(Cat) games people play, you take it or you leave it...
Here are some games and other crazy stuff about, including, involving, or themed around cats.
Whether digital or analog, virtual or real, whether online or offline, played with your cat, by yourself, or with other humans, cat games are a plenty.
Some of the offline games can be played with just one player, and others may be multi-player.
Some are age specific, or they may have small parts which can be a choking hazard to small children, and cats!
So make sure you look before you pounce on any of these.
These are games you can play online or on your iPhone.
Circle the Cat -- Grandma Faith's "Circle the Cat" is a fun, single-player online board game in which you try to trap a black cat. It's an easy game to play, but not so easy to win. That kitty is crafty! It can be a fun break, but be careful, an hour can go by before you know it!
I learned about "Circle the Cat" from Steve Dale who thinks the game is impossible. And yes, I have defeated the furry menace, but it took me a while to figure it out!
Stack the Cats -- Take the well-known game Tetris, remove the blocks, add Brian Frisk, add cats, what do you get? Stack the Cats!
Catster Game Center -- The Catster Game Center has several games, including Cat Trivia, Breed Photo Game, and Celebrity Cat Quiz.
Here's another game where you stack cats. It's for the iPhone. Someone referred to this as Japanese Cat Tetris but it's not really like Tetris as far as I can tell. It's called MewMew Tower.
MewMew Tower is available on iTunes.
Once you're tired of playing cat games on your computer or your iPhone, it's time to go offline for your feline inspired entertainment.
There are cat themed board games you can buy. In addition to a variety of other Cat in the Hat merchandise, there are a few Cat in the Hat board games, and a number of different versions of Monopoly. Below are but a few ideas.
Don't spend all your time just playing around, play with your cat! Cats need playtime, and sometimes, especially with indoor cats, you've got to be the one to get them into it. Below are some interesting and entertaining ideas for keeping cats active.
Cat toys -- Many interactive cat toys can be turned into games and exercise sessions for you and your cat. You don't have to spend a lot of money on toys, either, as cheap cat toys are available. Some homemade cat toys make use of household items, or you can just chase your cat around the house! No, I'm not kidding.
Ping pong cats -- Here are several videos of cats enjoying ping pong. What a great way to exercise your cat!
Fetch -- Many cats will learn to play fetch. Some will do this naturally, and others, with a little encouragement, can be taught to do it.
Just don't do what I did. One of my tortoiseshell cats, Teddie, trained me (for a while) to play fetch with her in the middle of the night. Once I was trained to respond to pleas at 2 or 3 AM, it was hard to break myself of the habit, but I finally did. Don't give in!
Sphero-- What's Sphero? Glad you asked. Their website says...
"Sphero is the world's first robotic ball gaming system that you control from your smartphone or tablet. You can even use Sphero as a controller for on-screen and multi-player games."
From what I can tell, Sphero makes a pretty darn good cat toy. Perhaps a video will help put this together for you. The video below was entered into the Sphero "show us your balls" contest.