World’s Smallest Cat: Rusty Spotted Cat

They weigh 1.8-3.5 pound.

They are 14-19 inches long without counting the 7-9.5 inch tail.

And those are the adult sizes for the Rusty Spotted Cat.

They are the world’s smallest cats and they are found in Sri Lanka and India.  As you would expect, they hunt really small animals like mice, birds, frogs, and insects.  They are nocturnal and live in rocky, deciduous forests, which gives them a lot of hiding places.  It’s why they are so rare and elusive.

Of course, they’re also rare because they are considered ‘Near Threatened’.  This is due to the overall population being fragmented, which reduces the breeding pool.  Part of this is due to replacing the forests with farmland.  The rusty spotted cat has been seen in cultivated areas, but it is unclear how well they have adapted.  Another threat, as usual, is hunting them for their skins or killing them because one things they are nothing more than pests.  That seems really messed up considering the cat isn’t big enough to be made into a pair of gloves and there aren’t any livestock that it could threaten.  Sounds like a rooster would be too much for the little guy to handle.

Let’s get to the pictures and videos.

Rusty Spotted Cat

Rusty Spotted Cat

Rusty Spotted Cat

Rusty Spotted Cat

Rusty Spotted Cat

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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22 Responses to World’s Smallest Cat: Rusty Spotted Cat

  1. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    It’s AWWWW time – see the two videos on Charles’ original blog post 😺


  2. Terrific post, Charles. For some reason, the videos wouldn’t play but I think it is on my end. They are really cute.


  3. noelleg44 says:

    How adorable! Has anyone tried to domesticate and breed them? Such typical cat behavior –


  4. They are such charmers. I hope the queen and little tomkits will thrive!


  5. Very fashion addicted cats. Lol The nature is gambling as its best. Thanks for sharing, Charles! Enjoy a good week! xx Michael


  6. Jaq says:

    Aw, they’re so cute! You would think the farmers would be glad to have them to keep the rodent population down.


  7. vetandtechinternational says:


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  9. Shame that people think they are pests, when they hunt mice! They look a lot like domesticated cats.


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