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Felidae (/ˈfɛlɪd/) is the family of mammals in the order Carnivora colloquially referred to as cats. A member of this family is also called a felid (/ˈflɪd/). The term "cat" refers both to felids in general and specifically to the domestic cat (Felis catus).

The 41 extant Felidae species exhibit the most diversity in fur patterns of all terrestrial carnivores. Cats have retractile claws, slender muscular bodies and strong flexible forelimbs. Their teeth and facial muscles allow for a powerful bite. They are all obligate carnivores, and most are solitary predators ambushing or stalking their prey. Wild cats occur in Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas. Some wild cat species are adapted to forest habitats, some to arid environments, and a few also to wetlands and mountainous terrain. Their activity patterns range from nocturnal and crepuscular to diurnal, depending on their preferred prey species. (Full article...)

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Leopardus guttulus, the southern tiger cat or southern tigrina, is a small wild cat species native to Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. (Full article...)

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The British Longhair is a medium-sized, semi-long-haired breed of domestic cat, originating in Great Britain. (Full article...)

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