User with this ability either is or can transform into a Cactus cat, a legendary creature of the American Southwest.
The cactus cat is generally described as being a bobcat-like creature, covered in hair-like thorns, with particularly long spines extending from its legs and its armored, branching tail. They use the spines to slash cacti at night, allowing juice to run from the plants and on later nights return to drink the now fermented juice causing the then-drunken creature to shriek throughout the night. They are very hostile creatures towards any animal invading their territory, often leaving them with large puncture wounds, and sometimes fatal injuries.
The cactus cat is a desert predator that avoids the harsh heat by carving out the inside of a cactus and sleeping through the day. They eats the bugs and juice of the cactus, keeping themselves hydrated. They were said to be immune to scorpion venom and would hunt them at night.
Cactus cats live about 20 to 30 years. They are social animals, and often mate for life. Before and during mating season, the male felines would break open a large Saguaro cactus and let the smell attract females to the location. Often two females would be attracted to the scent, and fight, which usually ends in one of them getting brutally spiked or stabbed to death. The winning female then meets with the male and they drink the cactus juice. The pair gets drunk and then produce a litter of blind spikeless kittens within the next few weeks.
- Cactus Cats (American Folklore)
- Cactus Cats (RPGs)