Cats had been featured in the Meet the Breeds section in the past, but will be featured on the program for the first time in the 140-year history of the prestigious dog competition this year, Today reported.
"Meet the Breeds isn't just dogs lined up and you play with them, there are booths that depict the country and origin of the animal and people decorate the booths," VP of public relations for the AKC Brandi Hunter told USA Today. "So cats are joining that and many will be dressed up and have their booths."
In addition to participating in the Meet the Breeds section, the felines will also take part in an agility competition.
Jungletrax Abiding Ovation, a 3-year-old Bengal cat from Maryland, was introduced at a press conference as one of the first groundbreaking felines to participate in the event.
The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is set to take place in New York City on Feb. 13 and 14 and will feature more than 3,000 dogs including three new breeds -- the American Hairless Rerrier, the Pumi, and the Sloughi.
Excited to announce that cats will be back at this year's @akcdoglovers Meet the Breeds. #WKCDogShow pic.twitter.com/lI7slCuWeI— Westminster Dog Show (@WKCDOGS) January 30, 2017