(GivenUs.com) – They say you learn something new every day, but did you know there’s a cat living in the wild that can fit right in the palm of your hands? The rusty-spotted cat is native to the dense forests of India, and its full-grown size would probably shock you. Most of them don’t grow to more than 48 centimeters long — so if you’re a fan of cats, learning about these adorable creatures could be a dream come true.
The Rusty-Spotted Cat in the Wild
Knowledge of the rusty-spotted cat in the wild is limited, but we know that like many other cats, they tend to be nocturnal animals. They may come out sometimes during the day, but they also have to be stealthy so they can hide from bigger predators that might pose a danger. Oh, the downsides of being so small!
That said, these cats are predators themselves. They typically maintain a diet of rodents, as well as insects and other small critters. Despite their sweet, innocent-looking eyes, they’re as cunning and slick as jungle felines.
These tiny animals are feral creatures, through and through. And they’re also relatively hard to find (not just due to their small size). While they often inhabit the forests of India, their numbers are growing slimmer due to the continued destruction of their living spaces. As a result, they’re classified as a vulnerable species in nature.
Thick forests are ideal for rusty-spotted cats, as they allow the animals to wander through trees and brush without being detected by threats. Their black and brown spotted coats also help them stay hidden in the wild.
Why Don’t Rusty-Spotted Cats Make Good Pets?
Unfortunately for cat lovers, the rusty-spotted cat isn’t a domesticated animal you’d want to keep for a pet. They are undoubtedly cute, so it’s probably tempting to think you’d want one of your very own. The reality is that these micro-felines are not designed or bred for couch life.
They’re fierce and ruthless — and first and foremost, they’re wild animals. So even though they’re smaller than even the average domesticated cat, they’re better off in a natural outdoor habitat where they belong. More than we need to turn them into pets to fulfill our own fantasies, we need to protect them from the changes that could cause them harm or drive them away.
You may not be able to own this cute kitten, but you can still appreciate their beauty and the world they live in. It’s exciting to learn more about the creatures that inhabit our world, especially when they’re as adorable as these miniature felines. Doesn’t it inspire you to love and connect with nature just a little bit more?
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