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Cats were a variety of feline animals of various sizes.[note 1]

VarietiesEdit

Housecat 
The domestic cat, often called a housecat,[2] was a small, usually furry, domesticated, carnivorous mammal. Cats were valued by humans for companionship and ability to hunt small vermin and household pests. For that reason they were most often found in inhabited regions as pets, or sometimes as wild cats (domestic cats without any owners). Housecats weighed about 8–10 pounds but could weigh up to 25 pounds. They lived around 15 years.[4]
Water cat 
Water cats were cats that were once familiars to wizards but had been corrupted by polluted sewer water.[5]

FelinesEdit

Felines were animals that were related to cats.

Jaguar 
A large, jungle-dwelling cat.[6]
Leopard 
A large, spotted cat.
Lion 
A large golden cat; males had manes.[7]
Lynx 
A large forest cat smaller than a lion but larger than a housecat.[8]
Panther 
A large, usually black, cat similar to a leopard or lion.[9][10]
Astral panther : A panther that dwelt in the Astral Plane.[11]
Fey panther : A panther touched by the Feywild.[10]
Spectral panther : A panther than can move between the Shadowfell and the Prime Material Plane at sunset and sunrise.; Fey panther : A large panther touched by the Feywild.[10]
Tiger 
A large, striped cat.

Catlike creaturesEdit

There were a number of non-feline creatures that resembled cats in various ways.

Displacer beast 
A beast appearing as a skeletal panther.[12]
Krenshar 
A hyena-like predator described as "catlike."[13]
Lammasu 
A magical beast appearing as a cross between a lion and an eagle.[13]
Rakshasa 
An magical creature with the head of a feline, usually a tiger.[10]
Sabu lord 
A mighty Zakharan great cat with extraordinary abilites.[14]
Sphinx 
A magical beast said to have the body of a lion.[15]
Tressym 
A winged cat.[16]
Werelion 
A lycanthrope with the form of a lion.[14]
Weretiger 
A lycanthrope with the form of a tiger.[8]

ReputationEdit

Many deities favored cats. The Mulhorandi god Anhur and the god Malar were associated with hunting cats. The elven god Solonor Thelandira also favored the great cats. Both Azuth and Savras favored gray-colored cats in particular, while Bane favored black ones. Mask favored either of those colors. Brown cats were sacred to the halfling goddess Cyrrollalee, and calico cats to Deneir, Milil, and Savras. Striped tabbies were considered holy to Eilistraee's worshipers, but white cats were special to followers of Mystra. Rare gold-furred cats were considered a blessing from the dwarven god Vergadain. Sharess was considered a cat deity, and she had a particular association with tressym. Hellcats often served the god Set.[17]

AppendixEdit

NotesEdit

  1. Unless otherwise specified, the word "cat" by itself usually referred to a domestic cat (housecat). Statistics in this article refer to the domestic cat.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. Wizards RPG Team (2014). Monster Manual 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 320. ISBN 978-0786965614.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual 3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 270. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
  3. Doug Stewart (June 1993). Monstrous Manual. (TSR, Inc), p. ?. ISBN 1-5607-6619-0.
  4. Doug Stewart (June 1993). Monstrous Manual. (TSR, Inc). ISBN 1-5607-6619-0.
  5. John Baichtal (August 1997). “The Dragon's Bestiary: Spawn of the Sewers”. Dragon #238 (TSR, Inc.), p. 72.
  6. Douglas Niles (1990). Ironhelm. (TSR, Inc). ISBN 0-8803-8903-6.
  7. Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual 3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 275. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Gary Gygax (1977). Monster Manual. (TSR, Inc), p. 64. ISBN 0-9356-9600-8.
  9. Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual 3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 274. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Mike Mearls, Stephen Schubert, James Wyatt (June 2008). Monster Manual 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 213. ISBN 978-0-7869-4852-9.
  11. Warning: edition not specified for Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf
  12. Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual 3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 66. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual 3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 165. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Wolfgang Baur, Steve Kurtz (1992). Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix. (TSR, Inc). ISBN l-56076-370-1.
  15. Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual 3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 232. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
  16. Greenwood, Martin, Grubb (1993). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 2nd edition (revised), Monstrous Compendium. (TSR, Inc). ISBN 1-5607-6617-4.
  17. Sean K. Reynolds (2002). Deity Do's and Don'ts. A Faiths and Pantheons Web Enhancement. Wizards of the Coast. pp. 10–15. Retrieved on 2014-09-22.

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