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They need a respite. They need something to believe in. Nala Cat is the world's most famous feline on Instagram with over four million followers. Pookie said that Nala has been her "full-time job for seven years" and suggested that it has paid off. When asked how much money her furry friend brings in through advertising, partnership deals and more, Pookie said, "enough that we bought two houses and we have two adopted kids and we have six cats and a dogs.
Another cool cat that graced the convention with her presence was a Bengal named Suki, who has over 1. Suki's owners brought the marble-marked feline to Pasadena fresh off a flight from Alberta, Canada, to meet her beloved Bengal fans. One of those fans told ABC News that she noticed the idea of a "crazy cat lady" trending toward a new demographic. I think a big part of that is social media.
All of us are on social media," Brooke Ashlynn said. But the event is about more than just the cats. It's about the owners behind the accounts that accrue all the likes and followers. Actress Angela Kinsey played an uptight cat lady by the same first name on "The Office," and said the role's love of felines wasn't that far-fetched. Do you have to ask? I played a cat lady. I am a real cat lady. I love my cat people. Kinsey continued, "I love cats. I mean my character may be a little bit more than myself. I don't know, she had like I've never licked one of my own cats faces.
So there's that. I don't have a cat cam. But I do have two cats in real life," she explained. We have lots of animals.
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Kinsey said that as much as her on-screen persona would have wanted to attend an event like this, Martin would much more likely "watch CatCon from her computer. The idea of what it means to be a "cat lady" has evolved over the years, Kinsey said. And it was, like, covered in cats — her skirt was solid cat. She's out there.
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She's ready to mingle," Kinsey explained. The updated cat lady image has changed with the industry, surrounding animal influencer culture and a shift in the pet owner market as a whole. Michals said that when it comes to pet products, "Influencer millennial market has been virtually untapped until about two years ago. And they didn't expect the millennials to usurp it till and they already have, because it touches everything the way they live," the CatCon founder explained.
There are cat people products. There are cat scratches. There's furniture.
There's holistic, there's CBD. There's everything that sort of encompasses the lifestyle of what it means to be more than an animal lover.
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In , pet owners in the U. Michals said this year's event had over vendors — "the most we've ever had to date" — compared to just 68 when CatCon began in Take a peek inside the CatCon Adoption Village, which was jam-packed all weekend long! CatCon hosted a record 16, people who traveled to the annual cat culture event. I call myself a crazy cat lady even though I only have one," Ashlynn said. But, I mean, I have to be a little crazy to fly all the way to California from Utah to just meet a bunch of cats. Michals said her hope is to continue to "create this haven for people that they really enjoy, that they want to come back to year after year, and it really comes down to community and experience.
Or a cat that they adopted. Beyond the glitz and glam of the famous felines in attendance, an adoption center offers cat lovers a chance to take a furry friend home forever. Best Friends, a cat adoption center at CatCon, successfully found a home for cats at this year's event.