Mammal

Fishing cat

Area: 
Parts of southwest India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Thailand, Burma, China, Java, and Sumatra
Habitat: 
Wetlands, tropical forests
Food: 
Fish, crabs, crayfish, frogs, snakes, rodents, ducks
Size: 
22 to 45 inches long, males larger than females; 14 inches tall at shoulder.
Babies: 
Litter of 1 to 4 kittens born in the spring.
Fishing cats have been seen swimming underwater to grab a duck’s legs!
Splashy Cat

 

 

Have you heard that cats don’t like water? Well, that’s only true of some cats. Fishing cats are one of the best swimmers around.

 

A fishing cat’s paws have webbing between the toes to help it swim. The wide paws also help it walk through muddy areas without sinking.

 

You can probably guess what these cats eat—fish!. Of course, they don’t use a fishing pole! Instead, the cats wade in shallow water and use their paws to scoop fish out of the water.

 

Sometimes they dive into deeper areas and catch a meal with their teeth.