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Edmonton International Cat Festival 2018

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The Edmonton International Cat Festival is an event I look forward to every year! It’s THE place to be if you are a cat lover! 100% of the proceeds from this event goes towards helping local rescues! What a great cause!

This year’s event was held at the Robbins Health Learning Centre at Grant McEwan University in Edmonton on May 26th 2018. I was lucky enough to meet celebrities such as Nala (the most popular cat on Instagram with 3.6 million followers!) and her adorable sister Luna Rose as well as Travis DesLaurier (model, actor and he works out with his cat, Jacob!) who did meet and greets with fans as well as Q & A sessions.

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I would like to say that the event was well organized and had many activities such as yoga with cats, cat themed escape room, puzzles, face painting, a pop up cat café to keep everyone of all ages well entertained. There were also tons of vendors selling the most adorable cat themed items as well as several rescue groups with the cutest adoptable cats.

I spent all day at the YEG Cat Fest! I took transit there since driving downtown Edmonton on a Saturday is not ideal (if I could drive that is! LOL) and after checking in, I went to line up for the Nala and Luna meet and greet!

After the meet and greet, I got interviewed by the news station, CityNews Edmonton. (Click here to see the interview segment) Next, it was off to check out the vendors and activities!! Here are some of the vendor tables I looked at!

There were also many rescues with adoptable cats! Check out that awesome cat enclosure!

After spending a few hours here, I stepped out to grab some lunch at Wendy’s (which was right across the street!). There are so many lunch options around this venue but I wanted an inexpensive lunch so I can keep more of my dollars to buy cat stuff! LOL

Once lunch was done, I came back and sat in on some Q & A sessions with Nala’s moms, Shannon and Pookie as well as Q & A with Travis. I ran into Bing Clawsby of Cats of Instagram and managed to snag a photo of him looking so sharp in his purple necktie!

There were cat videos playing throughout the day. I sat in on a very informative session with an AMA travel agent who talked about places that cat lovers need to visit as well as travelling with your cat! Finally, I wanted to stay for the Mr and Mrs Purrfect photo contest where Kitty Mojito was one of the contestants!

All the contestants were cute beyond words!! Finally the winners are announced!

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AND DRUMROLL!!!!!

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YAY! Kitty was crowned Mrs. Purrfect 2018! So happy!! She received a certificate as well as a wonderful prize of a Vesper Cubo Tower sponsored by Homes Alive Pets!

I had so much fun at the Edmonton International Cat Festival. If you are a cat lover, you need to check this out next year. You can pre purchase tickets ahead of time (it’s a few dollars cheaper if you do!) or you can buy them at the door. Just follow them on Instagram @yegcatfest to keep up on the details for next year’s event!

A huge thanks to the founder and organizer, Linda Hoang and her team as well as volunteers, sponsors, vendors, celebrity guests and everyone else who had a hand in making this event a huge success.  A total of $21,000 was raised and donated between this year’s recipients, The Edmonton Humane Society, Little Cats Lost and Zoe’s Animal Rescue!

 

 

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Edmonton Cat Fest Day!

I had the opportunity to check out this amazing event yesterday!!

It was such a wonderful and fun filled day!

Here are some of the highlights of the festival ….. Enjoy!

 

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Welcome!!

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That’s me with my goody bag!

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It’s starting to get busy!

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Nala Cat is here!

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She is such a doll

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Hey pretty kitty

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Getting ready to pose with her many many fans!

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picked up some Nala cat swag! Check out this cute lanyard!

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Nala Cat had some great gear for sale!

 

 

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Edmonton Cat Fanciers Club

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Pet’s Pantry Society, Edmonton’s first pet food bank

I picked up this really cute denim bag from here

 

The Cats of Edmonton Booth had some great stuff! I got these cute magnets there!

 

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Kitten TV

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Some amazing vendors with unique items!

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A great variety of programs and information sessions! 

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These are actually litter box stations!

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Got this Purrogie catnip toy from the vendor shown above!

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Look at all the beautiful accessories!

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Yay! Cats of Instagram was here!

Some cuties from Little Cats Lost

Rosie the Serval Cat from the Edmonton Valley Zoo made an appearance!

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OOh! Contest time!

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My Kitty is the first contestant ! Here she is in her ‘everyday’ look

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This is her ‘formal’ look

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Swimsuit Category

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And her answer to the final question ‘ How would you make the world a better place?’

 

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All the swag and freebies that I got at this amazing festival!

I picked up this great Pet First Aid Kit from this vendor! It was such a worthwhile buy!

 

This vendor had the most beautiful jewellery and accessories! I got this super soft scarf from here! Isn’t it beautiful?

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Looking forward to the next one!! See you next year #YEGCatFest