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Cat People Now Have A Reason To Watch The Westminster Dog Show

The most prestigious dog show in the U.S. is including cats this year — because it's 2017, and apparently nothing is sacred.

The Westminster Kennel Club is hosting its 141st annual dog show. Contrary to what you might think, the kitties won't be on a leash parading around the arena with their barking counterparts.

But for the first time, cats will be a part of the Meet & Compete event that takes place a couple days before the main event.

Meet & Compete is in its third year. The combination show will feature the American Kennel Club's Meet the Breeds and the 4th Masters Agility Championship. Cats have been featured in Meet the Breeds before.

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Visitors will be able to meet, learn about and play with the felines during Meet the Breeds. The cats will also have their own agility events.

Aside from featuring felines, the event will introduce three new dog breeds; the American hairless terrier, the pumi and the sloughi.

This year's show will feature more than 2,800 dogs.


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