Other name(s): Reed Cat; Swamp Cat; Chat De Jungle; Chat Des Marais; Gato De La Jungla
Scientific name: Felis chaus
Jungle Cats are native to much of Asia, from Egypt in the west to India, Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia. They inhabit savannas, tropical dry forests and reedbeds along rivers and lakes, but, despite the name, are not found in rainforests. Although Jungle Cats are listed as least concern in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, some populations of subspecies are declining in several countries and areas.
Although never truly domesticated, a small number of Jungle Cats have been found among the cat mummies of Ancient Egypt (the vast majority of which are domestic cats), suggesting that they may have been used to help control rodent populations. Today, the Jungle Cat is used in breeding programs, and has been hybridized with the domestic cat to produce the Chausie and Junglebob breeds.
Appearance / health:
Somewhat larger than domestic cats, jungle cats range from 55 to 94 centimetres (22 to 37 in) in length, plus a relatively short 20 to 31 centimetres (7.9 to 12 in) tail, and stand about 36 centimetres (14 in) tall. Weight varies across the range from 3 to 12 kilograms (6.6 to 26 lb). Males are slightly larger than females. The face is relatively slender, with large rounded ears. Due to the long legs and short tail, and the fact that the ears bear a tuft of black hair, this cat resembles a small lynx (hence the name "swamp lynx").
Dependent on the subspecies the colour of the fur is yellowish-grey to reddish-brown or tawny-grey, and is ticked with black. Vertical bars are visible on the fur of kittens, which disappear in adult cats, although a few dark markings may be retained on the limbs or tail. The muzzle is white, and the underside is paler in color than the rest of the body.
In the wild, Felis chaus preys on hares and other small mammals, ground birds, snakes, lizards and frogs.
beautiful animal, cute kitten
captivity, large secure enclosure, house, half acre, raw meat, wild animals
I've had several species of this cat for about forty years now. I do not recommend this cat as a pet or that it be kept by anyone but a professional. They are not easy to keep because they will continue to try to escape all their life.
In captivity these cats are constantly moving and watching you. They are a beautiful animal. I've started with a very young animal on several occasions and tried to tame them but it just never worked as it has with many cats of other species. I've been working with exotic and wild animals all my life and Jungle Cats were and continue to be the hardest to work with.
Over the years I've ended up with several of these cats because people tried to keep them in their house and then they realized they did not have a animal that could live in the house with them. They may start out as a cute kitten but they end up a wild animal that no one but a professional should try to keep.
You need a permit in most areas and they need a large secure enclosure of at least a half acre in size for them to have any kind of quality of life. You will also need to feed them raw meat on a daily basis for the cat to be healthy and happy. As you can see this is not a cat for a house..
From thomasbyers Apr 9 2013 8:40AM