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This series of books is based on a matrilineal space-traveling bipedal feline race. Every time they use super-speed space travel their perception is distorted and, when they slow back down to normal speed, they end up very tired, hungry, and thirsty, and their fur begins to shed excessively. The main character is a bit of a rogue, and the 'police' of her race are referred to as 'black britches.'

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The Chanur novels by C. J. Cherryh.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Chanur_novels

  • Pedantic note: the police are blackbreeches rather than blackbritches. At least they are in my edition. – John Rennie Oct 2 '14 at 8:46

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