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The Fishing Cat: A Threatened Animal of Asia

Updated on August 2, 2017
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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.

A fishing cat at the Cincinnati Zoo
A fishing cat at the Cincinnati Zoo | Source

A Feline With Unusual Behaviour

The fishing cat is a wild species that has some interesting methods for catching its prey. The animal dives into water to catch fish and scoops prey out of the water with its paws. The fishing cat feeds on land animals as well as aquatic ones, but its ease in water is the feature that has most impressed observers. It's definitely a cat that is not afraid of water.

The scientific name of the fishing cat is Prionailurus viverrinus. It's found in South and Southeast Asia and lives in wetland areas. Unfortunately, many of these wetlands are either disappearing or being degraded, primarily due to human activity. The cat's population is classified as Vulnerable on the Red List established by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature).

An adult fishing cat
An adult fishing cat | Source

Fishing cats belong to the family Felidae, like the house cat and other felines. The word "cat" is sometimes used to refer to the animals in the family, including the fishing cat. The animal belongs to a different genus and species than the house cat, however.

The Coat of a Fishing Cat

Fishing cats have an attractive olive-grey or brown coat. They have black stripes on their face, back of their head, and upper neck and black spots on their back and sides. Sometimes the black stripes extend from the neck along the cat's spine. The backs of the ears have black hair with a white spot in the middle and the tail has incomplete black rings. The animal's chest and belly are grey-white and spotted.

The fishing cat's striped head looks rather like that of a very large tabby cat, while the spotted body is more reminiscent of a leopard's body. The animal is about twice as big as a domestic cat.

The coat is made of two layers of hair. The hairs next to the skin are short and arranged in a very dense layer that waterproofs the body and helps to keep it warm. Extending through this layer are the longer guard hairs. These produce the coat's pattern and help to camouflage the cat.

Fishing Cat Kittens

Body Features

Fishing cats are medium-sized felines. They weigh between eleven and thirty-five pounds, with males generally being much heavier than females. Their body is muscular and stocky. The animals have an elongated face, small ears that are positioned far back on their head, short legs, and a short tail. The tail is used as a rudder during swimming.

The fishing cat has partially webbed feet. This feature was once thought to be an adaptation for swimming. Researchers now say that the feet of some other cats that don't enter water have just as much webbing as a fishing cat's feet.

The paws of fishing cats have another interesting feature. The claws are retractable, like the claws of other cats. When a fishing cat's claws are retracted they don't go all the way into their sheaths, however, so they are always visible.

A fishing cat at the Pessac Zoo in France
A fishing cat at the Pessac Zoo in France | Source
A leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis)  is a relative of the fishing cat and is sometimes confused with it, making accurate population counts difficult.
A leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) is a relative of the fishing cat and is sometimes confused with it, making accurate population counts difficult. | Source

Range

The fishing cat population is widely distributed but discontinuous. At the present time, the animals can be found in Sri Lanka, parts of India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Java and—possibly in very low numbers—in Thailand. Their presence in Cambodia was confirmed in 2008, but their current status in that country is unknown.

One problem that has arisen in confirming the existence of fishing cats in a country is that other medium or small-sized wild cats, such as the leopard cat, are sometimes misidentified as fishing cats (and vice versa). Unlike the fishing cat, the leopard cat isn't endangered.

Fishing cats may live in other parts of Asia, but this needs to be confirmed. Not so long ago they lived in Malaysia, Pakistan, and additional parts of India, for example, and they once lived in Vietnam. There are no recent records to indicate that the animals still survive in these areas, however.

Map of South and Southeast Asia: Fishing Cat Range

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A mangrove with prop roots in Queensland
A mangrove with prop roots in Queensland | Source

"Mangrove" is a general name for a tropical tree or shrub which lives in the intertidal zone and is regularly exposed to sea water. The word mangrove also refers to the habitat in which the plants are growing. Fishing cats are found in the habitat. Mangrove plants often have a tangle of prop roots that look like stilts.

Habitat and Territory

The fishing cat is one of the lesser known wild cats. Some are kept in captivity and can be observed by the public, but there is a lot that is unknown about the life of the animal in the wild.

Researchers do know that the cats spend most of their time travelling beside watercourses, especially those that are slow moving. Marshes, mangrove swamps, tidal creeks, reed beds, sluggish rivers, streams, and lakes are favoured habitats. The animals have occasionally been seen on grasslands some distance from water, however.

A fishing cat is generally a solitary animal and maintains a territory. It marks this territory by rubbing its cheeks or chin over an area, releasing a secretion from scent glands as it does so. It also sprays odiferous urine to mark the territory. In one study, a male fishing cat was found to have a large territory that overlapped the smaller territories of several females.

A New Fishing Cat at the Smithsonian Zoo

The Life of a Fishing Cat

Fishing cats are thought to be mainly nocturnal, although they are sometimes seen during the day. Although wild fishing cats seem to be solitary animals, in captivity some live peacefully in groups.

Diet

The cat's chief prey is fish. According to a stool analysis, fish forms about seventy-five percent of its diet. Fishing cats also eat amphibians, reptiles, birds, small rodents, molluscs, and insects. When the opportunity arises, they will feed on the dead bodies of domestic cattle. They are capable of catching goats and pigs and sometimes do so.

Fishing cats often enter the water to fish with their paws or to dive or swim underwater to catch their prey. They are strong swimmers. The cats sometimes tap the water with their paws instead of putting the paw directly into the water to swipe at fish. It's been suggested that they are mimicking the tap of an insect on the water's surface to attract their prey.

Vocalizations

Zookeepers report that fishing cats are quite vocal animals. They communicate with hisses, meows, and staccato growls. The growl is unusual for a cat and sounds quite like a dog's bark. Lek the fishing cat can be heard "barking" in the video above. Fishing cats also make chittering sounds during courtship.

Fishing Cats at the Wildlife Heritage Foundation

Reproduction

Although some observations have been made in the wild, most of our knowledge of fishing cat reproduction comes from the study of captive animals.

Fishing cats breed once a year. After mating, the female builds a den in which to give birth. The den is constructed in a patch of dense shrubs or reeds, a tree hollow, or a rock crevice. Gestation lasts for sixty-three to seventy days.

The female gives birth to one to four kittens, with the usual number being two. The kittens begin to eat solid food at about two months of age and are usually completely weaned by the age of six months. When they are about eight months old they have reached their adult size. They are ready to live on their own when they are ten to fifteen months old. Fishing cats have lived for up to twelve years in captivity. Their typical lifespan in the wild is unknown, however.

The kittens generally enter water for the first time when they are around two months old. The water soon becomes a popular place to play and to hunt for living fish. Learning how to catch fish is an important skill for the youngsters to learn.

In captivity, some male fishing cats help the female care for her kittens. It's unknown if the males do this in the wild.

A sleeping fishing cat at the Cincinnati Zoo
A sleeping fishing cat at the Cincinnati Zoo | Source

IUCN Red List Categories

LC: Least Concern

NT: Near Threatened

VU: Vulnerable

EN: Endangered

CR: Critically Endangered

EW: Extinct in the Wild

EX: Extinct

Vulnerable, Endangered, and Critically Endangered animals are said to be threatened.

Population Status

Fishing cats are in trouble because their habitat is rapidly disappearing. Wetlands are endangered in many parts of Asia and in other parts of the world as well. From 2008 to 2016, fishing cats were classified as Endangered by the IUCN. During 2016, they were reclassified as Vulnerable. As the IUCN quote below says, the apparent improvement in status is due to better information rather than an increase in the number of animals.

Many wetland habitats are being drained and converted to agricultural land and oil palm plantations. In some areas the wetlands are being transformed into aquaculture ponds in order to farm shrimp or fish. This process drives way fishing cats and other animals that depend on the area for their survival. Humans are also damaging wetlands by pollution and excessive fishing, hunting, and woodcutting,

In some areas fishing cats have been killed for their pelts or for their meat. In addition, farmers have killed them to protect their animals. Wetland destruction is by far the biggest thread to fishing cats, however.

Unfortunately, when their usual habitat has been destroyed or has become unusable, some fishing cats have increased their predation on livestock. Others have obtained food from fish ponds that have been established in wetland areas. This puts the cats into conflict with humans.

The change in Red List category is a non-genuine change reflecting the very recent increase in information quality; it does not indicate an improved conservation status for the species since the last assessment.

— IUCN

Young Fishing Cats: Part of a Species Survival Plan

Conservation Efforts

National laws aim to protect the fishing cat in most of its range. Their existence is not enough to save the species, however. Laws are not always obeyed. In addition, they don't stop the destruction and degradation of wetlands. Stronger efforts are needed to preserve the animal in the wild.

Some people are trying to increase the number of fishing cats by means of captive breeding programs. These have been established in both Europe and North America. Zoos are keeping careful records of their animals and are exchanging cats to create breeding pairs.

A Species Survival Plan Program (SSP) is a cooperative management program between accredited zoos belonging to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, or AZA. This association is a nonprofit organization that works for animal conservation, scientific research, public education, and public recreation. The goal of the SSP program is to carefully manage and conserve endangered animals. At the moment there are more than 450 SSPs. One of them applies to the fishing cat.

Stronger conservation efforts are needed to reverse the rapidly declining numbers of the fishing cat due to loss of its preferred wetland habitats.

— World Wildlife Fund (India)
A fishing cat at the San Diego Zoo
A fishing cat at the San Diego Zoo | Source

Conservation of wild fishing cats is important, but zoos could play a significant role in the survival of the species. Zoos and wildlife parks certainly have their drawbacks, but they can have benefits, too. A zoo that cares for its animals well and provides them with as natural an environment as possible can be useful in both education of the public and in breeding endangered animals, such as the fishing cat.

References

Fishing cat information from the International Society for Endangered Cats

Facts about Prionailurus viverrinus from the San Diego Zoo

The fishing cat entry on the IUCN Red List

© 2014 Linda Crampton

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      Linda Crampton 2 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This sounds like a very interesting experience. I would have been upset that I wasn't able to take a photo, too! It would have been great to have identified the cat.

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      kl chipman 2 months ago

      While on my walk this morning at the Saugus Marsh, here in MA, I saw a large feline come out of the brush and cross the road. I did not get a look at the face but got a good look at the body which was mottled with browns tans black and white. It was about 2 1/2 ft long and about 18 in ht. It appeared to weigh about 15-20 lbs. It was definitely not a fisher cat which is more weasel like. It looked more like this cat. We have a very diverse immigrant community from the areas stated in the research and I am very curious if this fishing cat is what I saw. I had my camera in my hand focused on a nearby osprey nest and could not get a shot of this critter.

      boy was i bummed!

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      Linda Crampton 6 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I describe the reasons in the "Population Status" section of the article.

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      xenia zaharia 6 months ago

      what are the main reasons for them becoming endangered?

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      Linda Crampton 11 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You're welcome, aj.

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      aj 11 months ago

      thanks for the info for my PBA

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the comment, DaphneDL! I'm happy to meet another person who thinks the fishing cat is beautiful.

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      Daphne D. Lewis 2 years ago from Saint Albans, West Virginia

      A great hub! This was my introduction to the fishing cat and they are beautiful. Now I will be checking the feet of all cats I see to see if there is any webbing on their feet.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the visit, Ruby. I agree - the fishing cat is cool!

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      Maree Michael Martin 2 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      A cat with webbed feet and not afraid of the water. How cool is that? What an interesting HOTD to learn about such a different type of cat in the wild.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you, Happyboomernurse. I appreciate your comment and congratulations very much.

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      Gail Sobotkin 2 years ago from South Carolina

      Hi Alicia,

      I never heard of the fishing cat, but you did a great job of describing it and I loved the pictures.

      Congratulations on earning Hub of the Day for this well researched, and well written article.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much, Snakesmum. I appreciate the congrats. I like so many animals that I can't say that I have a favourite type (except for my pets), but I do love cats!

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      Jean DAndrea 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Really enjoyed reading about the fishing cats, and very much liked the videos and images you've chosen. Congrats on HOTD also!

      I've seen fishing cats at the zoo here in Melbourne, Australia, and they are beautiful animals. Of course, I'm prejudiced, as cats are my favourite animals! :-)

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

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

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Congrats on the HOTD! Well-deserved.

      Superb hub.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the comment and the congratulations, Audrey!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Wow! Congrats on the HOTD!

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you so much for the comment and the votes, DzyMsLizzy! I love cats, too. They are interesting and impressive animals.

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      Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Congrats on HOTD!

      This was most interesting, and I learned a lot. I'd not heard of this cat before; at least I don't think so. At my age, I may have forgotten more than I ever knew! ;-)

      I love cats of all kinds, and I was delighted to read your well-researched article, as well as find it had been selected for HOTD honors!

      Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much, Elsie. I appreciate your visit and your kind comment.

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Very interesting article. I had not heard of a Fishing Cat before, therefore I learnt a lot by reading this well deserved "hub of the day" Hub, you deserved it. Thanks.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, justthemessenger. Yes, habitat destruction is a serious situation for both animals and humans. Thank you very much for the comment.

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      James C Moore 2 years ago from The Great Midwest

      Habitat destruction seems like the main threat to many plants and animals. If we don't watch it, the diappearence of wetlands will put we humans at risk for extinction. Yeah they're that important. Great pics. Fishing cats look a lot like ally cats.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the interesting and amusing comment, Tom! I know how you feel. The status of the fishing cat in the wild is worrying. The cat is definitely cute, though!

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      TomBlalock 2 years ago from Hickory, NC

      I feel like, as an amateur naturalist, hiker, and outdoorsman, I should be very concerned about this, and indeed, I am. The overriding feeling that I'm getting, though, is that this creature is adorable, and that I should have a small army of them. This should, I think, bother me. Creepy cat guy? Check. (Although I'm not a cat person, I'd make an exception.)

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much, StephSev108!

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      Stephanie Marie Severson 2 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      That was an awesome hub. I'd never heard of the fishing cat. Thank you for sharing.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, DreamerMeg. I have heard of a fishing cat that was allowed in a house with a family, but I don't how friendly the cat was or how old it was when it was brought into captivity. The species hasn't been domesticated, even though it's found in captivity. Thanks for the comment and the interesting question.

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      DreamerMeg 2 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Hadn't heard of the fishing cat previously. Very interesting hub. The only question I have left is whether they have ever been domesticated or whether they remain "wild", even if brought up from kittenhood.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks so much, Bill! I appreciate your comment and congratulations.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Kim. Thank you very much for the visit and comment.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I had to stop by and say congrats for the HOTD. Well-deserved!

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      இڿڰۣ-- кιмвєяℓєу 2 years ago from Niagara Region, Canada

      To be honest, I've never heard of this species of cat before reading your hub today. This was a really fascinating read. Thanks for bringing awareness about such a wonderful cat to all of us.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much, Lee. I hope you do write a hub about your cat. I'd love to read it!

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, colorfulone. I hope that the fishing cat population is protected, too. The cat is a lovely and very interesting animal. Thanks for the comment.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Blackspaniel1. I don't think the fishing cat is as well known as many wild cats, but it's certainly worth studying.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the visit and the congratulations, Peg. I appreciate your kind comment.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, mySuccess8. Thanks for the congrats. I agree - it's very important to support conservation efforts.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the congratulations, Mary. I appreciate the vote and the share, too. I hope the fishing cat survives. It's such a beautiful animal.

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      Lee John 2 years ago from Preston

      Hi AliciaC,

      Stunning hub as per usual! I love these cats i actually have a bengal cat he's stunning beautiful! but annoying haha i should do a hub on him sometime! But great hub

      Thanks

      Lee

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      The Fishing Cats a beautiful creatures. I didn't know their existence is in danger in Asia. I hope the people will be able to preserve them for many generations to come.

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      Blackspaniel1 2 years ago

      This is new to me, I had never heard of these.

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Fascinating creature with some amazing skills. Thanks for introducing me to this fishing cat with its natural abilities and talents. Congratulations on the Hub of the Day. Well deserved for great content and gorgeous pictures on an interesting topic.

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      mySuccess8 2 years ago

      Cats are lovely animals, and today we learned some interesting facts about this fishing cat. We must continue to support global conservation efforts to protect endangered species like these cats which are at risk of going extinct. Congrats on Hub of the Day!

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Congrats on HOTD! I thought all cats disliked water, but I guess not. I'd like to see one of these beautiful cats. Too bad they are endangered like so many of our creatures.

      Voted UP, and shared.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much, MVKilgore. I appreciate your visit and comment.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the comment and for sharing the interesting information, aesta1. It's great to hear about the care of the mangroves.

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      M. Victor Kilgore 2 years ago

      Terrific job, I thought I knew animals. Never heard of a fishing cat though....well done.

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you for this introduction to fishing cats. They look gorgeous. I hope that many of them will make it now that mangroves are coming back. I have seen the mangroves in Cambodia being cultivated once more to protect the species using them as habitats.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, poetryman6969. I agree - the fishing cat is a unique and very interesting animal. Nature is certainly fascinating!

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Easy-Tasty-Recipe. Good luck with your cat! Thank you for the comment.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you so much for such a wonderful comment, Flourish! I appreciate your kindness and congratulations very much.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      A unique looking animal. It's ears seem small for a cat. Before modern times people would sometimes make up odd looking animals like chimera. Before today, I would have thought that anyone who put partially webbed feet on a cat was having a fanciful time but apparently there are cats with partially webbed feet.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Patricia. Thank you very much for the kind comment and the congratulations. I love the angels. Their visit is a great way to start my day!

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the comment, eilval. I think the fishing cat is beautiful, too!

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Rota. Hopefully you'll be able to see a fishing cat in the future.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, peachpurple. I hope the fishing cat never beomes extinct! Thanks for the visit.

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      Easy-tasty-recipe 2 years ago

      I am a sri lankan and theres one roaming around my house :) naughty fellow, broke our window once.

      Lovely hub.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Terrific hub, and a perfect selection for HOTD! Congratulations. Your hubs are always so well researched and beautifully crafted that the staff could safely pick any one of them. You're a great writer, Linda. I loved learning about this animal I had never heard about.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      What an interesting creature. I love and adore kitties. And thought I was familiar with most kinds. However this one is a newbie to me and what a fascinating one it is both in appearance and habits.

      Great hub, Alicia....an outstanding HOTD...congrats

      Angels are on the way to you today ps

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      Eileen 2 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

      What a beautiful cat not even aware of its existence or possible extinction . Fascinated hub with interesting facts .

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      Rota 2 years ago

      First heard about this creature on a visit to the Taronga Zoo but cudnt see it in it's enclosure..

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      this cat is really unique, it should be going extinct if hunters wanted the fur.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, ArtByLinda. Yes, the fishing cat is unique. It's a beautiful animal. I hope it's saved, too!

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      Linda Hoxie 3 years ago from Idaho

      This was such a find for me. I love the big cats, and have never heard of the fishing cat. They are so unique. Great information, I hope they save this endangered species!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Monis Mas. Thanks for the comment. I agree - the fishing cat is beautiful!

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      Aga 3 years ago

      Very interesting hub, and absolutely gorgeous photos! What a beautiful cat!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the visit and the comment, VioletteRose. It is very sad that so many animals are endangered.

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      VioletteRose 3 years ago from Chicago

      What a beautiful animal, its sad that so many animals and birds are facing the threat of extinction. Thanks for writing about the fishing cats!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much, CyberShelley. I'm happy to meet another person who likes wild cats!

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      Shelley Watson 3 years ago

      What a wonderful creature and a superb hub on this glorious cat. I love cats including the big wild ones, lions, leopards, cheetah, tiger, serval etc., to thank you for adding the fishing cat to my store of knowledge.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much, Deb. Fishing cats are wonderful animals, as are so many other animals that are endangered. I would hate for them to disappear.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Such wonderful animals….we can't lose THEM, too. Thanks for talking about them, and your part in the conservation of many species.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the comment and for sharing the information, theBAT. It's very sad that so many animals in the world are becoming endangered.

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      theBAT 3 years ago

      Nice hub. This should be a wake up call. Many beautiful and endemic animals are entering the endangered list all over the world. Sad but true. In the Philippines, many exotic animals are dwindling in numbers due to neglect and illegal pet trade. Thanks for this hub.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, kgmonline. Yes, the fishing cat has no concerns about entering water! Thank you for the visit.

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      Geri Mileff 3 years ago from Czech Republic

      Thank you for writing this article. I have always thought of cats as animals that are afraid of water. This definitely changes that.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the visit, truthfornow. Yes, the status of many wild cat populations is of great concern. They are wonderful and fascinating animals. It would be sad if they disappeared from the planet.

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      truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      These cats are adorable. I have never heard of barking cats before. It seems like all the wild cats - big and small - are endangered now.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Lady Guinevere. Yes, I've heard of some domestic cats that like water, although they seem to be in the minority! Thanks for the comment.

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      Debra Allen 3 years ago from West By God

      It is a myth that all cats don't like water. This cat is really pretty and I love cats!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much, Writer Fox. I appreciate your kind comment and the vote!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      What a great experience, Cynthia! That trip to Australia must have been wonderful. Thanks for the comment.

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      What a wonderful article on this rare species! I'd never heard of this animal before. The photos are wonderful and add so much. Enjoyed and voted up!

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      CMHypno 3 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Great hub on fishing cats Nell. They are beautiful animals and not very well known. I was lucky enough to be at Melbourne Zoo when I was travelling when the keeper was feeding the fishing cat. I was the only person there and watched for nearly an hour as the fish were put in the pool and the fishing cat then went and hooked out his dinner

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much, Mel!

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      Thank you for sharing yet another fascinating, little known animal with us. Fascinating and educational as usual.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Dianna. I think the fishing cat is both interesting and beautiful! It has some unusual characteristics, too. Thanks for the comment.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Quite an interesting animal and so beautiful. It does have a large appetite, but it probably balances out the environment.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you, Audrey. I appreciate your visit and comment.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Bill. Thank you very much for the kind comment. Like you, I hope that the long term survival of fishing cats is ensured. They are fascinating animals.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Very informative hub--I had not heard of this animal before reading your hub--so thank you for allowing me to learn something new

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Linda. What a beautiful animal. I was not familiar with the Fishing Cat prior to reading this very interesting hub. You did an incredibly thorough job here. It's such a shame that so many beautiful animals around the world are endangered, usually due to humans. I sure hope enough is being done to ensure the long term survival of this amazing creature.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the comment, Devika!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      So interesting and a well pointed out hub with the many facts included. Your work is informative and most helpful with such good photos you know exactly how to present yo useful hubs.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, ologsinquito. Yes, I don't think the cats are widely known outside of Asia. I'm glad that people are taking practical steps to save the species. The continual destruction of wetlands is worrying, though. Thanks for the visit.

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      Most people who live outside of South and Southeast Asia have probably never hear of these beautiful creatures. It's good steps are being taken to protect this population.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Jodah. Many reports say that fishing cats are solitary animals and hunters, although some use phrases such as "they are assumed to be solitary", since there is so much to learn about the cats. It is sad that their population is decreasing. Like you, I hope that the problem can be solved. Thanks for the comment and the vote.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I loved this hub Alicia. I enjoy reading about animals I have heard little about, and the fishing cat is one. You mention they are capable of pulling down a pig or goats. As they are usually solitary, can one cat do that, or do they sometimes hunt in groups like lions etc? It's unfortunate that they are also becoming endangered like so many other animals. I hope that can be turned around. Voted up.