For over 10 years, I've had a race of humans that can shift into various wild cats (big cats like lions and tigers and smaller cats like sand cats and servals). When not in their cat form, they look like humans, but have aspects that distinguish them from other humans, such as faint stripes if they have stripes in their cat form. Anyway, for that whole time I've referred to the race as "Nekoni" (yes, I made them at the height of my obsession with anime... "neko" = cat and "oni" = demon, though the race itself are not demons (anymore)). The race has yet to appear outside of plot bunnies and story notes, but the current story I'm working on features the race and it might get off the ground and out to an audience. So, my trouble is... Should I keep the name as is? Or should I go with something else? My current ideas for a new name are the following: - Felid (scientific name for cats in the felidae family) - Felian (a play on the above term) Usage in a sentence... Felid - "The felid (would I capitalize it?) walked into the room." or "The felids left the room." Felian - "The felian walked into the room." or "The felians left the room." I'm leaning toward "Felid" since it seems to sound better when said out loud. Opinions are appreciated!