The Leopard Cat is a small wild cat that lives in the continents of South, Southeast, and East Asia.
According to the IUCN Red List, it has been listed as Least Concern since 2002. Currently, however, the leopard cat is threatened by habitat loss and hunting in certain parts of its territory.
Leopard cats are about the same size as their domestic counterparts, although they are slender and have well-defined webs between their toes. However, the amount of variation in their color, size, and weight within their huge range initially led scientists to believe that they were different species.
The leopard cat is the most widespread small wild cat in Asia. They can be found in the following countries:
The leopard cat is a solitary creature, except during breeding season. Several of them are active during the day, but most hunt at night, preferring to hunt shrews, hares, murids and tree shrews. Their habits and agility make them adept climbers. The leopard cats can be found in trees, as well as in dense thorny undergrowth on the ground. In these areas, they feed heavily on rats.
The leopard cat is a carnivore that eats small prey items, such as mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and insects. They eat a wide variety of foods throughout their range, including small rodents, eggs, and poultry. A rapid pounce and bite allow them to dispatch their prey. The claws of these cats are so tight that they do not “play” with their food, ensuring the animal is dead once they have held it.