Fishing cat is a type of wild cat. This species is found throughout South East Asia. Its scientific name is Prionailurus viverrinus. These cats were first described by Bennet in 1883. They belong to the Felidae family. This cat species proves the common belief wrong that cats do not like water.
They are one of the best swimmers around and are completely at home in the water. They are found in a variety of watery habitats including mangrove swamps, marshy thickets, tidal creeks, oxbow lakes etc.
Quick Facts: –
- Fishing cats can survive at altitudes of up to 5000 feet.
- Females have a gestation period of 63 days. They can produce a litter of 1-4 kittens.
- They are nocturnal animals as they are more active during the night.
- They maintain a home territory and to mark this out, they use different techniques like cheek rubbing, head rubbing and spraying with urine.
- They are solitary animals except during the mating season. Females produce chucking calls to males when they are ready to mate.
- Their average life span is about ten years in captivity.
- Their diet mainly consists of fish but they also dine on other prey found in the water like crabs, crayfish etc.
- They have a long stocky body and relatively short legs, a short thick tail with a broad head.
- The size of an adult fishing cat ranges from 57-78 centimeters and it weighs between 5-16 kilograms.
- Humans are the only predator of the fishing cat.