Encyclopaedia of Cryptozoology
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Some of the major cryptozoological cases relating to cats. Clockwise from top: alien big cats, particularly in the United Kingdom and Australia; the survival of sabre-toothed cats; morphs once considered cryptids, such as the king cheetah; and the marozi, a spotted lion.

Cats, more formally known as felids, are carnivoran mammals in the family Felidae, comprising three main subfamilies: the small cats (Felinae), the big cats (Pantherinae), and the prehistoric sabre-toothed cats (Machairodontinae).

Cats are well-represented in cryptozoology, with sixty-two being listed in George Eberhart's Mysterious Creatures (2002),[1] and cryptid cats have been the sole subject of a variety of cryptozoological works. Mystery cats fall into various categories with different possible explanations, including alien big cats, undocumented hybrids and colour morphs, emergent species, possible undescribed species, and theoretical survivals of prehistoric cats.[1] They may also be classified as distinct types, such as spotted lions, dark leopards, or speckled jaguars.[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Eberhart, George M. (2002) Mysterious Creatures: A Guide to Cryptozoology, ABC-CLIO, Inc., ISBN 1576072835
  2. Shuker, Karl P. N. (2020) Mystery Cats of the World Revisited: Blue Tigers, King Cheetahs, Black Cougars, Spotted Lions, and More, Anomalist Books, ISBN 978-1949501179
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