Of all the species known to the Federation, one of the most interesting in appearance are the Caitians. Their looks are eye-catching, with feline characteristics, right down to a mane and tail. Their fur tones vary from black to tan with many colors in between.
Like tigers or lion from Earth, this species is known to be natural predators, and you’ll probably never meet a vegetarian. Thanks to replicators, members of Starfleet don’t hunt for food, but they do prefer raw meat.
With a lifespan topping-off around 115 years, they’re one of the longer-lived members of the Federation. While their species took longer than average to break the warp barrier, they soon encountered a number of other species. The Federation made the best impression, and in 2234 they became members.
Much like the cliche of house cats, Caitians have a sense of space around them, both in regards to their relationships and their need for personal space in their quarters. Too many individuals packed onto one ship can be detrimental to their health. As for relationships, they tend to keep things neutral in public, not feeling the need to openly expression how they feel about others. This does go both ways, though, for those they like and those they don’t.
To learn more about Caitians, head to the wiki’s Caitian entry on the Intelligent Lifeform Index.