When I first joined SL, I knew there were humans, and I knew there were furries ( the first I met was Fauxy from Hot ‘n Hung), but I hadn't yet encountered a Neko (neck-oh) until after sometime. I didn't even know the name of them at the time; I just thought they were "cat people".
Bakeneko: a character from historical folklore, a "ghost cat" with supernatural abilities
Nekomimi: the Japanese term for catgirls, literally meaning "cat ears." A catgirl is a person who dresses up (in real life, or in online virtual communities) with ears, a tail, and sometimes additional accoutrements such as paw gloves and boots.
Nekomusume: this sometimes also applies to catgirls (though less often), and literally means "cat daughter."
Oh And In Japan Cats Say Nya Instead Of Meow.
This Saturday we have a Neko Party at T.R.A.C.S. Jenna made this great flyer.