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The Mothership Has Landed: CatCamp 2017 Recap!

The Mothership Has Landed: CatCamp 2017 Recap!

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For those of you unable to make it to the most epic cat event of 2017 (we're talking about CatCamp NYC of course), never fear! We were there for it all and are reporting back after recovering from all the excitement. We will be covering certain seminars more in depth so be sure to check back for more later!


DAY 1 - Saturday, 3.11.17

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Our girls @tinaf78 and @_porkchopthecat_ kicked off the day with a "Meet & Mingle" featuring some of your favorite Instagram cat accounts:

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I was all decked out in my Meow United "Dark Side of the Mew-n" tank:

Crappy pic but you get the pointโ€ฆ.

Crappy pic but you get the pointโ€ฆ.

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We attended the "Cat Cafes" panel of speakers featuring Christina Ha, owner of NYC's Meow Parlour, Adam Myatt of Cali's Cat Town (aka the "Cat Man of West Oakland"),  and moderated by Kerry Diamond of Cherry Bombe Magazine.

Christina Ha, Kerry Diamond, and Adam Myatt

Christina Ha, Kerry Diamond, and Adam Myatt

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We checked out the talk on the NYC Feral Cat Initiative with the Director of TNR, Kathleen O'Malley. Super interesting and educational, and this organization is doing so much good in the way of getting feral cats spayed, neutered, and vaccinated. They provide FREE TNR workshops and specialty training classes in New York City.

Kathleen Oโ€™Malley

Kathleen Oโ€™Malley

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We sat in on Hannah Shaw (aka "Kitten Lady")'s talk on nurturing neonatal kittens and getting them adopted. She has saved hundreds of kittens from euthanasia and has found them loving homes. Check out her YouTube channel for adorable kittens and "how-to" videos on everything from bottle feeding to raps about kittens!

Demonstrating the proper way to bottle feed a kitten (hint: not on its back like a human baby!)

Demonstrating the proper way to bottle feed a kitten (hint: not on its back like a human baby!)

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We got to meet the Cat Daddy himself - Jackson Galaxy (more on him later):

He had vegan brownie in his teef.

He had vegan brownie in his teef.

With fresh eyes we embarked on Day 2 (just kidding - it was the first day of Daylight Savings so we were tired as HAIL)...

DAY 2 - Sunday, 3.12.17

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First up, we sat in on a fun and educational talk by Kate Benjamin, badass founder of Hauspanther.com and coauthor of Catify to Satisfy. Her presentation made me want to Catify my entire apartment using all the cat AND human-friendly furniture, climbers, and scratching posts she showed us.

This photo is by @lagattaracatcafe because I sat behind a pole like a dummy.

This photo is by @lagattaracatcafe because I sat behind a pole like a dummy.

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Second, we got to see Lil BUB and her Dude, Mike Bridavsky give a talk about their journey from feral kitten to magical cat superstar and how it has impacted both of their lives.

Slideshow photo of BUB meeting Whoopi Goldberg (who is a huge fan, naturally)

Slideshow photo of BUB meeting Whoopi Goldberg (who is a huge fan, naturally)

More than just an internet sensation, BUB and Mike have raised over $300,000 to go toward grants for shelters. We got to snap a quick pic in the green room before BUB had to take a bathroom break (we left so that she could pee in peace):

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Next up, we saw Dr. Jennifer Conrad, Founder & Director of The Paw Project, a non-profit organization whose mission "is to educate the public about the painful and crippling effects of feline declawing, to promote animal welfare through the abolition of the practice of declaw surgery, and to rehabilitate cats that have been declawed."

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ACTION ITEM FOR NEW YORKERS:

If you are a New York State citizen, contact your NY Assemblymember and Senator (find by zip code here). Give their staff your name, town and message: "Declawing is inhumane and I'd like to see it banned. I support Bill A.1297/S.5084." It's that simple.

PLEASE DO NOT DECLAW!

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 Lastly, it was the keynote speech by the one and only, Jackson Galaxy, of "My Cat From Hell" fame. It was a packed house:

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Jackson gave us the scoop on how he came to be "The Cat Daddy," and really just fired everyone up to go out and be a voice for cats.

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AND ... if all that wasn't enough, there were also tons of vendors selling their adorable cat related goods. We met some awesome people from Best Friends Animal Society, some adoptable cats from Kitty Kind (and several other shelters):

โ€œI came to this weird show, now ADOPT ME!!!โ€

โ€œI came to this weird show, now ADOPT ME!!!โ€

Polydactyl Cats cat toys:

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Yeowww! catnip toys:

The banana is a classic

The banana is a classic

Cat wine company extraordinaire, Apollo Peak:

Ignore the cat hair. Or donโ€™t.

Ignore the cat hair. Or donโ€™t.

Xenotees cat-themed apparel (you've 100% seen those pillowcases before):

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And we had the pleasure of meeting Steve and Rob, directors of an upcoming cat documentary called The Cat Rescuers:

Cat-loving nice guys โ€“ win win win!

Cat-loving nice guys โ€“ win win win!

If you weren't able to make it up to NYC this year, mark those calendars because CatCamp is sure to return in 2018! Big ups to Meow Parlour owners Christina & Simon Ha for making this all happen.

As I watched the line for Jackson Galaxyโ€™s keynote speech snake around the venue, it almost escaped me that we are not actually living in a catlady-world bubble (as fabulous as that would be)โ€ฆโ€ฆ.. a woman turned to me and asked: โ€œWhatโ€™s a Jackson Gallery?โ€

Image Credits: Instagram.com/tinaf78Instagram.com/cathustlerInstagram.com/lagattaracatcafePawProject.org

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