He is called a Fishing Cat because he is remarkably skilled at fishing. The Fishing Cat lightly taps the water surface mimicking an insect. The fish underwater thinks he is about to dine on a fabulous feast, when in fact, he is about to become a fabulous feast for the Fishing Cat.
Note how he concentrates so fully on his prey in the photo. He is watching it's movement and patiently waiting for just the right moment.
If you look closely at the photo, you will see the ripples in the water and his raised paw where he has just lightly tipped the surface. Unfortunately, when he heard the sound of my camera shutter, he took off like, well, a wild cat! I do hate that I cost him his meal. But, I am ever so grateful for these lovely photos.
Facts About the Fishing Cat
- Size: larger than a domestic cat at 30 - 45" body length, height - 16"
- Weight: 17 to 34 pounds
- Muscular build
- Front paws are partially webbed
- Diet includes fish, snails, snakes, small mammals and birds
- Extraordinary swimmer, even underwater
- Uses tail as a rudder to control swimming direction
- Layers of fur with short dense fur close to skin that insulates his body. Even water cannot penetrate his fur
- Primarily nocturnal
- Life Expectancy: Up to 12 years
- Vulnerable Status
How the Fishing Cat Fishes
Not only does the Fishing Cat draw his prey to the surface so he can scoop the fish from the water, but he will also dive for his dinner. If he wants a floating bird, he will dive, swim under the resting fowl, and come up from underneath to capture his prey.
Fishing Cat Video - Mother & Kitten
Because I did not capture a full body photo of the Fishing Cat, I sought out a video so you could see the how gorgeous this wild cat really is. I immediately fell in love with this kitten.