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Caitians: The cat-like species

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.

This species is full of culture and beauty, from the patterns on their fur to their home villages. Join us on the forums for a discussion about Caitians!

To learn more about Caitians, head to the wiki’s Caitian entry on the Intelligent Lifeform Index.


Species Spotlight: Caitians

“That sound… it is so pleassant. Caan you not hearr it?”

The feline Caitian species hails from the Regulan system in the Beta Quadrant, and have been prominent members of the Federation since their admittance in 2234. With a representative serving on the Federation council, colony worlds throughout Federation space and Caitians serving extensively in Starfleet, they are ubiquitous throughout Federation territories, if not quite so much so as Humans, Andorians, or Vulcans.

The origins of the Caitian race are largely a mystery, though many scientists consider that they may share a common ancestor with the Lyrans or Kzinti. Either way, their claimed homeworld of Cait (Regulus V) is one that they have occupied since members of their species began recording history.

Unlike many other Federation members, Caitians did not discover warp drive on their own. Rather, they were invaded by a warp-capable race called the Kodom during the Caitians’ late industrial development. Fighting a guerrilla war against their attackers, the Caitians drove the Kodom off, and and managed to reverse engineer the warp drives of ships left by the invading race.

Caitians are a warm and friendly people who eschew violence whenever possible. Despite their calm and open nature, which is sometimes interpreted as flirtation by non-Caitians, they tend to avoid public displays of affection with their partners, as such displays for the benefit of others are not considered productive in the maintenance of a relationship. Caitians tend to be logical and scientifically minded, and thus, very few are religious.

Caitians tend to be quicker and stronger than humans of a comparable size, with excellent balance, eyesight, and particularly hearing. Their diet is primarily carnivorous, though they do partake of grains more out of necessity than preference. And due to the shape of their muzzles, when speaking English, they often tend to trill ‘R’s, or stretch out ‘S’ or vowels.

Many Caitians in Starfleet choose to specialize in sonic sciences or communications, due to the natural advantages their hearing provides them. There are a number of Caitian characters serving throughout the Starbase 118 fleet in a variety of capacities.

Learn more about this species through their Wiki Page!