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  Leopard Cat
The leopard cat is a beautiful spotted cat which is similar in size to a tall domestic cat.
Leopard cats are usually classified in the genus Felis, but Wozencraft (1993) in his recent review of cat taxonomy put them in the genus Prionailurus.
Leopard cats are one of the most common and widely distributed felids, from the dense tropical forests of Sumatra to the Manchurian and Siberian taiga.
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Leopard cats are extremely variable in the types of areas in which they can live.
The leopard cat has evolved as an efficient little predator that occupies a special niche wherein it lives and reproduces in what is often a hostile world.
However, there are certainly enough stories of leopard cats, bottle raised from birth, that revert to their wild and shy temperament upon maturity, to realize that they are not an easily domesticated animal.
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  Leopard Cat
Broadly speaking the leopard cat is a little larger than a big domestic cat and has a base fur colour that ranges from yellow/brown to grey/brown, found mostly in the north of its range.
In varying intensity, depending on the sub-species the leopard cat is covered with medium to large dark brown to fl spots which often coalesce into solid stripes on the top of the back and thin stripe markings on the top and side of the head.
Again, due to the extended range of the leopard cat, the types of habitat in which the cat is found are difficult to classify.
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  Spotlight on Vet Medicine: A Leopard Cat's Broken Heart - National Zoo| FONZ
Leopard cats (Prionailurus bengalensis) inhabit a wide range of habitats in Asia, from rainforest and woodlands in south and Southeast Asia to temperate forests in the Russian Far East.
Across this very large range, leopard cats vary greatly in size, from less than seven pounds on the island of Borneo to as much as 22 pounds in the Russian Far East, but in most of their range they weigh in at less than about 11 pounds—about the size of a domestic cat.
Cats must get the taurine they need from their food, and this amino acid is present in the animal tissues that make up cats’ natural diet.
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 Leopard - MSN Encarta
However, by the 20th century, scientists had established that the leopard and the panther were anatomically indistinguishable from one another, and the name panther was officially dropped—all members of the species are now correctly known as leopards.
The leopard’s coat and markings are similar to those of the jaguar, and both cats can be individually identified by their spot patterns and coat characteristics.
Leopards are classified in the big cat genus Panthera, in which most scientists also include lions, tigers, jaguars, and snow leopards.
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 Bengal breeders Sacramento CA
Leopard Cats bear fl markings, that may be - dependent on the subspecies - spots or rosettes.
Asian Leopard Cats are no longer needed to be used for the bengal breed, however some people do breed Asian Leopard Cats in captivity and use the offspring to breed with domestics.
Many domestic tabby cats has a "Tabby Thumbprint" on the back of the ears which is an area of thin hair which makes it appear a little bit lighter then the rest of the ear, however, the tabby thumbprint is not to be confused with ocelli.
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  ISEC Canada   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Leopard cats inhabit forests and jungles in both low country and in hilly, even mountainous areas up to 3,000 metres, as well as scrub, semi desert, secondary vegetation and agricultural areas.
Leopard cats from the northern part of their range bear their young in May, but in warmer southern parts kittens have been found at all times of the year.
Domestic cat breeders, in their search for new and unusual man-made breeds, have begun to cross pure leopard cats with a variety of domestic cats, producing a hybrid sold as a ‘bengal cat’.
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 ISEC Canada   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Leopards are quite athletic, being very strong climbers (these cats have been known to drag prey more than two to three times their own weight up into trees), and good swimmers when necessary.
Leopard have the reputation of being very cunning because of this lifestyle, and some natives say that the leopard brushes out his tracks with his tail as he walks along.
Leopards will probably be able to survive longer than other big cats, due to their acceptance of marginal areas that man has little use for.
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 The Asian Leopard Cat - The Bengal Cat's wild ancestor
The cats’ beautiful markings, which have in many ways been their downfall by attracting the attention of the fur trade, are striking and show some variation between individuals.
Asian Leopard Cats are generally solitary and nocturnal in behaviour and prefer brush and forest as their habitat.
Bengal cats are the descendants of a cross between the Asian Leopard Cat and a domestic cat, originally Egyptian Maus, Abyssians or Ocicats.
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 Bengal Cats (bred from the wild Asian Leopard Cat) that look like small leopards but are domestic and loving! The ...
The wild leopard cat, while still quite numerous, is being forced to live in ever smaller areas due to growing human population and land development encroaching upon their natural habitats.
Almost all leopard cats have 4 striped bands that run from their foreheads to behind their necks, ringed tails with fl tips, fl spots on white bellies, and distinctive, rosetted spots on pelts that vary from tawny brown, golden, grey, to bright orange-red backgrounds, with the spots being usually chocolate brown to fl.
Leopard cats are not naturally aggressive animals; in fact, they are slightly shy and highly intelligent.
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 Leopard Cat,Leopard Cat in Wild Jungles,Wild Leopard Cat in Jungles
Leopard cats bear fl markings that may be dependent on the sub-species ; spots and rosettes.
This reflects that the leopard cat’s relationship with the other members of the genus (the flat-headed cat P. planiceps; rusty-spotted cat P. rubiginosus; fishing cat P. viverrinus) is closer than it is to the other cats.
Leopard cats tend to be yellowish-brown in the tropics and greyish-brown in the northern parts of their range.
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The leopard cat (felis bengalensis) is indigenous to the jungles of southern Asia, India, China, Korea, and certain regions of the former Soviet Union.
Leopard cats are small, shy, nocturnal wild cats weighing in between 5 and 15 pounds at maturity.
Leopard cats exhibiting the greatest intensity of coat color generally dwell in the cooler regions.
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 Bengal Synopsis
The Bengal cat is unique in the cat fancy, it is the first documented cross between a nondomestic cat, the Asian leopard cat (Felis bengalensis), and the domestic cat (Felis catus).
The conformation of the Bengal cat is to resemble the nondomestic ancestor.
Bengal cats tend to follow their owners around (people are where the action is), get involved in what ever activity their humans are doing, play in water, play fetch, walk on leashes, sleep with owners, play with and thoroughly entertain their human companions.
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 The International Bengal Breeders' Association - Leopard Cat Gallery   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Leopard cats are small, shy, nocturnal non domestic cats weighing in between 5 and 20 pounds at maturity.
Leopard cats are indigenous to the jungles of southern Asia, India, China, Korea, and certain regions of the former Soviet Union.
There are sects within the Bengal community that have attempted to distance themselves from the leopard cat heritage of the domestic Bengal cat, for a variety of reasons.
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 Enchanted Tails Bengal Cats - The Asian Leopard Cat
The cats living in the cooler climates tend to be larger and lighter in color.
Leopard Cats usually have four stripes running from the forehead to behind the neck.
This is especially a problem for cats and other species living on islands, where their populations and habitat are small to begin with.
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 Snow Leopard,Indian Leopard,Asian Snow Leopard,Endangered Snow Leopards in India
The general ground colouration of the cat is predominantly grey with brownish/yellow tinges on its flanks and lighter, often white fur on its belly, chest and chin.
The snow leopard generally inhabits elevations between 2000-4000 m, although it can occasionally be found at lower altitudes to the north of its range and as high as 5500 m in Himalayan regions.
The cats found in the north of the range are generally classified as Uncia uncia uncia whilst those in the south, Uncia uncia uncioides.
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 What About Cats - Bengals
This unusual cross-breed between a wild cat and a domestic cat has been described by its own breed founder as the "domestic reproduction of a leopard." Though not at all wild in temperament, this playful and affectionate breed's looks give away its genetic origins.
Bengals must be four or more generations removed from their wild Asian Leopard Cat ancestor, and have three consecutive generations of Bengal to Bengal breeding in order to be eligible to be shown in T.I.C.A. Your registration paperwork will reflect "SBT" in the registration number, which means the cat has "studbook status".
NOTE: The Asian Leopard Cat is considered a brown spotted tabby in the fancy and ranges somewhat in color.
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 Enchanted Tails Bengal Cats - The Asian Leopard Cat
The cats living in the cooler climates tend to be larger and lighter in color.
Leopard Cats usually have four stripes running from the forehead to behind the neck.
This is especially a problem for cats and other species living on islands, where their populations and habitat are small to begin with.
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 Philippine Deforestation
Leopard cats feed on small rodents and birds in a wide range of habitats on the Ice-Age islands of Greater Palawan and Greater Negros-Panay.
The leopard cat occurs widely in Asia and so is not unique to the Philippines, but the two local populations (on Palawan and on Greater Negros-Panay) have recently been named as distinct subspecies.
When humans began to cut down the forest, the cats probably prospered at first, since much of the land was left to regrow into just the kind of habitat the cats like.
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 San Diego Zoo's Animal Bytes: Small Cat
The leopard cat Prionailurus bengalensis, fishing cat Prionailurus viverrinus, flat-headed cat Prionailurus planiceps, and Geoffroy’s cat Oncifelis geoffroyi all swim and hunt for amphibians and fish in streams and rivers.
San Diego Zoo: fishing cats in Tiger River; Siberian Pallas’s cats Otocolobus manul manul in Polar Bear Plunge; caracals and Siberian lynx Lynx lynx wrangeli in Cat Canyon; wild cats Felis silvestris and leopard cat Prionailurus bengalensis euptilura on Elephant Mesa.
Cats have a layer of tissue in their eyes called the tapetum lucidum, which bounces light back through the retina a second time and increases the amount of light the cat has to see by.
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 Asian Leopard
Of the small cats the leopard cat is probably one of the most common and widespread, occurring throughout much of southern and eastern Asia, including the Philippines and Indonesia.
The Asian leopard cat has evolved as an efficient little predator that occupies a special niche wherein it lives and reproduces in what is often a hostile world.
How ever there has also been stories of leopard cats, bottle raised from birth, that revert to their wild and shy temperaments upon maturity, to realize that they are not an easily domesticated animal.
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 Leopard Cat
Principal Threats: The primary threats facing the Leopard cat are deforestation, commercial exploitation (in the past numbers as high as 400,000 pelts per year).
This was also the first cat recently to be used by man in a hybrid situation in a quest for a new breed of cat.
Leopard cats from various geographic origins were commonly imported into this country during the 1960s and early 1970s.
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 The Himalayas - Flora and fauna - Cats
The Leopard cat resembles a large domestic cat with rather long legs.
This cat is found upto an elevation Of about 3500 m in and around forested areas of the cold desert.
This cat is nocturnal in habit and prefers to live in the hollows of trees or amongst the rocks.
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 Lioncrusher's Domain -- Leopard Cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) facts and pictures
The leopard cat inhabits the forests and plains areas of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, with small populations in China.
The leopard cat is approximately the size of a domestic house cat, but with longer legs.
These cats are nocturnal, and during the day they spend their time in dens that may be hollow trees, cavities under roots, or caves.
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 BBC - Science & Nature - Wildfacts - Leopard cat
Leopard cats have a small head and muzzle, with long, rounded ears, and a banded tail.
Leopard cats are most active at twilight and night, but radio-collared individuals have also been out during the day.
Leopard cats make dens in hollow trees or small caves and the male may help the female rear the young.
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 CheetahsDen Bengals - Our Cats
It is important to remember that the Bengal cat was crossed with the 10 pound leopard cat, a small but long, lean cat built to climb trees and catch small prey, so "heaviness" comes in from the domestic cat.
Not all Bengals have it (in fact it came from domestic cats, not the leopard cat), nor is it a required attribute of the Bengal breed.
And, in the jungle home of the leopard cat, water is abundant and the behavior of the Bengal often reflects this.
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 Cats and Kittens Magazine
She gave the leopard cat to a zoo and moved to an apartment in Pomona, California.
The bulk of her foundation stock – eight females out of crosses between leopard cats and domestic shorthairs (all males from such first-generation crosses are sterile) – was provided by Dr. Willard Centerwall, a pediatrician and geneticist at the University of California at Davis.
Mesmerized by the cat's beauty – and mindful that any young male that hung out with rhinos wouldn't be intimidated by eight calling females – Mill later wrote to an official at the zoo who agreed to ship the cat to the United States.
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 Goldenglitz - The Domestic Bengal Cat & WebPage Designs
The Bengal cat is a unique and exciting breed of cat selectively bred to resemble the exotic beauty of the Asian Leopard Cat, Felis (Prionailurus) bengalensis, while exhibiting the tender, loving disposition of their domestic heritage.
The Bengal cat is medium large in size, with females generally maturing at 6 to 12 pounds and males generally maturing at 10 to 18 pounds.
The Bengal cat is the result of the selective breeding of leopard cats to specific breeds of domestic cats.
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 Kingsmark Bengals & Serengeti Cats   (Site not responding. Last check: )
These small cats can be compared to the ocelot of the Central and South America except that they are smaller than ocelots and are in a totally different family of wild cats.
There are several subspecies of Asian Leopard Cats ranging from the small 4-6 pound cats of the Philippines to the 10-12 pound cats found in the colder mountain forests of Manchuria.
For example, the Bornean leopard cats tend to have a reddish hue while the Manchurian leopard cats are grayer with thicker fur.
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