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Rat-a-tat Cat
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Rat-a-tat Cat

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Product Awards:  
Mensa Best Mind Game Award
Best Mind Game, 1996

Ages Play Time Players
6+ 20 minutes 2-6

Designer(s): Monty Stambler, Ann Stambler

Manufacturer(s): Gamewright

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Product Description

Rats are high, cats are low... low-down and cool, that is! Put on your poker face, then draw, swap, and sneak a peek to get rid of rats and make way for the cats. The player with the lowest score wins.

Rat-a-Tat Cat is a fun card game that requires quick counting skills and keen timing. It teaches math concepts, like greater than and less than. As they learn the strategy for the game, kids will also begin to develop an intuitive sense of probability.

Product Awards

Mensa Best Mind Game Award
Best Mind Game, 1996

Product Information


  • 54 cards
  • rules (English, Spanish)
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Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.8 in 17 reviews

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by Kai
Loved by generations of players
December 16, 2011

I was given this game for christmas when i was about 8 an instantly loved it. when my younger sister (5 years younger) started learning math she started to play with me and was instantly hooked. i babysat families in my neighbourhood for over a decade and have brought it along with me as. some kids even got disappointed if i forgot it. now i work with young children with special needs and i still use it as a wonderful fun tool to help kids learn basic math skills. its a game that has never disappointed and has served me greatly for years. i recommend it to everyone. kids dont even realise theyre learning.

by Sally
Fun for all
June 22, 2008

We recently took a trip to the beach with extended family. My almost 5 and 7 year old nieces brought this game along with many others. Most of the other games were never opened as 4 generations were addicted to Rat-a-tat Cat! Easy enough for the young ones and challenging enough for the adults, this is one of our all time favorites. I'm going to buy one for my math pull out groups at school. They will love it and not even know that it is reinforcing math skills.

Great win or lose
April 09, 2008

I bought this game for our library. I discovered it to be a great game and know it will be spending time in my own collection as well. It is a fun game and I enjoy it even when I don't do well. I really don't like to lose. The advantage of this game is that it is played in rounds so if you do badly one round you can hope to do better later. Indeed the game has will lure you in with the idea you will do better. When I first tested the game with my family it quickly became a favorite and we played it over and over again. The only problem with the game is that eventually luck does seem to disfavor a player and leaves them too far behind. Still, even people who lose badly seem willingly to play again. We play with two cards up style.

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