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!


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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!

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#1 Canadian Lynx (Lynx Canadensis)

Canadian Lynx (Lynx Canadensis)

Les Piccolo Report

BillieCoran 10 months ago

Look at the size of those paws!

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#2 Sand Cat (Felis Margarita)

Sand Cat (Felis Margarita)

adremeaux Report

#3 Pallas Cat (Otocolobus Manul)

Pallas Cat (Otocolobus Manul)

Pallas Cat (Otocolobus Manul)

Oscar Carlos Cortelezzi Report

BillieCoran 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 months ago

Oh my goodness. I wanna hug this gorgeous cat.

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#7 Pampas Cat (Leopardus Pajeros)

Pampas Cat (Leopardus Pajeros)

L8 PHOTOS Lucas Leite Report

Gabriela 10 months ago

Is it Rowan Atkinson?

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#8 Jaguarundi

Jaguarundi

Joachim S. Mueller Report

BarbraRichman 10 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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#9 Leopard Cat (Prionailurus Bengalensis)

Leopard Cat (Prionailurus Bengalensis)

Zaharil Dzulkafly Report

Cats4Life 10 months ago

SOMETHING JUST TOUCHED MY LEG

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#10 Fishing Cat (Prionailurus Viverrinus)

Fishing Cat (Prionailurus Viverrinus)

Attis1979 Report

SaraCollins 10 months ago

Where's his rod?

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#11 Serval (Leptailurus Serval)

Serval (Leptailurus Serval)

Vearl Brown Report

samanthaiza 10 months ago

he's judging.....you

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#12 Bay Cat (Catopuma Badia)

Bay Cat (Catopuma Badia)

Abujoy Report

BillieCoran 10 months ago

Does NOT look happy to be caged! :(

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