Wily cat

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A wily cat is a special variant of a pet cat which players gain access to by completing Rat Catchers. After completion, players can speak to Felkrash to have her train their overgrown cat into a wily cat. Wily cats are the best hunters of any cat, and in addition to a better rate of catching rats than other cats (93% chance of success when catching rats), they can also catch kalphite larvae and butterflies, though this yields no experience in Hunter for the player. Wily cats do not require food of any kind.

Players are only allowed to have 1 wily or lazy cat at a time, in addition to one kitten or adult cat, and as many overgrown cats as they wish.

Interacting With Your Wily Cat[edit | edit source]

While wily cats do not need attention like kittens do, the amount of attention they have received influences the dialogue when the wily cat is spoken to.

  • When asked how it is doing, an angry cat will hiss and complain that it hasn't been petted enough.
  • Once it has been petted enough, it will say that it is content, but wants to hunt more rats.
  • Once that need is satisfied, it will purr and say it is happy, but that the player shouldn't take this as a sign to start neglecting it again.

There is no benefit to a fully contented wily cat.

Wily and lazy cats can be named by speaking with Felkrash. The name can be a combination of any 6 letters or spaces, but no numbers. The name input will appear in the follower detail window instead of the follower name. Note that the name will be used in the RuneScape interface for every cat the player has, even kittens, adult cats, and overgrown cats.

Players can store both lazy and wily cats in their menageries.

Lazy Cat[edit | edit source]

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A lazy cat shrinks into a wily cat.

After a random amount of time, usually under an hour, regardless of the amount of interactions performed, a wily cat will become a lazy cat. 

Lazy cats can only catch rats, and have the success rate of a normal cat.

They can be trained back into wily cats by performing a random amount of interactions with them. The easiest way to accomplish this is to use the mouse toy, which players can equip as a weapon, then right click and select "play" repeatedly. Players can no longer have 2 mice, however, the toy mouse now activates when equipping the item. Rapidly switch between this item and another weapon creates the same effect as 2 mice. Other options are to play with the cat with a ball of wool, sending it to chase rats, and stroking it.

It generally takes about 80 rats to transform a lazy cat of any type back into a wily cat, which can easily exceed the game play length of having a wily cat.

Wily cats will not become lazy while in a menagerie.

Wily Hellcats[edit | edit source]

Like normal cats, wily and lazy cats can be turned into a hellcat after starting the Freeing Evil Dave sub-quest of Recipe for Disaster and capturing 7 Hell-Rats in his mother's basement. A wily or lazy hellcat can be turned back to a normal wily or lazy cat by feeding it milk.

Wily cats can also be turned into a purple cat by doing the Purple Cat miniquest, unlocked after completing Swept Away. Note that a purple cat will stay that way. Players cannot turn a purple wily or lazy cat back to normal.

Changing a wily or lazy cat into a hell or purple cat has no effect except appearances and dialogue.

Varieties[edit | edit source]

Colour Wily Lazy
Chathead NPC Chathead NPC
and white
Wily cat (white and black) chathead.png Wily cat (white and black) pet.png Lazy cat (white and black) chathead.png Lazy cat (white and black) pet.png
White Wily cat (white) chathead.png Wily cat (white) pet.png Lazy cat (white) chathead.png Lazy cat (white) pet.png
Brown Wily cat (brown) chathead.png Wily cat (brown) pet.png Lazy cat (brown) chathead.png Lazy cat (brown) pet.png
Black Wily cat (black) chathead.png Wily cat (black) pet.png Lazy cat (black) chathead.png Lazy cat (black) pet.png
and grey
Wily cat (white and brown) chathead.png Wily cat (white and brown) pet.png Lazy cat (white and brown) chathead.png Lazy cat (white and brown) pet.png
Grey Wily cat (white and blue) chathead.png Wily cat (white and blue) pet.png Lazy cat (white and blue) chathead.png Lazy cat (white and blue) pet.png
Purple Wily cat (purple) chathead.png Wily cat (purple) pet.png Lazy cat (purple) chathead.png Lazy cat (purple) pet.png
Hellcat Wily hellcat chathead.png Wily hellcat pet.png Lazy hellcat chathead.png Lazy hellcat pet.png

Update history[edit | edit source]

This information has been compiled as part of the update history project. Some updates may not be included - see here for how to help out!
  • patch 14 December 2010 (Update):
    • Wily cats will now talk to players if they're wearing a cramulet.
  • patch 8 July 2009 (Update):
    • Fixed a bug where wily cats weren't becoming lazy.
    • Pointed the wily purple cat to use the correct chat head.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • When players put a wily cat into their menagerie, they receive the message "Your wily cat jumps into the pet house." instead of the normal "Your pet clambers into the pet house." and when they take it out, they receive the message "Your wily cat jumps out of the menagerie!" instead of the normal "You take your pet out of the menagerie." Likewise, when putting a lazy cat into their menagerie, they receive the message "Your lazy cat flops into the pet house.", and when they take it out, they receive "You wake your lazy cat up, and take it out of the menagerie... ...and it falls asleep again in your pack."
  • If you take your wily cat to talk to Fluffs, its attitude will change completely and talk nicely to its mother.