|Affiliation:||United Federation of Planets|
|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|
- Note: This is a PC and NPC rated species.
The Caitians are a felinoid species hailing from the planet Cait. 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.
The Caitians, Mirak, and Kzinti all share DNA similar to the big cats of Earth, lending credence 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.
Caitians are a bipedal species, with height comparable to Humans and taller, and feature a thick orange mane, a tail, and large golden eyes which gave them excellent night vision. Their fur range in color from tan to reddish-tan. They also have excellent hearing with a frequency range beyond that of most humanoids which made them ideal candidates for communications officers. Caitian voices often resembles the purring of Terran cats.
Caitians have a reputation for being one of the most cooperative and intelligent members of the Federation.
Caitian names do not follow a gender pattern, so no names are distinctively male or female. Furthermore, though Caitian society predominantly uses mononyms, 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, are 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. Most Caitians prefer a vegetarian diet and were not carnivorous.
The Caitians are believed to be the descendants of an ancient Kzinti colony.
They made first contact with the Orions and the Ferengi, and met Federation ships for the first time in 2249. Within a few years, such good relations existed between the cultures that they entered the United Federation of Planets.
Four other planets in the Federation has Caitian populations: Havelind, Hochlor IV, Macadarna, and Narval (Whether they were colonized by the Caitians before joining the Federation or after is unknown. Regardless, all four were either full-status members or associate-status members of the Federation). Also, Caitians composed 35% of Riviera's population (with the remainder being: Human 30% and Other 35%) and 15% of Commissariate's population (with the remainder being: Andorian 35%, Vulcan 20%, Human 15%, and Other 15%).