Piquii

Adult weight: 4.5 kg/10 pounds
Adult length without tail: 40 cm/12-16 inches, with tail 30 cm/12 inches

Piquii are small omnivorous mammals with features suggestive of both a rabbit and a cat. Their fur is generally short all over including ears (unlike many other varieties of rabbits, cats, and cat-rabbits) and of a sandy brown color dorsally and white ventrally. They are possessed of a mixed dentition with long, feline canines set to each side of slightly less long leporine incisors. Whiskers are long and thick. Forepaws are set with long retractable claws while hindpaws lack this feature- this results in clumsy situations while climbing where a Piquii may struggle to find rear traction. Nevertheless, they are quite agile small animals wih excellent top-speed and balance. They subsist on a diet requiring both vegetable and animal material; for the latter Piquii shave shown a marked preference for fish.

Piquii are somewhat more socially dependent on a family unit than cats, and in their home world they are usually found in small groups of two to five individuals. Piquii can be at times quite vocal and in fact are named after their most common call of 'Pi-quii'. Piquii vocal communication is largely limited to 'Piquii' sounds but they use a great amount fo variations in pitch, tone, and pacing to convey emotions and to some extent concrete concepts.

As social animals Piquii are usually quite agreeable to a domesticated 'pet' arrangement to have the security of at least occasional company with a partner. Piquii will adapt well to comprehension and communication with non-Piquii partners. Piquii are often prized as pets and traded at high value in all districts of the city.

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