A feline is a animal that belongs to the family group of felid : carnivorous and digitigrade mammals , whose hind legs have four fingers and the forelegs have five fingers, with retractable nails, short snout and rounded head. In its most common use, the idea of feline (from Latin felīnus) refers to what is linked to cats , which make up the group of felids.
The felines, according to the mentioned characteristics, can feed on meat (They are carnivorous) and move only on the fingers (they are digitigrade). In addition to cats, other cats are the lions , the tigers , the leopards and the cougars .
Beyond the differences between species of felines, it can be said that all these animals share certain characteristics, such as good eyesight, the acuity of their auditory sense and the slender body. The felines are great hunters They use their claws to capture the prey and then kill it by a bite.
By action of man , there are feline species that are in Danger of extinction . This situation was reached by indiscriminate hunting and the destruction of the natural habitats of animals.
Among the species of felines that are in danger of extinction we can mention the following:
* Snow Leopard : its habitat is in the mountains of Central Asia, where temperatures They are extremely low. This beautiful cat suffers from indiscriminate hunting for having beautiful skin, and that has decreased its number to a worrying level;
* Iberian lynx : this species of feline suffers a threat even greater than the previous one, and in some part its killing occurs in road accidents, since its natural roads have been interfered by those of the human being. Needless to say, poaching is another of its main sources of destruction;
* Sumatran tiger : Very few individuals of this species remain and live in Indonesia, specifically on the island of Sumatra. While there is a law in force that protects them from hunters, the secrecy triumphs over justice;
* clouded leopard : It is considered in a vulnerable state, since hunters look for it because of its beautiful fur, its bones and its teeth. In addition to the direct killing of which this feline is a victim, it must also endure a gradual destruction of its natural habitat. The few individuals They are still alive in the Himalayas and in South Asia.
The most accustomed feline to live with him human being it's the domestic cat (Felis silvestris catus). Cats live with people for about 9500 years . Despite being considered as pets (pets ), cats are naturally predators and have numerous species among their potential prey. There are cats that hunt pigeons, sparrows, rats or lizards, and then approach their owners to show them the prey: it is believed that their intention with this measure is to strengthen the emotional bond by contributing, with their hunt, to the group.
The felines have a way of moving around their environment that distinguishes them from the rest of the best known species, since they do so with an apparent delicacy, with total control over their actions, but always without losing their beauty and its momentum. They are powerful but tender animals, which impact on their fur but also enjoy leisure like almost any other living being.
Since the beauty and cunning of felines are two of the aspects that most people appreciate, it is common to label someone who acts trying to deceive others through the use of their appearance or sophisticated deception techniques.