The inspiration for the Felanus

22 Mar

World’s SCARIEST Cat? (by BigCatRescue)

Meet one of the inspirations for the species, the Felanus.

In the book I’m currently writing, one of the races of the planet Vulpinia, shared with the fox-humanoid Vulpine, are the Felanus.

The word comes from the genus Felinae of the cat family.  This includes such lesser cats as lynx, bobcat, ocelot (as seen in the above video), and can include larger cats such as cougars and cheetahs.

In the story, the Felanus stand a similar height to the Vulpine, about 5 feet tall, maybe maxing out at 5 feet 5 inches.  Unlike their cousins the Pantheran (named after the genus panthera) and the lionids (names straight after lion to give distinction from pantherans, because lions are actually a part of the panthera genus), Felanus can actually purr, and often do so when happy, at rest, while eating, or even during traumatic aspects, when injured, or even before death (just as has been known to happen with lesser cats in real life).

Like their Vulpine neighbours, the Felanus are a highly intelligent race, and have become great allies to the Vulpine.


Posted by on March 22, 2012 in The Barrow's Revenge, Writing


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3 responses to “The inspiration for the Felanus

  1. Darlene Steelman

    March 22, 2012 at 10:31 am

    I like how you twist reality for the fantasy… nice. Ocelots are my all-time favorite wild animal ever.. They are so adorable it is hard to imagine something like this being vicious. I mean, really… look at that face?


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