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Cats and Cacti — a Winning Combination

The mythical Cactus Cat inspires these prickly pear-themed cat accessories.

by Helin Jung
Updated January 31, 2023
A black and white cat climbing a cactus shaped cat scratching post in front of a warm toned paper background of desert mountains

According to internet lore, a creature called the cactus catonce 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 (mezcal will do that). They were a rowdy drunk, too, dancing and yowling through the night.

While it’s disappointing that cactus cats aren’t around anymore — they seem like they’d make for a great party guest — we’ll happily settle for this 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. Here are 11 cat cactus-inspired products, from cactus scratching posts to cactus catnip toys.

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.

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