Felitaurs have existed as far back as Assyrian culture. Artwork during the Middle Assyrian period depicts a type of leonid felitaur, known as an urmahlullu, a creature that protected washrooms from evil demons. . Another example of felitaurs is the sagittary - a half man, half lion figure similar to those used to depict the star sign Sagittarius, often depicted with the man half with a drawn bow. 
In today's fandom, felitaurs are normally depicted as having the lower body of any of the big cats, a humanoid torso, and anthro-feline faces. They have a fur coat covering their entire body excepting the pads of the hands and paws.
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