Our cat (well, technically he is a kitten at 6 1/2 months but he is so large already he seems more like a full grown cat) has this ruff of fur around his neck. Lily has it as well, but, Pete's is more pronounced. I kept thinking he reminded me of some sort of reptile. I thought it was a Gila Monster but, no, I did a Google and he doesn't look like a Gila Monster! I thought and thought and kept on Googling all sorts of things like "ruffed reptiles" or "lion looking reptiles". I finally landed on it. THIS odd looking reptile is what I had in mind!
It's a Fire Dragon.
See the resemblance?