Gamers and Cat Lovers: An Unlikely Audience

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Where Cat Lovers and Gamer Culture Collide

Although cats and gamers might seem like an unlikely pair at first, most gamers know that cats make perfect companions. They don’t require constant attention, and they don’t need to go out on walks that take away from your precious gaming time.

If you have a cat and spend your time playing video games, there’s a good chance you’ve spent a decent chunk of time with a cat curled up on your lap while playing your current favorite game. What could possibly be more comforting than a controller in your hand and a warm cat on your lap?

Read on for a few of our favorite examples of when cat and gamer culture have combined to create something truly “paw”-some.

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Cat Characters in Video Games

Cats and video games aren’t a new combination. As long as video games have been around, there have been cats represented within them. Popular gaming blog Gamespot compiled a list of adorable cats that have appeared in video games throughout history, including Mao, the booze-guzzling female feline in Shadow Hearts, the aww-worthy Socrates in Odin Sphere, and many more.

Cat Simulator

If you’re anything like us, you’ve daydreamed about being a cat more times than you’d care to admit. Pretty soon you’ll be able to play a game through the eyes of a cat in a dystopian future set in Hong Kong. While HK hasn’t been released yet, we’re on the edge of our gaming chairs, ready to pounce on the opportunity to play an entire game as a cat.

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Cats That Play Video Games

Video games aren’t just for humans anymore, and some cats enjoy getting down with the gaming action too, like these kitties here. Who knew you had so much in common with your furry friend?

Seriously though, there really are video games intended for cats to play with. Take a look at these adorable apps from cat food company Friskies here, and put them in front of your cat for a chance to watch the cuteness in action.

Gamer Cat Web Comic

This quirky web comic about a video game-playing cat, aptly named GaMERCat, is everything a cat lovin’ nerd could ever want. You can even buy GaMERCat t-shirts to let everyone know that cats and videogames are the two most important things in your life.

Cat Collecting App

Cat-loving gamers will be thrilled to know that there’s a mobile app game Neko Atsume, aka Kitty Collector. Regardless of your gaming experience, this is a straightforward and addictive game that every cat lover can enjoy. Though some would barely call this a game due to its extreme simplicity, you’ll fall in love with the different cats you “collect” as you progress through the game.

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If you’re already a fan of this game, you’ll be glad to know that there is a Japanese live action movie of it coming out this year, though there won’t be any English subtitles. But that may be okay, because let’s be real – we’re watching for the cats anyway!

An Unexpected, But Beautiful Pair: Cat and Gamers Unite!

So there you have it: irrefutable proof that cats and gamers are perfectly matched with one another. At PDX Pet Design, we love drawing inspiration from the unique bonds that humans share with their cats, and there’s something extra magical about the shared love of video game culture and cats that we just can’t get over. To all the kitty-obsessed gamers out there, we salute you!

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