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
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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

LisaNíChárthaigh
Community Member
5 years ago

Beautiful!

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#6

Clouded Leopard (Neofelis Nebulosa)

Clouded Leopard (Neofelis Nebulosa)

Lillian King Report

samanthaiza
Community Member
5 years ago

cute!

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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

TheresaLorenc
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5 years ago

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Nope!

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#9

Leopard Cat (Prionailurus Bengalensis)

Leopard Cat (Prionailurus Bengalensis)

Zaharil Dzulkafly Report

BillieCoran
Community Member
5 years ago

Yay, you have us bengals! :)

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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

LisaNíChárthaigh
Community Member
5 years ago

Exotic!

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#13

Kodkod (Leopardus Guigna)

Kodkod (Leopardus Guigna)

Andy Whittaker & Aque Fortuna Report

CareyRonning
Community Member
5 years ago

These cats are so cute looking. They are obviously wild, but look adorable.

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#14

Ocelot (Leopardus Pardalis)

Ocelot (Leopardus Pardalis)

Jonathan Truong Report

Rachel
Community Member
5 years ago

I knew they existed they're on minecraft

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#15

Wildcat (Felis Silvestris)

Wildcat (Felis Silvestris)

Lviatour Report

ElizabethDavilaVidaurre
Community Member
5 years ago

i am in love!!!!

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#16

Asian Golden Cat (Catopuma Temminckii)

Asian Golden Cat (Catopuma Temminckii)

wikipedia.org Report

Cats4Life
Community Member
5 years ago

King Midas's cat

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#17

Chinese Mountain Cat (Felis Bieti)

Chinese Mountain Cat (Felis Bieti)

wikipedia.org Report

LisaNíChárthaigh
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5 years ago

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Probably get eaten.

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#18

Margay Cat (Leopardus Wiedii)

Margay Cat (Leopardus Wiedii)

Zippo Report

SirChrissyAlexander
Community Member
5 years ago

It's the pug of the cat world!

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#19

Flat-headed Cat (Felis Planiceps)

Flat-headed Cat (Felis Planiceps)

Gary Albert Report

MikiNyckel
Community Member
5 years ago

Did not know about this guy!

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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