Picture of a bobcat – a selection

Bobcat
Pretty bobcat. Photo by Linda Tanner on Flickr. Taken Montana de Oro State Park
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Bobcat compared to the domestic cat
Bobcat compared to the domestic cat. The montage is by MikeB. The bobcat image is in the public domain. The Manx cat image is by Warren Photographic and published here with his permission.
Bobcat family sleeping in a perfectly hollowed out tree trunk
Cosy hollowed out tree truck for what appears to be 2 mothers and offspring. Photo in public domain.

People like to see a picture of a bobcat. There are some good ones here. I have taken this opportunity to add a written description. Of course, the name of the cat tells us about one of the more outstanding features, its short or bobtail. The picture below shows this nicely. This cat is about the size of a medium sized dog. This cat has long legs and a smallish head. The tail is about 14 centimetres long. The facial markings are striking with what cat breeders might call “spectacles”, white fur around the eyes. The tip of the muzzle is white with black banding where the vibrissae (whiskers) emerge. The ears are lynx tipped with black hair. The back of the ear flap has the usual white spot (ocelli – a spot that resembles an eye).

bobcat in grass

Above photograph by matt knoth

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Perhaps the most noticeable characteristic is the lynx ruff hanging from either side of the face. The cats fur (to its detriment and benefit) is soft and thick and in demand in the fur business. In cat fancy speak the coat is a spotted tabby. The background colour for the spots varies from light buff, brown, reddish to light grey. Rarely the coat is black (melanistic) or white (albino). A number of black bobcats have been reported living in Florida. The fur on the undersides is white and also spotted.

bobcat in backyard

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I like this picture of a bobcat. It is not as aesthetically pleasing as a lot of the captive bobcat pictures but is natural and real. You get a real sense of being there. It was taken through glass, incidentally, hence the slight clouding effect. For people who live in Europe it is very strange to see large wildlife coming into the back garden (backyard). Sure we get squirrels and birds and so on but a bobcat is, well, exotic to Europeans. This picture of a bobcat was taken by Sander van Zoest a Flickr photographer who, it seems, lives in Oregon, which he describes as prime bobcat country.

florida bobcat

I love this picture of a bobcat too. Why? Because the photographer describes what happened in the caption and once again it is very natural. This is the way it should be; photographing and admiring the wildcats rather than shooting at them and persecuting them. This Florida bobcat (not a subspecies) was photographed in the Guana Reserve, Florida.

Map picture

The photographer says that this bobcat did not run when he bumped into him (it was decided that he was male):

“Speculation is that it’s a male cat, approximately 25lbs, and about 3ft long, not including his short tail….”

The photographer says that he was playing with butterflies and when he saw the photographer he carried on, then lay on the ground (as seen in the photo) looked at the photographer,(Flickr name: minds-eye ) and then disappeared.

florida bobcat 2

The above picture of a bobcat is by the same photographer at the same place. The cat is looking right at the camera again. They certainly are not that concerned. That may be due to being used to seeing people. Bobcats do make cat companions and a lot of people like that idea (I personally don’t). I prefer the “living in harmony, naturally model”.

captive bobcat

The above picture of a bobcat was taken by ucumari in a North Carolina zoo. Ucumari (Flickr username) is perhaps the best captive animal photographer.

The bobcat can also be melanistic i.e. black and it can be white as you can see in the photographs below. It is incredibly sad that this man saw fit to shoot dead this very rare white bobcat. It is indicative of the stupidity of humankind.

Albino bobcat hunted to death in America
Albino bobcat hunted to death in America. The hunters were very impressed. Photo: Doug Smith from West Virginia
Can bobcats be black?
Black bobcat. Photo in public domain.

The Canada lynx and bobcat look similar. The bobcat is different in these ways:

  • it has shorter ear tufts
  • it has no solid black tail tip (bobcat has black above, white underneath)
  • it has smaller feet
  • the bobcat lacks hairy foot pads (the lynx needs them for the snowy conditions)

Bobcat size differs from region to region, season to season and between sexes:

Region/Record/SexWeight etc
Males30-40% heavier than females
Record adult male26.8 kg or 59 lbs
Record adult female15.9 kg or 35 lbs
Southern states – for example, OklahomaAverage adult male weight: 8.9 kg. Average adult female weight: 5.8 kg
Northern states – for example, MinnesotaAverage adult male weight: 13.0 kg. Average adult female weight: 9.2 kg

The bobcat has fewer teeth than the domestic cat!

Source for description: Wild Cats Of The World by Mel and Fiona Sunquist.

3 thoughts on “Picture of a bobcat – a selection”

  1. I was very curious to learn if Bobcats mate with domestic cats. I have been recently adopted by 2 outside cats, both very large. My maine coone cat is about 13 lbs. But the female outside is much larger than he is, she also does not have a normal voice. She does not purr or verbalized, when I accidentally stepped on her tail, she complained but with a very hoarse or deep throated sound. Do any wild cats use sounds like that ? Just curious ,maybe she has suffered a voice box injury ? Anyone who can add to this, feel free to comment. Thanks nice pictures, but she is grey and white,so that doesn’t help with her origin ?

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    • Interesting comment, Joan. Thanks. I am told that bobcats can and sometimes (rarely I suppose) mate with domestic cats. So there will be some hybrids out there. By the way, the Scottish wildcat (living in Scotland only) mates with domestic cats all the time! The African wildcat also mates with domestic cats.

      Also I have heard the voice of F1 (first filal) Savannah cats (a serval wild cat hybrid) and the sound is different to “ordinary” domestic cats. I think the way the voice sounds is quite a good indicator of wild cat genes. So my conclusion is that you may have a bobcat hybrid. If he is, he would probably be a first filial (father = bobcat).

      Do you have a picture? Please email it if you have one:

      mjbmeister [at] gmail.com

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