As an author of speculative romance, I make up animals as part of my world-building, but that doesn't relieve me of the obligation to be plausible, and also to be responsible.
If I create an apex predator, he has to be constructed like a predator. His eyes should probably face forward, unless there is a very good evolutionary reason (such as convergence -- where he evolves to look like his prey in order to mingle better and pick off prey without having to chase it, or spoil its flavor by frightening it.)
Here are some questions I'd like to ask a vet.
1. I know chocolate is bad for dogs. Is wine bad for big cats?
2. If chocolate is bad for dogs, should it be bad for werewolves?
3. I've read that dogs have a knob that acts as a sort of anchor once mating is underway. What would happen if a knobbly mating was forcibly interrupted?
4. Is it true that cats have "barbs" on theirs?
5. Do wasps (yellow jackets) really get drunk on rotten fruit? And if they do, is it because they like getting drunk? Or is it accidental?
6. Is there still animal cruelty involved in movie-making these days?