The Rusty-Spotted Cat Is The Smallest Wild Cat In The World
The rusty-spotted cat (Prionailurus rubiginosus) is one of the smallest wild cat species in the world – 14 to 19 inches in length, with a 5.9 to 12 inch tail, and weighs between 2 to 3.5 lbs. The cat is found only in India and Sri Lanka, mostly in forested areas but also scrub and grasslands. It is estimated that there are less than 10,000 mature cats in the wild.
Rusty-spotted cats have short and soft fur. Their coat is grey with small rusty-brown spots on the flanks, back and head area.
At birth, the kittens weigh just 60 to 77 g (2.1 to 2.7 oz), and are marked with rows of black spots. They reach sexual maturity at around 68 weeks, by which time they have developed the distinctive adult coat pattern of rusty blotches.