Asian Leopard Cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) can be
found in Southern Asia, India, China, Korea and the
Soviet Far East. Can also be found on the islands of
Sumatra, Philippines, Taiwan, Borneo, Bali and Java.
Also known as the Javan Cat, Wagati Cat, Chinese Cat
or "Money Cat".
build is similar to a normal domestic cat, but with
somewhat longer legs and a longer back. They have a
relatively small head with a short narrow muzzle, large
eyes and a thick tail of about 11-14 inches in length.
Their body length varies between 23-32 inches and they
weigh between 7-15 pounds.
beautiful markings have been their downfall attracting
attention of the fur trade; very striking and show some
variation between individuals. Not considered to be
in imminent danger of extinction however deforestation,
farming and soil erosion all remain threats to the wild
and nocturnal they prefer brush and forest in their
habitat. They make dens in hollow trees, small caves
or under large roots. They often live near water and
are accomplished swimmers and fishers.
spite of their size, these animals do not make good
pets. They are solitary and reclusive and do not like
humans to handle them. They are carnivores hunters and
could represent a threat to children and other pets.
Leopard Cats are being bred with domestic cats; the
fourth generation from the wild and beyond can be considered
a domestic animal and is called a Bengal rather than
an Asian Leopard Cat Hybrid.