Halftime performers in the Animal Planet Puppy Bowl, kittens will soon have a field to themselves on a different network. (Keith Barraclough/Associated Press)

It’s a Super Bowl matchup for the ages: cats vs. dogs.

The Puppy Bowl, a fixture on Animal Planet during the Super Bowl, will have new competition next year from the Kitten Bowl, the Hallmark Channel said.

Kittens in the Kitten Bowl will compete on a course set up with hurdles, scratchers, tunnels and hoops. Toys on strings will be used to entice the kittens.

Judges will score each kitten on its ability to cuddle and win the hearts of viewers.

Hallmark will use between 50 and 100 kittens from animal shelters around the country and aims to place each one in a home.

Animal Planet also focuses on adoptions. It placed every dog and cat on this year’s show. (Cats serve as halftime entertainment for the two-hour Puppy Bowl.)

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

On Monday: Read Howard Bennett’s column on the differences between cats and dogs.