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Angel & Neptune, Fishing cats

By Misty56    
Angel and Neptune Taken at Whf, Wednesday 31st Ocotober

Fishing cats have grey coats with black stripes on their face and the middle of their back, and black spots on the main body.
They have a mid lenght tail and proportionately small head to body size.
Webbed feet to aid swimming.
Fishing cats are one of only 4 cats that have non retractable claws.

Weight
Males 15-20kg
Females 10-15kg
Diet Fish, frogs, small mammals and birds are all on the menu!

Breeding
Fishing cats are fully mature at c18months. As they are from reasonably tropical habitats they are not particulary seasonal breeders.
Gestation is approximately 90 days. 1-4 kittens; dependant for approx. 9 months before beginning to find own food.
Longevity In the wild approx. 12 years; and approx. 15 in capativity.

Interesting Facts A fishing cat will pat the surface of water to draw fish to the surface; then either fish them out with a paw, or dive in and grab with their mouth.

Tags: Captive Cats Water Wild Fish Strips Whf Pets and captive animals Reeds Uk

Voters: tezquirk, ValSaxby, CaroleS and 12 more


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Comments


ValSaxby Plus
10 145 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2012 3:23PM
Lovely capture at the end of our day at WHF - good to see you again.

Val

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User_Removed 3 4 1 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2012 4:18PM
Stunning photo Elaine (I think these were my favourities of the whole day) mind you they were all equally brillaint. Bob
SUE118 Plus
8 8 1 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2012 4:49PM
Wow I've never heard of Fishing cats but aren't they beautiful.
Lillian Plus
7 21 17 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2012 9:09PM
Lovely image and good timing Elaine
was good meeting you
Lillian
AnnChown Plus
6 198 1 United Kingdom
3 Nov 2012 11:26AM
Excellent image Elaine - I think these were among my favourite cats. A great shot showing them in their environment.
Ann

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