In these desperate times, people have taken to doing “social distancing” activities with their own pets (and they’re pretty hilarious).
While the pandemic grips the world, many of us are stuck in self-quarantine or self-isolation. Human contact is going through an awkward phase and pets are seeing more of their humans than they ever cared to.
This unique combination of boredom, confinement and TikTok has given rise to a new breed of home entertainment. Pet owners are discovering creative ways of spending quality time with their animals to combat self-quarantine blues.
One of the most popular activities has been Tic-Tac-Toe, which has rapidly gained traction across social platforms. So, how do you actually get your pet to play? It tends to vary, but the general approach has been to place the board in front of the pet and make your first move. This is met with some kind of response such as pointing with paws, licks or sniffs, this is regarded as a move.
“how’s self quarantine going?” pic.twitter.com/6dzU8UjoeZ
— kheer (@iqraanabi) March 15, 2020
The “How’s self-quarantine going?” tag is already delivering some quality content, like this video by Iqra Nabi playing a round with her cat, Taz. While Taz was willing to give it a go, losing was never part of the deal. Shortly after her defeat, she decided to expand the social distancing radius. The game is not limited to land companions, however. Aquatic pets are taking part in the viral activity too.
“How’s nationwide self-quarantine going?” pic.twitter.com/oP7sdQiUPA
— Matthew Foldi (@MatthewFoldi) March 14, 2020
— YouTube (@YouTube) March 20, 2020
Felines were born for dominoes.
3. Self-isolation Olympics
Sporting events may be canceled but the “Self Isolation Olympics” are on. Although pets have not demonstrated an aptitude for strategy games thus far, they certainly dominate in other areas.
Surely a candidate for a new Sport in the inaugural Self-Isolation Olympics that we surely have to get going some point soon? https://t.co/b0Hv5vEuGw
— Michael Warburton (@mikewarburton) March 15, 2020
4. Cat cricket
I’ve invented a game of “cat cricket”.
🏏My cat has to defend the box from my ping pong ball.
🏏If the ball hits the cardboard, that’s a point to me. 🤷🏻♂️
🏏If she bats it away that’s a point to her. 😺
First to ten wins. 🙌🏼
— Chris Lee 👨🏻💻🇪🇺 (@CMRLee) March 14, 2020
5. Building self-isolation zones
Pets are also finding new ways to escape the smothering love of their owners, taking self-quarantine measures into their own hands.
— Jean Connell (@JeanConnell9) March 16, 2020
Nothing has changed, other than normal behavior is now being normalized.
— Alison Greene (@GrassrootsSpeak) March 16, 2020
6. Window socializing is taking off in the animal kingdom too
Not all pets are keen on using this time to bond with their humans. Many are turning to long-distance relationships or kindling connections with inanimate objects.
— Simon (@lovesimoncat) March 16, 2020
7. Playing with your pets reflection
here’s a cat playing with its reflection
you’re welcome pic.twitter.com/kAAOKHq5AZ
— hisoka🃏 (@keatxngrant) July 28, 2019
8. Pets playing with their own reflection
While some pets are seeking new long-distance pals, this guy is looking inward.
— 𝖘𝖆𝖒𝖎𝖗𝖆 (@pinkafloyda) February 17, 2020