Leopard cat: distribution, ecology and behavior

Leopard cat: distribution, ecology and behavior

Leopard cat

The leopard cat is a beautiful sight of a cat that you would love to have at home. But, this is a wild cat and, as such must live in the wild, and not in your house. There are actually eleven different species of leopard cats in Asia.

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Physical Characteristics

The leopard cat is about the size of a domestic cat, except that it looks slender but with longer legs. It has a small head with two prominent dark stripes and a short, narrow muzzle.

The coat coloring will depend on location. In southern populations, it is yellowish brown, but pale silver in the northern ones. The black markings may be rosetted, spotted, or dotted streaks in some species.

The weight of a leopard cat varies greatly from 0.55 kg to 7.1 kg. Those living in the tropics are usually the least heavy ones and have lengths of 38.8 to 66 cm with long tails. The ones in Northern China and Siberia are the heaviest and head-body lengths of up to 75 cm.

Distribution and Habitat

The leopard cat is distributed all around Asia, making it the most widespread Asian small cat. It can be found inhabiting regions of Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Borneo, Thailand, Singapore, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, China, Taiwan, Korea, Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan.

Its habitat consists mostly of tropical evergreen rainforests and plantations at sea level. He also lives in coniferous and subtropical deciduous forests. In the northeast of the continent, it lives close to rivers, valleys, and ravine forests.

Ecology and Behavior

Leopard cats are solitary animals with the ability to climb trees and hide in dense undergrowth. They feed on rodents mostly, but their diet also includes other mammals, lizards, amphibians, birds, and insects.

Leopards complement their rodent diet with grass, eggs, poultry, and fish. They are active hunters and, unlike other cats, they do not “play” with their food, but hold a strong grip on its prey until this dies.

An extraordinary cat indeed, the leopard cat is a worthy cousin of your sweet domestic cat. Follow us here in Dogalize if you want tips on how to best take care of your feline companion. Visit us and take a look at all the information and resources we have for you.