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10/24/2016 05:31 pm ET

These Cats Competed In An International Show While You Were Out Partying This Weekend

Show cats are no slouches.
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Did you groggily hit your alarm this morning, dreading another week ahead? Did you hope that somewhere in this world there were fluffy, soft cats winning awards for simply being cats? Could such a beautiful thing exist?

In short: Yes. It all happened on Oct. 22 at the fifth TICA (The International Cat Association) Cat Show. The festivities went down at the Aoshan Shiji Plaza in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, according to Getty Images. 

TICA calls itself the world’s largest genetic registry of pedigree cats — think of it as the AKC (American Kennel Club) equivalent for feline friends. Other stated missions of the international organization include spreading spay/neuter awareness, encouraging members to be “responsible, caring cat owners and breeders of cats,” and sanctioning shows for pedigreed and mixed-breed cats alike for public enjoyment and education. 

Check out some of the furry competitors at the Wuhan show below.

  • A judge looks over a ragdoll cat to test for maximum face squishiness (which is not an actual category).
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    A judge looks over a ragdoll cat to test for maximum face squishiness (which is not an actual category).
  • A British shorthair cat.
    Wang He via Getty Images
    A British shorthair cat.
  • A judge checks the agility of a British shorthair cat.
    Wang He via Getty Images
    A judge checks the agility of a British shorthair cat.
  • A ragdoll cat gets its beauty rest.
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    A ragdoll cat gets its beauty rest.
  • A British shorthair cat is awarded a ribbon. Great job, British shorthair!!!
    Wang He via Getty Images
    A British shorthair cat is awarded a ribbon. Great job, British shorthair!!!
  • A judge looks over a ragdoll cat.
    Wang He via Getty Images
    A judge looks over a ragdoll cat.
  • A leopard cat.
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    A leopard cat.
  • A leopard cat plays with a toy.
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    A leopard cat plays with a toy.
  • A ragdoll cat prepares for its closeup.
    Wang He via Getty Images
    A ragdoll cat prepares for its closeup.
  • Ragdoll cats are awarded ribbons for being supremely floppy (just kidding, but can you imagine?).
    Wang He via Getty Images
    Ragdoll cats are awarded ribbons for being supremely floppy (just kidding, but can you imagine?).
  • A judge looks over a ragdoll cat.
    Wang He via Getty Images
    A judge looks over a ragdoll cat.
  • A ragdoll cat is getting tired of the paps.
    Wang He via Getty Images
    A ragdoll cat is getting tired of the paps.
  • A Persian cat sleeps.
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    A Persian cat sleeps.
  • A ragdoll cat is, like, seriously so done with the paparazzi.
    Wang He via Getty Images
    A ragdoll cat is, like, seriously so done with the paparazzi.
  • An Abyssinian cat.
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    An Abyssinian cat.
  • A longhair Scottish fold cat sleeps.
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    A longhair Scottish fold cat sleeps.
  • Cat owners holding a Scottish fold cat.
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    Cat owners holding a Scottish fold cat.
  • A judge looks over a Persian cat that honestly might still be asleep.
    Wang He via Getty Images
    A judge looks over a Persian cat that honestly might still be asleep.
  • A judge looks over a British shorthair cat during the 5th TICA international cat show and tries not to be swayed by its
    Wang He via Getty Images
    A judge looks over a British shorthair cat during the 5th TICA international cat show and tries not to be swayed by its nuzzling powers.
  • A glamorous ragdoll cat.
    Wang He via Getty Images
    A glamorous ragdoll cat.
  • A woman kisses a British shorthair cat.
    Wang He via Getty Images
    A woman kisses a British shorthair cat.
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