Local cat lovers gathered at the NAIT Shaw Theatre Saturday to celebrate their favourite felines at the Edmonton International Cat Fest.

Linda Hoang, the founder and self-proclaimed “cat’s meow” of the Cat Fest, said the event is for a good cause.

“Today we have hundreds of cat lovers in Edmonton all gathered in one place to celebrate cats,” she said. “We’re celebrating cats, cat culture and raising awareness for cat welfare — we are supporting the Humane Society as well — and just all things to do with cats.”

The event featured a local cat video competition, cat beauty pageant and educational presentations.

“It’s a fun day to celebrate these creatures that are such an important and big part of so many peoples lives,” Huong said.