-- You’ve got to be kitten me! Hallmark Channel’s "Kitten Bowl" is back for its fourth year and ABC News got a sneak peak at the purr-fect starting lineup.
More than 100 adoptable kittens played a furr-ocious football game as the catletes went head to head on the field, with one of the "Most Valuable Kittens," or MVKs, being a fresh recruit from the University of Meow-chigan.
"I always feel the ones that are extra cute are vying for MVK," Beth Stern, North Shore Animal League America spokesperson, told ABC News.
New this year is an absolutely paw-dorable puppy marching band as part of the pre-game festivities and, at halftime, there is a meow-merizing Cirque du Pawleil show.
"Kitten Bowl IV" is also doing more to highlight the fuzzy kitten fans before they head into the stadium, focusing on the epic tail-gating in the parking lot beforehand.
"So many more kittens are coming to our feline combine," said Boomer Esiason, four-time Pro Bowl quarterback and Feline Football League (FFL) Commissioner. "It’s very important to know who the cute ones are, who has the best looking paws, how active they can be and how athletic they are."
"Take a look at our little guy out here on the swing," he added, pointing out one of their MVKs, or Most Valuable Kittens. "His balance is amazing. We saw him in the combine and I said, 'I want him on Boomber’s Bobcats,' so I drafted him second overall. His name is actually Pawdell Beckham Jr. I saw him as a wide receiver type, but he’s just a great athlete. He’s no nimble."
All of the crazy catletic kittens are provided by North Shore Animal League America and Last Hope Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation and will be adopted out following the taping.
The full "Kitten Bowl IV" premieres on Hallmark Channel on Sunday, February 5th.