Red Dead Redemption 2 is perhaps the biggest game of this year. It’s a heaving behemoth of a game, a titanic map groaning under the sheer weight of everything there is to see and do.
Hundreds of hours worth of content and deeply engaging story might be all well and good of course, but some players have decided to write the game off because you can’t pet cats, which is fair enough, to be honest.
Because we live in a world where people now start petitions for literally everything, a chap by the name of Mark Kenway has started a Change.org petition taking Rockstar to task for the fact that you can pet as many dogs as you want in Red Dead Redemption 2, but your scritching fingers will forever be unable to grasp the feline fur.
He even goes so far as to accuse Rockstar of “Animal Racism”, although I’m like 99 percent sure he’s only joking when he says that.
I’ve starred out some of the spicier language, but Kenway complained:
We can’t pet cats in Red Dead Redemption 2 but we can pet dogs. Wtf is this animalracism. We need to be able to pet cats or I’ll f**ing stop petting all dogs that I see. I’m not f**ing joking. Try me.
At the time of writing, 1,974 people have signed Kenway’s petition. Once it gets to 2,500… well, nothing will happen I imagine. But someone at Rockstar might look at it and decide to do something.
Red Dead Redemption 2 would be the greatest game ever, but you can’t pet the cats. 0/10
— Michael Thomas ⛄ (@Pastafarian07) December 3, 2018
As a cat person, I’m also incensed and enraged that the doggos of Red Dead Redemption are getting all the glory, while the cats have been tossed aside like old gum. I’d like to think Rockstar will do something, but this ain’t no fairy tale.
Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.