Picture of a rusty-spotted cat in a studio

This is an unusual, short video of a rusty-spotted cat in what appears to be a photographic studio. This species of wild cat is thought to be the world’s smallest. It looks almost like a domestic cat and some people ask if they can be domesticated. They can to a certain extent and the cat you see in the video is probably an example but they are extremely fierce in the wild. I’d say that they are very unsuited to being a pet unless you want a hard time. They’d be like a domestic cat on crack; fast moving and hyperactive. They are fierce fighters but their diminutive size makes then vulnerable to predators such as jackals, foxes an larger cats.

Even today the ‘experts’ don’t know much about them. There is one thing we do know and that is they are endangered (listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN Red List). I think you’d be lucky to see one in a zoo (thank God). They feed on birds and small mammals. You find them in southern India.

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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 74-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare. If you want to read more click here.

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