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Esteemed US dog show welcomes cats

Thursday February 2nd 2017

A prestigious American dog competition may have a different star of its show this year, after organisers agreed to allow a new breed of a feline persuasion to enter the 2017 competition.

Jungletrax Abiding Ovation, a three-year-old Bengal from the state of Maryland, will be the only cat appearing in the "meet and compete" agility event at the Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

Although it's not been confirmed whether or not the leopard-spotted feline will actually carry out the agility tasks, officials from the show confirmed Jungletrax will be competing in the event during a press conference at Madison Square Garden, New York.

Gail Miller Bisher, a spokeswoman for the Westminster Kennel Club, told AM New York. "It makes it interesting...It's a celebration of dogs - and now cats - but it needs to be a little bit of everything for everybody. That's what we like about it."

The Westminster Kennel Club boasts that it hosts the "Olympics of conformation shows" and will take place in New York City on February 11.

Speaking at a press conference for the event, Anthony Hutcherson, owner and breeder of Jungletrax, said the cat is the "love of his life". He said: "There's so much love out there in the world, why just limit it to dogs and puppies?"

This article was written on behalf of helpucover. helpucover is a trading style of Pinnacle Insurance plc, an insurance company who offers Pet Insurance.

Copyright Press Association 2017