We all know about the wild cats such as lions, tigers, cougars, leopards and even jaguars, but there's a whole world of small and big cats out there, especially a bunch of rare cat breeds that you've probably never heard of!

Cat species 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 of the wild cat breeds 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 do hunt together or form loose colonies. It's no wonder our domesticated kitties are such arrogant, individualistic souls!

Scroll down for our pics of the most unusual rare cats below. From Asian to African cats, this list will surely broaden your perspective on felines!

(h/t: fnordsensei)

#1 Canadian Lynx (Lynx Canadensis)

Canadian Lynx (Lynx Canadensis)

Les Piccolo Report

BillieCoran 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years ago

Is it Rowan Atkinson?

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#8 Jaguarundi

Jaguarundi

Joachim S. Mueller Report

BarbraRichman 3 years 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 3 years ago

SOMETHING JUST TOUCHED MY LEG

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#10 Fishing Cat (Prionailurus Viverrinus)

Fishing Cat (Prionailurus Viverrinus)

Attis1979 Report

SaraCollins 3 years ago

Where's his rod?

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#11 Serval (Leptailurus Serval)

Serval (Leptailurus Serval)

Vearl Brown Report

samanthaiza 3 years ago

he's judging.....you

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#12 Bay Cat (Catopuma Badia)

Bay Cat (Catopuma Badia)

Abujoy Report

BillieCoran 3 years ago

Does NOT look happy to be caged! :(

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#13 Kodkod (Leopardus Guigna)

Kodkod (Leopardus Guigna)

Andy Whittaker & Aque Fortuna Report

Cats4Life 3 years ago

like a kitten !

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#14 Ocelot (Leopardus Pardalis)

Ocelot (Leopardus Pardalis)

Jonathan Truong Report

DomElegy 3 years ago

Every fan of Archer will know of ocelots. Same with fans of MGS (though they rarely carry fire-arms in the wild).

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#15 Wildcat (Felis Silvestris)

Wildcat (Felis Silvestris)

Lviatour Report

Cats4Life 3 years ago

Looks just like a house cat!

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#16 Asian Golden Cat (Catopuma Temminckii)

Asian Golden Cat (Catopuma Temminckii)

wikipedia.org Report

SirChrissyAlexander 3 years ago

What a beauty.

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#17 Chinese Mountain Cat (Felis Bieti)

Chinese Mountain Cat (Felis Bieti)

wikipedia.org Report

JannaGalère 3 years ago

Looks like it has escaped from a Dr Seuss story

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#18 Margay Cat (Leopardus Wiedii)

Margay Cat (Leopardus Wiedii)

Zippo Report

JolijnNjamin-GeurtsvanKessel 3 years ago

I feel so lucky that I once got to see this rare animal in the wild, especially since they mainly live in the trees and rarely touch the ground, beautiful!

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#19 Flat-headed Cat (Felis Planiceps)

Flat-headed Cat (Felis Planiceps)

Gary Albert Report

IraAjah 3 years ago

it look in between cat and rat o.O

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#20 Rusty Spotted Cat (Prionailurus Rubiginosus)

Rusty Spotted Cat (Prionailurus Rubiginosus)

Colin Langford Report

TinaStevens 3 years ago

Such beauties, all of them.

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#21 Andean Cat (Leopardus Jacobita)

Andean Cat (Leopardus Jacobita)

Jim Sanderson Report

PaulaMedinaEspinosa 3 years ago

This cat is so cute! This picture doesn't do justice to it