Feline look can fool you: Why Cats are the Kings of Pranking?

March 30, 2023

Why Cats are the Kings of Pranking? Have you ever encountered a cat pulling off major pranks with dogs, other cats, or humans? If not in reality, you must have seen it in some video or reel on Instagram or YouTube. Though we also agree that other animals also pull major pranks yet, cats are the biggest prankster of all time. 

That being said, cats do have a reputation for being playful and sometimes mischievous. They are known for their love of playing with toys, climbing on things, and getting into tight spaces. They may also enjoy hiding or stealing objects, knocking things over, or pouncing on unsuspecting prey (such as a toy or a human foot).

Why are Cats Mischievous?

Cats are often considered mischievous because they have a natural instinct to explore and play. Their curiosity and independent nature can sometimes lead them to get into trouble or cause mischief, such as knocking things over, scratching furniture, or getting into places they shouldn’t be.

One reason why cats may seem like pranksters is that their playful behavior can sometimes be mistaken for deliberate mischief. For example, a cat may knock a vase off a table not because they are trying to be naughty, but simply because they are curious and want to explore its environment. Similarly, a cat may scratch furniture not out of spite, but because they need to sharpen its claws or are trying to mark its territory.

Predators by nature

Being hardcore predators, cats have a strong desire to hunt and play with their prey. This can sometimes result in playful pouncing or chasing behavior that may seem mischievous to their human companions.

It’s important to note that not all cats are mischievous, and their behavior can vary greatly depending on their individual personality and upbringing. Proper training, socialization, and environmental enrichment can help reduce mischievous behavior in cats and promote positive interactions with their human companions.

Cats Mischievous

Who is more mischievous cats or dogs?

It’s difficult to compare the mischievousness of cats and dogs as they have different personalities and behaviors. Both cats and dogs can exhibit mischievous behavior, but their actions are often driven by different motivations.

Cats are known for their independent and curious nature, which can sometimes lead them to explore and get into mischief. They may knock things over, scratch furniture, or get into places they shouldn’t be.

Dogs, on the other hand, are known for their high energy and desire to please their owners. They may be mischievous in their playfulness, such as stealing objects or getting into the trash, but it is usually not driven by a desire to explore like cats.

Ultimately, whether a cat or dog is more mischievous will depend on their individual personality and behavior, as well as their environment and training.

How smart cats can be?

You know cats are always curious, they want to know everything and try out all sorts of new things. Cats won’t hesitate to jump off from heights or check out new spaces. At least from what I’ve seen. I have always been a dog parent but there was a short period when our flatmate got a foster cat home. And boy, that was way fun. Initially, the cat didn’t interact either with us or roam much around the house. But then soon he realized that this is where he’ll live. He started by leaving his room and wandering into the rest of the rooms.

Read Also: Top 7 Major Differences Between Dogs And Cats

Our cat used to hide in piles of clothes no matter how much we call his name. He didn’t use to come out. Until one of us has to look for him literally. I don’t know how much he was aware of colors but he was a black cat! He uses to hide in between black clothes only. INSANE.

Hilarious Cats are the kings of pranking

Hilarious Cats Pranking Stories:

1. Cat had vanished

A cat owner woke up one morning to find that their cat had vanished. They searched the house high and low, but the cat was nowhere to be found. After hours of searching, they heard a faint meowing coming from behind the sofa. When they looked, they found the cat had tied a piece of string around its neck and to the sofa leg, pretending to be missing.

2. When cat’s owner decided to play a prank

A cat was notorious for darting out of the house as soon as the door opened. One day, the cat’s owner decided to play a prank and set up a motion-activated air horn by the door. The air horn went off as soon as the cat darted out, scaring the cat and sending it running back inside. However, the cat soon turned the tables on its owner by waiting by the door and meowing loudly, tricking the owner into thinking it wanted to go out, only to dart back inside when the door was opened.

3. Cat steal food without getting caught

A cat owner thought they had outsmarted their cat by putting a bell on its collar to alert them when the cat was sneaking food from the kitchen counter. However, the cat quickly caught on and learned to walk slowly and carefully, muffling the sound of the bell, and continuing to steal food without getting caught.

4. Cleaver cat

A cat was notorious for knocking things off the shelves and causing chaos around the house. One day, the cat’s owner decided to set up a camera to catch the culprit in the act. However, the cat quickly caught on and began knocking things over when the camera was turned off or moved to a different location, making it seem as if it was innocent all along.

5. Cats are the best Actor

A cat owner thought their cat was sleeping soundly in its bed, so they decided to play a prank and sneak up on it with a toy mouse. However, as soon as they got close, the cat leaped up, wide awake and ready to play, revealing that it had been pretending to sleep all along.


While cats can certainly be playful and sometimes mischievous, it’s important to remember that they are animals with their own instincts and behaviors. Understanding their needs and providing appropriate outlets for their energy can help prevent destructive or unwanted behavior.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. What are some common pranks that cats play on their owners?

Cats are notorious for playing pranks on their owners. Some common pranks include knocking things off shelves, hiding or stealing objects, pretending to be lost or stuck, and darting out of doors or windows.

Q. Why do cats play pranks?

Cats are intelligent and curious animals that enjoy playing and exploring their environment. They may play pranks as a form of entertainment or to gain attention from their owners.

Q. Are cat pranks harmful?

Most cat pranks are harmless and are simply a part of their playful nature. However, it’s important to supervise cats to ensure that they are not engaging in behavior that could be dangerous or destructive.

Q.  How can I prevent my cat from playing pranks?

Preventing cats from playing pranks entirely may be difficult since it’s a part of their natural behavior. However, you can redirect their behavior by providing plenty of toys, scratching posts, and playtime to keep them occupied.

Q.  What should I do if my cat plays a harmful prank?

If your cat engages in behavior that is harmful or destructive, it’s important to address the behavior with training and redirection techniques. You can also consult with a veterinarian or animal behaviorist for additional guidance on how to modify the behavior.

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