Friday, July 20, 2007

Fishing Cat

Fishing CatA medium sized wild cat of the wetlands of south and southeast Asia, the Fishing Cat is another unique example of the great abilities and diversities of the cat family. Found in a range extending from Indochina, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Sumatra and Java it inhabits mainly water bound areas including rivers, mangrove swamps, creeks and thickets up to a height of five thousand feet.

Somewhat similar to other wild cats of this size, the Fishing Cat has a broad head, short tail and sturdy built. Coat is marked by dark spots that may form stripes over spine. Ears are short and round while the nose is of a flattened appearance. Feet are somewhat webbed that enables the Fishing Cat to maintain a degree of traction on slippery muds, though it is now believed the webbing is not of any extraordinary extent. Claws are semi-retractable - again probably an adaptation for a greater hold on the surface. Size varies according to the distribution of the felid. The Indian Fishing Cat is bigger with length around four feet and weight approximately twenty five pounds, whereas the Indonesian cats, in the southeastern part of the cat's overall global range, are smaller with an average length of three feet and weight nearing twelve pounds.

Prionailurus Viverrinus, the Fishing Cat is a hunter mostly of aquatic animals, specializing in fish, frogs, mollusks and snakes. At the same time it does not spare terrestrial prey including rodents, deer, goats, dogs and even small wild boars! The opportunistic cat has also been known to go after birds and kills of other predators.

Solitary cats, they come in unison for mating primarily. Pregnancy lasts around two months after which a litter of one to five kittens is born. They are weaned off after half an year at the most and gain independence after one year of age. Lifespan is generally around ten to twelve years in captivity.

Though the Fishing Cat is not yet endangered in the wild - it is certainly vulnerable. Threats include primarily habitat destruction for use of wetlands for agricultural purposes, pollution, deforestation, hunting and fishing by humans!

72 comments:

Dragonheart said...

Wow, what a cool cat! I think it's crazy to be swimming though. Sad that it is vulnerable. I hope it's habitat is preserved, so it doesn't become endangered.

Christine and FAZ said...

I like fish, but there is no way you are going to get me to swim, EVER! Constant rain is bad enough. FAZ

zevo calamari said...

a swimming cat? wow! thanks for the great photos and info.

The Cat Realm said...

We didn't even know there is something like the fishing cat! Thank you, caricature!
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Gemini said...

Cheysuli says she does not go in the water... ever.

Daisy said...

That is a neat cat! I didn't know any cats liked to swim.

Donny and Marie and Casey said...

Hmmmm....this fishing cat didn't look like it had any neck at all! Is that true???

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Zoey and the furballs (the Zoo Crew) said...

He has markings on his face like my brother McKenzie had, but McKenzie never liked the water that this one!

Lux said...

This was all new to me! Very interesting!

HRH Yao-Lin said...

wow a fishing cat! My human had two maine coons that loved water - i wonder if they were related?

Miss Peach>(^,^) said...

Omer this is a most interesting cat that I have never heard of before! You amaze me with all that I can still learn about the big cats!
Purrrs to the furry famble. it is still hot here again!!! I am sure you are very hot too...did you say 50*...that is what 120* here or so? I would just melt away.....

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Anonymous said...

haha thats a cute kitty cat meow meow mrow mmmmm.....

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Fishing cat's are the quit is't cat's I've ever seen!


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I think so to!

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Relly!I also did a report on fishing cats.Gust like you.

Anonymous said...

The cats an oxymoron i think

Anonymous said...

how long do they live???????????

Anonymous said...

They live for 11 to 12 years.

Anonymous said...

Diamondblaze- Cool! They're quite cute <3

Anonymous said...

ive seen some of these cat in a zoo...THEYRE BOOTIFUL!!!

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how many are alive

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he fishing cat is the largest of the Prionailurus cats. Its coarse fur is olive-grey to ashy-grey with darker stripes on the shoulder and roundish or oval-shaped spots on the flanks and sides. The short and rounded ears are set low on the head, and the back of the ears have a white spot. Two stripes are on the cheeks, and four stripes run from above the eyes between the ears to the shoulder. The underside is white, and around the throat are two rows of spots. The tail is short, less than half the length of head and body,
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The fishing cat (Prionailurus viverrinus) is a medium-sized wild cat of South and Southeast Asia. Since 2016, it is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. Fishing cat populations are threatened by destruction of wetlands and declined severely over the last decade.[1] Fishing cats live foremost in the vicinity of wetlands, along rivers, streams, oxbow lakes, in swamps and mangroves.

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