We went to PAX over the Labor Day weekend. It was a blast exploring the expo and trying to promote our cat café in between the boothiness. As much as I want to rave about all the awesome games and cosplay there, I’ll keep this cat-related. Since then, we have been busy moving the Seattle Meowtropolitan project forward. Let’s take a moment to reflect on the reactions we got when we told gamers, cosplayers, and passers-by about our quest to bring a cat café to Seattle.
Some of you may have been approached by us with a small leaflet about Seattle Meowtropolitan. The reactions we got— with the exception of those who tactfully ducked their heads and ran away or cleverly shouted, “I HATE CATS”— were uplifting. As we had figured, Seattle is a city full of cat-lovers. The surprising thing was that most people we spoke to had never heard of the idea of a cat café before. I am finding, as I tell more people about it, that the idea is fairly unknown. I’m glad that Seattle Meowtropolitan gets to be the one to introduce cat cafés to the Pacific Northwest.
The gamer community has a lot of cat-happy people. The trend was that cosplayers were more receptive and interested in learning about our project. The correlation? I am unsure. Perhaps cosplayers are more extroverted and willing to share their passions with others. Perhaps cosplayers like fluffy things more. Who knows. Nevertheless, it was a good idea to spread the word at PAX. We gained many followers on our Facebook and Twitter accounts from the people we met there, and even made the peak of one girl’s PAX moments. I hope you’re reading this!
Besides the awesome people, we saw a light-hearted game called Catlateral Damage. You can play as a cat and knock things around a house onto the ground. Just like a real cat. It’s like Cat Simulator 2014. Check it out here and you can play the demo: http://www.catlateraldamage.com/. It was fun to see a cat-related game while in promote-Seattle Meowtropolitan-mode. Cats are truly taking over in all areas of life. Even without this, PAX was amazing as usual!
Thanks to those who are following us after listening to me blabber on at the expo. Please keep sharing. And let us know if you would like to contribute to Seattle Meowtropolitan. We are still looking for shelters to work with, cat behaviorists, coffee roasters to partner with, and contributors to tell us, “shut up and take my money”. Until next time!