There is a dearth of information on ocelot sounds but what I can gather together, is here. The ocelot is one of the better known small wild cat species. They say that there may some in the very south of America. They used to be there but are they there any longer. Perhaps these audio files may help to identify one?
The best book on the planet on the wild cat species – Wild Cats Of The World by the Sunquists (fabulous book) has very on ocelot vocalizations. There is so little I feel I can quote it verbatim without being in breach of copyright.
“The ocelot also has a number of friendly close-range vocalizations, including a long, drawn-out yowling call given while mating.”
At least one thing is certain; the small wild cats may on occasion be similar in appearance to the domestic cat e.g. sand cat and Andean Mountain cat (I have deliberately excluded the North African wildcat) but they sound awfully different. The sound is truly wild and much more aggressive than the domestic cat. The difference is very noticeable.
It is a reminder to us that although people are attracted to treating a small wild cat such as the ocelot as a “pet” you won’t get a pet; you’ll get true wild cat who could scare you to be honest.
Here are some audio files of ocelot sounds…..
Furious Ocelot Growl
Ocelot Sounds Like an Alien
More Ocelot Sounds
Video from BCR on the ocelot
Overview of the Ocelot
“….the most wonderful tangle of stripes, bars, chains, spots, dots and smudges, which look as though they were put on as the animal ran by” 1929 by Ernest Seton in Lives of Game Animals.
This is brightly patterned small wild cat species living in Mexico, Central America and down through South America until it gets too cold!
A sad fact is that it’s beautiful coat (traders would call it a “pelt” to be “harvested”) has resulted in mass exploitation for the consumer market. The marketplace for women.
The ocelot weighs 8-10 kgs. Apparently there is a record of an ocelot weighing 45 pounds in Texas.
The ocelot feeds on mammals and hunts at night. Most of their prey weigh less than one kilogram; for example: mice, rats, rabbits, snakes, fish and lizards. The opossum is a favorite prey item.
Associated page: Jaguar sounds.