Kitteh Kats

Lets face it, cats and kittens make us happy, so here's some happy.   The standard discalimer applies: none of these photos or videos are mine unless otherwise stated.   If you find your copyrighted content posted here and wish it removed I will happily do so at your request.   Blah, blah, blah.  NOW... on to the kittehs!

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The Iriomote Cat (Prionailurus bengalensis iriomotensis) is a small wildcat that does, indeed, look a lot like a regular housecat.As its name indicates, it is found exclusively on the (tiny!) Japanese island of Iriomote. It is an opportunistic predator that can usually be found near water. (Unlike domestic cats, they love water and catch their own seafood.) The Iriomote Cat looks a little strange, but it’d be easy enough to confuse one of these kitties for somebody’s pet.

They may look like a normal house cat, but don’t let size fool you. The Iriomote Cat is, genetically, probably one of the first felids to ever walk the earth. It has weird teeth and non-retractable claws as well. It has been called a “living fossil” and sports the status of “national treasure” along with tomorrow’s creature. Precious cat is precious.



1: muzina_shanghai

2:  muzina_shanghai

3: Duloup

4: Tambako the Jaguar

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    Just like cheetahs, they have semi-retractable claws! Sadly, these cats are Critically Endangered with about 100 left in...
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    Thank you for the correction! The fishing cat and Iriomote cat are in the same genus and look quite similar. My mistake...
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    The animals featured in these photos are actually Fishing Cats (Prionailurus viverrinus) not Iriomote cats.
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