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Paranormal Games: The Cat Scratch Game

by Waylon Jordan
Cat Scratch Game

Welcome back to Paranormal Games on iHorror where we take you through some of the creepiest, spookiest games from the Sacred Hall of Sleepovers Past. (Okay, there’s no such thing, but it sounds cool, right?) Today, we present to you The Cat Scratch Game.

Like many of these games, it’s difficult to pin down exactly where it all began, but it has its own charm and its own “dangers.” and it certainly earns its place on our list of favorite paranormal games.

Alternate Names for The Cat Scratch Game:

Depending on where you are in the world, The Cat Scratch Game is also known as Black Cat Scratch and Cat Scratches.


Just a comfy pillow

Number of Players:

You’ll need at least two people to play The Cat Scratch Game.

How to play:

Getting Started:

The two main players in this particular game are the Storyteller–yes, you’re going to have to tell a little story–and the Victim.

If there are more than two people in the room, the others should sit quietly. If there are enough to do so, form a circle around the Storyteller and Victim, but again, the key is for you to be very quiet while the game is played.

The Storyteller should sit cross-legged on the floor with a pillow in their lap and the Victim should lie down on their back, placing their head on the pillow.

When the room is settled, the Storyteller should gently and soothingly begin to rub the temples of the Victim while reciting one of the two stories below which I found on the Hide and Go Kill Wiki.

Story #1:

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 anymore cats.
Cat Scratch, Cat Scratch, Cat Scratch.

Story #2:

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.

The Reveal:

As soon as the storyteller finishes telling one of the stories from above, the Victim should stand up immediately and lift their shirt. Though they should not have felt it happen, there will now be three long, light red scratch marks down their back!

While there is no definitive reason why the marks should appear on the back, internet theories abound. Those more firmly grounded in reality have suggested that it’s simply marks from lying on the floor, while those more likely have suggested the possibility that the little ritual summons a demon who attacks the Victim.

Either way, it’s a most interesting game, don’t you think? Let us know your own theories down in the comments!

Looking for more Paranormal Games? Check out Red Door, Yellow Door!

The guys on the YouTube channel shane played the game. Check out their results below!