The Cat Scratch Game Explained – Rules and Scary Stories

Last Updated on January 24, 2022

I remember playing a number of scary games growing up, such as “Light as a feather, stiff as a board”, “Bloody Mary” and the “Sandman Game. But one of my favorites was playing the “Cat Scratch Game”.

Have you ever played the cat scratch game? If not, you can learn all about it here!

This game is usually played at sleepovers with children, but anyone can play it. The game involves telling scary stories of a cat, with the cat eventually scratching someone who is participating.

Keep reading to learn more about the cat scratch game, it’s history and real-life accounts.

Maybe you’ll be inspired to play this game with some of your friends!

Remember to take all this with a grain of salt.

It’s totally okay to not believe in scary games like this, but regardless of your beliefs, they are still fun! Grab some friends, turn off the lights, and start playing the cat scratch game today.

About the Game

Like most games that are played by children, it is hard to find the origin of the cat scratch game.

Essentially, through this game, you are summoning a presence. This can seem fun and exciting, but many people think this is dangerous.

Don’t play this game if you feel like there is already a negative presence around you.

The cat scratch game could draw it out, which is definitely not good.

The game first appeared on the internet in the mid-2000s. It seems to have origins on the internet, making it a ‘creepypasta’.

A creepypasta is basically a scary/horror legend that is spread around the internet. Often, the legend or story is shared based on a real experience.

If you aren’t fully understanding what a creepypasta is, just know that Slender Man was born from this.

The legends around Slender Man originated online, with no evidence in history or literature. Many people believe in Slender Man, even if he started as just an internet story.

Having roots on the internet does not mean that these stories are untrue though.

Overall, it is up to you to decide what is real or not. Whether you are spiritual or not, you should give the cat scratch game a try to see if it really works.

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How to Play The Cat Scratch Game (Instructions):

Surprisingly, the game is incredibly simple to play.

  1. To begin, you just need a person willing to tell the story, and at least one other person to listen. Groups work great as well, but if you only have two people, that’s fine. Remember, you just need at least two people to play.
  2. Before you start telling the story, make sure to get in the right position. The person reading should be sitting upright on the floor, with the main ‘listener’ laying with their head in the reader’s lap. If there are others listening, they can sit in a circle around the two.
  3. While reading the stories, the reader should rub the listener’s temples, similar to how you would pet a cat.
  4. The room you’re in should be dark, with no lights on or curtains open.

Although it’s not required, you can use candles to set a ‘scary’ mood. Pillows can also be used to make sitting on the floor a bit easier.

Below are the stories that you should recite while playing this game:

Read them over in your head and make sure you don’t mess up while reading.

It’s okay to read from a paper or phone but try not to sound like a robot while reading.

Scary Story One (the most common story recited during the game):

There once was an old lady who owned a cat.

The cat was very nice.

It meowed and purred.

One day, the cat got hit by a car and died.

Cat scratch, cat scratch, cat scratch.

The old lady got a new cat.

The cat was very mean.

It hissed and clawed.

Cat scratch, cat scratch, cat scratch.

One day, the cat got hit by a car and died.

The old lady decided not to get any more cats.

Cat scratch, cat scratch, cat scratch.

Scary Story Two:

You are walking through a dark alley late at night.

You are the only one there.

The ground is slick with rain.

The alley is filled with garbage cans and litter.

But then you hear something.

A movement in the garbage cans.

You pick up your pace.

You want to get out of the alley fast.

But then you see something.

Red eyes. Glowing red cat eyes.

They are the eyes of an enormous cat.

You run, but the cat chases you and jumps on you.

It scratches you, one, two, three.

Cat scratch, cat scratch, cat scratch!

After reciting the stories correctly, the listener should have scratch marks on their back. If there are no visible scratches, try playing the game with a different reader.

Don’t give up though! Another reader may successfully make scratches appear on the listeners back.

There is no real harm from the scratches. You do not have to be worried about the scratches lasting or even leaving a scar. The scratches will fade and vanish quickly, so there is nothing to worry about.

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Stories and Real Accounts

Since the cat scratch game was born on the internet, there are plenty of real-life accounts to look at.

If you are interested in a video, this one that we put together about the game:

There are also plenty of real accounts on Reddit. Here is a very long and in-depth post about a Reddit user’s experience with the cat scratch game.

Different websites that post about the game also contain real-life accounts as well. Sometimes, comments will contain accounts of people who tried the game after reading the article.

Overall, nobody had any truly negative experience while playing this game. When playing this game, take it easy and don’t worry about it!

Final Thoughts

Communicating with a cat spirit sounds interesting, so be sure to give this game a try. Even if you don’t believe in spirits and spooky stories like this, it is still fun to play with friends. Go into the game with an open mind and don’t forget to have a good time.

About Brandon Hall

Hi! I am Brandon. Writer and content creator for PA, specializing in phenomena that is sometimes beyond normal scientific understanding. My mission is to help guide people seeking answers in a positive and enlightening way.

9 thoughts on “The Cat Scratch Game Explained – Rules and Scary Stories”


  2. I’ve done this and now I’ve had a tingling down my back where the scratches were and I have a haunted house will this affect anything

  3. me and my friends were playing in the trammpoling at night and we saw the game we played but i dd not my friends passed out i had to call 911 but they said don’t play the game again i dd not play my friends were ok but they had scratches

  4. Friends and me did this game. Once I did it I lost breathing and felt light headed. I had bad scratches on my back occurring from the end. Even though some of my friends did not get a scratch they did feel pain on top of them yet most of us got scratches sept one. Be aware of this it’s not no creepy posta


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