Earth's mythologies are filled with stories of cat people. These refer to an actual race that did interact with Earth in a distant past. According to Lyssa Royal, these cat people, like many other species, come from the Lyra Constellation.
Lyssa Royal: "One other Lyran subgroup is also mammal and what you would consider to be humanoid - but whose physical appearance resembles what you call the feline kingdom on your world. They are not cat people, but humanoids who have catlike qualities. They are very agile and strong. The nose is not predominant but catlike, if you can imagine the nose of a cat. The ears are neither human nor catlike but somewhat of a cross, a little pointed, not very much, but a little. The mouths are very gentle and small. (Many times when extraterrestrials look at the human face, to them the human face is overwhelmed by the mouth.) These catlike entities have very small, delicate and what you would call dainty mouths. The eyes are very pronounced, large and catlike, with a second lid. Again, these qualities developed from the specific environment they have placed themselves within over generations. They do not have fur. However, there is a protective layer of what you could consider peach fuzz over the skin because of the harsh ultraviolet radiation on their indigenous planet - it simply protected the skin.
Any primitive interaction with these entities on your world may report that they are cat people - they are not. They are humanoid."
[Lyssa Royal: Excerpt of "Galactic Family, An Overview of Genotypes"]