Stray’s biggest fans are mesmerized cats

The main cat from Stray

(Image credit: Annapurna Interactive)

PlayStation exclusive Stray launched to rave reviews, but it seems that house cats are the game’s biggest fans.

The standout game of the July PS Plus line-up, Stray places you in the furry paws of a lone cat to wander a dangerous cyberpunk city. There are charming robots to interact with, plenty of environmental storytelling to soak up, and a fair few carpets to scratch as you prance about the place as a cute tabby.

Cat lovers across the internet were unsurprisingly excited about the game, but they’re not the only ones who have fallen for the puzzle platformer. Many of their feline friends are just as captivated by Stray, as videos and pictures across social media show cats engrossed in the game.

Cats just wanna have fun

Over on the r/playstation (opens in new tab) subreddit, users have been sharing images of their cats appearing completely hypnotized by the game. While Stray’s unnamed feline protagonist waltzes about on screen, many players’ pets look on enraptured. Like this handsome fella who’s transfixed by the tabby’s movements:

another_cat_enjoying_stray from r/playstation

Or this inquisitive devil who wanted a better view:

another_cat_owner_whos_cat_is_losing_their_mind from r/playstation

And this jumpy guy who couldn’t resist peeking at two cats nuzzling:

first_2_seconds_of_the_game_and_monty_is_already from r/playstation

It’s not just cats, though. Dogs also seem quite taken by the game:

He’s transfixed #Stray @PlayStationUK @A_i @HKdevblog 19, 2022

See more

There are many more (opens in new tab) besides. A lot more (opens in new tab), in fact. Seriously, people love posting pictures of their cats gazing at Stray (opens in new tab). It’s become something of a trend of the subreddit in the past 24 hours to show just how enraptured your pet really is. 

But their obsession is hardly surprising. Stray’s protagonist was meticulously modeled and animated to authentically reflect the movements of real-life cats. Everything from the way their shoulders move as they walk, to the way they bound between platforms, to how they indifferently shove objects off the edge of furniture looks familiar.

A PlayStation blog post (opens in new tab) mentions Stray’s main cat animator spent countless hours searching for video reference material in order to accurately imitate the subtleties of feline movement. Together with the studio’s cat programmer, they worked “countless hours together just on the basic movements of the main character, iterating and fine tweaking every little jump and transition”. 

It seems to have paid off. Stray has successfully tricked real cats into believing one of their own has been sucked into the television screen. That level of fidelity must be every animator’s dream.

Callum Bains

Callum is TechRadar Gaming’s News Writer. You’ll find him whipping up stories about all the latest happenings in the gaming world, as well as penning the odd feature and review. Before coming to TechRadar, he wrote freelance for various sites, including Clash, The Telegraph, and, and worked as a Staff Writer at Wargamer. Strategy games and RPGs are his bread and butter, but he’ll eat anything that spins a captivating narrative. He also loves tabletop games, and will happily chew your ear off about TTRPGs and board games. 

Read More

What do you think?

Written by admin

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

GIPHY App Key not set. Please check settings

Google Docs is stopping among its most bothersome practices

Google Docs is stopping among its most bothersome practices

It appears like the next Apple television 4K may be all set to go 8K

It appears like the next Apple television 4K may be all set to go 8K