Speaking about cats, there are more than one species that are living with you, sharing your bed and scratching your couch. We still have more than 40 species of wild cats out there.

Whether in home or ruling the jungle, feline family showcases some of the most fascinating characteristics of being a cat. Distributes from the high altitude of the Himalayas to the exhausted field of the Sahara, along the banks of tropical waterway to chilling cold of Alaska, wild cats are there to adapt and become unique species of such terrain.

With genetic analysis sheds slight on the matter, cat taxonomy is adding more family members after a while. You may wonder what distinguishes the feral whiskers and the house ones and the things they share that make people call them cats as well as the number of accepted wild cats in the world.

Our world has recognized 44 species at present. I have put together an updated list of all types of wild cats, their feline lineages, and pictures of their representative.

Types of wild cats

Big cats

The big feline brothers in the wild distribute their population throughout the world. All of them are marked endangered and living in reserves.

1. Lion (Panthera Leo)

  • Weight: 300-500 pounds
  • Status: 1 subspecies endangered

This king of the dessert is in the largest group of felids distinctively lives in an organized society. The muscular cats own excellent hunting skills by ambush, chasing speed, and group work.

Their existence in the Gir forest, western India is critically in an endangered population of about 290 individuals. They have disappeared in North Africa, Western Asia and Middle East.

2. Leopard (Panthera pardus)

  • Weight: 90-150 pounds
  • Status: Endangered

AKA panther in Asia, the species has a lithe build and speed of the fastest to serve their hunting need. Leopard can climb and hunt from above. Their swimming skill is also powerful, although they are not as strong as other big cats.

Leopards are opportunistic hunters that demonstrated their huge strength in taking down a full-grown antelope. When living close to human habitats, they may hunt for rodents, domestic animals and livestock.

Though the species has a greater survival number across Africa and Asia, the leopard in Middle East and South West Asia is now under extreme risk of extinction.

3. Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)

  • Weight: 65-110 pounds
  • Status: Endangered

Known as the fastest runner on Earth, cheetahs in the grass land and forest of Africa, Middle East, and South-central Asia are aggressive hunters of antelopes and grazing animals.

The number of cheetah in the north of Asia today is close to extinct due to inbreeding, diseases, and climate change.

4. Snow leopard (Uncia Uncia)

  • Weight: 150 pounds
  • Status: Endangered

The only big cat that can’t give a deep full roar is here but with powerful limbs and long wooly hair, snow leopards inhabit mostly in mountainous and snowy terrain.

5. Jaguar

  • Weight: 90-300 pounds
  • Status: Endangered

Sharing the same looking as leopard, but jaguars have shorter tails, more stocky muscles and small dots within the larger rosette markings. They accommodate mostly in the rain forests with a higher density in center of lowland.

6. Tiger

  • Weight: 200-500 pounds
  • Status: Endangered

This is the largest and most powerful cat in the family. However, the size varies throughout sub-species. Tigers dwell in the forest near any water source. They live as nocturnal hunters eating larger mammals and also the smaller ones.

Small cats

Meet the different types of small wild cats with a less-dangerous look and more adorable.

7. Bobcat

  • Weight: 15-35 pounds
  • Status: stable

The species has a large population in most terrain. These cats are territorial hunters. Their favorite preys are rabbits, gophers and small mammals. Bobtail cats are small compared to their aggressive brothers; but in exchange to that are the sturdy build, legs and speed.

8. Puma

  • Weight (kg) – 30-85
  • Status: endangered

This is a cat of many names. People in different regions call puma cougar, panther, or mountain lion. Puma is a powerful hunter in the jungle stretch from southwest of Canada to the west of North America throughout the west of the continent of South America. Although considered small cats, pumas are fast predators and big enough to tackle bigger preys.

9. European wild cat

  • Weight: 10-30 pounds
  • Status: Unknown
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With the appearance of elegance close to the cats we have at home, it’s easy to mistake this wildling untamed buddy a domestic furry king. In fact, they are the direct ancestors in the line of house cats, but more of disastrous tabbies that are not at all willing to play silly in front of us.

To survive the European winter, these cats grow a thick, long coat. When living near human habitats, the vicious wild guys seek small mammals as rats, squirrels, birds, and poultry for meals.

10. Black-footed cat

  • Weight: 2.5-4.5 pounds
  • Status: Endangered
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The endangered feline now has a small group thriving for life in Africa. In the deserts and savannahs of southern Africa, the species is under hunting pressure for the tiger-like coat. They have the size of a tabby cat but are not cordial enough for anyone to approach.

There are more than 30 species of wild cats mentioned below with pictures.

11. African golden cat

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12. Asian golden cat

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13. Canada lynx

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14. Caracal

15. Chinese dessert cat

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16. Ocelot

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17. Borneo bay cat

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18. Jaguarondi

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19. Margay

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20. Rusty spotted cat

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21. Sand cat

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22. Oncilla

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23. Jungle cat

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24. Serval

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25. Clouded leopard

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26. Eurasian lynx

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27. African wild cat

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28. Flat-headed cat

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29. Kodkod

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30. Pallas cat

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31. Pampas cat

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32. Leopard cat

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33. Geoffroy cat

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34. Andean mountain cat

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35. Fishing cat

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36. Iberian Lynx

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37. Iriomote cat

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38. Marbled cat

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39. Leopardus Guttulus

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40. Sunda Clouded Leopard

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With the modern breeders and natural selection working together, we can expect there are more species adding to the feline family making the variety in nature more abundant.

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