Lions in the wild

Wild Cats species

There are 40 wild cats species divided in 2 subfamilies: the Pantherinae (7) and Felinae (33). Some are big, some are small but all are cute and lovable.

In nature, wild cats can be found on 4 continents. Africa, Europe, Asia and Americas. Some of them have adapted to living in forests and wetlands while others live in arid areas or in the mountains. Contrary to popular belief, not all wild cats are nocturnal. Some are crepuscular while others are diurnal.


There are 40 wild cats species divided in 2 subfamilies: the Pantherinae (7) and Felinae (33)


The 7 species in the Pantherinae subfamily are (in alphabetical order):

  • Clouded Leopard
  • Leopard
  • Lion
  • Jaguar
  • Snow Leopard
  • Sunda Clouded Leopard
  • Tiger
Wild Cats species
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The 33 species in the Felinae subfamily are (in alphabetical order):

  • African Golden Cat
  • African Wildcat
  • Andean Mountain Cat
  • Asian Golden Cat
  • Bay Cat
  • Black-Footed Cat
  • Bobcat
  • Canada Lynx
  • Caracal
  • Cheetah
  • Chinese Mountain Cat
  • Cougar
  • Eurasian Lynx
  • European Wildcat
  • Fishing Cat
  • Flat-headed Cat
  • Geoffroy’s Cat
  • Iberian Lynx
  • Jaguarundi
  • Jungle Cat
  • Kodkod
  • Leopard Cat
  • Marbled Cat
  • Margay
  • Ocelot
  • Oncilla
  • Pampas Cat
  • Palla’s Cat
  • Rusty-spotted Cat
  • Sand Cat
  • Serval
  • Southern Tigrina
  • Sunda Leopard Cat

Long story short, wild cats are awesome.

They cover the entire range of fluffiness, cuteness, come in all sizes and colors. Too bad humans somehow came to the conclusion that the fur of an animal is more precious than the animal itself. Too bad nobody told them that if you really want to stand apart instead of wearing a fur you could actually take care of the wild cats. That would make you really special.

Do you have a favorite wild cat?

Personally, I love the Black-footed Cat (Felis nigripes) while my wife asked Santa for a Snow Leopard (if only…)

For more details and photos, please click the links for each species. Not all species have a dedicated post on our website yet, but as soon as we will add one we will add the link as well. You can come back and visits us at a later date or subscribe to our newsletter and you will be notified when new posts are added.