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Cats and Cacti — Is There Anything Else?

The mythical Cactus Cat inspires some quirky, prickly pear-themed products.

by Helin Jung
November 1, 2021
Grey shorthair cat with orange eyes looking up while sitting next to a small cactus

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According to internet lore, a creature called the cactus cat once roamed the American Southwest. Resembling a big cat covered in thorns instead of fur, the cactus cat went around the desert slashing cacti to release sap that they would then use to make mezcal. After consuming the booze, the cactus cat would become exceedingly drunk, as one does. They were a rowdy drunk, too, dancing and yowling through the night. Inspiring, badass, etc.

While I’m quite disappointed cactus cats aren’t around anymore — they seem like they’d make for a great party guest — I’ll happily settle for second-best, another gift from the internet: A genre of cat-cactus hybrid products that may or may not have origins in the mythological oral (digital) history but are nevertheless super cute.

Btw, our editors (and their pets) picked out these products. They’re always in stock at the time we publish, but there’s a chance they’ll sell out. If you do buy through our links, we may earn a commission. (We’ve got a lot of toys to buy over here, you know?)

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Helin Jung

Helin Jung is a writer in Los Angeles.