Competition for Puppy Bowl

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – It’s a Super Bowl matchup for the ages: vs. dogs.

The Bowl, a fixture on Animal Planet during the Super Bowl for nearly a decade, will have new competition next year from the Kitten Bowl, the Hallmark Channel announced this month.

“We would like to own the day,” said Bill Abbott, president and CEO of , which is home to the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel.

“Copycats,” chided Animal Planet in a statement.

Win or lose in the ratings, all the animals stand to benefit. Hallmark will use between 50 and 100 kittens from animal shelters around the country, and Abbott vowed to place each one in a home.

Animal Planet placed every dog and cat on this year’s show — 63 puppies and 21 kittens. (Cats serve as halftime entertainment for the two-hour Bowl.)

The annual Puppy Bowl has a football theme, with the dogs scoring “touchdowns” if they cross a goal line with a chew toy.

Kittens in the Kitten Bowl will compete on an agility course set up with hurdles, scratchers, tunnels, hoops and weave poles. Laser pointers and toys on strings will be used to entice the kittens.

Judges will look at each kitten’s ability to cuddle and win the hearts of viewers.

“We had to develop some kind of framework to show what wonderful animals they are. They are their own little souls,” Abbott said. “Many people don’t realize how entertaining cats are and what great companions they are for people.”

Most of the competition will be unscripted. Kittens can’t be expected to figure out a timed course, so not doing it in the cutest

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