The life cycle of Black-footed Cats (Felis nigripes) can be summarised as follows:
Black-footed Cat Gestation: 63 - 68 days
Black-footed Cat Litter Size: 1 - 2 kittens (max 4)
Black-footed Cat Sub-Adult: 3 - 4 months
Black-footed Cat Sexual Maturity:
Females 7 months - Males 9 months
Black-footed Cat Lifespan:
8 years in the wild - 16 years in captivity
Reference: Wild Cats of the World by Luke Hunter (2015) based on the latest scientific research.
Black-footed Cat Reproduction
Black-footed Cats reproduce seasonally with mating during winter and births during spring and summer (Southern Hemisphere).
Gestation (pregnancy) is around two months and on average one to two kittens are born per litter. A female may have a second litter within a year should the first litter not survive.
Black-footed Cat kittens become independent at three to four months.
Black-footed Cat Adults
Black-footed Cat sub-adults become sexually mature from seven months in females and nine months for males.
Mortality in the wild is mostly by other larger carnivores and raptors, and by domestic dogs near human settlements.
The lifespan of Black-footed Cats has been recorded up to eight years in the wild, and cats in captivity have lived up to sixteen years.
Black-footed Cat Facts
SCIENTIFIC NAME Felis nigripes
NAME ORIGIN The Black-footed Cat is named after the black undersides of its feet. It is also called the Small Spotted Cat.
Black-footed Cat Characteristics
SIZE The Black-footed Cat is one of the smallest cat species in the world, less than half the size of an average domestic cat.