Stray launches on PC alongside PlayStation consoles a few weeks ago. Which means there are already tons of mods waiting for you to install them. To help you narrow down your options, we’ve rounded up some of our favorites for you.
Of course first: you need to know how to install Stray mods. Fortunately, it is a fairly simple process. Once you get the hang of that, the world of Stray mods is your oyster. Or something more suitable for cats, like a juicy dead mouse.
There’s a lot to explore, from putting your own cat into play, or trading him for Spyro, to playing split-screen multiplayer. Some Stray mods are downright creepy, so of course we added those.
Before you start tinkering, you might want to double-check where to find the location of the Stray save file on your PC. Once you’re ready, dive into the list of mods below and enjoy the benefits of playing Stray on PC. If you’re using PS4 or PS5, you might be missing out on mods, but there’s a PS Plus trick that lets you play Stray for free, which you should take advantage of if possible.
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CJ from GTA: San Andreas
Yes, you read that right. You can turn Stray’s cat into CJ from GTA: San Andreas. Why you would want to do that are your reasons, and your reasons alone. I don’t think any of us need – or want to – dig any deeper. But it is possible, thanks to Sirgalahad172 on Nexus Mods.
The Stray CJ mod page (opens in new tab) states that this is “intended as a joke, as cj has to be adapted in every existing game.” And we applaud someone who takes that responsibility, no matter how eerie the outcome. We’re still waiting for that Stray Thomas the Tank Engine mod…
Pick from the nest
There are a number of mods that allow you to swap Stray’s ginger protagonist for a cat of a different color or breed. Pick from the nest (opens in new tab) is one of them, and currently features hand-painted alternate textures for black, white, brindle, gray, ghost tabby, and tuxedo cats, as well as a brown point Siamese.
Sure, you can browse page mods for individual properties, but the creator of SpaceD0lphin says: (opens in new tab) their all-encompassing mod is for your convenience. The page says they will be adding more variants in the future, and people in the comments are taking the opportunity to make specific requests based on their own cats. So if you’re struggling to find one that perfectly captures your feline friend’s likeness, you can always ask.
Stray’s cat is transformed into lasagna-loving, sarcasm-spewing Garfield courtesy of Chris Rubino (opens in new tab) on Nexus Mods.
This iteration of the mod is called the ‘cartoon edition’. Chris says: (opens in new tab) they are working on a high-res ‘movie edition’, but it will be very GPU intensive. While we wait, Garfield fans will be ecstatic to find that the character’s “adult voiceover” has been added; but it comes with a warning to avoid it if you have young children.
What could be so blatant – other than his attitude and non-stop snappy comments? Chris lists “funny conversations for adults” and fart noises, just to name a few. His signature “lazy meow” is another optional extra you can choose to try out if you want to commit to the bit.
Do you like cats, but are you more of a dog person? Chris Rubino comes to the rescue with yet another mod, just for you. Dubbed as ‘happy puppy’ (opens in new tab), the mod trades Stray’s cat for (which I’m almost certain of) a French bulldog. And I have to say, it looks incredibly cute with its little backpack on it.
A pinned message (opens in new tab) suggests Chris has failed to turn off the meows for barking. But they’re probably too busy mediating the comment section that has turned into cat people and dog people going to war. After all, this is the internet.
If French Bulldogs aren’t your thing, there’s a Disney’s Bolt mod (opens in new tab) that turns the cat into the titular Bolt. It’s not over yet, so enjoy it while you still can.
Deciphering the language of Stray
There are those who like the idea of decrypting Stray’s Android language now that the code has largely been cracked. But others prefer to skip the crowds and let the translations appear in-game, as if by magic. And that’s exactly what this Latin alphabet mod (opens in new tab) claims to do.
“This mod replaces the seemingly unreadable characters in the game with Latin characters,” the description reads. A poster (opens in new tab) seems to have had no success while the other seems to have had a smooth experience.
Obviously, the mod will only swap the font in chapter titles and the like. But you can translate in game items like graffiti etc using original font file as mod creator awberry points out (opens in new tab).
First person POV
This Stray first-person POV mod (opens in new tab) by Jessica Natalia does exactly what it says on the tin. And it even gets a whole trailer to give you a taste before you download it. It will make the game more immersive, that’s for sure.
Sure, it can be a bit jarring, working at the cat level, as well as the switch in POV. Especially when it comes to platform gameplay. But as Stray developer BlueTwelve revealed, “all the jumps are going to work and you can’t fall in the game.” Where else is the fun of playing as a cat?
PC gamers are spoiled for choice when it comes to Stray mods, but there are a few we haven’t added that are worth mentioning. This Jason mod (opens in new tab) replaces meowing with Heavy Rain’s infamous “Jason!”. A Sean mod has yet to come out, but it’s only a matter of time.
The Minecraft Pig Mod (opens in new tab) gets an honorable mention. And if you prefer your cat to be au naturel, the invisible backpack and drone mod remove all accessories. They’re still there, they’re just disabled.
Stray’s cat also shows up outside of his own game. For example, this Stray Doom mod turns Doomguy into an ass kicking cat.