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
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4 years ago

Look at the size of those paws!

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#2

Sand Cat (Felis Margarita)

Sand Cat (Felis Margarita)

adremeaux Report

PatriciaCrétier
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4 years ago

So cute!

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#3

Pallas Cat (Otocolobus Manul)

Pallas Cat (Otocolobus Manul)

Pallas Cat (Otocolobus Manul)

Oscar Carlos Cortelezzi Report

BillieCoran
Community Member
4 years ago

Such beautiful animals. Near endangerment due to hunting :(

PeterClark
Community Member
4 years ago

pretty kitty, but look at those teeth

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lemonhead
Community Member
4 years ago

when someone wakes you up in the morning!!!

olemann77
Community Member
4 years ago

At the first pic im like.. NTAWWW! Cuddle? On the second pic i retract my hand quickly.

AdrianNash
Community Member
4 years ago

He looks like that crazy old badger from the Fox and the Hound

jessicamarchese
Community Member
4 years ago

The derp is real.

Melissa Woods
Community Member
4 months ago

Needs to be #1. So big and beautiful 💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖

Cats4Life
Community Member
4 years ago

Yarr.

MonicaCanhascheezburger
Community Member
4 years ago

Tree floof

Christina Lopez
Community Member
1 year ago

The second one is a total mood XD

Marion Sund
Community Member
3 years ago

last pic: get yo fat butt outta here

KittyJoann “/ Bill Worshipper /” The Artist
3 years ago

this is an adorable lil floof.

Neha Jawale-Bhorge
Community Member
4 years ago

ooooh... very expressive.. keep off my land you...***..

Irene Walton
Community Member
4 years ago

so beautiful, how and why would someone kill them?

Trick Eye
Community Member
4 years ago

This face expression is priceless!

AleishaMaree
Community Member
4 years ago

That is the cutest thing ever!

karenw.
Community Member
4 years ago

snagglepuss

f@temeh
Community Member
4 years ago

oh it's very angry!؛)

AnnieRitaDelRosario
Community Member
4 years ago

Eh! What did you say?

NuniksGayatri
Community Member
4 years ago

please live forever...

PhyllisSteging
Community Member
4 years ago

The first pic looks like it's half bunny. The second one - now that's a scary look!!!

Kikkaio
Community Member
4 years ago

ecco, questo è molto meno affascinante come gatto.

AnabelleClendening
Community Member
4 years ago

rawr

Alex
Community Member
4 years ago

Haha his face!

NormaKantrowitz
Community Member
4 years ago

Strange

EllyEssenberg
Community Member
4 years ago

Look at those fangs.

lollipop1021
Community Member
4 years ago

This one looks a bit creepy, but that's my own opinion

DianePeters
Community Member
4 years ago

I think these are almost too adorable to be real.

EKaiComia
Community Member
4 years ago

**heavy breathing***

BiljanaJevremović
Community Member
4 years ago

<3

JennieSvensson
Community Member
4 years ago

Just love them! <3 They're so incredibly cute :D

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#4

Black-footed Cat (Felis Nigripes)

Black-footed Cat (Felis Nigripes)

Philladelphia Zoo Report

LisaNíChárthaigh
Community Member
4 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
Community Member
4 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
Community Member
4 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
Community Member
4 years ago

Is it Rowan Atkinson?

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#8

Jaguarundi

Jaguarundi

Joachim S. Mueller Report

BarbraRichman
Community Member
4 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
Community Member
4 years ago

SOMETHING JUST TOUCHED MY LEG

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#10

Fishing Cat (Prionailurus Viverrinus)

Fishing Cat (Prionailurus Viverrinus)

Attis1979 Report

SaraCollins
Community Member
4 years ago

Where's his rod?

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#11

Serval (Leptailurus Serval)

Serval (Leptailurus Serval)

Vearl Brown Report

samanthaiza
Community Member
4 years ago

he's judging.....you

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#12

Bay Cat (Catopuma Badia)

Bay Cat (Catopuma Badia)

Abujoy Report

BillieCoran
Community Member
4 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
Community Member
4 years ago

like a kitten !

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#14

Ocelot (Leopardus Pardalis)

Ocelot (Leopardus Pardalis)

Jonathan Truong Report

KandyLeeHaldeman
Community Member
4 years ago

"He remembers me!" Sterling Archer

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#15

Wildcat (Felis Silvestris)

Wildcat (Felis Silvestris)

Lviatour Report

Cats4Life
Community Member
4 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
Community Member
4 years ago

What a beauty.

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#17

Chinese Mountain Cat (Felis Bieti)

Chinese Mountain Cat (Felis Bieti)

wikipedia.org Report

JannaGalère
Community Member
4 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
Community Member
4 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
Community Member
4 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
Community Member
4 years ago

Such beauties, all of them.

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#21

Andean Cat (Leopardus Jacobita)

Andean Cat (Leopardus Jacobita)

Jim Sanderson Report

PaulaMedinaEspinosa
Community Member
4 years ago

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