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Cats make special Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show appearance

What are cats doing at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show? They’re strutting their stuff and showing off their feline power at an event known best for its top dogs.

The Westminster Kennel Club recently recognized the Bengal cat as one of 2017’s newest breeds. In turn, cats made a special appearance at the multi-day event for the first time in a few years during “Meet and Compete” at Piers 92/94 on Feb. 11, a partnership between AKC Meet the Breeds and the Masters Agility Championship.

A visitor takes pictures of a Bengal cat
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A visitor takes pictures of a Bengal cat at the 141st Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York on Feb. 11, 2017.

Visitors pat a Bengal cat at the 141st
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Visitors pat a Bengal cat at the 141st Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York on Feb. 11, 2017.

A cat hangs out during the 141st annual
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A cat hangs out during the 141st annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York on Feb. 11, 2017.

Chance, 2, a Sphynx Cat from Philadelphia, sits
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Chance, a Sphynx cat from Philadelphia, sits quietly but alert at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, which included the eighth AKC Meet the Breeds day in New York on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017.

Hellen Wheelz, a Savannah cat, gets a nuzzle
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Hellen Wheelz, a Savannah cat, gets a nuzzle at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, which included the eighth AKC Meet the Breeds day in New York on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017.

Visitors watch a Bengal cat at the 141st
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Visitors watch a Bengal cat at the 141st annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York on Feb. 11, 2017.

A British Shorthair takes a needed nap during
Photo Credit: Craig Ruttle

A British Shorthair takes a needed nap during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, which included the eighth AKC Meet the Breeds day in New York on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017.

An American Shorthair cat named Maggie hangs out
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An American Shorthair cat named Maggie hangs out as people look at cats and dogs at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show that included the eighth AKC Meet the Breeds day in New York on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017.

Jeff, a Bengal cat walks on a treadmill
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Jeff, a Bengal cat, walks on a treadmill at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, which included the eighth AKC Meet the Breeds day in New York on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017.

Foyet, a Donskoy cat from Rhode Island, looks
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Foyet, a Donskoy cat from Rhode Island, looks out calmly at the crowd at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, which included the eighth AKC Meet the Breeds day in New York on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017.

Chelsey, a Peterbald cat, is a little sleepy
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Chelsey, a Peterbald cat, is a little sleepy during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, which included the eighth AKC Meet the Breeds day in New York on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017.

Sweet Minskin cats snuggle together at the Westminster
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Sweet Minskin cats snuggle together at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, which included the eighth AKC Meet the Breeds day in New York on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017.

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