Felidae (mammal)

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An Ocelot
A felid chakat. Art by Dustmeat.
Despoena, a housecat, a type of Felidae

Felidae, more commonly known as felines, is the mammal biological family of cats (felids).

The most familiar felid is the domestic cat (Felis silvestris catus), but the family includes all other wild cats, including the big cats (e.g. lion, tiger, etc...).


Non-extinct felids belong to one of two subfamilies: Pantherinae (which includes the tiger, the lion, the jaguar, the leopard, and the snow leopard), and Felinae (which includes the cougar, the cheetah, the lynxes, the ocelot, the leopard cat, and the domestic cat.

Felids are the strictest carnivores of the 13 terrestrial families in the order Carnivora. They are obligate carnivores (oe hypercarnivores), as they must consume meat to survive because of the much higher proportion of protein they require in their diet, much more than most other mammals.

Felidae in popular culture[edit]

Felidae and furry[edit]

Felines are one of the most popular species that are chosen by furries.[citation needed]

Felidae in furry culture[edit]

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