The Top 10 Cat Behaviors My Kitties and I Want From the Upcoming Stray

Stray, the cat adventure game from Annapurna and BlueTwelve, looks amazing. I hope I can do all kinds of goofy, cute, weird cat behaviors in it.

Like my colleague Funk-e, I seriously cannot wait for Stray, the cat-adventure game that’s steadily climbed the Steam charts (not unlike a curious feline!).

The game’s Steam page offers a lot of promise:

Stray is a third-person cat adventure game set amidst the detailed, neon-lit alleys of a decaying cybercity and the murky environments of its seedy underbelly. Roam surroundings high and low, defend against unforeseen threats and solve the mysteries of this unwelcoming place inhabited by curious droids and dangerous creatures.

See the world through the eyes of a cat and interact with the environment in playful ways. Be stealthy, nimble, silly, and sometimes as annoying as possible with the strange inhabitants of this mysterious world.”

Now, it’s that last paragraph that gives me the most hope. Yes, of course, I would like a satisfying platformer/adventure/stealth game, with a cool narrative and an interesting world to explore. But I also want to do the cute and weird things that cats do! 

Maybe it’s because I have two (perfect, slightly deranged) little kitties at home, but I really, really want Stray to allow me to fully engage in feline hijinks. It’s ok if some of these things show up in a little nod somehow in-game, the way there’s a shot of the cat knocking over bottles as he tiptoes along a roof, or the not-so-subtle cat butt lick in this screenshot here. 

Stray - stray cat butt lick

If you have a cat, or are a friend to a cat, you know how special the slow blink (we call them “blinkies” in this house) is. This is a cat showing you they are comfortable with you, sort of like the feline equivalent of saying “I love you, you’re cool, human,” (or “I guess you don’t have to die right now, I guess.”)

2. Rub up against characters that you like.

Much like the above, this is how a cat likes to put their scent on their territory, which, again, is a big deal for cats. If they hate you, they probably don’t want you as their territory. This is a kitty’s way of saying “you’re mine,” and it’s cute, damn it.

3. Show off your fluffy tummy.

Related to the above, but also, this one can take a few forms. It often means the kitty at hand feels playful and comfortable, and sometimes, they sprawl into the most ridiculous positions in an attempt to show their floof off/prove that cats are liquid, actually. 

4. Make biscuits!

Yeah, the term is “kneading” which is fine, and some people say “make muffins” or other cute baking gestures. But this is one of the best things that cats do, and I truly hope there’s biscuiting in this game!

5. Doing a huge pounce only to turn it into a casual bath at the last second

You know the gesture. The tiny apex predator in question takes a mighty leap, often at another cat, thinking they are all cool and fierce, but a split second into it, they think “oh no, but my feet are so dirty though!” and just go right into bath time. It’s fantastic. 

6. Blepping

There should definitely be a “blep” button, for when you just gotta stick your tongue out.

Cat Finn blep

7. Bunny kicks!

One of the best kitty wrestling/playtime activities, this is when a cat uses their hind legs to kick at something, often while holding onto the unfortunate object (or other cat) with their front paws. It’s a vicious and truly hilarious move.

8. Sleeping in ridiculous positions.

This is self-explanatory, and extremely cute.

cat cami funny position

9. Communing with the ghosts/aliens/creatures in the walls

Often, I’ll observe my cats meowing at and/or lunging at the walls. It’s probably insects, sure, but it’s much more fun to think about what else might be going on in their tiny cat brains. The ability to interface with other mythical creatures would be a nice feature in Stray, and a nod to cats’ “unique abilities.”

10. The cuddle plop

You know it: your tiny critter comes sauntering over, and boom! In one swift motion, they go from walking/running/diving into a full spoon and/or snuggle. It’s one of best things that pets do (cats and dogs do this with equal finesse), if there was ever some kind of “cute animal gesture” olympics, this would easily take gold. 

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