We all know about lions, tigers, cougars, leopards and even jaguars, but there's a whole world of wild cats out there, especially a bunch of rare, small and/or weird varieties that you've probably never heard of!

Cats evolved into a distinct family (Felidae) roughly 25 million years ago. Since then, they've expanded all over the world and have evolved to match their environments. They still retain some things in common, however – just like your fluffball at home, very few cats can taste sweetness. They are all obligate carnivores – they do not simply favor meat, they can't subsist on anything else. Besides lions, very few cats display any sort of strong social behavior, though some others do hunt together or form loose colonies. It's no wonder our domesticated kitties are such haughty, individualistic souls!

(h/t: fnordsensei)

#1 Canadian Lynx (Lynx Canadensis)

Canadian Lynx (Lynx Canadensis)

Les Piccolo Report

BillieCoran 6 months ago

Look at the size of those paws!

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#3 Pallas Cat (Otocolobus Manul)

Pallas Cat (Otocolobus Manul) Pallas Cat (Otocolobus Manul)

Oscar Carlos Cortelezzi Report

BillieCoran 6 months ago

Such beautiful animals. Near endangerment due to hunting :(

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#4 Black-footed Cat (Felis Nigripes)

Black-footed Cat (Felis Nigripes)

Philladelphia Zoo Report

LisaNíChárthaigh 6 months ago

It would be nice to see his/her black feet though :)

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#5 Caracal (Caracal Caracal)

Caracal (Caracal Caracal)

Tambako the Jaguar Report

Cats4Life 6 months ago

Draw me like one of your french girls

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#6 Clouded Leopard (Neofelis Nebulosa)

Clouded Leopard (Neofelis Nebulosa)

Lillian King Report

DonelleGlatt 6 months ago

Oh my goodness. I wanna hug this gorgeous cat.

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#8 Jaguarundi

Jaguarundi

Joachim S. Mueller Report

BarbraRichman 6 months ago

I love seeing these pictures of cats I had no idea existed! I love cats and think they are wonderful!! I'm betting there are even more cats that we don't know about . . .

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#12 Bay Cat (Catopuma Badia)

Bay Cat (Catopuma Badia)

Abujoy Report

BillieCoran 6 months ago

Does NOT look happy to be caged! :(

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