The Fishing Cat

Scientific Name: Prionailurus viverrinus
IUCN Status: Endangered
Weight: 13-25 pounds




The Fishing Cat’s closest relatives are the leopard cat, and more distantly, the flat-headed cat. Two subspecies are recognized, one from Java and one from the rest of their range which encompasses Asia and Sri Lanka. The Fishing Cat has a muscular body, stocky legs and a relatively short and well-muscled tail. Its feet are partially webbed and the large claws protrude from the chaw sheaths.


The Fishing Cat’s diet is dominated by aquatic prey items, particularly fish and crustaceans, mollusks, amphibians and water-associated reptiles. Waterfowl and rodents make up a smaller portion of their diet.


This is poorly known from the wild. In captivity gestation lasts 63-70 days and litter size is usually 1-3 kittens. There is evidence of seasonal breeding as kittens have been recorded from January through June in the wild.

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