Pete – Fishing Cat

Pete is a male Fishing Cat (Prionailurus viverrinus) born in November, 2013. The location he was at had closed down, so he came to join the Foundation and have a permanent home. He will help us provide more in-depth information to other licensed facilities who also house these beautiful cats.

These smaller cats reach anywhere from 15-25 pounds and can get up to 25-34 inches long. They have a long body with relatively short legs and broad face. They have slightly webbed paws, which they use for swimming or scooping prey out of the water. When swimming they will also use their tail as a rudder. The fishing cat is at home in the water and can swim long distances even under water. Their diet consists mainly of fish but they also eat small mammals, snails, snakes, and birds. They are very skilled fishers, for which they get their name. Fishing cats are thought to be primarily nocturnal as well as solitary.

Fishing Cats are native to south and southeast Asia, and can be found in densely vegetated areas near bodies of water, such as marshes, rivers, mangroves, and streams. They are currently listed as a vulnerable species, mainly due to habitat loss and poaching. They are hunted for their fur as well as for food. Most of their territory has been polluted and encroached upon for agricultural use and human settlements.

Fishing Cat Trivia: The fishing cat is able to use its tail like a rudder because it is short and flattened, this allows the cat to control its direction while swimming.

Fishing Cat Quick Facts:

Body Size 25 – 34 inches long, 14 inches tall
Weight Males 25 lbs, Females 15 lbs
Gestation Period 57 – 63 days
Litter Size 2 – 3 young
Life Span Up to 10 years in captivity