Wily cat

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Wily cat
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Released28 November 2005 (Update)
Advanced data
NPC ID5585,6690

Grey and blackWhiteBrown
BlackGrey and brownGrey and blue
Wily cat
Wily cat (grey and black).png
Released28 November 2005 (Update)
Quest itemNo
OptionsNone (?)
Value1 coin
AlchemyNot alchemisable
Weight0.015 kg
Advanced data
Item ID6556

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A wily cat is a special variant of a pet cat, which players gain access to by completing the Ratcatchers quest. After completion, players can speak to Felkrash to have her train their overgrown cat into a wily cat. (Warning: After training your overgrown cat to be a wily cat, you will start from zero for the number of rats caught for the cat training medal.) Wily cats are the best hunters of any cat, with a success rate of 70%. When fighting Hell-Rat Behemoths they have higher health, get hit less often, and can hit slightly higher than regular cats. In addition, they can also catch Kalphite Larvae and butterflies (as well as Hunter butterflies, though this yields no experience). Wily cats do not require food of any kind (Unless when fighting Hell-Rat Behemoths).

Players are only allowed to have one wily or lazy cat at a time, in addition to one kitten or adult cat, and as many overgrown cats as they wish. You may have multiple wily cats if you first store your existing wily cat in your menagerie before training another.

Combat stats[edit | edit source]

When fighting Hell-Rat Behemoths, the King rat or in the Rat Pits, wily cats have the following combat stats:[1]

Hitpoints Hitpoints Attack Attack Strength Strength Defence Defence
12 12 8 2

Training your Overgrown/Lazy Hellcat[edit | edit source]

After completion of Ratcatchers quest, an Overgrown Cat can be trained into a Wily cat by talking to Felkrash in the Port Sarim Rat Pits. When the Wily cat eventually reverts to a Lazy cat, it can be re-transformed into a Wily cat through training by catching rats (both normal and Hellcat versions). Players are only allowed to have one wily or lazy cat out or in bank at a time, in addition to one kitten or adult cat, and as many overgrown cats as they wish. You can however have multiple lazy/wily cats by storing them in your menagerie before training another. If, whilst attempting to train your lazy normal/hellcat into a Wily cat, the cat does not seem to transform (it should take about 25 rats), players can pick up their cat and re-drop it to reset the 'training timer', otherwise you could be training your cat for what seems an indefinite time (even hundreds of rats and 1.5hrs+ have been observed without success).

After some time, usually under an hour, a Wily cat will revert to a Lazy cat. It can then be re-trained into a Wily cat.

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 mechanical benefit to a fully content wily cat.

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

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 around a 41% success rate. They can be trained back into wily cats by performing a random amount of interactions with them, which includes playing with the cat with a ball of wool, sending it to chase rats, stroking it, and having it chase a worn mouse toy.

Players can store both lazy and wily cats in their menageries. Wily cats will not become lazy while in a menagerie.

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
7 April 2016
  • Felkrash can train an overgrown cat into a wily cat after completing the Ratcatchers quest.
  • A lazy cat can become wily again after catching enough vermin.
16 May 2006

The NPC was made invisible on the minimap.

28 November 2005
  • The white cat item was renamed from "Pet kitten" to "Wily cat".
  • All other cat items and NPCs were renamed from "Cat" to "Wily cat".
  • The white cat item's examine was changed from "This kitten seems to like you." to "Wild."
  • All other cat items' examines were changed from "Cat." to "Wild."

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 27 January 2020. (Archived from the original on 28 May 2020.) Mod Ash: "[do you know the actual levels for each type of cat?] Attack, Strength, Defence, HP for each... Kitten: 1, 1, 0, 4 Grown: 4, 3, 0, 6 Overgrown: 3, 5, 0, 10 Lazy: 6, 6, 2, 14 Wily: 12, 8, 2, 12 @OSRS_Wiki"