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 lower classifications are divided into two subfamilies 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 Lower Classifications
The Felidae lower classifications consist of 2 subfamilies, 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.