Aug 052019

If you love cats as much as I do, you can’t get enough of them…right? That’s why I love attending cat conferences and exhibitions. A couple of weeks ago, I met up with several of my cat blogging friends in Chicago to attend Meow MeetUp…the Midwest’s biggest cat-themed expo and festival. What a fun time I had!

Meow MeetUp 2019

And I wasn’t alone. According to Lauren Mieli of the Catnip Times, the event organizer, over 4000 people from 27 different states enjoyed the 2-day event. That’s about twice as many attendees as last year.

Meow MeetUp 2019

Meow MeetUp 2019

The convention hall was filled with vendors selling cat-related items, cat shelters and rescue groups, and other fun and interesting things to see and do. For instance, you could get a cattoo…a temporary cat tattoo…or see some different breeds of cats that were brought by the Cat Fanciers Association.

Meow MeetUp 2019

I’ve never had a problem spending money on cat things. The problem I had at Meow MeetUp was not buying everything I saw. I’ve been looking for artwork to hang in one of my bathrooms, and I found these adorable black cat prints from Leeza Works, one of the vendors there.

Meow Meetup 2019

They’re now hanging in the bathroom (and yes, they are hanging straight even though this photo makes them look crooked).

One of the things I really liked about Meow MeetUp is that they offered a number of informative and educational presentations and demonstrations.

Meow Meetup 2019

I really enjoyed the session by Dr. Daphne Thompson, a Chicago-area veterinarian, on acupuncture and other alternative therapies for cats. She showed us several acupuncture pressure points that we can try on our own cats.

Meow Meetup 2019

Chicago radio personality and certified animal behaviorist, Steve Dale, had a couple of presentations that I found very worthwhile…one on helping cats live fear free and another on ways to enrich the lives of indoor cats.

Linda Roberts, a Chicago area animal communicator, talked about what animal communication is, and shared stories of some of her experiences communicating with animals. Other sessions included discussions about feline leukemia, ways to help community cats, understanding pet loss grief, and clicker training demonstrations.

There were also some fun activities like kitty yoga (I didn’t participate, but it sure looked like fun…doing yoga while having kittens crawl all over you) and a paint your pet portrait session.

Meow MeetUp 2019

There was a cat café with a French theme. The Meowter Space Bar and Lounge was available if you wanted a cocktail.

Meow MeetUp 2019

Meow MeetUp 2019

And of course there were cats…lots of cats!

There was a shoulder-riding cat.

Meow Meetup 2019

And a stroller-riding cat.

Meow MeetUp 2019

This is Moe Grey the cat…one of the celebrity cats attending the expo. He’s an Instagram star…helping homeless cats and dogs find their forever homes.

And there were people pretending to be cats.

Meow MeetUp 2019

Another celebrity cat that was there is one that I’m sure most of you will recognize. It’s Summer!

Meow MeetUp 2019

I attended Summer’s Meet and Greet…where she rang her bell…gave high fives…and looked like the fashion diva that she is.

A local rescue group, Almost Home, had an Adoption Lounge where there were quite a few cats and kittens looking for their forever homes, including these three cuties.

Meow MeetUp 2019

I heard that 18 cats and kittens were adopted during the 2 day event. I hope these three found their forever homes.

Meow MeetUp 2019

Saturday night there was an After Party at a local bar. There was a live band, food and cat-themed drinks like a meowgarita…which by the way, did not spare the tequila!

Meow MeetUp

Photo courtesy of Jenny Carlson, As the World Purrs

We sat outside enjoying the good weather, good company and our drinks. Recognize anyone?

I have to say, Meow MeetUp was very well organized and a whole lotta fun. ”Paws Up!” to Lauren Mieli and her team for putting on such a great event. I can’t wait to go next year!

  38 Responses to “My Meow MeetUp Experience”

  1. Thank you for sharing your pictures! Mom Peggy was so bummed she couldn’t attend and is hoping next year things will work out to attend.

  2. it was so well done and a great time

  3. It was a fantastic experience, and doubly so that I was able to enjoy a few blogger friends too! Thanks, Sue!

  4. Wow, that was a thorough tour, it looks like the event was a success. Thanks for sharing the photos, one day I’ll attend a conference for sure!

  5. I recognized just three. 🙁 But I sure wish I had been there.

  6. Looks like a wonderful event with some great things to buy, friends to meet up with, and a whole lot of interesting/educational things to do! Wish I could have gone………

    Hugs, Pam

  7. Looks like so much fun there! I love the black kitty prints from Leeza Works. They are adorable! And what an honor to meet Summer 🙂 Thank you for sharing your experience!

  8. 4,000 people! wow.

  9. I knew Summer and her mom were there. Glad to know you were there too. How fun and I love your kitty pictures in your bathroom. Purrfect.

    Have a fabulous day and week. ♥

  10. looks like an incredible time!! So wonderful that some cats got adopted too!

  11. Meow mewo Miss Sue what a lovelee time you had! THE Leeza pickturess are purrfect!
    An so many lovelee catss an our own Summer girl…shee iss THE best rite???
    Thanx fore sharin yore trip with us.
    ***purrsss*** BellaDharma

  12. Thanks for sharing the wonderful photos. Looks like such a great time you had. We love seeing the photos of Summer. Glad those 18 kitties found forever homes. Such great news. Have a great rest of your week.

  13. Our mom had a BLAST hanging out with you and the rest of the cat bloggers. Ms. Lauren did a FAB job!

  14. Looks like fun. Great that you got to meet other bloggers:)

  15. It looks like you had a great time!!!

    The Florida Furkids

  16. What a pawsome event ! We’re glad your mom had great time with other blogging friends ! Purrs

  17. That cat cafe is to die for! I fear I would go broke…

  18. Thanks for sharing all of the fun. Dad wishes he could see his blogging buddies again.

  19. That looks like so much fun. I love your bathroom art.

  20. Sounds like it was a blast! We like your bathroom art too!

  21. That sure was a great report on that fun sounding event. Lots of good stuff. Glad you had a good time.

  22. Looks like you had a fun time and had lots of interesting things to participate in.

  23. Looks like you had a great time!

  24. Meow MeetUp was awesome! I really enjoyed being part of it.

  25. Sounds like so much fun! I was all ready to go and then I found out my niece was celebrating her birthday with family that weekend (her birthday was the weekend before). And what an awesome group of ladies!

  26. Looks like so much fun! I would have wanted to buy everything!

  27. Glad your mum had a nice time.

  28. Wow, that looks like so much fun! We love Chicago. Maybe we will be able to attend Meow MeetUp next year. 🙂

  29. How fun that was. Our mama wishes she could go to one of those.

  30. Meow MeetUp was wonderful! I thoroughly enjoyed the convention and the camaraderie of fellow cat bloggers. This is one cat event I hope to attend again in the future.

  31. That sounds like a lot of fun. Thanks for the tour!

  32. We would be terrified at so many people and strange places!

  33. WOW WOW WOW…I sound like a doggy…
    What a great gathering! And Summer is soooooo cool.
    My new mole rodel.

  34. This looks like it was such a fun event. I’m so glad you enjoyed it, and you were in good company indeed! I hope to some day attend some cat conferences, and this one looks like it would be a great one. Purrs!

  35. Looks like a great event! And I love the blogger photo at the end.

  36. That looks like such a great time! I love the artwork you chose!

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