Los Angeles offers no shortage of activities and entertainment for Californian cat lovers: relax at a trendy cat cafe, meet leopards up close and personal, dress up to the nines for a cat-themed gala, or go to a cat convention.
While many events and activities have been cancelled during the pandemic, some have rescheduled for a return date in 2021 or 2022. Others, like fundraising auctions and conventions, have switched to virtual participation for guest safety.
Whether you prefer to stay in or go out, there is something for every cat lover here in LA!
Special Events for Cat Lovers
Do you stan for cats? You’re not alone! Meet like-minded cat people at a convention, gala, or adoption event right here in LA.
CatCon is the ultimate cat lovers’ festival. This two-day cat-centric convention celebrates all things feline, drawing in tens of thousands of guests. Meet cats, visit vendors, try some cat-themed games and activities, attend seminars, and much more. Bring home a doggy kitty bag full of treats, toys, and other fun freebies.
This year, CatCon guests social distanced and enjoyed “CatCon From Your Couch.” The immensely popular event was a livestreamed with educational presentations, discussions, music, and even celebrity guests. Ready to get back out there? The live event is expected to return next summer.
Fur Ball Gala
The Kitten Rescue will hold their 13th annual Fur Ball Gala on October 2nd, 2021. Last year’s star-studded gala was virtual, but that didn’t stop cat lovers from raising a staggering $150,000 to save the kittens. Special guests included Mark Thompson, Ahmed Bharoocha, Jackson Galaxy, Jenna Fischer, and more.
The Fur Ball Gala usually includes cocktails, a formal dinner, entertainment, comedy, music, silent auction, and an awards ceremony. The 2021 gala is expected to return to its usual in-person presentation, which is sure to generate even more support.
Summer is finally here! Make like an outdoor cat and head outside for some fresh air.
Los Angeles Marathon
The Kitten Rescue is one of the official charities of the 2021 Los Angeles Marathon, presented by ASICS. The marathon will be held Sunday, November 7th and is expected to host up to 27,000 participants!
Wear kitty ears or have your face painted with whiskers and an adorable pink nose in kitten solidarity when you run or walk the LA Big 5K with the Kitten Rescue. For a bigger challenge, try the half marathon or full marathon. No matter how you race, you can bring home a Team Kitten Rescue t-shirt, finisher’s medal, and the good karma that comes with raising money for a worthy cause.
Move over, goat yoga. Now you can practice your marjaryasana with an actual cat!
While many yoga studios have closed their doors during the pandemic, keep an eye open for yoga events with a feline twist. For a small donation to NKLA (No-Kill Los Angeles) recently offered a fun yoga class with cats who did their best to distract yogis from their downward-facing dog. Me-om, hosted by the Pasadena Humane Society, offered a gentle yoga flow class with a skilled yoga instructor slash vet tech. Watch your favorite cat rescue or humane society webpages for updates — these popular classes are sure to return soon.
Dine and Donate
SPCALA hosts Dine and Donate events — the easiest and tastiest way to raise funds for Los Angeles animal shelters. Visit Wahoo’s Fish Tacos in Long Beach on June 13th and 20% of your bill will be donated to the animals. Blaze Pizza in Hawthorne will do the same on July 1st. Dine and Donate events pop up every few weeks in new yummy places, so check the SPCALA website often to find your favorite restaurant.
SPCALA Virtual Fundraisers
Looking for some fun online entertainment that supports animals in need? The SPCALA continually comes up with new and creative ways to generate funds online. In May, SPCALA joined with Twitch gamers and did crazy challenges as the donations grew. In March, they held a St. “Cat”rick’s Day virtual Irish Dance class, too. What crazy cat events will they come up with next? Watch the SPCALA events page to keep up.
Buy Art Save Kittens
Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats will be hosting a virtual art show in July. Bid on as much digital and physical art as you like and bring home your favorites. All proceeds go to Kitty Bungalow and help support their kitten rescue efforts — and local artists! It’s a win-win.
Voices for the Voiceless
Voices for the Voiceless is another popular virtual event hosted by Kitty Bungalow, this time geared towards pop culture fans. Bid on personalized messages from celebrity voice actors, autographs, and meet and greets with the stars. Visit Kitty Bungalow to learn more about this year’s talented participants.
Looking to bring home a new furry family member? The Cat-O-Rama adoption event on June 19th will have snacks, games, cat-themed activities, cat care information… and of course, adorable kitties waiting for their forever homes. Visit the Annenberg PetSpace to pet the kitties and learn more about adoption opportunities.
The Iliad Bookshop
The Iliad Bookshop knows that there’s nothing better than curling up with a good book and a cat on your lap. This award-winning bookstore in North Hollywood is home to 150,000+ books and two gregarious cats, Apollo and Zeus. They spend their days browsing the stacks, napping on leatherbacks, and assisting customers with their purchases.
CatCafe Lounge in West LA just opened up a new “catio” where you can play with up to two dozen adoptable kitties, enjoy a coffee or snack, and relax. Book your socially distanced appointment in this cat-safe enclosed area; bring a few friends… and then take some furry ones home with you! Expect varying numbers of cats during your visit – some people enjoy their visits to the Cat Cafe Lounge so much that they bring home a purring souvenir.
Crumbs and Whiskers Cafe
Crumbs and Whiskers Cafe partners with cat rescues to provide quality care for at-risk cats, get them socialized, and ultimately adopted from the cafe. So far, they’ve found forever homes for more than 1,600 cats in LA and DC. Lounge on beautifully decorated, fluffy cushions, enjoy snacks and beverages, and of course, play with friendly kitties. Adoption fees serve as a donation to the Stray Cat Alliance rescue. Right now, they’re closed due to covid, but Crumbs and Whiskers is expected to reopen when it is safe.
Send a picture of your gorgeous cat to Pinot’s Palette and their talented in-house artists will transfer the image to canvas for you to paint. They’ll walk you through the painting process, so even if you have more thumbs than a polydactyl cat, their expert guidance will help you bring home a one of a kind painting of your favorite feline. This special event is already sold out, but stay tuned for a return of this popular project!
Painting with a Twist
Not ready to paint in person? Painting With a Twist offers pet painting classes with a virtual option. Paint from the comfort of your own home or head to Lakewood for a unique piece of art and an adult beverage.
We all love pet cats. See their wild ancestors at a zoo, preserve, or even the La Brea Tar Pits.
Alongside the elephants, orangutans, and lemurs, the Los Angeles Zoo features snow leopards, tigers, servals, ocelots, and jaguars. Big cat fans will love seeing their favorite felines in an award-winning zoo, where they receive expert care. It’s fun for the whole family, even the ones who prefer dogs.
Shambala Big Cat Preserve
Over 40 big cats at the Shambala Big Cat Preserve sanctuary will live out their days happily, healthily, and safely. Exotic cats like tigers, leopards, lions all live peacefully at the Shambala Preserve after a lifetime of mistreatment and now, wildlife-loving guests can respectfully view these majestic animals. After remaining closed to the public during the pandemic, the preserve will be reopening later this year. If you managed to claim a reservation last year, you’ll be scheduled for your big cat visit ASAP.
Ice Age cats in the La Brea Tar Pits
If you thought your Maine coon was big, check out the sabertooth cats at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum! Get up close and personal with California’s state fossil, smilodon fatalis, a.k.a, the saber tooth cat. They went extinct about 12,000 years ago, and scientists found over 2,500 saber tooth cat fossils in the pits — the biggest collection of the biggest cats ever recorded! For a Californian cat lover, nothing beats an afternoon of smiling at smilodons.
While you’re away at these feline events, make sure your cat has fun too! Call The Comforted Kitty to schedule expert cat sitting and socialization for your fuzzy family member.