Asian golden cat is a medium-sized wild cat native to, as its name suggests, Asia. Depending on the location, this predator has many names. Thus, in Thailand and Burma, you will hear the name “fire cat”, while in the parts of China this beauty is known as the “rock cat”. Some powerful names, don’t you agree?

Asian golden cat

Where can we find the Asian golden cat?

Unlike its close relative, the African golden cat, this one is found on the other side of the world, in Asia. More precisely, it occurs in Southeast, from Nepal and Tibet to Southern China, Sumatra, and India. Forest habitats with rocky areas, along with tropical and subtropical evergreen rainforests are this cat’s favorite habitats. But, did you know our predator was spotted in Bhutan at an elevation of over 12,000 feet?

Asian golden cat

Size and appearance.

The stocky build appearance of this cat formed the second largest category of Asiatic felines. Moreover, it comes in a variety of colors. Thus, the fur ranges from cinnamon to various shades of brown, gray, and black. There are some cats with spotted and striped markings, in appearance similar to an ocelot. The head-to-body length is from 26 to 41 inches, and the weight goes between 20 and 35 pounds.

What does the Asian golden cat eat?

This nocturnal predator is a carnivore, often eating small prey. This can include small snakes and other reptiles, rodents, birds, and young hares. Moreover, in the mountains, the diet is a bit different. Individuals who live here will feed on larger animals like wild pig, water buffalo calves, and deer. Finally, those who live near humans will hunt on domesticated sheep, goats, and poultry.

Reproduction.

These cats are polygynous, which means the males have an exclusive right to mate with multiple females. Sexual maturity is reached between 18 and 24 months. After a gestation period of about 81 days, the mother gives birth to one to three kittens. The babies will stay close to their mother until 9 months when they reach independence.

Did you know the Asian golden cat was first described in 1827 by Coenraad Jacob Temminck?

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