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Rusty Spotted Cat Facts

Rusty Spotted Cat Common Name: Rusty Spotted Cat Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata (Vertebrata) Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora Family: Felidae Genus: Felinae (Prionailurus) Species: rubiginosus Misc.: One of the smallest cats in the world. Sub-species: P.r. rubiginosa - India P.r. phillipsi – Sri Lanka Size and Appearance: Another of the small cats about which little is known, this cat has a grayish coat with reddish brown spots, and is referred to as a smaller "washed-out" version of the Leopard Cat. The belly and inside Read More

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Pampas Cat Facts

Pampas Cat Common: Pampas Cat Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata (Vertebrata) Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora Family: Felidae Genus: Felinae  (Oncifelis) Species: colocolo Photo by:  Francisco Erize Misc.: The taxonomic evaluation of 96 museum specimens has lead to the conclusion that given the geographic differences of this cat, the "Pampas Cat" may actually be 3 distinct species: Lynchailurus pajeros (high Andes from Equador to Patagonia and throughout Argentina), L. braccatus (Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay), and L. colocolo (Chile). Read More

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Margay Facts

MARGAY Common Name: Margay Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata (Vertebrata) Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora Family: Felidae Genus: Felinae (Leopardus) Species: wiedii Misc.: Of all of the felines, the Margay is most adapted for a true arboreal life. It is the only cat to possess the ability to rotate its hind legs 180° , enabling it to run head first down trees like squirrels. It can also hang from a branch by one hind foot! Sub-species: Size and Appearance: This cat is often confused with its near relatives the Ocelot and Read More

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Jaguarundi Facts

Jaguarundi Common Name: Jaguarundi Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata (Vertebrata) Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora Family: Felidae Genus: Felinae (Felis) Species: yaguarondi Sub Species: (herpailurus yaguarondi fossata) Guatemalan Jaguarundi(H.y. cacomitli) gulf coast jaguarundi  (H.y. panamensis) Panamanian jaguarundi (H.y. toleteca) Sinaloan jaguarundi Misc.: While Jaguarundis are not native to the south-eastern United States, it is believed that a feral population exists in Florida, established from an introduced population Read More

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Iriomote Cat Facts

Iriomote Cat Common Name: Iriomote Cat Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata (Vertebrata) Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora Family: Felidae Genus: Felinae (Prionailurus) Species: bengalensis iriomotensis Photo by C. Allan Morgan Misc.: This cat was originally thought to be a unique species based on some of its characteristics and the fact that it is limited to the Iriomote Island . Today, however, it is classified as a subspecies of the Leopard Cat. Because it is still being debated where this cat actually belongs in the taxonomic classification Read More

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Golden Cat Facts

African Golden Cats (see Asian below) Common Name: African Golden Cat Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata (Vertebrata) Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora Family: Felidae Genus: Felinae (Profelis) Species: aurata  Photo By: Christina Loke Misc.: This cat was originally classified as 2 distinct species due to color variations. The red phase was called the "Golden" cat, while the gray phase was called the "Silver" cat. Today, they are recognized as a single species with 2 color variations. It is referred to in some areas Read More

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Pallas Cat Facts

Pallas Cat Common Name: Manul  (a.k.a. Pallas’s Cat)Kingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: Chordata (Vertebrata)Class: MammaliaOrder: CarnivoraFamily: FelidaeGenus: Felinae (Octocolobus)Species: manulMisc.: Peter Pallas who first described this cat, erroneously suggested that it was the ancestor of the Persian breeds of domestic cats because of its long fur, stocky build and flattened face. Captive Pallas’s cats have lived up to 11.5 years Size and Appearance: This small cat weighs in between 5 – 9 lb. with a head and body length of 19.5 – Read More

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Flat Headed Cat Facts

Flat Headed Cat Common Name: Flat Headed Cat KingdomAnimalia Phylum: Chordata (Vertebrata) Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora Family: Felidae Genus: Felinae (Prionailurus)                                               Photo by Anthony Bannister Species: planiceps Misc.: In captivity, it was discovered that these cats possess a "raccoon-like" quality and will wash objects in water. Size and Appearance: One of the most unique and unusual members of the cat family, the Flat Headed cat is ideally Read More

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Bobcat

Common Name: BobcatKingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: Chordata (Vertebrata)Class: MammaliaOrder: CarnivoraFamily: FelidaeGenus: Felinae (Lynx)Species: rufusSub-Species: L.r. escuinapae    Mexican bobcatMisc: This cat is named for its short tail. Size and Appearance: The Bobcat is a medium sized cat with a ruff of fur around the sides of the face. They weigh between 13-30 pounds, stand 21 inches high and are 30-50 inches long. The bobcats in the North tend to be larger than those in the south. Their coat color varies and has been recorded in shades Read More