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Leopard Cat

September 9, 2021

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:

  • China
  • Russia
  • Pakistan
  • India

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.


  1. Billie Gail Shapiro

    Do you know where I can get one as a pet

    • Ray

      lady has them listed on Next Door in Sharon Woods if live in Columbus, Oh

  2. Billie Gail Shapiro

    I wish I could have one of the Leopard Cat

    • Cynthia Milhollan

      Yes indeedy!

    • Marie ????

      Was wishing the same thing. If you just see the face, cat just looks like a gorgeous golden tabby with the classic “M” on the forehead. Wonder if there’s any legal way to own one, if they can adapt to living among humans without chomping.

  3. Jack Mahogoff

    That’s a picture of a Bengal domestic house cat.

  4. Ted Clisby

    They hunt much like a fisher cat in this country.

  5. Gerald Geiger

    Can you buy and legally own one of these cats? And if so how much are they to purchase and where can you buy one?

  6. Lorraine

    The article says they’re wild but it looks like the cat is in someone’s living room.Pretty sure that’s a chair behind it.

    • Joyce M Greenwalt

      I thought it was an outside porch but you’re right it is a chair

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  8. Toni

    It’s an absolutely beautiful cat…but with the over population of domestic breeds of cats I adopt from the shelter and admire the wild ones like the Leopard-cat on the computer screen. If I adopted one, with my luck, it would attack and eat my favorite pair of slippers!

    I send donations to the organizations that work at protecting wild animals (especially cats) because I know if it is a wild animal put in the confinements of a home it will still be wild and unhappy.

    • Animal Of The Day

      Hey Toni thank you for your comment. Not the slippers that is an absolute no go!

  9. John

    You really take a chance when you want to own any wild animal and you never know whether they’ll turn on you or one of your family. Any wild animal that lives in the wild has a hard time adapting to stay in a home.


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