CatCon 2017: Feline and Human Celebs Make for a Memorable Event

Get the highlights from this year's convention.
By: Aly Semigran
Pudge at CatCon

This year’s CatCon was a weekend to remember for anyone who adores cats and the advocates who fight for them. 

With over 15,000 people in attendance, the Pasadena Convention Center in Southern California was filled with a who’s who of the cat world, including Lil BUB, Pudge (pictured above), Nala, and her siblings White Coffee Cat and Luna Rose. The cats and their owners were all on hand to be their adorable selves and meet fans.   

In addition, CatCon 2017 also helped over 150 cats get adopted over the course the weekend (Aug. 12 and 13), thanks to the help of the Pasadena Humane Society and the Pasadena SPCA. 


Of course, there were some impressive humans there, too. From “My Cat From Hell” host Jackson Galaxy to supermodel Tess Holiday and teen star Lizzy Greene, there was no shortage of names to add to the paw-to-graph book. 

PawCulture’s very own contributor Hannah Shaw, better known as The Kitten Lady, was presented with the oh-so-deserving Advocate of the Year accolade during the convention’s first-ever awards show. 


Shaw was presented the award, which she was given for her outstanding work and advocacy in taking care of neonatal kittens, by fellow animal activist, actor (and, yes, hunk) Ian Somerhalder. Shaw posted photos from CatCon on her Instagram page and thanked the organization for her award. 

Rapper and all-around devoted cat guy Moshow gave not one but two exclusive performances to the feline-frenzied crowd (while, he later revealed on his Instagram, he was suffering from heat exhaustion no less. Can’t keep a good cat man down). 


By all accounts, CatCon 2017 was a rousing success and CatCon 2018 can’t get here soon enough. 

Images via CatCon Worldwide; Andrew Marrtila