“Debunking the cat lady myth, it turns out, is easier said than done,” reports the New York Times in its coverage of the inaugural CatCon in Los Angeles:
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They arrived wearing whiskers and ears. They purred over new litter fragrances, and pawed through the cat clothes. Hissing? Well, the line was long for that keynote speech: “Photographing Cats — It Looks Easy, but It’s Not.”
Debunking the cat lady myth, it turns out, is easier said than done.
This was the first CatCon, billed as a celebration of the stylish side of cat fancying. More than 10,000 people crowded into a downtown convention hall here over the weekend to shop for cat-centric merchandise (for people, mostly), have their pictures taken with celebrity Internet cats (such as Lil Bub, famous for her dwarfism), and attend cat-focused panels and speeches (“Goodbye Dowdy, Hello Gorgeous: Debunking the Cat Lady Myth”).
There were also “caticure” stations, where Aveda technicians gave visitors manicures and decorated fingernails with cat stickers.