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12Mar/17

CAT CAMP NYC

Cuteness abounds at inaugural Cat Camp NYC at Metropolitan Pavilion (photo by twi-ny/ees)

Cuteness abounds at inaugural Cat Camp NYC at Metropolitan Pavilion (photo by twi-ny/ees)

CELEBRATING ALL THINGS CATS: NEW YORK’S FIRST CAT CENTRIC SYMPOSIUM
Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th St. between Sixth & Seventh Aves.
March 11-12, $13-$70 per day
www.catcampnyc.com

“I think this must be what it’s like at Comic-Con,” said one Cat Camp visitor on Saturday, and she was not all that off target; the two festivals share similarly fervent fans, mildly odd subcultures, and a self-aware, cheerful, goofy yet pure devotion to their source of joy. The Metropolitan Pavilion is full of good things for cats and their people, but the layout is spacious and easy to get around, with plenty of room for humans to explore all things feline. The quality of T-shirts, bags, and even kitty-themed pillowcases from vendors including Xenotees and Meow United is very high, and unique offerings like the Nepali-crafted felt toys and cat cocoon beds from Distinctly Himalayan and catnip bananas from Yeowww.com should please even the most finicky. On the right as campers enter are furry, happy cats looking for forever homes shown by several wonderful adoption organizations, including Best Friends, Anjellicle Cats, Kitty Kind, and City Critters, the source of twi-ny’s own feline horde. Just try not to come home with too many of the sweet senior and special-needs cats while pairs of kittens of kryptonite-power cuteness melt your heart into a puddle of kitty love.

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