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Puppy Bowl VII

Puppy Bowl VII - The Puppy Bowl gets some of its highest ratings during halftime of the Super Bowl, when many NFL fans take a break and switch over to Animal Planet. But the Puppy Bowl has its own halftime show, and nobody switches away from that, because it features the one thing that's even cuter than a big pile of puppies: a big pile of kittens.

The kitten halftime segment for Puppy Bowl VII was filmed in October in a Manhattan studio, one day before the puppy segment. I'm a total sucker for kittens, and my own cats have settled into their middle-aged layabout phase, so I figured checking out the shoot would provide me with a much-needed dose of kitten-osity. Here's how my visit to the studio went.

I arrive and am greeted by a publicist named Melissa. "Want to meet the kittens?" she says. Duh -- do cats like catnip? "OK, then come on, I'll take you up to the kitten green room." It hadn't occurred to me that showbiz terms like "green room" would be used for an animal show. Can cats even see green? (Yes, as it turns out, although dogs can't.)

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