Felidae are feline shapeshifters, and can be broken down into two main groups:
- Pantherinae - tiger, lion, jaguar, and the various types of leopard
- Felinae - includes all non-pantherinae cats
Characteristics for each sub-group vary, but will usually include great agility, swiftness, and heightened senses. To an average human, a felidae’s skin will feel warm as if they were running a fever, due to their normal body temperature being on average three degrees higher. Felidae are obligated carnivores, which means they cannot sustain their lives without meat. Felidae are the most common non-humans found in the world, specifically due to the role the felinae play as domesticated cats in human society. The nature of the average house cat makes it extremely easy for them to blend in for food and shelter, and then disappear never to be seen again.
Consuming - some felidae have the ability to consume emotions, be it from humans or other creatures. Normally, this produces a temporary sensation of minor intoxication. In rarer cases, it can be a form of minor nourishment.
Lifespans vary. For the most part, this group is not any more long-lived than their human counterparts. However, there are a handful that are very, very old due to a mix of magic in their ancestry.
Mortality is fairly similar to humans, although felidae heal from injuries at a higher rate. But cut off a limb, and it will not grow back. Shoot them with enough bullets and they will die.
Felidae are found all over the world and in every culture. There are subtle differences in felidae from each region, but as noted above, major characteristics are similar.