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

Does NOT look happy to be caged! :(

Susanne Thwaites
Community Member
4 years ago

Sadly it may be the only way to see them. Luckily most Zoos etc are trying to get captive breeding programs going, so at least there is a chance that they may be able to be released back into wild.

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DonelleGlatt
Community Member
5 years ago

Poor kitty. I think he wants to go home.

CarmelDunham
Community Member
5 years ago

Not a happy cat!

LisaNíChárthaigh
Community Member
5 years ago

Exotic!

samanthaiza
Community Member
5 years ago

guess were the first ones to see this

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Sam
Community Member
11 months ago

monkey fox cat

Éva Tildy
Community Member
4 years ago

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karamyers
Community Member
4 years ago

it looks like a lemur

sebaschan
Community Member
4 years ago

netither would you be, i should imagine, ciel-san didn't,

MarilynNourse
Community Member
5 years ago

Mother Nature at her best again

AnnieLaurieBurke
Community Member
5 years ago

I have done artwork of some of these unique and beautiful but little-known felines. How sad that many may go extinct before most people even know they exist.

SusanRamsay
Community Member
5 years ago

Does his name translate to "Bad Cat-puma"?

KatrinaSmith
Community Member
5 years ago

Wouldn't want to be on his menu!

Kikkaio
Community Member
5 years ago

anche questo non sembra un felino ma un qualche tipo si marsupiale, non fosse per le orecchie. strano davvero

SusannaVesna
Community Member
5 years ago

Someone's grandma had an affair with a lemur or a monkey! :P

Suzi
Community Member
5 years ago

In a cage????...grrrr!

BelleTade
Community Member
5 years ago

monkey cat

PaddingtonBlair
Community Member
5 years ago

Looks like its on the verge of evolving into a lemur

DavidTeach
Community Member
5 years ago

Looks like a bad photoshop of a lemur with a cat head pasted on. Not saying it is, just that it looks like it.

CowgirlCamo(BROWINING)
Community Member
5 years ago

Its photoshoped

CarolStephen
Community Member
5 years ago

Same photo on Wikipedia. Cat is native to Borneo and apparently this IS what it looks like.

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CowgirlCamo(BROWINING)
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5 years ago

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Its photoshoped, its fake

JelleKuipers
Community Member
5 years ago

Apparently not....thought so myself at first...but seen enough photo's and 17th and 18th century drawings for it to be true...endemic to Borneo...super rare.

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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