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Asian and African Golden Cats - Facts and Pictures

Updated on May 16, 2016
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Linda Crampton is a science teacher with an honors degree in biology. She loves to study nature and write about animals and plants.

The Asian golden cat
The Asian golden cat | Source

Beautiful Wild Cats

Golden cats are beautiful, medium-sized wild cats that live in Asia and Africa. Unfortunately, their populations are classified as near threatened. The Asian or Asiatic golden cat, Pardofelis temminckii, lives in forests of Southeast Asia. The African golden cat, Profelis aurata, lives in the rainforests of Central and Western Africa.

The cats are often golden in color, which gives them their name, but they may also have red-brown, dark brown, grey or even black fur. The fur often has lighter or darker spots or stripes. Although the two species look quite similar to each other, there are actually many differences between them and they aren't closely related.

African golden cats are very reclusive animals. Most sightings are either of dead animals or of animals filmed by camera traps. Little is known about the animals' lives beyond very basic information. No cats are kept in captivity at the moment, although a few have been in the past.

Asian golden cats are reclusive, but scientists know more about them they do about the African cat. Some Asian cats live in captivity, where they can be photographed and studied. Much more needs to be discovered about their lives in the wild, however.

Asian Golden Cat (Tibetan Subspecies) at the Edinburgh Zoo

The Asian or Asiatic Golden Cat

The Asian golden cat is sometimes known as Temminck's cat, after the Dutch biologist Coenraad Temminck. He was the first person to describe the animal to western scientists. The current scientific name of the animal is Pardofelis temminckii, but until quite recently it was known as Catopuma temminckii. The older name is still used by some people.

Asian golden cats are about two to three times larger than a large housecat. Although their fur is generally golden or red-brown, the coat has a surprising variety of color and pattern variations. In China there is a heavily spotted form that resembles an ocelot. This form has also been seen in Bhutan. There are also grey and black forms.

Based on observations made so far, all of the cats have white or cream lines on their faces, even if their coat is plain and unspotted. Many have black spots and stripes on a white background on their throat and chest.

A captive Asian golden cat with meat
A captive Asian golden cat with meat | Source

The Life of an Asian Golden Cat

Asian golden cats are solitary cats in the wild. They are found in a variety of dry and moist forest types, including deciduous forests, evergreen forests and tropical rainforests. They've also been seen in areas with shrubs, on grassland and even in open, rocky areas. They generally live a secretive life in the forest, however.

The cats can climb trees but usually hunt on the ground. They feed on rodents, birds, reptiles and small deer. They are good hunters and can catch animals that are bigger than themselves.

It was once thought that African golden cats were nocturnal. However, with the aid of radio-collars attached to two animals, scientists have found that they may be active during the day or the night.

The animals can produce a wide variety of sounds, including growls, hisses, gurgles and purrs. They also communicate with other cats by marking their territory with urine and with chemicals from scent glands on their paws and face. Scent is released as an animal scratches and as it rubs its head against objects.

An Asian golden cat at the Edinburgh Zoo
An Asian golden cat at the Edinburgh Zoo | Source

Reproduction

Asian golden cats produce their kittens in a burrow on the ground or in a hollow tree. Most of the details about the cats' reproduction has been obtained from captive animals. The animals may behave differently in the wild.

In captivity, the cats breed at any time of the year. The females are ready to breed at between 18 and 24 months of age. Males are sexually mature at about two years old. After a gestation period of around eighty-one days, between one and three babies are born. Usually only one baby is born, however. The youngsters are weaned when they are six months old.

Distribution

In the wild, the Asian golden cat has been seen in the following countries.

  • China
  • Tibet
  • Nepal
  • Northeast India
  • Bhutan
  • Bangladesh
  • Myanmar
  • Thailand
  • Lao PDR (Laos)
  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia
  • Malaysia
  • Indonesia

Another Asian golden cat in a zoo
Another Asian golden cat in a zoo | Source

Captive Animals

Since the golden cat population is in trouble in the wild, one goal of keeping the Asian cats in captivity - at least at reputable organizations - is to produce kittens. However, it has been difficult to get the cats to breed because they are very aggressive towards each other. There have been some cat deaths after introducing males and females and some parents have killed their kittens.

On April 17th, 2013, a captive Asian golden cat gave birth to a male and female kitten after artificial insemination. This process hadn't been used in golden cats before. The birth took place at Allwetter Zoo in Munster, Germany. The mother took care of the male kitten, but since she was ignoring the female this baby was hand-reared. The siblings were allowed to play together indoors while their mother was in the outdoor enclosure. The knowledge gained in the creation and care of these kittens may be very useful in the future.

Golden Cat Vital Statistics

Feature
Asian Golden Cat
African Golden Cat
Length
Head and body length of 26 to 41 inches
Head and body length of 24 to 40 inches
Height
Up to 22 inches at the shoulder
Up to 20 inches at the shoulder
Weight
25 to 35 pounds
24 to 30 pounds
Longevity
Up to 20 years in captivity
Up to 12 years in captivity - based on limited data
Values are based on our limited knowledge of golden cats and are approximate. They may change as we gain more knowledge about the cats.
Another Asian golden cat (perhaps a young one)
Another Asian golden cat (perhaps a young one) | Source

The African Golden Cat

An African golden cat is about twice the size of a large domestic cat. Like the Asian cats, the African ones have a variety of colors. They are often golden or orange-red but may also be red-brown, grey or black. Their face appears to lack the white lines of the Asian cat, or at least the lines aren't as distinct. The belly has dark blotches on a light background.

African golden cats are solitary and territorial. They are thought to mark their territory as the Asian cats do. The African cats seem to be mainly nocturnal, but they have been seen hunting during the day. They live in tropical rainforests of Equatorial Africa.

Analysis of feces suggests that rodents are the main component of the cats' diet. They also catch other prey, including birds, small monkeys and duikers (a type of antelope).

The gestation period of the African golden cat is (apparently) 73 days to 78 days. One or two babies are born in a hidden den.

An African Golden Cat in the Wild

An Elusive Animal

Many of the photos and videos of the African golden cat have been obtained by an organization called Panthera. The goal of this organization is to save the wild cat populations of the world. It has set up camera traps in areas that are believed to be frequented by golden cats and has obtained some interesting results.

A camera "trap" doesn't hurt animals; it's simply a place where a camera is triggered to take photos or film without human input. A trap may use a motion sensor, an infrared sensor or a light beam to trigger the camera when something moves in front of it.

Distribution of the African golden cat
Distribution of the African golden cat | Source

Camera Trap Video of an African Golden Cat and Monkeys

Population Status of Golden Cats

The populations of both the African and the Asian golden cats are classified as near threatened by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). It's hard to get an accurate population count for the animals since they usually avoid the presence of humans, but all the signs indicate that the populations are decreasing.

The forests in which the cats live are being destroyed and fragmented to provide land for agriculture. This is thought to be the main reason for the cats' population decline, as it is for many other animals. Fragmentation is dangerous for a population if animals are unable to travel between the "islands" of habitat. It can isolate the animals, preventing mating or reducing diversity and genetic vigor in a population.

The Asian cat is suffering from both habitat destruction and heavy hunting for its gorgeous fur. It's also hunted for its bones, which are valuable in traditional Chinese medicine. The cat is legally protected in much of its range, but illegal hunting occurs. Both the Asian and the Afican cats are sometimes killed because they attack domestic animals such as chicken, goats and sheep.

It's interesting that even in this day and age there are still large animals that are mysterious. Losing the beautiful African and Asian golden cats would be very sad, especially before we've got to know them properly.

© 2013 Linda Crampton

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      So beautiful and graceful and primitive....we need to find a way to protect these gracious animals....it is to our benefit and the benefit of our children that we do.

      Great information, Alicia.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I agree with you very much, Bill - we do need to find a way to protect these wonderful cats. Thank you for the visit and the comment.

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      iguidenetwork 3 years ago from Austin, TX

      Indeed, and rather mysterious cats. Thanks for offering us information about them and their habits. Up and useful. :)

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you, iguidenetwork. I appreciate your visit and votes.

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      Thanks, Alicia, for the interesting introduction to Asian and African cats. When I read the title, I thought I would be learning more about cats like tigers and leopards and such. Who knew!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, drbj. Thanks for the visit! Golden cats aren't very well known. They are interesting animals, though.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      My goodness what a beautiful hub on these beautiful creatures

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much, Frank! It's so nice to meet you.

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Alicia. What a beautiful animal. I had not heard of this cat before reading your Hub so thank you for educating me. We need to somehow protect these beautiful creature so future generations can enjoy their beauty. Voted up, shared, pinned, etc..

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      It was nice learning about this fascinating animal. I hope they don't become extinct. Thanks for introducing us to the golden cat!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the vote, the share and the pin, Bill. I hope that golden cats do survive. They are wonderful animals.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the visit, Rebecca. I appreciate your comment!

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      A brilliant share Alicia.

      Enjoy your weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much, Eddy. I hope that you enjoy your weekend too!

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      Susan Bailey 3 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      What amazingly beautiful cats these are. Marvellous hub. voted up and shared with my followers.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the vote and the share, Sue. I agree - golden cats are beautiful!

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      Peter Dickinson 3 years ago from South East Asia

      Thank you for your interesting article. I have previously worked with the African Golden Cat. Very rarely saw it active during the day. I have seen a few dozen of the Asians in collections on my travels including an albino in Laos.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the comment, Peter. It's very interesting to hear from someone who has personal experience with golden cats!

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Thank you Alicia for covering a less known feline species. This hub was very informative.

      As a wildlife conservationist (but not an animal right activist), I try my best to get involved with conservation of our endangered fauna. I was a bit less concerned about the declining status of golden cats, because I had thought that they are found in economically developed and socially conscious countries of southeast Asia. This was a wrong assumption considering the fact that 75% of the time I am doing something for protecting gray wolves found in the USA and Canada.

      The biggest problem I see confronting our precious wildlife is poaching for pseudo medical reasons. Habitat destruction can be controlled through making national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, but poaching for medical reasons and fur is plain sickness of mind and need some revolutionary counter-measures.

      Thank you again for sharing an excellent hub.

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      Thomas Silvia 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend, such an interesting article on these beautiful Asian and African cats. Loved all the awesome photos of these beautiful cats . Well done !

      Vote up and more !!! Sharing !

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      Helen Murphy Howell 3 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      What beautiful animals and a very interesting hub about them. It's the first of me really finding out about these remarkable cats and what interesting animals they are! It's always so sad though to hear that yet another species are just about endangered - what a sad loss this would be!

      Beautiful hub + voted up + shared!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for such a detailed and interesting comment, Suhail and my dog. I agree with you - poaching for medical reasons or obtaining fur is something that definitely requires revolutionary methods to change people's mindset.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Tom. Thanks for the votes and the share! Golden cats are beautiful. It's interesting to learn about them.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Seeker7. It's always sad when an animal population is in trouble, but I think it's especially so when an animal is little known. There is so much more to discover about the golden cats and their lives! Thank you for the comment, the vote and the share - I appreciate them all.

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      truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Hope we are able to save these beautiful cats. Thanks for the education. Voted up and useful.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the comment and the votes, truthfornow! Like you, I very much hope that these cats can be saved.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Sadly, human intervention is doing more native things than positive. Habitat loss has always been a big problem, especially in the areas that you are addressing. If kittens can be raised in captivity, that will be a partial positive step, but these animals cannot be released into the wild. They cannot cope. Raising and impregnating these animals in captivity is a chore, since these animals don't like humans. I hope it works out, as we cannot afford to lose any more animals.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Deb. Yes, helping endangered animals can be a difficult task. Like you, I hope the situation improves for golden cats. Thank you for the thoughtful and interesting comment.

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      mjkearn 3 years ago

      Hi Alicia

      Congratulations on HOTD. So well deserved for such a wonderful hub.

      Stunning animals and stunning article. Thanks for sharing.

      MJ.

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      SandCastles 3 years ago

      Beautiful cats! People have to stop going after animals for their fur; it is terrible. Watch Kids In The Hall, "TRAPPER" on youtube (French Canadian trappers trap business people to take their suits).

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      Jared Miles 3 years ago from Australia

      Some beautiful and inspirational imagery of equally beautiful and inspirational creatures. Thanks for some great-quality education AliciaC, and congrats on a HOTD award.

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      Firoz 3 years ago from India

      Nice article. Worth hub of the day... Voted up and useful.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      Congrats on HOTD. Great hub. Beautiful cats. It's to bad they are endangered and hope something can be done. Voted up

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      TenSplash 3 years ago from Scotland

      Interesting hub. Nicely researched and written. Good job. Congrats on getting HOTD.

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      Donald 3 years ago from Florida

      I had never heard of this type of cat before this hub. It is amazing the golden cats resemblance to tigers. I really loved this hub and the information is great. It is interesting to think about the animals that we don't see everyday that exist out there. Thanks again!

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      Sheila Brown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      What a wonderful hub, Alicia! I always enjoy learning more about the world's wildlife. It is a shame there are so many species of animals that are either endangered or close to being endangered due to us humans. Let's hope that bringing attention to these animals can be of some help. I would like to add a link to this hub in my hubs on the serval and the caracal, as well as on my wildlife blog. Great job here! Congratulations on Hub of the Day! Voted up, useful, interesting and pinning! :)

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Congrats on winning HOTD! It's nice to see a familiar face win it.

      This is a beautiful article. It's full of facts and stunning pictures of these graceful animals. Thank you for sharing this with us. It looks like you did quite a bit of research to put this together.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Congrats Alicia on a really deserving HOTD.

      Lovely interesting article on this beautiful cat, hopefully it will not become extinct or so endangered we loose another gorgeous animal. Voted up, useful, interesting, shared!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the lovely comment and the congratulations, MJ!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      That sounds like a very interesting video, SandCastles! I'll look for it.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much, Jared. I appreciate the comment and the congratulations.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the comment and the votes, jabelufiroz!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the congratulations and the vote, moonlake. I hope that golden cats can be protected, too.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the visit, the comment and the congratulations, TenSplash!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, bestcattree. Thank you for the comment. It is very interesting to think about the lesser known animals!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Sheila. I agree - it is a great shame that human activity is endangering so many types of wildlife. Thank you so much for the comment, the links, the votes and the pin! I appreciate them all.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the comment and the congratulations, Kathryn. I appreciate your visit!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Suzie. Thank you very much for the comment, the votes and the share!

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Congratulations, AliciaC, on Hub Of the Day. This article is truly deserving of that award. These cats are truly fascinating creatures and you've really captured their alure with detailed facts, pictures, videos and maps. Quite interesting.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the comment and the congratulations, Peg. Writing about golden cats is interesting!

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Congrats on your Hub of the Day fort his interesting look at golden cats. Clearly, there are several factors at work against the preservation of this animal, but it's good to know that efforts continue. Thanks, too, for posting several photos of this beautiful cat.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you, RTalloni. I appreciate your comment.

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      Comfort Babatola 3 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      This is a great hub of vital information on a cat species that isn't well known. I hope the hunting stops so we can have these beauties around to balance nature.

      Congrats on a well deserved HOTD award! :)

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I hadn't heard of these cats before reading your hub. They certainly are beautiful- I love the pictures as well. Voted up -interesting and beautiful.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you, ComfortB. I appreciate the congratulations! I hope that the hunting of golden cats stops, too.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, epbooks. Yes, golden cats are beautiful! Thank you for the comment and the votes.

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      You just introduced me to a new cat! These are beautiful. Africa is on my "bucket list". There are so many animals I'd like to see.

      Congrats on a great HOTD. Well deserving. I enjoyed your photos, too.

      Voted UP and shared.

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      anita saran 3 years ago

      Excellent informative hub. What a beautiful animal. I hope it makes it out of the endangered list and I hope people stop breeding uncontrollably, and occupying space that is required by our fellow creatures.

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      CMHypno 3 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Congratulations on HOTD Alicia and thank you for introducing me to golden cats. I'd never heard of them before, so thank you for your great information

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      Carola Finch 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Beautiful article and well done. One of the best collections of wild cats I have seen are at the Cinncinati Zoo in Ohio. Worth taking in for cat lovers.

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      Stephanie Bradberry 3 years ago from New Jersey

      This is very informative and useful. The face of these golden cats reminds me a bit of ocelots. Congratulations on your Hub of the Day!

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      Paradise7 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      They are really beautiful animals. They look like leopards to me. I hope they are preserved. They are endangered like many forest animals as civilization encroaches on their habitat. It doesn't help that they are such solitary animals.

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      Abdus Salam 3 years ago from Bangladesh

      Very informative hub. Thanks for sharing..

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      Yoleen Lucas 3 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      Thanks for this wonderful hub! I'm a huge cat lover myself. I wonder if the Golden Cat can be tamed as a pet?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm back to congratulate you on the Hub of the Day! Well deserved my friend. Bravo!

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      KawikaChann 3 years ago from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place

      Nicely done Alicia - cat looks like just a bigger house cat... lol. Congrats on HOTD. Upvoted/awesome/following. Peace. Kawi.

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      Barbara El Wilson 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Very informative!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Mary. There are so many animals that I'd love to see, too! Thank you very much for the vote and the share.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, anita. Yes, golden cats are beautiful. I hope they survive. Thank you very much for the visit.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the congratulations and the comment, Cynthia.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks, Carola. I've never been to the Cincinnati Zoo. it sounds like a very interesting place to visit!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the comment and the congratulations, Stephanie!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Paradise7. Some golden cats do resemble other wild cats. I think that all golden cats - and the other wild cats - are very impressive animals!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the comment, vertualit.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love cats too, Say Yes to Life (as well as other animals)! Exotic pets are actually very hard to care for and keep happy. It's probably best to admire golden cats in the wild or in a zoo which provides good living conditions for the cats. Thanks for the comment!

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      rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      This is such an informative, well written and visually appealing article on the African and Asian Golden Cats. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this great piece of work. Thank you for sharing and congratulations on HOTD! (Voted Up) -Rose

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you so much for the second comment and the congratulations, Bill! I appreciate them both.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the congratulations and the votes, Kawi!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Bwilson217. Thank you for the comment!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the vote and the lovely comment, Rose!

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      Mazlan 3 years ago from Malaysia

      Since most of these wild lives including the African and Asian Golden Cats are continuously being hunted and threatened to the point of extinction (in their natural habitat) the next best thing is to breed them in captivity, like in the zoo. Not the most ideal situation, but probably a better option?

      Congrats on the HOTD award. Great hub.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, greatstuff. Yes, breeding golden cats in captivity does have an important role to play in their survival, although as you say, it's not an ideal situation. Thanks for the comment and the congratulations!

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      Marcy J. Miller 3 years ago from Arizona

      As someone who, for the first time in a multi-decade life, has just acquired cats in the form of two amazing kittens, I've gained a new appreciation for the feline world -- and thus enjoyed your hub greatly. I'm fascinated by their graceful athleticism and the poetry of their movement. I'd never heard of the wild Golden Cats you've described, and am struck by their beauty. Thank you for introducing them to me with your beautifully-done hub. Attagirl on the HOTD -- well done and well earned! -- MJ

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much, MJennifer! I appreciate your comment. It is very interesting to see the similarities in behavior between pet cats and wild cats. They can be both graceful and athletic, as you say!

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      Carolyn Emerick 3 years ago

      I love this!! I fell in love with the Scottosh Wildcat this year and it is one of the worlds most endangered animals facing extinction this year. I have a FB page dedicated to saving it and one of my first hubs was on it, and I've been interested in other wildcats (other than the typical "big cats") ever since! There are so many that people don't know about and most are endangered :-( I will share this post! Thank you for the information!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the comment and the share, Carolyn. I have a hub about the Scottish wildcat, too, and am very interested in saving it. I'll look for your Facebook page!

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      Carolyn Emerick 3 years ago

      I'll look for your wildcat hub! I didn't link my page bc I didn't want to be "spammy", but it's such an important issue as so many people have never heard of these wildcats and its important to spread awareness. I'll share your wildcat post on my page top :-) https://www.facebook.com/TheHighlandTiger?ref=hl

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      Susan Bailey 3 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      Interesting and beautiful pictures; as ever a very comprehensive hub. Voted up and shared.

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      Sid Kemp 3 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      Thanks for sharing a wonderful article on these cats. Cats of all kinds have been a favorite of mine since I was a child. It is amazing how they can live such hidden lives. Also interesting to note that these wild cats, like domestic cats, show a very variegated range of colors and patterns, unlike the more well-known large cats (lions, tigers, puma, panther, mountain lion, etc.), which have more regular patterns.

      I want to highlight the conservation groups Panthera, mentioned in your video, which seeks to protect wild cats of all types.

      Congrats on Hub of the Day.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the link, Carolyn. I'll be visiting soon. Thanks for the share, too. Saving Scottish wildcats is definitely an important issue!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much, Sue. I appreciate all your support!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      It is amazing how cats can be so secretive! Panthera is an interesting organization. Any group that attempts to save wildlife is worth investigating. Thank you for the comment and the congratulations, Sid.

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      traderjim 3 years ago

      This hub is very informative, thank you!

      Do you think these cats are dangerous to humans?

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, traderjim. Thanks for the comment! The cats would be dangerous if a human got too close to a wild animal. They're safe to watch from a distance, though. They don't seek out humans to attack. They'd rather stay out of our way!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      These cats are different but have similar attitudes, and are fierce in their hunting. A useful hub for many readers, and lots of thought put into

      African and Asian Golden Cats - Facts and Pictures, a a chose n hub of the day it sounds a successful one.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks, DDE. I appreciate all your visits to my hubs.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      What a great hub Alicia; one gorgeous animal and I am so glad I came across it.

      Voted up plus shared.

      Eddy.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the comment, Eddy. I appreciate the vote and the share, too!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

      Very interesting. I love the Golden Cat video. Excellent hub. Pinned etc.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the visit and the comment, Adventure Travels. I appreciate the pin a great deal, too.

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