Purr-fectly adorable: 5 cute things we saw at Pop Cats in Austin

Feline fanatics crowded into the Palmer Events Center on Saturday and Sunday for Pop Cats, a vendor market, adoption fair and overall celebration of all things cats.

Here are some of the things that made us go awww:

Cool cat art. 

KathyPhantastic is the work of Kathy Phan an Austin, Texas-based maker, a chalk artist, hand-letterer, and creative director, as she displays some of her furrier items for sale. RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN (Ralph Barrera/Austin American-Statesman)

Cat drawings, cat paintings, cat posters, cat prints. The show featured everything you need to create a feline theme for the decor at your home or office.

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A Caticorn.

Karissa Winters is the author of children's books designed for her autistic daughter Presley. RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN (Ralph Barrera/Austin American-Statesman)

Author Karissa Winters created the Caticorn book series for her autistic daughter who is in love with all things cat and unicorn. Winters dressed as her title character to meet young fans at Pop Cats. 

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Cat rap. 


Yes, being the dude who raps about his cats on YouTube and at cat conventions is a gimmick, but Iammoshow was genuinely charming at his Pop Cats set on Saturday afternoon. He grew up in a rough part of Baltimore, where he said he didn’t expect to live past 18. Now he’s has parlayed his rap aspirations and his affection for his cats (he has five) into a viable career. He rapped about his love of crazy cat ladies, cat adoption and why you shouldn’t declaw. And the audience was clearly feeling his “cat emotions.”

Cat cosplay.   

Kalie Kubes wears her pink kitty gear to Pop Cats. Deborah Sengupta Stith/American-Statesman

Many Pop Cats attendees rocked cat ears and cat shirts. If, upon arrival, you felt your cat regalia was lacking, vendors on site were available to kitty-ify your look. But Kalie Kubes needed no assistance. With pink ears matching her pink hair and pink collar and a cat print dress, her look was already pure purr-fection. 

The cats, obviously. 

A pair of kittens at The Leisure Cat Animal Rescue. Deborah Sengupta Stith/American-Statesman

Rescue organizations from all over the region were on hand with adoptable kitties aplenty.  There were two cat playgrounds and a cuddling station. Some of the cats were overwhelmed by the crowds and volunteers covered their cages with towels in an attempt to cut down on the noise and stimulation. There were also a few free roaming cats brought by owners who took advantage of the convention’s “BYOC (bring your own cat)” policy. 

Leslie Hardin, from Killeen, TX. background holding onto the leash, strolls her cat named Jesse, a large cream ginger tabby who attracts the attention of Autumn Jung, left, and Holly Vandrovec, right, at the Pop Cats convention Saturday afternoon August 25, 2018. RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN (Ralph Barrera/Austin American-Statesman)

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