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How to Play Like a Cat

ID-100153488For as long as I can remember I have had at least two cats in my house. From back when I was a young girl to now an early 30-something mother, I have spent many hours watching and interacting with these creatures. While I am not an “expert” in the sense of veterinarians or people super smart about biology, I do have, in job terms, a “working knowledge” of cats.

And what’s the number one thing I know about cats?

They’re weird.

Like I don’t know if you can really figure them out for real because every time I think I know what my cats are about to do — they switch it up. Their idea of certain things are not at all in line with what I consider “normal” — right down to the way they play.

If you’ve ever seen a cat playing — you may not realize that’s what they’re doing. Why? Because it can look like they’re trying to kill you or they just look bored, or right out there insane. Cats are weird like that.

Just today, I was watching my cat Gmork go about his day. He is still a kitten at 10-months old so he tends to play a lot more than our 4-year old cat, but it is just strange.

Once second he’s tossing around cereal my kids dropped on the floor.

Then he sits and stares at a light on the wall.

Then he naps.

Then he swats gently at my daughter’s hair.

And really — who knows what he’ll decide to pick to play with next. It’s a lot of fun to watch because he’s clearly having a lot of fun. I will stick to my “expert” opinion though — even when it comes to how cats play — it’s weird.

What weird things do your cats do that they consider “play”?

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Devan is a freelance writer living in Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and four kids. No, those aren’t her kids real names – they’re online pseudonyms.  Read more from Devan on Babble and “like” byDevan on Facebook!  

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