The Cat Lovers Show will FINALLY return in 2022! Join us at the greatest feline-focused-festival in Australia to celebrate everything that’s cool about Cats!

Cat Lovers Show forced to reschedule to 2022 

It is with great sadness to advise that we have had to reschedule the 2021 Cat Lovers Show again to Saturday 30 April and Sunday 1st May, 2022.

The Cat Lovers Show team has been working tirelessly over the past 6 months to develop a COVID Safe model that would provide our exhibitors, visitors and most importantly all the beautiful Cats, with a wonderful event experience within the current restrictions.

The State Government announced that the Royal Exhibition Building and Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre will be acquisitioned to become COVID-19 vaccination hubs for the foreseeable future and this means our venue is no longer able to host the Cat Lovers Show in May.  We were also unable to secure a permit to run the event with the number of visitors required to make it commercially viable in time, so for these reasons we had no other choice but to reschedule the event until next year.

So many passionate cat lovers were looking forward to the 2021 event after the 2020 was also cancelled due to Covid-19 and our Exhibitors and Sponsors are devastated they will not get to see your smiling faces again this year.

Shortly we will be announcing a Shop (for your kitty) Til’ You Drop promotion that will be an ‘online event’ designed to help support our valued Exhibitors and Sponsors with a huge array of special offers on all the latest and greatest cat products and services to help you really spoil your puss! Make sure you follow us on Facebook and Instagram to be a part of this promotion.

Rest assured we will fight hard to keep the Cat Lovers Show alive, despite the ongoing challenges, and our team is more committed than ever to present an incredible show for all our fellow feline-fanatics in 2022.

We are also confident that the Covid-19 vaccine will have widespread penetration in the community by early next year and the State of Emergency will have been lifted so we can safely (and finally!) open the event on Saturday 30 April & Sunday 1st May, 2022.

We will be refunding the money for all tickets purchased to the 2021 event and ticketing refunds will be processed in the next 10 to 14 business days with tickets to the 2022 Show to go on sale in a few months. 

Thanks in advance for your understanding and we hope you can continue to support Australia’s favourite cat festival when it returns next year as it really has been a tough time for our clients, staff, suppliers, our business and the entire event sector here in Victoria.

Paws sincerely,
the Cat Lovers Show team


On Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May 2022 the Cat Lovers Show will return to the magnificent Royal Exhibition Building!

The 2022 Show will continue to grow showcasing many more Cats prowling through the doors across the Trouble & Trix Breed Showcase, an Educational Stage, Black Hawk Stage, the Cat Adoption Zone & Stage and a Pat-A-Cat Zones with over 30 rare, pedigree and companion breeds and more than 15 feline-inspired visitor attractions.

A fundamental mission for us is to raise awareness for Cat rescue and adoption and to find as many loving and well-suited homes for felines in need. Visitors will be inspired in the Cat Adoption Zone and Stage and continue to learn so much about what is really involved with Cat adoption with talks from a wide range of leading shelters and rescue organisations.

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Here’s a snapshot of the 2022 Show:

  • The Educational Stage presented educational talks from some of Australia’s more renowned animal experts, vets and behaviourists.
  • Entertaining and educational demonstrations on the Black Hawk Stage showcasing some amazing Cat talents that you have to see to believe including trainer-extraordinaire Kelly Gill and her film & TV stars Sunny and Tigger plus many more including CATMANTOO and Dr Katrina Warren.
  • Kids and grown-ups will love the opportunity to get up-close-and-paw-sonal with felines of all shapes, sizes and breeds in the Pat-A-Cat zone.
  • Everything you need to know about providing a loving home for a Cat in need can be discovered in the Cat Adoption Zone, with even more rescue groups taking part, experts on hand and the dedicated Cat Adoption Stage.
  • The Trouble & Trix Breed Showcase will return with over 30 breeds represented and will be a great opportunity to meet and learn about a wide array of wonderful Cats from respected breeders and owners who helped understand lifestyle requirements, temperament and characteristics.
  • The Trouble & Trix Ask-A-Breeder Stage returns and has talks scheduled across both Show days giving insights on over 20 breeds represented at the show.
  • It’s the purrfect place to see, compare and buy all the latest and greatest Cat products and services to spoil your kitty with 150+ exhibitors, stacks of new product launches and exclusive show specials. It’s the best place to shop for your Cat in the lead up to Xmas!
  • Free Feline Face Painting, a Funny Photo Wall and Cat-art & Craft activities will be enjoyed in the Kitty-Kids Zone!
  • No festival is complete without an offering of yummy food trucks and mouth watering culinary delights. The Feline-Food Truck Park will again present some of Melbourne most popular food trucks for visitors to take a break and enjoy throughout the day plus we will also substantially increase the number of cafe outlets within the show.
  • Clara H Nails and the Prosecco Bar return to create a nail art polishing paradise with visitors being able to purchase a glass of bubbly whilst their paws were pampered by some of the best nail technicians in the world from Clara H Nails who has collaborated with notable names in the fashion industry and is the ‘go-to’ nail artist in Melbourne for Serena Williams and Katy Perry!
  • Visitors are invited to add little feline-flair to their outfit on the day to make it the biggest Cat-dress up party in Australia! The Kitty-Cosplay Fashion Purrade  returns with a daily $500 cash prize for the best outfit!
  • Purrfect Match Zone helps visitors compare and learn more about over 50 Cat breeds on giant posters with all the information needed to make an informed decision on your next Cat.
  • Free vet, behaviour, grooming and training advice is available all day and every day in the Ask-An-Expert zone – without the bill!
  • Enter the Major Door Prize at the show via iPads at the entry points and go into the draw to WIN a cat-pack full of fantastic goodies for your Puss worth over $2,000.

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Jason Humphris
Cat Lovers Show Creator