Stalking the jungles, wetlands and forests of India and Sri Lanka are exceptionally skilled hunters, cats who are as swift as they are deadly.
They’re nocturnal, with large eyes that allow them to see motion and detail in almost complete darkness, and spectacularly sure-footed. Their agility, grace and natural climbing ability not only help them get to prey, but also aid them in avoiding predators.
But unless you’re a lizard, bird or small mammal, you have little to fear from the rusty-spotted cat — unless you get in its face.
The striped-and-spotted felines are as fierce as they are tiny, and they are truly diminutive — at two to three-and-a-half pounds fully grown, rusty-spotted cats are rivaled only by the black-footed cat of southern Africa as the world’s smallest felines.
Although the little guys are elusive, cat enthusiasts were treated to rare close-up images of rusty-spotted kittens when a litter was born at Porfell Wildlife Park and Sanctuary in Cornwall in 2020. It was an extremely rare occurrence, as there are only a few dozen rusty-spotted cats in captivity worldwide. Like most other wildlife, the species is threatened by habitat reduction.
For context, the tiny feline is only a third the size of a typical house cat, felis catus, and would be dwarfed by the gentle giant Maine Coon.
Little Buddy’s take: These guys are awesome and I’m seriously considering moving to their territory and living among them. Do you know why? At 10 pounds I would be a giant among them, striding meowscularly through the jungle with my own personal army of felines. They would make me their king, naturally, and sing songs about Buddy the Colossal Cat. I would have their most desirable females bathed and brought to my tent, where we would dine and I would regale them with stories of my adventures in America. Sadly, though, there are no turkeys in India or Sri Lanka. Could I live without turkey?
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5 thoughts on “Amazing Cats: The Rusty-Spotted Cat”
Thanks for this article! I love to learn about different cat varieties such as this fierce little beast.
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Maybee you cuud get Turkey sent to you Little Buddy! WAIT! What iss mee meowin…
Pleese do not leeve Buddy…what wuud Big Buddy due without you??
Rusty spotty catss are furry kewl….they look like they cuud hold their own inn a fight fore sure!!!!
***nose bopss*** BellaDharma an ((hugss)) BellaSita Mum
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Oh I’m sure he would plan to have me accompany him as his servant, court herald and chef. Besides, who else would carry all his toys, bowls, cat tunnel and stuff?
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Spunkmeyer just asked me if that means I need to carry his things? To which I said “Sure Eddie” And he said (Mr Logic) “My name is Spunkmeyer, not Eddie! C’mon, grab the turkey and lets go!”
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As servants to our feline overlords we are duty bound to carry their essentials, including toys and snacks. Naturally.