Within the animal kingdom the Felidae family is classified as one of the cat-like families (Feliformia) that belong to the carnivorous group (Carnivora) of mammals. The Felidae family lower classification is further subdivided into two sub families Pantherinae and Felinae.
Felidae Family Classification
Kingdom: Animalia (animals)
Phylum: Chordata (vertebrates)
Class: Mammalia (mammals)
Order: Carnivora (carnivores)
Suborder: Feliformia (cat-like)
Family: Felidae (cats)
The Felidae family is often called the true cat family to distinguish it from other families of cat-like animals – like genets and civets.
Felidae Family Lower Classification
The Felidae family lower classification consists of 2 sub families, 14 genera, 38 species and numerous subspecies.
Subfamily: Pantherinae (big cat species) – 2 genera and 7 species
Subfamily: Felinae (small cat species) – 12 genera and 31 species
View the full list of Felidae genera and species.
Reference: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2016-2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. 22 Nov 2016.