There are many unique and wondrous cat breeds on earth, such as Siberian and Tabby cat, Siamese cat, Abysinnian cat and Bengal cat which are classified as exotic animals, then we have Angora, English Shorthair, and many others that I can’t name. Variety cat’s breeds was a heaven for all cat’s lovers around the world. As you know, my dear friends, cat is the second most famous pet on earth after dogs.
They were absolutely fun companion in the house, adorable, love to cuddling and at the same time, they could annoy us so much with their ignorance behavior. In short, life would never be flat anymore when you have cat inside your house. However, keep a pet would always come with responsibility. Supply all the needs of pet such healthy diet, toys for play, and bring the pet to regular check-up to ensure their health. Keep in mind my friends, heart disease is one of the common disease among cats.
A complete medical review would help you to prevent and notice abnormal progress within cat’s body. Furthermore, there’s a horrendous experiment associated with cat that happened in these modern days, it is about cat cloning. Yes, actually is not very surprising anymore because cloning is an old notion we frequently heard. Perhaps, the surprising part is that the ability of technology to make the notion come true; and yes, the first cat cloning was successfully held in Beijing China by a company called Sinogene.
However, we would not talk about this today, folks. Today, we would talk about one of the most unique cat on earth called rusty-spotted cat. Do you ever heard about them? So, without further do, here are 4 unique facts about rusty-spotted cat in Asia.
Rusty-spotted cat reportedly only be found around Sri Lanka and India, which is one of the smallest species of family members. But, in 2012 the species was found in Nepal specifically in the Terai. For now, the species population have been listed by IUCN Red List of Near Threatened global species. Rusty-spotted cat distribution was quite restricted; they love to live among dry and moist deciduous forests, grassland, and scrub. They also prefer a place which is rocky and vegetation areas.
As originated animal of India, you could found this cat almost on every part of India, especially in eastern such as Maharashtra’s Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve, in Eastern Ghats, and Gujarat’s Gir National Park. In Nepal around March 2012, rusty-spotted cat was spot in Bardia National Park, and followed in 2016 in Suklaphanta Wildlife Reserve. Unfortunately their population was threatened with habitat loss both in Nepal and India. Not to mention some illegal tread and hunt for their skins.
Of course, the official parties and some other wildlife organization have tried their best to stop the animal cruelty and illegal trade that happened. So, after learned a little bit background story of rusty-spotted cat, it’s time for us to learn about 4 unique facts about rusty-spotted cat in Asia.
Unique facts about Rusty-spotted Cat
1. The Smallest Asia’s Cat
I give a short explanation on the beginning that rusty-spotted cat was one of the smallest species among other family members. Keep in mind, they were not the smallest cat in the world, but they were the smallest cat in Asia. The largest rusty-spotted that ever been caught is approximately about 19 inches in length and the weight is not more than 3.5 pounds. Please note this, although rusty-spotted cat was very adorable animal to pet, it is not a suitable species to keep as pet.
Furthermore, when rusty-spotted reach the adulthood, their body sizes would be easily fit in human adult palm. Yes, this is how small they were; by the way, these days, mostly you could only see this cat only in zoos. Do not expect that you would see them in the wildlife, because it’s certainly rare cases.
2. The Number of Kittens
The mating season of rusty-spotted is relatively brief than other species due the attack of predators. In the wildlife, the female rusty-spotted become the vulnerable one for attack. Each pregnancy of this unique cat could deliver about one to three kittens, but in most cases rusty-spotted commonly only deliver one kitten per-pregnancy.
There are two months long for gestation period, and the kittens would stay with their mother until they reach particular ages when they could take care of themselves. They would categorize as an adult after they reach sexual maturity.
3. One of the Rarest Species on Earth
It it absolutely normal for people not knowing the existence of rusty-spotted cat, because – yes, they were one of the rarest cat’s species on earth. As I mentioned previously, this particular cat only be found in Nepal and India, plus, they prefer to hide themselves from human sights. No stern behavior studies have been made about rusty-spotted cat; they were very private and perhaps introvert if I must say.
They would avoid and as much as possible disappears from human detection. Although they (rusty-spotted cat) try as hard as possible to remains invisible in human sight, as one of the most unique cat in the world, I think it would be hard for people to not recognize them. What do you think, buddy?
4. The Distribution around the World
You might so surprise about out last fact of rusty-spotted cat, but there are only about 56 individuals that kept in zoos all over the world. Yes, only 56! But, these numbers are perhaps enough source to learn more about rusty-spotted natural behavior and temperament – but wait, that’s what we thought, right? Unfortunately, my dear friends, there’s a thick difference between the wild rusty-spotted with the captivated ones.
All captivated animal included rusty-spotted would maintain their relationship with the keepers – remember, in wildlife, rusty would try as best as possible to avoid contact with human. The captivation condition force rusty to change their behavior, and they were nothing more but domesticated cat. So, I guess if your intention is to learn about rusty true behavior and habit, captivated rusty would not help you that much, my dear friends.