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)

Felidae family classification
The Felidae Family Classification in the Animal Kingdom.

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, 40 species and numerous subspecies.

Family: Felidae

Subfamily: Pantherinae (big cat species) – 2 genera and 7 species

Genus: Panthera

Genus: Neofelis

Subfamily: Felinae (small cat species) – 12 genera and 33 species

Genus: Acinonyx

Genus: Caracal

Genus: Catopuma

Genus: Felis

Genus: Herpailurus

Genus: Leopardus

Genus: Leptailurus

Genus: Lynx

Genus: Otocolobus

Genus: Pardofelis

Genus: Prionailurus

Genus: Puma

Felidae Lower Classification
Felidae Lower Classifications – Subfamilies Pantherinae and Felinae
Nov 2017 Update: 33 species small cats – slide to be updated


View the full list of Felidae genera and species.