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In folklore and fantasy fiction, werecats are shapeshifters who are similar to werewolves, except that they turn into some species of feline instead of a wolf. The species involved can be a domestic cat, a tiger, a lion, a leopard, a lynx, or any other type, including some that are purely fantastical felines.

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' commentary.

  • There is not much presence of werecats in European mythology and folklore except the famous black cats which were once described as familiar or imps, lesser demons that would serve witches during the Middle-Ages.
  • Bast or Bastet is a famous Egyptian Goddess.
  • In “The master and Margarita”, the Devil is accompanied by several demons including the mischievous, gun-happy, fast-talking black cat Behemoth (Бегемот, a subversive Puss in Boots) who shapeshift from man to cat according to circumstances.
  • Weretigers are predominent in Asia, Weretigers in India, Werelions in Africa and wereleopards in South America


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