For the first time ever, cats had a place at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

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Each year since 1877, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show has been held in New York City to celebrate all different types of canines -- from beagles to boxers, chihuahuas to collies, anyone can be named Best In Show.

But what about cats?

While cats can't take place in the actual show (it is the "Dog Show," after all), they have finally been given a spot in the festivities.

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Visitors pat a Bengal cat at the 141st Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York on February 11, 2017. / AFP / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
An attendee holds a Sweet Minskin cat during the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City, U.S. February 11, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Attendees look at Tony the Tiger, a Toyger cat, the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City, U.S. February 11, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Uno an America Shorthair cat attends the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City, U.S. February 11, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
A cat is pictured at a stall during the 141st Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York on February 11, 2017. / AFP / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Attendees play with Bengal cats during the annual Meet the Breed event ahead of the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, U.S., on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, first held in 1877, is America's second-longest continuously held sporting event, behind only the Kentucky Derby. Photographer: David Williams/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Visitors watch a Bengal cat at the 141st Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York on February 11, 2017. / AFP / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
A Sphynx cat sits for a photograph during the annual Meet the Breed event ahead of the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, U.S., on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, first held in 1877, is America's second-longest continuously held sporting event, behind only the Kentucky Derby. Photographer: David Williams/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A British Shorthair cat takes a nap during the annual Meet the Breed event ahead of the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, U.S., on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, first held in 1877, is America's second-longest continuously held sporting event, behind only the Kentucky Derby. Photographer: David Williams/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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This year, for the first time ever, felines took over the "Meet The Breeds" segment of Westminster. "Meet The Breeds" is somewhat of a mini-convention ahead of the big show where attendees can get to know the various types of contestants.

Westminster decided to include the cats after the International Cat Association held a similar event several years ago over the same weekend which generated quite a bit of interest from patrons.

See more from the dog show:

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A Boxer named Devlin wins the Working group at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, in New York City, U.S. February 14, 2017. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
A Brussels Griffon relaxes on its owner's lap backstage at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, in New York City, U.S. February 13, 2017. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: An English Setter competes in the sporting category during the final night at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden, February 14, 2017 in New York City. There are 2874 dogs entered in this show with a total entry of 2908 in 200 different breeds or varieties, including 23 obedience entries. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
A Boxer named Devlin wins the Working group at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, in New York City, U.S. February 14, 2017. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: A Cocker Spaniel competes during the sporting category on the final night at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden, February 14, 2017 in New York City. There are 2874 dogs entered in this show with a total entry of 2908 in 200 different breeds or varieties, including 23 obedience entries. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

A Bichon Frises is seen in the benching area during Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 141st Annual Dog Show in New York on February 13, 2017 .

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Adrian, an Irish Setter and his handler Adam Bernardin celebrate winning the Sporting Group judging at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, U.S., February 14, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Segar

A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is seen in the benching area during Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 141st Annual Dog Show in New York on February 13, 2017 .

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A Bichon Frise is groomed backstage at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, February 13, 2017 in New York City. There are 2874 dogs entered in this show with a total entry of 2908 in 200 different breeds or varieties, including 23 obedience entries.

(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

A Chow Chow is seen in the benching area during Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 141st Annual Dog Show in New York on February 13, 2017 .

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A Bulldog is seen in the benching area during Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 141st Annual Dog Show in New York on February 13, 2017 .

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An Old English Sheepdog is seen in the benching area during Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 141st Annual Dog Show in New York on February 13, 2017 .

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A Pembroke Welsh Corgi waits to compete at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, February 13, 2017 in New York City. There are 2874 dogs entered in this show with a total entry of 2908 in 200 different breeds or varieties, including 23 obedience entries.

(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

A Standard Poodle competes at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, February 13, 2017 in New York City. There are 2874 dogs entered in this show with a total entry of 2908 in 200 different breeds or varieties, including 23 obedience entries.

(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

An Italian Greyhound competes during the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, February 13, 2017 in New York City. There are 2874 dogs entered in this show with a total entry of 2908 in 200 different breeds or varieties, including 23 obedience entries.

(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

A French Bulldog runs during competition at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, February 13, 2017 in New York City. There are 2874 dogs entered in this show with a total entry of 2908 in 200 different breeds or varieties, including 23 obedience entries.

(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

A Yorkshire Terrier runs during competition at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, February 13, 2017 in New York City. There are 2874 dogs entered in this show with a total entry of 2908 in 200 different breeds or varieties, including 23 obedience entries.

(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

A bulldog rests before competing at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, February 13, 2017 in New York City. There are 2874 dogs entered in this show with a total entry of 2908 in 200 different breeds or varieties, including 23 obedience entries.

(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Italian Greyhounds compete during the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, February 13, 2017 in New York City. There are 2874 dogs entered in this show with a total entry of 2908 in 200 different breeds or varieties, including 23 obedience entries.

(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

A Toy Poodle is groomed backstage before competing at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, February 13, 2017 in New York City. There are 2874 dogs entered in this show with a total entry of 2908 in 200 different breeds or varieties, including 23 obedience entries.

(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Borzoi dogs prepare to take the field to compete at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, February 13, 2017 in New York City. There are 2874 dogs entered in this show with a total entry of 2908 in 200 different breeds or varieties, including 23 obedience entries.

(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

An Italian Greyhound competes during the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, February 13, 2017 in New York City. There are 2874 dogs entered in this show with a total entry of 2908 in 200 different breeds or varieties, including 23 obedience entries.

(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Maltese dogs prepare to take the field for competition at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, February 13, 2017 in New York City. There are 2874 dogs entered in this show with a total entry of 2908 in 200 different breeds or varieties, including 23 obedience entries.

(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

A Lhasa Apso is seen in the Benching Area area during Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 141st Annual Dog Show in New York on February 13, 2017.

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A group of Pembroke Welsh Corgis wait to compete at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, February 13, 2017 in New York City. There are 2874 dogs entered in this show with a total entry of 2908 in 200 different breeds or varieties, including 23 obedience entries.

(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Beagles line up in the judging area during Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 141st Annual Dog Show in New York on February 13, 2017.

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A Beaucerons is seen in the judging area during Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 141st Annual Dog Show in New York on February 13, 2017.

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A handler is seen with a Dalmatian in the judging ring during Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 141st Annual Dog Show in New York on February 13, 2017 .

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Dogs are seen in the benching area during Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 141st Annual Dog Show in New York on February 13, 2017.

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A Chinese Crested Powder Puff rests with Kristen Riddley in the benching area during Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 141st Annual Dog Show in New York on February 13, 2017 .

(TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

A Beaucerons is seen in the judging area during Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 141st Annual Dog Show in New York on February 13, 2017 .

(TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

An Afghan is seen in the benching area during Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 141st Annual Dog Show in New York on February 13, 2017 .

(TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are seen in the benching area during Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 141st Annual Dog Show in New York on February 13, 2017 .

(TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

A Standard Poodle is seen in the benching area during Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 141st Annual Dog Show in New York on February 13, 2017 .

(TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Half sisters Elsa (2) and Faith (5) represent the South Carolina State dog, the Boykin Spaniel, at the 'Meet the Breed' Day ahead of the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, on February 11, 2017 in New York City.

(Photo credit should read Julie McGuire/Barcroft Images/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

Acela, a three year old Papillon from Long Island, NY, waits to take part in the Masters Agility Championships at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, on February 11, 2017 in New York City.

(Photo credit should read Julie McGuire/Barcroft Images/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

11 year old Bergamasco Alpine Sheepdog, D'Artagnan, takes a break during the 'Meet the Breeds' day ahead of the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, on February 11, 2017 in New York City.  

(Photo credit should read Julie McGuire/Barcroft Images/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

Cessie, a Coton De Tulear from Beverley Hills, California, sits on the shoulders of owner Jessica Macintire after competition at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City, U.S., February 13, 2017.

(REUTERS/Mike Segar)

A Boxer is wrapped in a blanket after competition at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City, U.S., February 13, 2017.

(REUTERS/Mike Segar)

Sky Guy, an Italian Greyhoud, stands with its handler before competition at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City, U.S., February 13, 2017.

(REUTERS/Mike Segar)

Diamond, a Standard Smooth Dachshund wears a coat and jewels before competition at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City, U.S., February 13, 2017.

(REUTERS/Mike Segar)

A Standard Poodle is groomed in the benching area by his handler before competition at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City, U.S., February 13, 2017.

(REUTERS/Mike Segar)

A Lhasa Apso competes at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, February 13, 2017 in New York City. There are 2874 dogs entered in this show with a total entry of 2908 in 200 different breeds or varieties, including 23 obedience entries.

(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

A Yorkshire Terrier rests in the Benching Area during Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 141st Annual Dog Show in New York on February 13, 2017.

(TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

The Pulik is seen in the judging area during Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 141st Annual Dog Show in New York on February 13, 2017.

(TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

A Maltese sits in the benching area during Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 141st Annual Dog Show in New York on February 13, 2017.

(TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

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