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Puppy Bowl XIII takes place Feb. 5 | © Discovery Communications
Puppy Bowl XIII takes place Feb. 5 | © Discovery Communications
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Puppy Bowl & Kitten Bowl Provide Far Cuter Super Bowl Alternatives

Picture of Michael LoRé
Sports Editor
Updated: 22 February 2017

Couldn’t care less who wins Super Bowl LI between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons on Feb. 5? Not a fan of football? Well, don’t worry because there are plenty of adorable alternatives for your viewing pleasure on Super Bowl Sunday. Let us introduce you to a different kind of breed of football: Puppy Bowl and Kitten Bowl.

For the 13th year, Animal Planet will be airing a “game” with puppies romping around a makeshift stadium full of toys, fluffy footballs and water dishes (complete with in-bowl cameras for POV tongue lapping). Puppy Bowl XIII, which airs 3 p.m. ET, isn’t just to showcase cute animals. It is the channel’s way of promoting pets vying for adoption. Each puppy is from an animal shelter and viewers can adopt some of the game’s stars from either Team Fluff or Team Ruff, who are playing for the coveted Petco Lombarky trophy (the dog puns are endless.)

Puppy Bowl | © Discovery Communications

Puppy Bowl | © Discovery Communications

Puppy Bowl | © Discovery Communications

Puppy Bowl | © Discovery Communications

Puppy Bowl | © Discovery Communications

Puppy Bowl | © Discovery Communications

If you prefur felines to canines (get it?), don’t worry, there is a game for you, too. Kitten Bowl IV airs on Hallmark Channel at 12 p.m. ET (with replays at 3 p.m. & 6 p.m.). In 2014, the Hallmark Channel partnered with New York’s North Shore Animal League and Last Hope Animal Rescue to create the event as a means to help find these animals homes. Tune in to see which team will scratch and claw its way to victory.

Kitten Bowl | © Crown Media/Marc Lemoine

Kitten Bowl | © Crown Media United States LLC/Marc Lemoine

Kitten Bowl | © Crown Media United States LLC/Marc Lemoine

Kitten Bowl | © Crown Media United States LLC/Marc Lemoine

Kitten Bowl | © Crown Media United States LLC/Marc Lemoine

Kitten Bowl | © Crown Media United States LLC/Marc Lemoine

Surprisingly, there is yet another animal-featured alternative to the Super Bowl. Nat Geo WILD will be airing Fish Bowl IV at 8 p.m. ET. Watch as the Los Angeles Clams and the Buffalo Gills compete in DeepSea Field for this year’s title.

Fish Bowl IV | © National Geographic/Jason Arnold

Fish Bowl IV | © National Geographic/Jason Arnold

Fish Bowl IV | © National Geographic/Jason Arnold

Fish Bowl IV | © National Geographic/Jason Arnold

Fish Bowl IV | © National Geographic/Jason Arnold

Fish Bowl IV | © National Geographic/Jason Arnold