Felidae (mammal)

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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).


Non-extinct felids belong to one of two subfamilies:

The most familiar felid is the domestic cat (Felis catus), descended from the African wildcat.

Felids are the strictest carnivores of the 13 terrestrial families in the order Carnivora. They are obligate carnivores (or 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.

Felidae in furry culture[edit]

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