Neko (term)

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An illustraion of a Nekomata in the Hyakkai-Zukan.
A Nekomimi

Neko (猫, ねこ) is the Japanese word for a domestic cat.


In Japanese mythology and folklore, Bakeneko (化け猫) are neko Yōkai, ghosts with supernatural abilities akin to those of the kitsune or tanuki. A neko may become a bakeneko in a number of ways: it may reach a certain age, be kept for a certain number of years, grow to a certain size, or be allowed to keep a long tail.

Bakeneko are often confused with Nekomata (猫又), another type of neko Yōkai


Nekomimi (猫耳, literally cat ear[s]), also known as Nekomusume (猫娘 "cat daughter"), or more commonly as catgirls, are human female characters with cat traits, such as cat ears, tails or other feline characteristics. Nekomimi are prevalent in the anime fandom, either in anime and/or manga media, or portrayed in cosplay.

Neko and furry[edit]

As characters, neko (and Nekomimi) are not considered furry per se, all though they can be also found in furry art, fursuiting and as role play characters or fursonas.

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