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Fishing Cat

Fishing Cat Facts

Size 22.4-29.5 inch (57-75 cm); 15.7 inch (40 cm) (shoulder height)
Speed Up to 34 mph (55 km/h)
Weight 11-35 lb (5-16 kg)
Lifespan 10-12 years
Food Fish, frogs, insects, crustaceans, mice, birds
Predators -
Habitat Nepal, India, Thailand, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka
Order Carnivores
Family Cats
Scientific name Prionailurus viverrinus
Characteristics Uses its paws for fishing

Main Characteristics

Author SarahRThe fishing cat has an olive-grey coat with dark stripes, oval dots and a white tummy. Its head is long and narrow.


A Cat As Pirate

Contrary to other cats, the fishing cat is not afraid of water. It likes to wade, swim or dive in waters to catch fish, frogs and other animals. Its paws even have some sort of webbings.

Fishing Cats Are Aggressive

The fishing cat is considered to be extremely aggressive. Its small size does not even prevent it from attacking adult cattle. Fishing cats are also said to have killed dogs that have threatened them.

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Enemies and Threats

Fishing Cats Are Endangered

The IUCN estimates that there are less than 10,000 fishing cats living in the world today. They are categorized as a vulnerable species. The IUCN is an international organization committed to the protection of nature and species. For example, it puts together the “red list of threatened species”.

Fishing Cat Fishing Cat - Photo: Silke/


After about 60-70 days, the babies are being born. Normally there are one to four baby fishing cats that just weigh about 5.2 oz (150 g) each. After about two weeks they open their eyes and stay with their mother for several months.

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The Fishing Cat Is Related To:

  • Leopard Cat
  • Sunda Leopard Cat

Animals in the Same Biome:

Fishing Cat Fishing Cat - Photo: Silke/

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