Retro, our star lynx point Siamese CAT BALL model couldn't make it to the 2015 Seattle Pet Expo, so we brought his stunt double - Flat Retro!
About 10,000 people (and probably elebenty eleben billions of goggies) attended this family event held at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.
Many people came to see adoptable dogs and puppies. Everyone heard all of the dogs and puppies, because they did nothing but bark all day long, creating an impressive #SeattlePetExpoDogChorus. Flat Retro handled it well.
We support the #AdoptDontShop movement, and visited a number of pet adoption groups. Motley Zoo has created fantastic rock-and-roll theme shirts to support their efforts.
"Ace of Spays" - isn't that funny?
Located in Redmond, Washington, Motley Zoo has a physical storefront that offers doggie daycare services, a place for their volunteers to meet, and a place for dog trainers to work with the public. It's a really cool idea! The Motley Zoo studio space also hosts a colony of adoptable cats.
One of our favorite Puget Sound cat missions is Feral Care. This "angel" non-profit provides a sanctuary for cats that are considered unadoptable. These cats are no longer on the streets, and are now living safely where they can enjoy a quiet life without potentially being urban pests.
Feral Care is deeply involved with trap, neuter and return activities, working to sensibly control animal populations. This is a heat reflective catnip sleeping mat made by Feral Care. Sales of these cute and popular mats help to support their projects. These colors look great with Flat Retro, we now regret that we didn't buy this one!
The Washington Convention Center is huge, so we felt lucky to be close to the bathrooms:
Flat Retro also likes being on tables ;)
World's Best Cat Litter was there with an impressive display.
Their corn based litter is flushable and it manages urine odor. We were impressed with how well it dissolves in water, and how little it stinks after being exposed to ammonia. Actually, it didn't stink at all. Wow!
Here you see Oskar, who is kind of smashing Klaus as they share their Cat Ball® cat bed. See the kitten poster behind them? This is for the Paw Project. You may not realize this, but declawing cats is illegal in many countries and considered a very cruel (and unnecessary) procedure, adding nothing positive to a cat's life, and frequently causing great pain. Furthermore, it looks like declawing can often lead to behavior problems (including litter box problems). The best way to learn more is to watch the interesting movie created by veterinarian Jennifer Conrad, The Paw Project. You get to see tigers and other large cat species in the movie!
Both Oskar and Klaus have their claws, and so does Retro. Everyone is neutered, too.
Flat Retro agrees with the Seattle Animal Shelter - neuter and spay your pets!
There are so many animals available for adoption, and it's just heartbreaking to see them in cages. Spay and neuter is the responsible thing to do!
One easy way to locate a new pet is to use Petfinder. This fantastic search tool can get you in touch with locally available animals!
You can control your search, limiting to to animals near you. Petfinder is a fantastic resource.
We then took Flat Retro over to the pet photo booth place so a pro photographer could take his photo.
We aren't sure what the photographer thought of us taking a picture of him taking a picture of a cardboard cat.
The reason Flat Retro was at the 2015 Seattle Pet Expo was to represent our Cat Ball® cat beds and our Cat Canoe® cat beds.
Flat Retro with our teal chevron Cat Ball® cat bed.
Flat Retro with our watermelon Cat Ball® cat bed and the article on Jennifer, the creator of the Cat Ball® cat bed, in Catster Magazine. This article was written by Kate Benjamin, creator of the Hauspanther blog.
You can see more photos of the 2015 Seattle Pet Expo on Instagram under #SeattlePetExpo and #SeattlePetExpo2015