Rusty-spotted cat Facts

Rusty-spotted cat Facts
Rusty-spotted cat is a small mammal that belongs to the family of cats. There are two subspecies of rusty-spotted cat that can be found in India and Sri Lanka. Rusty-spotted cat inhabits scrublands and grasslands (Indian subspecies) or mountain forests (Sri Lankan subspecies). Habitat loss, hunting (because of their meat) and interbreeding with domestic cats are major threats for the survival of rusty-spotted cats in the wild. Scientists believe that wild population of these animals consists of less than 10.000 cats. Rusty-spotted cat is listed as vulnerable (it may become endangered in the near future).
Interesting Rusty-spotted cat Facts:
Rusty-spotted cat can reach 14 to 19 inches in length and 2 to 3.5 pounds of weight. Tail is usually 5.9 to 11.8 inches long.
Rusty-spotted cat is one of the smallest species of cats in the world. It is two times smaller than domestic cat.
Rusty-spotted cat is covered with soft, dense, grey fur. Rusty-brown spots and streaks can be seen on dorsal side of the body, on the lateral sides and on the face. Belly and inner parts of the legs are white and covered with dark spots.
Rusty-spotted cat has round head with small ears and thick tail covered with dark rings.
Rusty-spotted cat is an agile climber, but it spends most of the time on the ground. It usually climbs the trees to avoid predators. Size, speed and agility of rusty-spotted cat are responsible for the unusual nickname: "hummingbird of the cat family" (hummingbirds are small, vigorous types of birds).
Rusty-spotted cat is nocturnal animal (active during the night). It sleeps during the day inside the hollow logs, on the trees or among dense vegetation.
Rusty-spotted cat is a carnivore (meat-eater). Its diet is based on rodents, birds, frogs and lizards.
Rusty-spotted cat occasionally inhabits plantations and fields close to human settlements where it hunts poultry. Because of that, rusty-spotted cat is classified as pests in some parts of its natural range.
Natural enemies of rusty-spotted cats are humans.
Rusty-spotted cat is territorial animal. It uses urine to mark its territory.
Little is known about reproductive behavior of rusty-spotted cats. Captive rusty-spotted cats mate all year round.
Indian subspecies of rusty-spotted cats produces offspring during the spring. Pregnancy lasts 65 to 70 days and ends with 1 to 3 kittens. Female gives birth in the secluded areas such as shallow cave, hollow trees or below the rocky cliffs.
Kittens are blind and covered with dark spots at birth. Female provides them with food even in the captivity. At the age of 68 weeks, young rusty-spotted cats attain adult coloration and become sexually mature.
There are around 56 rusty-spotted cats in the zoos around the world. Captive animals are playful and affectionate toward their keepers.
Rusty-spotted cat can survive 18 years in the captivity.

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