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!

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#1

Canadian Lynx (Lynx Canadensis)

Canadian Lynx (Lynx Canadensis)

Les Piccolo Report

BillieCoran
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5 years ago

Look at the size of those paws!

SusanRamsay
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5 years ago

Those big paws keep him/her from sinking into the snow.

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AndaçIsmailoglu
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5 years ago

it look like snorlax :D

RachelRodriguez-Mournian
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5 years ago

His feet are almost as big as his beautiful head!

CraigWarden
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4 years ago

In Canada, they get up to the size of small Coyotes.

Teleri Nyfain
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4 years ago

Can totally take ON a coyote as well...

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NuniksGayatri
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5 years ago

the real big foot

JoAnnReed
Community Member
5 years ago

Dude, a little privacy?!

ZoryStefanova
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5 years ago

awww isn't he fluffy!

Marion Ortega
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1 week ago

Can I have a cuddle. 😔😻

FaceLess CH
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1 month ago

Anyone who can help me how can i contact Lina D. Or the author of this?

Emily Kistler
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2 months ago

Very Poofy

Sherry Findlay
Community Member
5 months ago

Gorgeous cat!

Jordan Michaud
Community Member
1 year ago

look at his butt

Jordan Michaud
Community Member
1 year ago

look at that butt

Jean Boness
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1 year ago

More

Nat Gameuse
Community Member
1 year ago

Saying a Lynx is a Cat is like saying a Lion is a Cat... It is a felid, but is not a domestic cat, it is a wild predator!!! Don't go near one if you see one!

Gracianna Sedivy
Community Member
1 year ago

he is cute

Daniel DeWitt
Community Member
2 years ago

Hug paws

Tasha Watkins
Community Member
2 years ago

Lynx are my spirit animal 😍😍

Toll Tolladay
Community Member
4 years ago

Look at my snow shoes! I hold them up for you to see as I am helpful

AnnieLaurie Burke
Community Member
4 years ago

Snowshoe kitty!

Patti L. Miller
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow, lopk at those feet! Like snowshoes.

karenw.
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4 years ago

bigfoot

WhitneyMugford
Community Member
4 years ago

That's not exactly rare though...

PIXERSized
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5 years ago

it's so huge! huge and fluffy!

PhyllisSteging
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5 years ago

That keeps them on top of the snow. I imagine it keeps the little toes warm as well. Has to be chilly.

Kikkaio
Community Member
5 years ago

ma che zamponi ha questo micione!!!!

SusannaVesna
Community Member
5 years ago

I love lynx! I am surprised a lot of people don't know about this species!

NormaKantrowitz
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5 years ago

What big feet

ZanMason
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5 years ago

He like, "Dude, not pictures."

YolandaTai
Community Member
5 years ago

YOOOOO CANADA

AngelitaWhite
Community Member
5 years ago

Wow its a big cat

DianneWilson
Community Member
5 years ago

wow lok at those paws .... look more like a rabbits than a cats but I suppose thats what it needs in the snow after all

CindyManasseh
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5 years ago

Big paws! He sure looks like a good cuddler!

CaroleDose
Community Member
5 years ago

Maybe he´s going to grow into them. LOL More likely, they serve perfectly as snowshoes!

IraAjah
Community Member
5 years ago

scary but also cute paws at the same time o.O

KatarzynaEl
Community Member
5 years ago

Jak można mieć takie łapolce? :D

ChiliGomez
Community Member
5 years ago

Big foot :) (btw so beautiful)

JasonH.
Community Member
5 years ago

Damn! Instead of attacking its prey with its claws, does it kick it to death with those rear paws lol?!

DonelleGlatt
Community Member
5 years ago

Look at that kittenish face. What a sweet cat.

JennieSvensson
Community Member
5 years ago

PAWS <3

MonicaCanhascheezburger
Community Member
5 years ago

Ice floof!

ElizabethDavilaVidaurre
Community Member
5 years ago

those paws are huge!!

PatKlein
Community Member
5 years ago

Ize gotz Snowshoes!

guess
Community Member
5 years ago

Finally: Garfield paws in real life

ChristopherBrown
Community Member
5 years ago

I would love to have one to be honest

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#2

Sand Cat (Felis Margarita)

Sand Cat (Felis Margarita)

adremeaux Report

PatriciaCrétier
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5 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
5 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
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5 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
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5 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
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5 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
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5 years ago

Is it Rowan Atkinson?

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#8

Jaguarundi

Jaguarundi

Joachim S. Mueller Report

BarbraRichman
Community Member
5 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
5 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
5 years ago

Where's his rod?

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#11

Serval (Leptailurus Serval)

Serval (Leptailurus Serval)

Vearl Brown Report

samanthaiza
Community Member
5 years ago

he's judging.....you

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#12

Bay Cat (Catopuma Badia)

Bay Cat (Catopuma Badia)

Abujoy Report

BillieCoran
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5 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
5 years ago

like a kitten !

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#14

Ocelot (Leopardus Pardalis)

Ocelot (Leopardus Pardalis)

Jonathan Truong Report

KandyLeeHaldeman
Community Member
5 years ago

"He remembers me!" Sterling Archer

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#15

Wildcat (Felis Silvestris)

Wildcat (Felis Silvestris)

Lviatour Report

Cats4Life
Community Member
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 years ago

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