Rusty Spotted Cat

Rusty Spotted Cat (Prionailurus rubiginosus)


The rusty-spotted cat is the smallest wild cat. It is 35 to 48 cm in length, with a 15 to 30 cm tail, and weighs only 0.9 to 1.6 kg . The short fur is grey over most of the body, with rusty spots over the back and flanks. The darker colored tail is thick and about half the length of the body, and the spots are less distinct. They feed mainly on rodents and birds, but may also hunt lizards, frogs, and insects. They hunt primarily on the ground, making rapid, darting movements to catch their prey.