NOVI, Mich. -

More than one thousand pedigreed cats will be vying for the title of Best in Show at the third Annual Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) World Championship Cat Show, which takes place this weekend in Novi at the Suburban Collection Showplace.

Sponsored by Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Litter, the two-day event showcases more than 1,000 felines representing 41 breeds.

The CFA/Dr. Elseys Precious Cat Litter World Championship Cat Show is the largest pedigreed cat show in the Western Hemisphere, and this global event will find cat fanciers from North America, Europe, Japan and China competing to earn a place in cat show history.

Two separate shows with 500 cats per show will take place simultaneously in a total of 18 competitive judging rings.

Judges will evaluate the feline contestants in Kitten, Championship and Premiership (altered cats) categories. The event will culminate on Sunday afternoon as one cat is awarded the top honor of Best in Show.

"We anticipate the CFA/Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Litter World Championship Cat Show to be one of the biggest events of the year in the cat fancy," said Jerry Hamza, CFA President. "It will be a truly amazing sight to see 1,000 pedigreed cats from all over the world under one roof and competing for Best in Show."

There will be plenty of activities for the whole family to participate in and enjoy. Syndicated cartoon character, Garfield, CFA's official Spokescat, will be on hand throughout Saturday and Sunday to meet and greet visitors of all ages. Visitors are encouraged to bring a camera and take a picture with Garfield.

Fans are welcome to shop the Meow Mall, which includes vendors for feline enthusiasts with items such as cat toys, grooming tools, mouse pads, cat trees, jewelry and more. Visitors can also enjoy guided tours through the show hall and educational seminars on topics such as "Origins of the Domestic Cat and History of Breeds," "Do You Have A Star at Home - Showing YOUR Household Pet" and much more.

Spectators will watch Feline Agility where the cats will have the opportunity to demonstrate their athletic prowess as they attempt to run a time-scored feline agility course. Spectators will see the cats weaving through poles and jumping through hoops in record times.

The cat with the fastest time will receive the top award on Sunday just before Best in Show is presented.