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The Visitors: The People of #catvidfest

If you weren’t able to attend this year’s #catvidfest, never fear: you can watch the videos on the Walker’s YouTube channel, and if you want to experience the communal viewing (which is what it’s all about), there will be screenings at the Walker Cinema in September. I’m still shocked that so many thousands of people […]

The 2014 Internet Cat Video Festival. Photo: Gene Pittman

The 2014 Internet Cat Video Festival. Photo: Gene Pittman

If you weren’t able to attend this year’s #catvidfest, never fear: you can watch the videos on the Walker’s YouTube channel, and if you want to experience the communal viewing (which is what it’s all about), there will be screenings at the Walker Cinema in September. I’m still shocked that so many thousands of people turned up to collectively watch a series of cat videos and take part in cat activities for an entire evening. Then again, it is the Internet. And cats.

Here are some cat lovers who caught my eye (many of them self-proclaimed “crazy cat ladies”) throughout the night and a snippet of what they had to say about the evening and about themselves.

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Is this your first time attending #catvidfest? Yes.

Do you have any cats? Yes, one, his name is Ching. He’s going to have to wait a little longer for dinner tonight because I’ll be home late.

Do you have a favorite internet cat? No, I don’t go online. I’m still in the 20th century.

Tell me about your shirt: I dug it out for tonight. I just realized I got it in ’92. Michelle Pfeiffer was great as Catwoman.

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Name: Squeaky the cat

Where are you from? Minneapolis

Occupation: Feline foster auntie. Squeaky’s owner takes in foster kitties and Squeaky teaches them the ropes. In other words, how to respect their elders (read: Squeaky).

Most excited for:  The grass. To roam on her leash and eat grass is her version of heaven.

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Where are you from? Clara City, Minnesota. It’s 2 hours away.

What brought you here? Cats. And my daughters.

Is this your first time attending #catvidfest? Yes.

Do you have a favorite internet cat? Grumpy Cat (even though that’s a generic choice).

Are all the kitties on your outfit named? No, not all of them. I do have two live cats with names at home though – Eddie and Emmy.

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Names: Kathy and Katie (yes, those are their real names).

“I’m the (C)at and she’s my Kitten”

Where are you from?: Richfield.

What brought you here? The love of the cats. Our kitten Mei Mei is the cutest.

Kathy: I’m that cat lady. We’re probably over the city limit. I swear I won’t reach an old age because the 80 cats in my house will eat me alive before that happens.

Is this your first time attending #catvidfest? Yes.

Tell me about your outfits: Kathy’s the old cat and Katie’s the kitten (which is why Katie doesn’t have any gray in her ears). We thought there was a costume contest…

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Name: Rudy Fig

When did you start painting? That’s a good question. I don’t know. A long time ago.

What kinds of things do you primarily paint? Female characters. Scenes that are daydream-y and whimsical. A lot of cats.

Is this your first time attending #catvidfest? I painted at the one last year too. Obviously I had fun because I’m back this year!

Do you have a favorite internet cat? The “wiggle” video is my favorite.

Why the extra eye?  I have a 3-year old and once when I painted a third eye he loved it; it sort of grew organically from there and I’ve been playing with the idea ever since. There’s nothing really deep to it, that’s just it.

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So what is that thing? It’s a cat dancer! You have to jump for it.

Tell me about it: I was shocked that this many people could gather without beach balls or cat toys.

How do you use it? You jump for it and if it hits you in the face you might get mad and have to run.

Why a cat dancer? Why not?!

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Where are you from? Minneapolis

Tell me about your outfit: I don’t remember where the shirt is from. The necklace is a memorial for two cats I used to have named Maude and Princess. I got it on Amazon in their “cat jewelry” section.

Do you have any cats now? I have one. Her name is Pride – it’s a combination of Princess and Maude.

Is this your first time attending #catvidfest? I went to the festival at the State Fair last year.

What was your favorite part? The assortment of videos. And when the two cats met onstage.

Do you have a favorite internet cat? I like the video where they built a New York skyscraper and Godzilla cat destroys it.

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Names: They call themselves the “Crazy Cat Ladies”

Where are you from? Bloomington and Minneapolis.

Most excited for: Lil Bub!

Is this your first time attending #catvidfest? Last year was our first time.

Any surprises? The engineers are here?

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“Can I take a picture of you?” “Only if I can take a picture of you”

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Names: Amelia and Natalia

“Strike your best kitten pose!” – Mom

Is this your first time attending #catvidfest? Yes.

Tell me about your outfits: They are dance costumes! We are competitive dancers. Last year Natalia did a Jellicoe Kitty solo. That was a full-body outfit, though, and we figured that it would probably be too warm to wear the whole thing.

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Where are you from? Brooklyn Park

Is this your first time attending #catvidfest? Yes.

What brought you here? Cats, obviously. And we heard there was going to be good food.

Do you have a favorite internet cat? Grumpy cat.

Tell me about your outfits: One already owned, the other was thrifted.

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Is this your first time attending #catvidfest? Yes.

How did you hear about it? Facebook.

Tell me about your outfits: For the girls, these are everyday outfits. Meowington is Deadmau5’s cat.

Do you have a favorite internet cat? The girls like Yoda. He’s a munchkin cat. Also, cats in general.