Westminster dog show event to feature cats

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.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 16: Handler Valerie Nunes-Atkinson and her dog CJ, a German Shorthaired Pointer, win Best in Show competition at the 140th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden on February 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 16: C.J., a German Short Haired Pointer, wins Best in Show on the second day of the 140th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Madison Square Garden on February 16, 2016 in New York City. The 'Best in Show' award is the top honor in the annual competition. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 15: A dog competes during the first day of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 140 Annual Dog Show on February 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 16: An American Cocker Spaniel gets in fur blown by a hair dryer in the grooming area on the second day of the 140th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show on February 16, 2016 in New York City. The dog competition culminates in the naming of the dog that is 'Best in Show.' (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 15: The Miniature American Shepherd competes as a new breed during the annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Madison Square Garden on February 15, 2016 in New York City. The dog competition culminates in the naming of the dog that is 'Best in Show.' (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 15: An owner grooms his Beagle during the annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Madison Square Garden on February 15, 2016 in New York City. The dog competition culminates in the naming of the dog that is 'Best in Show.' (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 15: A Standard Poodle competes during the annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Madison Square Garden on February 15, 2016 in New York City. The dog competition culminates in the naming of the dog that is 'Best in Show.' (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
A Maltese is seen in the competiton area February 15, 2016 in New York during the first day of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 140th Annual Dog Show. / AFP / Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 15: Dogs compete during the first day of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 140 Annual Dog Show on February 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 15: A pair of Yorkshire Terriers wait in the grooming area during the first day of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 140 Annual Dog Show on February 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 15: A dog waits in the grooming area during the first day of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 140 Annual Dog Show on February 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 15: An owner takes out his Bichon Frise from the cage during the annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Madison Square Garden on February 15, 2016 in New York City. The dog competition culminates in the naming of the dog that is 'Best in Show.' (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 15: A dog waits in the grooming area during the first day of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 140 Annual Dog Show on February 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 15: A dog competes in the agility area during the first day of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 140 Annual Dog Show on February 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 15: Viggo, a Bergamasco, who was named best of breed in the first round during the annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show, sits at Madison Square Garden on February 15, 2016 in New York City. The dog competition culminates in the naming of the dog that is 'Best in Show.' (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
A West Highland White Terrier runs the agility course during the 3rd Annual Masters Agility Championship on February 13, 2016 in New York, at the 140th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Dogs entered in the agility demonstrate skills required in the challenging obstacles that they will need to negotiate. / AFP / Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A Coton De Tulear runs the agility course during the 3rd Annual Masters Agility Championship on February 13, 2016 in New York, at the 140th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Dogs entered in the agility demonstrate skills required in the challenging obstacles that they will need to negotiate. / AFP / Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A Pembroke Welsh Corgi runs the agility course during the 3rd Annual Masters Agility Championship on February 13, 2016 in New York, at the 140th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Dogs entered in the agility demonstrate skills required in the challenging obstacles that they will need to negotiate. / AFP / Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A Norfolk Terrier runs the agility course during the 3rd Annual Masters Agility Championship on February 13, 2016 in New York, at the 140th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Dogs entered in the agility demonstrate skills required in the challenging obstacles that they will need to negotiate. / AFP / Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A Papillon runs the agility course during the 3rd Annual Masters Agility Championship on February 13, 2016 in New York, at the 140th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Dogs entered in the agility demonstrate skills required in the challenging obstacles that they will need to negotiate. / AFP / Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A Basset Hound waits in the grooming area February 15, 2016 in New York during the first day of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 140th Annual Dog Show. / AFP / Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A Brussels Griffon runs the agility course during the 3rd Annual Masters Agility Championship on February 13, 2016 in New York, at the 140th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Dogs entered in the agility demonstrate skills required in the challenging obstacles that they will need to negotiate. / AFP / Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen waits to run the agility course during the 3rd Annual Masters Agility Championship on February 13, 2016 in New York, at the 140th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Dogs entered in the agility demonstrate skills required in the challenging obstacles that they will need to negotiate. / AFP / Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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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.

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Puppies tussle with a plush football at the "Puppy Bowl" in Phoenix, Arizona, January 29, 2015. Thursday's "players" in downtown Phoenix were all puppies - part of a drive by the Animal Planet television channel and the Arizona Humane Society to encourage adoptions ahead of the televised "Puppy Bowl" that will air on game day. REUTERS/Daniel Wallis (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANIMALS SPORT FOOTBALL)
A puppy holds onto a plush football at the "Puppy Bowl" in Phoenix, Arizona, January 29, 2015. Thursday's "players" in downtown Phoenix were all puppies - part of a drive by the Animal Planet television channel and the Arizona Humane Society to encourage adoptions ahead of the televised "Puppy Bowl" that will air on game day. REUTERS/Daniel Wallis (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANIMALS SPORT FOOTBALL)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 07: Attendees cuddle with puppies from a local rescue, Paw Works, who are on hand to promote Animal PlanetÂs ÂPuppy Bowl XII' during the Discovery Communications TCA Winter 2016 at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on January 7, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images for Discovery Communications)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 07: Attendees cuddle with puppies from a local rescue, Paw Works, who are on hand to promote Animal PlanetÂs ÂPuppy Bowl XII' during the Discovery Communications TCA Winter 2016 at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on January 7, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images for Discovery Communications)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 07: Attendees cuddle with puppies from a local rescue, Paw Works, who are on hand to promote Animal PlanetÂs ÂPuppy Bowl XII' during the Discovery Communications TCA Winter 2016 at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on January 7, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images for Discovery Communications)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 07: Attendees cuddle with puppies from a local rescue, Paw Works, who are on hand to promote Animal PlanetÂs ÂPuppy Bowl XII' during the Discovery Communications TCA Winter 2016 at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on January 7, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images for Discovery Communications)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 27: A general view of dogs and their owners during Woofstock: Road To Puppy Bowl at Soldier Field on June 27, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images)
**Embargoed til 2/5/2013** NEW YORK CITY, NY - NOVEMBER 11: Adoptable puppies play during the taping of Animal Planet's 'Puppy Bowl IX' program in New York City, NY on November 11, 2012. The mock football game will air as counter programming to the actual superbowl. On the internet, puppy bowl has been a huge sensation and now in it's 9th year. The puppies used in the show are from shelters and rescue organizations from across the country. The kittens in the half time show came from a shelter located in New York City. (Photo by Linda Davidson / The Washington Post via Getty Images)
**Embargoed til 2/5/2013** NEW YORK CITY, NY - NOVEMBER 11: Kittens play on the halftime set at the taping of Animal Planet's 'Puppy Bowl IX' program in New York City, NY on November 11, 2012. The mock football game will air as counter programming to the actual superbowl. On the internet, puppy bowl has been a huge sensation and now in it's 9th year. The puppies used in the show are from shelters and rescue organizations from across the country. The kittens in the half time show came from a shelter located in New York City. (Photo by Linda Davidson / The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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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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