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Ailuranthrope
Werecats
As depicted in Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island
Naming
Others Werecat
Were-cat
Binomen N/A
Morphology
Body type Feline-humanoid
Average height Varies
Average weight Varies
Intelligence
Sentience Sentient
Sapience Varies
Aggressivity Varies (typically Extreme)
Language Roaring
Ecology
Place of origin Varies
Diet Carnivorous
Locomotion Bipedal (usually)
Related species Lycanthrope
Behind the Scenes
Universe Real
Performed by Various

An Ailuranthrope; often known as a "Werecat", is a human being afflicted with a specific form of therianthropy, in which the person periodically transforms into a feline creature, which may be either bipedal or quadrupedal.

As with other types of therianthropy, the transformation is most commonly involuntary and nocturnal; associated with the rise of the full moon. However, there exist several types of ailuranthropes depicted in folklore and fiction. Some are associated with a specific feline species, e.g. "Were-tigers", "Were-panthers", "Were-jaguars", etc.; whereas others present more generic transformations.

Works featuring ailuranthropes

Although not nearly as ubiquitous as Lycanthropes, these creatures have been featured in numerous works of fiction.

  • "The Eyes of the Panther" by Ambrose Bierce (1891)
  • Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island
  • Teen Wolf (Werejaguar, a.k.a. Nagual)
  • Dungeons and Dragons
  • Monster High

Notes

  • As with "werewolf", it's worth noting that, from an etymological point of view, the word "werecat" should be reserved specifically for males, whereas "ailuranthrope" is gender-neutral.
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