Black Footed Cat Facts
- The Black Footed Cat remains one of the smallest known species of a wild feline on earth. Can you believe that this adorable little creature actually ranks as a wildcat?
- It also has a highly solitary nature and almost completely nocturnal behavior. This animal rarely emerges from its resting places before sunset, at which time they hunt their prey.
- Due to these factors, men rarely see it, thus we still know little about them. Its numbers appear to be few, however, so the IUCN lists the Black Footed Cat as Vulnerable.
- Uniquely, it also seems to be a relatively poor climber for a feline and avoids climbing when possible.
Black Footed Cat Physical Characteristics
In spite of the descriptive name, only the bottom of the feet of the Black Footed Cat appears fully black in color (still, the name fits).
The species displays a moderate degree of sexual dimorphism. The adult male Black Footed Cat averages roughly 4.2 lb (1.9 kg) in weight, while the female usually only reaches 2.9 lb (1.3 kg) in weight.
The species remains smaller than many domesticated felines. Head to body length averages roughly 17 in (43 cm) among males while the female grows slightly shorter in length.
The ears have a rounded shape, and the eyes appear comparatively large.
The fur varies in color from tawny to cinnamon, with patterns of dark spots forming rings on various body locations.
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Chordata
- Class: Mammalia
- Order: Carnivora
- Family: Felidae
- Genus: Felis
- Species: F. nigripes