Caitian

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SPECIES
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Homeworld:
Cait
Quadrant:
Alpha
Affiliation:
United Federation of Planets
Biology
Average Male Height:
173 cm (5 ft. 8 in.) to 206 cm (6 ft. 9 in.)
Average Male Weight:
59 kg (130 lb.) to 99.8 kg (220 lb.)
Average Female Height:
168 cm (5 ft. 6 in.) to 198 cm (6 ft. 6 in.)
Average Female Weight:
49.9 kg (110 lb.) to 99.8 kg (220 lb.)
Minimum Academy Age:
17
Life Expectancy:
140
Distinctive Features:
Playability
PRC Rated:
Yes
NPC Rated:
Yes
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A Caitian female
A Caitian Admiral


Overview

The Caitians are a felinoid species hailing from the planet Cait, located in the 15 Lyncis system.

The feline appearance of Caitians includes long manes and a tail. Caitians tend to vary in color from brown to black, and speak in a soft purring voice.

As Cait is a Federation member, Caitians are known to serve in Star Fleet and on the Federation Council, and were present as members in 2286.


The Caitians, Mirak, and Kzinti all share DNA similar to the big cats of Earth.
This gives legitimacy to the theory that a race known as the Preservers seeded planets throughout the galaxy with the genetic basis of life billions of years ago.


Biology

Caitians are a bipedal species, and have an average height that is comparable to other humanoids. They often have short faces, triangular ears, thick manes, tails, and large golden eyes, the latter of which give them excellent night vision. Their fur can range in various color, which can be solid, multicolored, or patterned. The feet of some Caitians possessed a digitigrade configuration (walking on ones toes), while others had a plantigrade foot structure (walking on the soles of the feet). They also have excellent hearing, with a frequency range beyond that of most other species. This alone makes them ideal candidates for communications officers. Caitian voices often resemble the sound of purring.


Due to their sharp claws on hands and feet, some Caitians prefer to wear specialized footwear, or go without any footwear at all.


Caitians experience several hormonal cycles. One of these was the need to be intimate once a year, or else their hormones would drive them crazy, similar to an Earth-animal being in "rut." This can be alleviated using something called a "libido post." In addition to this unique hormonal surge, Caitian females have coital hooks as part of their reproductive anatomy.



Note: Caitians and Kzinti share common roots in the deep past, the same way that Vulcans and Romulans do.
As with the Vulcans and the Romulans, the two felinoid groups went their separate ways to develop as two entirely different civilizations.
While the Caitians can be fierce warriors, they pride themselves on their accomplishments in arts and philosophy rather than on the martial arts.


Culture

Caitians are known throughout the Alpha Quadrant for their intelligence, curiosity, loyalty and love of beauty.


Names in Caitian cultyre do not follow a gender pattern, so no names are distinctively male or female. Furthermore, though Caitian society predominantly uses mononyms (a person's name consisting of one word, typically a first name without a surname), Caitians serving in Star Fleet often choose a name to act as a forename in order to better integrate with their colleagues.


Caitian culture emphasizes a love of beauty, and a focus on personal loyalty. Loyalty, both within the individual and between individuals, is highly prized by all Caitians.
The interlocking individual and clan relationships that exist in their society were the main cause of this focus on loyalty.



History

Sharing roots with the Kzinti people, Caitians have evolved to be smaller than their genetic cousins, though they continue to share some similar features.


Their first encounters with other races were with the Orions and the Ferengi, not meeting Federation starships until 2249.
Due to good relations, Caitians were allowed to join Starfleet Academy by the mid-2250s.
By the 2270s, the Caitian homeworld was a Federation member, and by 2286, had chosen members to sit on the official Federation Council.