Thursday, May 27, 2010


Werecats (also written in a hyphenated form as were-cats) are therianthropic creatures of folklore, fantasy fiction, horror fiction, and occultism that are generally described as ailuranthropes or shapeshifters similar to werewolves that, instead of a wolf, turn into a creature that is based on some species of feline.[1][2][3][4] The species involved can be a domestic cat,[5] a tiger,[6] a lion,[7] a leopard,[8] a lynx, or any other type, including some that are purely fantastical felines.[9] Typically, an individual werecat can only transform to one unique feline, not to a number of different species, and each individual type of werecat may be known by a more species-specific term such as "weretiger". [10] The word "werecat" was not coined until the late 19th century, so it was not directly used in legends from earlier eras, only by later folklorists'

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