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 Classification updates since 36 species
Nov 2015: 36 wild cat species (excluding Domestic cat (Felis catus))
Nov 2016: + 2 = 38 species
- Chinese Mountain Cat (Felis bieti) described as a separate species in the Felis group.
- Oncilla (Leopardus tigrinus) split into the Northern Tiger Cat (Leopardus tigrinus) and Southern Tiger Cat (Leopardus guttulus) in the Leopardus group.
Nov 2017: + 2 = 40 species
- Wildcat (Felis silvestris) split into the European Wildcat (Felis silvestris) and the African & Asian Wildcat (Felis lybica) in the Felis group.
- Sunda Leopard Cat (Prionailurus javanensis) described as a separate species in the Leopard Cat group.
Felidae Lower Classifications
The Felidae lower classifications consist of 2 subfamilies, 14 genera, 40 species and numerous subspecies.
Subfamily: Pantherinae (big cat species) - 2 genera and 7 species
Subfamily: Felinae (small cat species) - 12 genera and 33 species
View the full list of Felidae genera and species.