This is the phylogenetic tree of the order Felidae. As you can see, the domestic cat is most closely related to the European wildcat (Felis sylvestris.) Both evolved from the African wildcat (Felis lybica.) [This is the most widely accepted relationship.]

phylogenetic tree made by me on 'paint'


Here is a more generalized form of the tree. It begins with the Domain Eukarya and ends with the Family Felidae. As the organism becomes more complex, it takes a step up this 'ladder.' The rest of the tree is located above.

A more generalized version of the tree, which I also drew on paint



Click on the following to learn more about a few relatives of the domestic cat:


To learn about the history of the domestic cat, click here.