Cats of the World

Wild Cats of the World



There are currently 38 species of wild cats in the world, plus one domestic cat species - all found in the family Felidae.  The following is the complete list of recognized extant cat species.

 Cat Family:  Felidae
          Subfamily: Felinae
Domestic Cat Lineage
Chinese Mountain Cat (Felis bieti)
Domestic Cat (Felis catus)
Jungle Cat (Felis chaus)
Sand Cat (Felis margarita)
Black-footed Cat (Felis nigripes)

Wild Cat (Felis silvestris)

Pallas' Cat (Felis (Otocolobus) manul)

Rusty-spotted Cat Lineage
Leopard Cat (Prionailurus bengalensis)
Flat-headed Cat (Prionailurus planiceps)
Rusty-spotted Cat (Prionailurus rubiginosus)
Fishing Cat (Prionailurus viverrinus)

Cheetah Lineage
Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)
Cougar (Puma concolor)
Jaguarundi (Puma yagouaroundi)

Lynx Lineage
Canadian Lynx (Lynx canadensis)
Eurasian Lynx (Lynx lynx)

Iberian Lynx (Lynx pardinus)
Bobcat (Lynx rufus)

Ocelot Lineage
Geoffroy's Cat (Leopardus geoffroyi)
Kodkod (Leopardus guigna)
Andean Cat (Leopardus jacobitus)
Pampas Cat/ Colocolo (Leopardus colocolo)
Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis)

Northern Tiger Cat/ Oncilla (Leopardus tigrinus)

Southern Tiger Cat (Leopardus guttulus)
Margay (Leopardus wiedii)

Caracal Lineage
Serval (Leptailurus serval)
Caracal (Caracal caracal)

African Golden Cat (Profelis (Caracal) aurata)

Golden Cat Lineage
Borneo Bay Cat (Catopuma badia)
Asiatic Golden Cat (Catopuma temminckii)
Marbled Cat (Pardofelis marmorata)

Subfamily: Pantherinae
Large Cat Lineage

Mainland Clouded Leopard (Neofelis nebulosa)
Sunda/ Bornean Clouded Leopard (Neofelis diardi)
Lion (Panthera leo)
Jaguar (Panthera onca)
Leopard (Panthera pardus)

Tiger (Panthera tigris)
Snow Leopard (Panthera (Uncia) uncia)

Cats are categorized according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species classification:
Extinct in the Wild
Crit​ically Endangered
Endangered
Vulnerable
Near Threatened
Least Concern
Data deficient/ Not Evaluated
Domesticated

According to the IUCN, 88% of all cat species have declining or unknown population trends.