Travelin Jack here. The lady brought me to Global and then let me run amok. I am not sure she knew what kind of shenanigans I was going to get into, which is pretty silly since she says she knows cats.
I was quite popular at the show, which is to be expected
I even met my twin! You know they say everyone has one out there.. I never thought I'd ever meet mine.
I then went on to meet a few kitties new to this world. They were confined, I hope they didn't do anything wrong.. oh who am I kidding, of course they didn't, they are kittens they can do no wrong. They must have been in their for their own protection.
There were several trends that were everywhere in the show. First and foremost there was cannabis everywhere. Most of the companies only had products for dogs but some included cats.
I have mixed feelings about the explosion of cannabis in the pet market... mostly because it is not well studied. I admit there is a lot of info out there on humans and what it can do medically, but there is still painfully little research on it because it is so tightly regulated that it is very hard to do so. When my own state made marijuana legal, I looked into the regulations on it and found that you can't ship it across state lines. I am unsure how legal it is to ship cannabis treatment but one of the manufacturers I talked to said it was totally legal. - Connie
There was cat litter EVERYWHERE, but yet no one was willing to let me give it a trial run! There were clay litter and plant based litter, grass litter, paper litter, wheat litter, corn litter and even bamboo litter. One company even thought it was a good idea to make neon litter..
Sustainable was another big trend. Recycled materials, composting litter and poop bags, all working at reducing your impact on the environment. One company even went so far as to make their entire booth out of cardboard. It was so cool. (you do know how we kitties like cardboard)
People who are making pet products are realizing the power of social media and how it can not only drive sales to them with a well placed photo and logo, but they are realizing that people are going into the stores looking for cute things to pose their pets with for their social media feeds.
There was one trend that made the lady really take notice, though; let's see if you can figure out what it is.
There was even a bunch of stands promoting bow ties! Most were marketed to dogs, but fortunately, really small dogs are the size of cats! I seriously think they are missing out not marketing to cats, I mean just look at Skippy!
I also met a few more celebrities, the Catit kittens had so many fans around them.
but the highlight of the trip was meeting Rodney Habib!!
I wish the lady had brought her really good camera, but this will have to do. I know some people got to meet Jackson Galaxy as he was there for a few hours as well, but the lady has had many a discussion with Mr. Habib about the importance of noting the difference between dogs and cats when talking about "pets". We might not agree with everything promoted by Planet Paws, but we are thrilled someone has some traction talking about alternatives to commercial pet foods and western type medicines for pets.
Even being carried around for three days, I was still exhausted. I think I'll join that kitten for a nap.