Confession: When I’m Bored, I Host a Game Show Starring My Cats


I love playing games with my cats. They each have such different personalities, so it’s fun to watch their individual reactions when I create silly activities with them in mind. I love all things absurd, so the kinds of games I come up with aren’t always super-conventional ones you might play with a feline. I guess I figure I may as well amuse myself too, right?

I often play “Game Show” with my three. There’s a different challenge each time, but usually Game Show involves the cats having to choose among three items. Typically, one is cat treats, and the other two are incredibly random household objects. As the host, I’ll ask them to identify the treats. Really, all I have to say is “treat” and they’re all in. They love this game because no matter who wins, everyone gets treats.

This time around, the show was, “Pick the Store-Bought Toy!” I added “store-bought” to the title because, as we all know, anything could be a cat toy.

The choices for this game were: an autographed copy of Anne Rice’s The Witching Hour, a can of La Choy crunchy chow mein noodles, and a feathered bird cat toy. I had absolutely no expectations and was was eager to see who’d come out on top. Let’s see what happens!

Cosmo was the first contestant and he didn’t waste any time zooming in on his selection. He thought for sure it was the autographed book. If he’d thought about it a little longer, he might have changed his mind. On Game Show, snap judgements are never a good idea. Lesson learned, son.

Next up was Phoebe. She sniffed around awhile before making her decision. She even batted the bird around a little bit. She barely glanced at the book, eliminating it almost immediately. For whatever reason, she came back to the chow mein noodles. I expected the food choice from my Big Saffy, but not from Phoebe! She stood firm, though. The can of noodles was indeed her final answer. She wasn’t budging.

Saffy was the final contestant. Normally, she sweeps these games when treats are involved, but I wondered if the allure of La Choy would be enough to distract her from the real toy. I won’t lie — she did spend a fair amount of time lingering around the noodles, but in the end she made the winning choice.

Saffy collected her grand prize: unlimited time in the Winner’s Box and a lovely faux-diamond tiara. The box was a little tight, but she actually considered that a bonus. As a gal with generally low self-esteem, this win was a wave she’d ride for days, even weeks.

As predicted, Cosmo and Phoebe were sore losers. They decided to take their disappointment out on each other. I think Saffy looks better in the tiara, anyway. There’s always next time, guys!

Do you play games with your cats? Tell us about it in the comments!

About the Author: Angie Bailey is an eternal optimist with an adoration of all things silly. Loves pre-adolescent boy humor, puns, making up parody songs, thinking about cats doing people things and The Smiths. Writes Catladyland, a cat humor blog, Texts from Mittens (birthed right here on Catster) and authored whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds, a silly book about cats wheeling and dealing online. Partner in a production company and writes and acts in comedy web series that features sketches and mockumentaries. Mother to two humans and three cats, all of which want her to make them food.

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