I’ve been to Brony cons and Furry cons. I’ve been to hotel bars run by Klingons and the Alien Con where a speaker said the Greek gods were real. I’m not
surprised by much of anything at conventions anymore, but something at CatCon
shocked me on a deeply personal level.
After a Saturday at California's Pasadena
Convention Center looking over the latest
innovations in kitty condos and scratch-
ing posts, I was confronted by the image
of my cat Lenny twerking on the cover of
something called Pussweek, the magazine
for cats, by cats.
I looked over the poster-sized blowup of
issue two’s cover model. He had Lenny’s
golden eyes, his big fat butt, and the black
mark on his mostly pink nose. It was Lenny
all right, and he is a shelter cat. Sometime
during the long, lean years before we adopted him, poor Lenny was driven to pose
for this Australian cat porn mag.
“This magazine is not for kittens,” Bexsy
McFly, the human creator of Pussweek
explained before adding that the mag is
more the Vogue or GQ for felines than their
Penthouse or Hustler.
The issue with my Lenny on the cover
features stories on finding the right windowsill for your body type and the terror of
being unable to escape from the crinkling
of plastic bags, all written from a cat’s point
of view. Other issues of Pussweek do boast
racy centerfolds of fluffy orange cats showing off their shaggy bellies, however.
“This is for when your cat wants some
alone time on the litter box,” McFly said.
When I confront McFly on how my
beloved Lenny cat got on the cover of her
rag, she said, “Because he’s a sexy beast.”
Stunned by McFly’s irrefutable logic, I
decided to leave it at that.
Unless you were lucky enough to get
into the packed panels starring Lil Bub,
Nala and other cat celebs, CatCon was
surprisingly free of cats. One place where
cats were allowed was the Furever Home
Adoption Lounge run by the Pasadena
Humane Society (PHS), where those sad
humans who find themselves without cats
could leave CatCon with a new kitty. Over
60 cats found new
homes during day
one of the con.
“We’ll only have
to bring eight or
nine back to the
shelter tonight, but
we’ll bring them
morning with a lot
more as well,” Kevin
of placement at PHS, said.
McManus doesn’t think of the adopta-thon at CatCon as anything like the NFL
draft, where the best players tend to go
quickly in the first round.
“Every cat is a first-round draft pick,”
he said. “For every first-round draft pick,
there’s also a Tom Brady out there, a sev-
enth-round draft pick who turns out to be a
multiple-time MVP of the Super Bowl.”
By the time CatCon drew to a close, PHS
helped over 150 cats
and kittens find new
Bob Calhoun is the
author of Shattering
Conventions: Commerce, Cosplay and
Conflict on the Expo
Floor. You can follow him on Twitter
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