|First appearance||Cryptid vs. Cryptid|
It raw resembles a pumas but it's colored green, and has spikes (probably fused hair like a rhino horn or porcupine spikes). These Mexican residents are known mainly for their spikes. Although it's unlikely, the spikes were folklored to be able to be used as speeding missiles, similar to the old (but false) tales of porcupines shooting off their spines as projectiles. The muscled build up extra energy; the hair-like follicles slowly detach themselves from the inner tissue; and the muscles give off a sudden vibration that sends the projections flying. This is a harmless, but painful method of self defense. The beast is also seen sporting two tails. A very unusual aspect in feline body structure, but strangely reminiscent to the Japanese bakeneko, called the nekomata, or twin/fork-tailed cat.
Real world relatives
Real world cactus cat was a legend of lumberjacks. The cactus cat was generally described being a bobcat-like creature, covered in spines like a porcupine, with particularly long spines extending from the legs and its armored, branching tail. The creature was said to use its spines to slash cacti at night, allowing juice to run from the plants. On later nights, the creature was said to return to drink the now-fermented juice. The then drunken creature was said to shriek throughout the night. (It gets drunk on cactus juice!)