It is so popular, in fact, that Twitter account @CatsWatchStray now exists, purely to catalogue people posting their cats watching the cat on screen in the video game. Cats, being as they are, obviously take interest in the new cat-like thing that lives inside the monitor on your PC or TV on your wall. As of writing, the account has racked up nearly 32,000 followers.
This is as opposed to my dog, which just goes berserk when it hears the cats on the TV meowing. Actually, someone posted their dog going berserk at the on-screen cat too.
I am a particularly big fan of this one, where the cat gently paws at the screen.
@CatsWatchStray 😻 pic.twitter.com/ZZUUlihAydJuly 23, 2022
Or this, where the cat hears a cat-screech and is very intrigued.
Now that the game is out I can share the uncropped (and therefore better quality) version of my cat reacting to #Stray. I had my notes right next to me, hence the crop. But here's Nacho reacting to the cat and its noises while playing 😂#catswatchingStray pic.twitter.com/aA4b5y6EYfJuly 19, 2022
Anyway I could do this all day, by this, I mean just find and post more videos of cats watching digital cats. It's very good. Here are a few more, but you can find a boatload more than that on the @CatsWatchStray Twitter account or on the tag #catswatchingStray.
. @CatsWatchStray pic.twitter.com/rN5ms6z2ISJuly 23, 2022
@CatsWatchStray pic.twitter.com/NEEGscfc1NJuly 23, 2022
IT FINALLY HAPPENED my Kuma made a friend! @CatsWatchStray 😻 #stray #catswatchingStray #catswatchStray pic.twitter.com/a0R7vmntHOJuly 21, 2022
In a related, but obscure, crossover, someone modded the cat's meow into "Jason!" from Heavy Rain.
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Jon Bolding is a games writer and critic with an extensive background in strategy games. When he's not on his PC, he can be found playing every tabletop game under the sun.