What do ocelots weigh?

The ocelot is a medium-sized species of wild cat. They are similar in size to the American bobcat. Most ocelots weigh between eight and ten kilograms. Although in reference to “Unusual record of the ocelot in Texas” by WB Davis in 1951, an ocelot killed in Texas weighed about 45 pounds (20 kilograms).


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The book, Wildcats of the World, by Mel and Fiona Sunquist has, on page 126, a table of measurements and weights of adult ocelots. The weight of these ocelots were recorded in Brazil, Argentina, Venezuala, Ecuador, Peru, Panama and Texas.

For example, the average weight of seven male ocelots in Brazil (1995) was 13.6 kg. The average weight of seven female ocelots in the same country was, at the same date, 9.8 kg.

Fourteen male ocelots in Venezuela had an average weight of 10 kg. This recording is dated 1986. Seven females had an average weight of 9.1 kg in Venezuela (also 1986). In Peru male ocelots weighed 11 kg whilst female ocelots weighed 8.7 kg on average.

In Texas, America, there are a number of records recording the weight of both male and female ocelots in 1986 and 1991. Male ocelots averaged between 9.6 and 9.8 kg, while females weighed between 7.5 and 7.7 kg. These are average figures from small samples of up to 7 cats.

If you wish to convert into pounds the formula is 2.204 pounds per kilogram.

By comparison, the average weight of a domestic cat is somewhere around 10 pounds which is 4.53 kg. You can see therefore that the male ocelot is about twice the weight of a typical domestic cat. However, many domestic cats these days weigh as much as an ocelot and are often heavier. I recently wrote an article about a huge Maine Coon cat, Omar, who weighs 14 kg. He lives in Australia, incidentally.

See a comparison chart of weights of all the wild cats.




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