Best Cat Games 2023

If you think cats are cute and cool, then you’ll love playing the best cat games on Steam, PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch.

When it comes to animal representation in video games, cats are pretty well served and rivaled only by dogs, birds, and maybe dragons if we’re counting them.

From games where you play as a cat to ones that see you taking care of cats, solving cat puzzles, or managing a cat café, your options for feline fun are quite varied.

In this list, we’ll help you find the best cat games on Steam, PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch that you can pick up and play right meow.

For more cat-friendly recommendations, check out our growing library of curated gaming lists, and comment below with your top cat game of all time!

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The first cat-tastic title we recommend picking up is Cats Organized Neatly, a 2D puzzle game that tasks you with arranging cute feline friends so they all fit on one compact little grid.

The game comes included with 80 unique handcrafted levels that feature cats of all shapes and sizes for you to rotate and squish into place.

You don’t have to worry about them getting hurt in any way as everyone knows cats are mysteriously amorphous creatures capable of taking the shape of any space they occupy.

The next game cat lovers should check out is Milo and the Magpies, a point-and-click adventure game that centers on a little cat named Milo.

After Milo gets turned around by an unfortunate run-in with some pesky magpies, he’s forced to try and find his way home by exploring gardens, solving puzzles, and finding hidden objects.

The game has a charming hand-drawn art style with captivating environments and an atmospheric soundtrack that’s great for relaxing and having fun.

Gibbous is another point-and-click adventure game that’s sure to appeal to cat owners, particularly those who enjoy the works of H.P. Lovecraft.

Its story takes place in a cosmic-inspired world where a Detective sets out to retrieve a mysterious tome with help from an eccentric librarian and his talking tuxedo cat, Kitteh.

Collaborating, the trio will need to unravel enigmas involving insane cultists, alchemic ceremonies, and otherworldly terrors with a sprinkle of amusing moments scattered throughout.

What happens when you combine mind-altering drugs and adorable felines? Apart from an enjoyable evening, you also receive Cat Museum, a 2D puzzle-adventure game created by 751 Games.

In it, players become a museum manager given the task of fixing a mysterious and mind-bending museum filled with felines of various shapes and sizes.

As you make your way around bizarre-looking environments, you’ll discover hidden clues used to solve puzzles and learn more about the freaky felines that live there.

If you enjoy games like RimWorld and The Sims but think they could stand to have more cats, a game like Catizens may be exactly what you need.

Billed as a colony management sim, it sees you watching over a cat community where each feline pitches in to help build and grow their settlement.

When you’re not micro-managing your cats’ workload, you’re free to explore new lands, face off against enemy wildlife, and navigate your colonists’ quirky personalities.

Even though most won’t care to show it, cats need us just as much as we need them and especially so if they end up trapped in a different time.

Such is the case in Cats in Time, a hidden object puzzle game where players explore 3D diorama levels throughout levels looking for a scientist’s missing cats. 

There are 30 locations in total spanning seven distinct time periods that offer satisfying puzzles, riddles, and cat encounters.

Keeping with the sci-fi theme, Catellite-609 is a space adventure game about an alternate world where highly-intelligent felines have managed to achieve space travel.

You’re given the task of leading the first cat crew through the cosmos by assigning them to build rooms, upgrade the ship’s facilities, and complete other tasks to hone their skills in different areas.

With a bit of hard work, luck, and the occasional distraction, your team of catronauts will be the first felines to make contact with alien life.

Anyone who’s owned a cat knows just how hard it can be to keep track of one as they’re prone to hiding in places they really shouldn’t.

A Building Full of Cats takes this to the absolute max by dropping you in an entire building filled with hidden cats on five different floors.

The goal is to identify the 300+ elusive felines by clicking on suspiciously cat-like shapes on the wall, behind furniture, on windowsills, and anywhere else a cat may fit.

We’d be remiss not to include the most popular cat game of 2022, BlueTwelve Studio’s cat-adventure platformer, Stray.

In it, you’re cast as a curious cat on a mission to explore a mysterious cyber city where humans have been replaced by robots and dangerous creatures known as Zurks roam freely.

Of all the titles mentioned on this list, Stray is most accurate in recreating the feline experience while still offering thoughtful puzzles, tense action sequences, and detailed environments.

Next up is Catlateral Damage, a first-person puzzle game that has you controlling a mischievous cat whose sole purpose is to make its owners’ lives a living nightmare.

To be successful, players are encouraged to knock things over, scratch furniture, and reach high-up places that are “off limits,” all while solving clever environmental puzzles.

If you’re picking up the game in 2024, we recommend going with the “Remeowstered” edition, which adds several improvements to the game’s UI, animations, and visual effects.

Some cats are destined for a more exciting life than just sitting around slumped on the couch all day waiting for you to feed them.

Take, for example, the cat in Gato Roboto that is forced to pilot a mech suit after its captain/owner gets himself marooned on a strange alien planet.

To save the day, our heroic feline will have to explore an underground labyrinth filled with high-tech contraptions, enemies, and puzzles that call for specialized tools and weapons.

Aside from fire-breathing dragons, giant man-eating fish, and whatever the hell Bazelgeuse are, the Monster Hunter series has cats by the boatload.

Referred to as Palicoes, these cat-like companions have been keeping Hunters safe for decades and are always willing to lend a hand in and out of battle in Monster Hunter Rise.

In return, players get to equip them with all sorts of cute armor and not-so-cute looking weapons that remind you that cats are more than furry friends, they’re also murder machines.

For a more introspective cat adventure, players are welcome to pick up Night in the Woods, a critically-acclaimed indie game that’s won several awards for its visual design and storytelling.

In it, you play as a cat named Mae who escapes college to visit her small hometown and avoid her problems while reconnecting with old friends.

Eventually, Mae’s troubles resurface and she’s forced to confront her insecurities in order to move forward in life, which plays out across a series of unique scenarios with branching dialogue.

If you’re in the mood for some cat role-playing, Cattails is one of the best options available on Steam and Nintendo Switch.

The game casts you as an inexperienced feline looking to build a self-sustaining cat colony in the wilderness by hunting, gathering, and raising a litter of kittens.

Along the way, you’ll have to defend your home from invaders, explore new areas, and charm other cats into joining your community.

Instead of living life as a wild cat, why not try your hand at running a profitable cafe business where friendly felines are the main focus?

In Cat Cafe Manager, you inherit your grandma’s old cat café in a sleepy village and decide to spruce it up with new décor and of course, more cats.

Over time, you’ll get to know the ins and outs of running a cat cafe and find yourself wrapped up in the town’s secretive history.

Calico is another game about rebuilding and managing a cat cafe where patrons can come and interact with cute fuzzy friends.

However, the game goes above and beyond running a cafe as players are free to bring their cat army along to explore the world.

Doing so allows you to find new furniture, outfits, dessert recipes, and of course felines to help grow your litter, including giant-sized cats you can mount and ride like a horse.

Adapted from the Eisner-winning Spanish comic series by Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido, Blacksad: Under the Skin is an adventure game that casts you as a cat investigator.

In it, you follow seasoned detective John Blacksad as he navigates the seedy underbelly of New York City trying to solve the suspicious murder of a boxing club owner.

This requires you to trek across the city to visit different crime scenes, interrogate witnesses, and make narrative decisions that affect both the case and Blacksad’s development as a character.

While The Sims games have always focused on making your own digital avatar, players were clamoring for a way to keep pets for years.

Enter in the Cats & Dogs DLC for Sims 4, an expansion that lets you start off with a furry friend by your side as you navigate the life of a Sim.

Players can care for and interact with both cats and dogs as well as open up their own veterinary clinic to treat other Sims’ furry companions.

Another game with a pet-focused DLC that goes beyond the base game, House Flipper is perfect for those with dreams of becoming a home renovation pro.

However, in the Pets DLC, you can put your bigger aspirations to the side and focus on creating a welcoming home for a new cat companion.

This includes setting aside a space for their litter, bed, food, and enough toys to keep them stimulated while you’re away from home.

Speaking of cat doctors, if you’ve ever thought about doing your part to care for abandoned pets, then Animal Shelter is the perfect game for you.

It sees you creating a safe environment for abandoned animals by providing the necessary space, food, toys, and trust to flourish and find a new home.

A lot of the game is spent expanding and improving your shelter’s amenities while also getting to know each animal’s personality and quirks before pairing them with the right owner.

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Justin Fernandez

As a fan of both indie and triple-A games, Justin finds joy in discovering and sharing hidden gems with other passionate gamers. In addition to reporting on the latest and greatest titles, he manages GamingScan’s social media channels.

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