catmas and Happy Holidays!

Advertisements

CatCon LA

I have to be honest, last week when I headed to CatConLA I wasn’t sure what to expect. Looking back I don’t think I was prepared for what it would be like to have all things cat in one place, at one time.

Cats, CatCon, CatConLA, Cat expo and convention, Firt ever CatCon, Like Comic-Con but for cat people, Los Angeles, Cat people unite, Lil Bub, Pudge the Cat, Cats of the Internet, The Reef, Simon Tofield, YouTube channel Simon’s Cat,Will Braden , Henri Le Chat Noir, Cat Expo, Cat Symposium, Cat themed merchandise, Cat art, Furniture for cats, Toys for cats, cat toys, Cat experts, Pop cultureEntering the already packed convention floor the sounds of enthusiastic cat lovers reverberated off the concrete walls. I stayed focused amongst the crowd, which was not an easy task considering there was so much to look at, and headed for the first order of the day, the Lil Bub Meet and Greet. I bypassed people in cat ears and tables full of much coveted merchandise for the Lil Bub line up. Here fans patiently waited, in their best cat-themed outfits, to meet their favorite internet cat celebrity.

Cats, CatCon, CatConLA, Cat expo and convention, Firt ever CatCon, Like Comic-Con but for cat people, Los Angeles, Cat people unite, Lil Bub, Pudge the Cat, Cats of the Internet, The Reef, Simon Tofield, YouTube channel Simon’s Cat,Will Braden , Henri Le Chat Noir, Cat Expo, Cat Symposium, Cat themed merchandise, Cat art, Furniture for cats, Toys for cats, cat toys, Cat experts, Pop culture

Waiting in Line to meet Lil Bub and her dad Mike Bridavsky

Most fans were beyond excited to meet Lil Bub and a few even shed real tears of joy. Regardless of what you think Bub is like, nothing prepares you for how unbelievably cute she is in person. I confess it’s almost impossible not to grin from ear to ear in her presence. I asked Mike if a visit to Toronto was in store and he said that they have come close but haven’t made it there yet.

Cats, CatCon, CatConLA, Cat expo and convention, Firt ever CatCon, Like Comic-Con but for cat people, Los Angeles, Cat people unite, Lil Bub, Pudge the Cat, Cats of the Internet, The Reef, Simon Tofield, YouTube channel Simon’s Cat,Will Braden , Henri Le Chat Noir, Cat Expo, Cat Symposium, Cat themed merchandise, Cat art, Furniture for cats, Toys for cats, cat toys, Cat experts, Pop culture

Good Job Bub! Does this mean a visit for Canada?

With my meet and greet over I explored the convention floor, which by end of day Sunday would see well over 10,000 people walk through. A friendly atmosphere permeated the event and whether you came in a group or alone you felt like you were part of one giant cat loving family. No one was an outsider here and if you arrived solo you were guaranteed to leave with at least a few new friends.

Cats, CatCon, CatConLA, Cat expo and convention, Firt ever CatCon, Like Comic-Con but for cat people, Los Angeles, Cat people unite, Lil Bub, Pudge the Cat, Cats of the Internet, The Reef, Simon Tofield, YouTube channel Simon’s Cat,Will Braden , Henri Le Chat Noir, Cat Expo, Cat Symposium, Cat themed merchandise, Cat art, Furniture for cats, Toys for cats, cat toys, Cat experts, Pop culture,

Just a few new friends! With @samsam_ferdinand and @oliveandrye

Cats, CatCon, CatConLA, Cat expo and convention, Firt ever CatCon, Like Comic-Con but for cat people, Los Angeles, Cat people unite, Lil Bub, Pudge the Cat, Cats of the Internet, The Reef, Simon Tofield, YouTube channel Simon’s Cat,Will Braden , Henri Le Chat Noir, Cat Expo, Cat Symposium, Cat themed merchandise, Cat art, Furniture for cats, Toys for cats, cat toys, Cat experts, Pop culture

Left to right: @Catsprofile, @Sushirulz and @Coco_Sazerac with their Flat Cats.

Many people were carrying cardboard cut outs of their cats, otherwise known as Flat Cats. The humans behind some of the well known cat Instagram accounts used this as a way to represent their beloved felines at the show, and since the online cat community is large, it was a fun and helpful way to identify who the human was behind the cats. If you didn’t have a Flat Cat you most definitely carried business cards… for your cat.

Cats, CatCon, CatConLA, Cat expo and convention, Firt ever CatCon, Like Comic-Con but for cat people, Los Angeles, Cat people unite, Lil Bub, Pudge the Cat, Cats of the Internet, The Reef, Simon Tofield, YouTube channel Simon’s Cat,Will Braden , Henri Le Chat Noir, Cat Expo, Cat Symposium, Cat themed merchandise, Cat art, Furniture for cats, Toys for cats, cat toys, Cat experts, Pop culture

The crowds of cat lovers gather…

Cats, CatCon, CatConLA, Cat expo and convention, Firt ever CatCon, Like Comic-Con but for cat people, Los Angeles, Cat people unite, Lil Bub, Pudge the Cat, Cats of the Internet, The Reef, Simon Tofield, YouTube channel Simon’s Cat,Will Braden , Henri Le Chat Noir, Cat Expo, Cat Symposium, Cat themed merchandise, Cat art, Furniture for cats, Toys for cats, cat toys, Cat experts, Pop culture, cat booty shorts, Cat swim trunks for men, cat man fashion

Real men do wear cat print swim shorts.

There were many notable cat themed outfits but one of the most unexpected, was by printmaker and costume designer Martelier of Etsy. I tried to capture as much of the outfit as possible but I am not sure my pictures do it justice.

Cats, CatCon, CatConLA, Cat expo and convention, Firt ever CatCon, Like Comic-Con but for cat people, Los Angeles, Cat people unite, Lil Bub, Pudge the Cat, Cats of the Internet, The Reef, Simon Tofield, YouTube channel Simon’s Cat,Will Braden , Henri Le Chat Noir, Cat Expo, Cat Symposium, Cat themed merchandise, Cat art, Furniture for cats, Toys for cats, cat toys, Cat experts, Pop culture, Martelier on Etsy, Dress made of cloth cats

Up close you can see individual cats made from woodblock prints sewn together, the skirt was seven feet wide (the hat was faux fur).

This was the most labor intensive and intricate outfit at the event that I saw, and deserves a special mention as the attention to detail is just amazing.

Cats, CatCon, CatConLA, Cat expo and convention, Firt ever CatCon, Like Comic-Con but for cat people, Los Angeles, Cat people unite, Lil Bub, Pudge the Cat, Cats of the Internet, The Reef, Simon Tofield, YouTube channel Simon’s Cat,Will Braden , Henri Le Chat Noir, Cat Expo, Cat Symposium, Cat themed merchandise, Cat art, Furniture for cats, Toys for cats, cat toys, Cat experts, Pop culture, Martelier on Etsy, Dress made of cloth cats

You name it vendors were selling it. Everything from art, cat furniture, cat wheels, t-shirts, clothes, underwear, cat toys, cat collars, cat ears for humans, urns for cats, baby clothes, plush toys, books and even the first interactive robot cat – Zoomer Kitty all available for purchase.

Cats, CatCon, CatConLA, Cat expo and convention, Firt ever CatCon, Like Comic-Con but for cat people, Los Angeles, Cat people unite, Lil Bub, Pudge the Cat, Cats of the Internet, The Reef, Simon Tofield, YouTube channel Simon’s Cat,Will Braden , Henri Le Chat Noir, Cat Expo, Cat Symposium, Cat themed merchandise, Cat art, Furniture for cats, Toys for cats, cat toys, Cat experts, Pop culture, cat art, MetalCats, underwear, undergarments,

Undergarments by MetalCats available in neon green or pink.

Cats, CatCon, CatConLA, Cat expo and convention, Firt ever CatCon, Like Comic-Con but for cat people, Los Angeles, Cat people unite, Lil Bub, Pudge the Cat, Cats of the Internet, The Reef, Simon Tofield, YouTube channel Simon’s Cat,Will Braden , Henri Le Chat Noir, Cat Expo, Cat Symposium, Cat themed merchandise, Cat art, Furniture for cats, Toys for cats, cat toys, Cat experts, Pop culture, cat art, Unique cat furniture, Cat Towers, Square Paws, Leaning Tower of Pisa

Unique cat furniture by Square Paws

Cats, CatCon, CatConLA, Cat expo and convention, Firt ever CatCon, Like Comic-Con but for cat people, Los Angeles, Cat people unite, Lil Bub, Pudge the Cat, Cats of the Internet, The Reef, Simon Tofield, YouTube channel Simon’s Cat,Will Braden , Henri Le Chat Noir, Cat Expo, Cat Symposium, Cat themed merchandise, Cat art, Furniture for cats, Toys for cats, cat toys, Cat experts, Pop culture, cat art, Kumquat Baby Clothing,

For the future cat lady or cat man by Kumquat Baby Clothing

Cats, CatCon, CatConLA, Cat expo and convention, Firt ever CatCon, Like Comic-Con but for cat people, Los Angeles, Cat people unite, Lil Bub, Pudge the Cat, Cats of the Internet, The Reef, Simon Tofield, YouTube channel Simon’s Cat,Will Braden , Henri Le Chat Noir, Cat Expo, Cat Symposium, Cat themed merchandise, Cat art, Furniture for cats, Toys for cats, cat toys, Cat experts, Pop culture, cat art, Chaos in Color, Cheetah Twins

Big Cat art work by Chaos in Color – Cheetah Twins

Cats, CatCon, CatConLA, Cat expo and convention, Firt ever CatCon, Like Comic-Con but for cat people, Los Angeles, Cat people unite, Lil Bub, Pudge the Cat, Cats of the Internet, The Reef, Simon Tofield, YouTube channel Simon’s Cat,Will Braden , Henri Le Chat Noir, Cat Expo, Cat Symposium, Cat themed merchandise, Cat art, Furniture for cats, Toys for cats, cat toys, Cat experts, Pop culture, cat art, Lili Chan,

I picked up this adorable print by Lili Chin

One of my favorite surprises was seeing Artist Rick Ordonez, otherwise know as Atlas. He told me he decided last-minute to be in the show and had put together the work you see here in three days. While the freeway cats are long gone in LA, he is now working on some commissioned work nearby so the cats will be back!

cats, cats in art, cat graffiti, cat graffiti Los Angeles, cat graffiti on freeway 101, cat graffiti on freeway overpasses, cats art in California, There are cats everywhere, Cat inspired art, Cat tagger Atlas, Rick Ordonez, Cats, CatCon, CatConLA, Cat expo and convention, Firt ever CatCon, Like Comic-Con but for cat people, Los Angeles, Cat people unite, Lil Bub, Pudge the Cat, Cats of the Internet, The Reef, Simon Tofield, YouTube channel Simon’s Cat,Will Braden , Henri Le Chat Noir, Cat Expo, Cat Symposium, Cat themed merchandise, Cat art, Furniture for cats, Toys for cats, cat toys, Cat experts, Pop culture

It was two days filled with cool merchandise and awesome people and, just when I thought it couldn’t  get any better I was lucky enough to catch The Cats of Instagram team and  Pudge the Cat posing for pictures.

Pudge the Cat, Cats of Instagram, Cats, CatCon, CatConLA, Cat expo and convention, Firt ever CatCon, Like Comic-Con but for cat people, Los Angeles, Cat people unite, Lil Bub, Pudge the Cat, Cats of the Internet, The Reef, Simon Tofield, YouTube channel Simon’s Cat,Will Braden , Henri Le Chat Noir, Cat Expo, Cat Symposium, Cat themed merchandise, Cat art, Furniture for cats, Toys for cats, cat toys, Cat experts, Pop culture

Team work – Eli and Kady (mom to Pudge)

Of course an event like this would not be complete without stories of cat adoptions and one rescue. A total of 75 cats found their forever homes courtesy of Best Friends Animal Society on site adoptions and, a real life cat rescue by expo attendees happened right near the venue in downtown LA.

So much wonderful happened at CatCon that plans are well underway for next year which I gather will be even bigger, so mark your calendars and let the countdown begin all over.

 Stay tuned for more on my post CatCon experience and other cats of Los Angeles and be sure to follow my Instagram and Facebook page for more CatConLA Fun!

The Center of The Cativerse

For two days in June, Los Angeles will become the center of the ‘Cativerse’ when it hosts the first ever convention and expo for cat lovers.
Cats, CatCon, CatConLA, Cat expo and convention, First ever CatCon, Like Comic-Con but for cat people, Los Angeles, Cat people unite, Lil Bub, Pudge the Cat, Cats of the Internet, The Reef, Simon Tofield, YouTube channel Simon’s Cat,Will Braden , Henri Le Chat Noir, Cat Expo, Cat Symposium, Cat themed merchandise, Cat art, Furniture for cats, Toys for cats, cat toys, Cat experts, Pop culture

No this isn’t a dream, this is real.

When I first read about CatConLA last fall I knew I had to go, so I booked off vacation time at work and redeemed my frequent flyer miles. The tag line “It’s like Comic-Con but for cat people” said it all. This was the ground-breaking and litter-box shaking event cat lovers everywhere had been waiting for.
Cats, CatCon, CatConLA, Cat expo and convention, Firt ever CatCon, Like Comic-Con but for cat people, Los Angeles, Cat people unite, Lil Bub, Pudge the Cat, Cats of the Internet, The Reef, Simon Tofield, YouTube channel Simon’s Cat,Will Braden , Henri Le Chat Noir, Cat Expo, Cat Symposium, Cat themed merchandise, Cat art, Furniture for cats, Toys for cats, cat toys, Cat experts, Pop culture

The event takes place June 6 and 7 at The Reef in Downtown LA

“Part expo, part symposium, CatConLA showcases the world’s top cat-centric merchandise including furniture, art, toys and clothing for those of us who possess a great love of the feline, as well as conversations with some of the top cat experts in the world.”

The weekend is guaranteed to be filled with fun but it will also be about giving back. CatConLA will be donating a dollar for every ticket sold, as well as a portion of the proceeds from CatConLA merchandise, to benefit FixNation a non-profit organization committed to helping cats in Los Angeles. FixNation provides a free, full-time spay/neuter clinic for cats as well as low-cost spay/neuter services for owned pet cats.

Lil Bub or Pudge the Cat Meet and Greet packages, that include a two-day pass to CatConLA, are available for fans who want a little one on one time with their favorite internet cat. Lil Bub will donate a portion of the ticket price to both Lil Bub’s Big Fund and FixNation, while a portion of the ticket price from the Pudge the Cat Meet and Greet will go to FixNation.

Cats, CatCon, CatConLA, Cat expo and convention, First ever CatCon, Like Comic-Con but for cat people, Los Angeles, Cat people unite, Lil Bub, Pudge the Cat, Cats of the Internet, The Reef, Simon Tofield, YouTube channel Simon’s Cat,Will Braden , Henri Le Chat Noir, Cat Expo, Cat Symposium, Cat themed merchandise, Cat art, Furniture for cats, Toys for cats, cat toys, Cat experts, Pop culture, Fix Nation

Lil Bub

Cats, CatCon, CatConLA, Cat expo and convention,Fix Nation, First ever CatCon, Like Comic-Con but for cat people, Los Angeles, Cat people unite, Lil Bub, Pudge the Cat, Cats of the Internet, The Reef, Simon Tofield, YouTube channel Simon’s Cat,Will Braden , Henri Le Chat Noir, Cat Expo, Cat Symposium, Cat themed merchandise, Cat art, Furniture for cats, Toys for cats, cat toys, Cat experts, Pop culture

Pudge the Cat

The event will offer numerous seminars on both days and the Speakers list includes, among others, Simon Tofield creator of  the cartoon Simon’s Cat, Mike Bridavsky the human behind Lil Bub, Will Braden creator of Henri, Le Chat Noir and Ben Huh Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cheezburger.
Cats, CatCon, CatConLA, Cat expo and convention, First ever CatCon, Like Comic-Con but for cat people, Los Angeles, Cat people unite, Lil Bub, Pudge the Cat, Cats of the Internet, The Reef, Simon Tofield, YouTube channel Simon’s Cat,Will Braden , Henri Le Chat Noir, Cat Expo, Cat Symposium, Cat themed merchandise, Cat art, Furniture for cats, Toys for cats, cat toys, Cat experts, Pop culture

Simon Tofield and Simon’s Cat

CatConLA will also have Best Friends Animal Society on site with day-of adoptions and, If all this isn’t enough the extensive list of vendors selling cat themed merchandise will keep you busy shopping for yourself and every cat lover in your life. Be sure to bring a big shopping bag and your credit card, I guarantee you will be going home with a much heavier suitcase.

For more info and to purchase tickets visit CatConLA, or follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates.

Be sure to stay tuned for my full report when I head out to LA in a weeks time. Let the countdown begin!

Magical Yule Log

Tired, stuffed and all out of presents to unwrap? If you are looking for a relaxing way to unwind with your cats, or humans, this is the perfect Yule Log fire. I know there are lots of crackling fire places, but none are as cute as Lil Bub’s Magical Yule Log video. Watch it on-line, or for those who have connected their computer to their TV, the big screen.

It’s about an hour loop, but the purrs, cute face and Lil Bub noises may have you playing this one a few times.

Two Cities Two Cat Art Shows

I finally made it to the Cat Art Show at the Steam Whistle Brewing here in Toronto, with a day to spare! The show titled Meow Wow, A Cat & Lady Art Show ran for the month of August and showcased cat-themed art work by local female artists.

Steam Whistle Brewing, Cats, Cat Art Show, Meow Wow a cat and lady art show, Toronto, Cat busters, cat rescue, Adoption

10% of art sales were donated to Cat Busters Animal Rescue, a registered charity dedicated to the rescuing and re-homing of companion animals. 🐱

There were various groupings and styles of work, I had a few pieces that I personally gravitated to including the series by artist Meg Simmons. This series has Grumpy Cat, Maru, Lil Bub, Colonel Meow and Henri Le Chat Noir.

Steam Whistle Brewing, Cats, Cat Art Show, Meow Wow a cat and lady art show, Toronto, Cat busters, cat rescue, AdoptionMeanwhile in the city of Ottawa  at the Orange Art Gallery, unfortunately I couldn’t see this one in person, artist Gwendolyn Best exhibited her charming and recognizable paintings.

cats. paintings, art work, Gwendolyn Best, Ottawa, Orange Art Gallery, Cats in Art

I love the simplistic style, colors and how the eyes of the cats engage the viewer making it hard not to fall in love with the one of the feline subjects. Gwendolyn has a wonderful series called Parliamentary Cats, of the cats of Parliament Hill in Ottawa, and whether a fan of the famous felines or not you will find the images extremely endearing. What make this series so special is that the actual Parliament Hill Cat Sanctuary was officially dismantled in 2013 with the few remaining residents being adopted by the volunteers.

Gwendolyn’s work is available for purchase via the Orange Art Gallery in Ottawa

Fun Feline Friday! The Day After Just For Cats

Yesterday was the Just For Cats Internet Cat Video Festival and I was lucky enough to get a ticket to the second screening of the completely sold out showing. I bet you are wondering if it was everything I could expect? Yes, our feline friends did not disappoint.

Cat-eared movie goers both women and men lined up in anticipation, and a packed theater waited anxiously for our favorite cats. We laughed, cheered and uttered “cute!” “Ahh!” and “Oooo!” in unison. People of all ages and walks of life came together to celebrate our common love and the cat hair on our clothes. I am proud to say that I have seen the majority of videos, but seeing them again in that form was like the first time. 🐱

Maru, Grumpy Cat, Lil Bub and the plentiful random clips from around the world were highlighted including the top 5 (no spoilers here as the festival continues across Canada and I think it’s nice for moviegoers to be surprised). Just For Cats delivers on all counts with a portion of the proceeds going to help cats in Canada, making it a must see.

I will leave you with one of the silliest videos from the festival, perfect for a Fun Feline Friday. Your welcome.

Cats, boots, cat videos, Just for cats, Internet Cat Video Festival, fun, beat boxWatch Boots and Cats http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nni0rTLg5B8

It also comes in a remix, and I promise this tune will be in your head all day.