Felis (Latin for cat) was a constellation created by French astronomer Jérôme Lalande in 1799. He chose the name partially because, as a cat lover, he felt sorry that there was not yet a cat among the constellations (although there are two lions and a lynx). It was located between the constellations of Antlia and Hydra.
This constellation was first depicted in the Uranographia sive Astrorum Descriptio
(1801) of Johann Elert Bode.