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Cat Lovers Show 2018

LOOKING FOR THE PURR-FECT DAY OUT? THE INAUGURAL CAT LOVERS SHOW POUNCES ON MELBOURNE

The cat’s out of the bag – those Melburnians who are crazy about kitties will be feline fine when the inaugural Cat Lovers Show pounces on the Royal Exhibition Building on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September 2018.

Following the unprecedented success of the award-winning Dog Lovers Show and after increasing demand from the cat loving community, Event Management International (EMI) is excited to be launching the first and greatest feline-festival Australia has ever seen.

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“Unsurprisingly, nearly 30 percent of households in Australia are home to at least one cat (2.7 million)*. The Cat Lovers Show will be dedicated to educating, informing and entertaining visitors in a truly memorable way and is an opportunity for them to connect and cuddle with dozens of breeds and hundreds of beautiful cats.

One of the main objectives of the show is to raise awareness for cat rescue and working closely with shelters across Australia to drive adoptions whilst educating people about responsible and committed cat ownership,” said Jason Humphris, Cat Lovers Show creator.

With additional programming and features to be confirmed, here is a paw-full of attractions that visitors can expect to experience at the Show:
Royal Canin Stage
Celebrity vets, behaviour experts, trainers and wild cat conservationists including Dr Katrina Warren, Dr Harry Cooper, Kelly Gill, Dr Jo Righetti, Rosalie Horton and Nat Geo Wild’s Ben Britton will present eduCATional talks ranging from health, lifestyle, training, solving common cat conundrums and insights into the similarities between wild and domesticated cats. Interviews with famous cats from around the world will also take place ‘live via satellite’ on the big screen!

Insta-Kitty
Visitors will get the rare opportunity to snap a selfie with some of Instagram’s most famous felines at the Insta-Kitty feature. Bringing plenty of cattitude to the catwalk, these social media stars will slink down the red carpet, be interviewed and interact (briefly!) with their adoring fans.

Cat Adoption Zone
More than 25 percent of cats in Australia are rescued or adopted from shelters. Visitors to the Cat Lovers Show will be provided with valuable information and contacts needed to make informed decisions on bringing a rescue cat into their home. Most of the exhibitors participating in the Cat Adoption Zone will also bring dozens of cats to the show who are looking for their new fur-ever homes.

Breed Showcase
At the Breed Showcase, visitors will have the opportunity to meet and learn more about a wide array of wonderful cats and kittens from respected breeders to better understand lifestyle requirements, temperament and characteristics for specific breeds.

Purrfect Match Zone
A must-see feature for visitors looking for their next fur-iend, the Purrfect Match Zone offers an interactive questionnaire to help gather information needed to make an informed decision on choosing your next feline friend.

Pat-A-Cat Zone
Kids and adults alike will love getting up-close-and-pawsonal with felines of all shapes, sizes and breeds in the Pat-A-Cat Zone. Pat-A-Cat will work in conjunction with Purrfect Match and the Breed Showcase features in helping to provide valuable education and awareness of cat ownership.

Pet Circle Colosseum
From skateboarding felines to talented jumping cats, the Pet Circle Colosseum will feature educational demonstrations that showcase cats at their best and most entertaining. Visitors will be whiskered away by presentations from talented trickster Catmantoo and cat trainer Kelly Gill while beloved celebrity vet and TV personality, Dr Harry Cooper will present a comprehensive breed showcase that would be a cat-astrophe to miss!

There will also be an Ask-An-Expert Zone offering free vet, behaviour and training advice, free feline face painting, a funny photo wall and art & craft activities making Cat toys in the Kitty-Kids Zone!

In addition to all the fun and fantastic features, visitors can see, compare and buy all the latest and greatest cat products and services to spoil their kitty with 120+ exhibitors at the Show, stacks of new product launches and exclusive show specials.

Partnering with the Feline Control Council of Victoria and The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy Victoria, the Cat Lovers Show is the pawfect event for feline fanciers to celebrate everything that makes these animals so wonderful – we promise they’ll leave as happy as the cat that got the cream!

Where: Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholson Street, Carlton
When: 8 + 9 September, 2018 | 9:30am ~ 5pm
More info: here.