There are two most common ways to aquire ailuranthropy: the first one through a curse and the second is to simply have a werecat parent. Being bitten by another werecat, while popular in folk tales, gives only a very small chance of becoming one in reality. Those who are born as werecats are able to fully control their shapeshifting abilities, while those cursed or bitten change into their werecat form only during the full moon. Those who became werecats during their lives however are the only ones who can be cured.
Therianthropy diseases, including ailuranthropy, appeared in the world after the Conjunction of the Spheres, affecting nonhuman and early human populations alike. In Creigiau, the local noble family carried the ailuranthropic gene for generations; attempts at hiding their secret resulted in creation of local cult of Leshy believed by folk to haunt the forests in its cat form.
Werecats have a good night vision, slightly better than those or real cats. They find faithful companions in other felids, either domestic ones or wild such as pumas or lynxes. As one would expect, they are hostile towards werewolves and wererats.
Known werecats Edit
- ↑ So far, Andrzej Sapkowski tended to use real world Greek names for his werecreatures, such as lycanthrope for a werewolf and therianthrope as a term encompassing all such beasts. Ailuranthrope is a Greek term for a werecat, but hasn't appeared in the books yet.