Heaven is a place on earth for cat people: the World Cat Congress, one of the planet’s largest conventions for feline friends. Presented by TICA — the International Cat Association — the annual shebang changes countries every year, invited by a different sponsoring cat club. This year, Brookville, Florida’s Allcats Cat Club brought it all to Miami, open to the public on March 8 and 9. The two public days of competitions, panel discussions, and expositions brought together some 500 cats representing more than 50 breeds.

So what did the delegates have to say? Well, watch for some lessons on acceptance, life, and love.