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.
A rusty-spotted cat inspects its surroundings during a shoot @exmoorzoo. This species is one of the smallest species of cats in the world – about two times smaller than a domestic house cat. Found in India and Sri Lanka, scientists believe less than 10,000 remain in the wild. pic.twitter.com/8psuD0trv3
— Joel Sartore (@joelsartore) December 4, 2019
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