Jungle Cat Physical Characteristics

SIZE The Jungle Cat is about twice the size of a domestic cat. Males are larger than females.  

BODY The Jungle Cat is similar in stature to the African Wildcat however it is much larger and taller. The tail is relatively short compared to its body length.  

COAT The short haired coat is plain and can vary from sandy yellow or reddish to grey. The fur can look speckled due to the fine black tips on the guard hairs. Adults have pale stripes on their legs and rings on the black tipped tail. The throat and undersides are paler than the rest of the body.

Kittens may have have spots or stripes but lose most of their markings as they mature.

Black and melanistic Jungle Cats also occur.

Jungle Cat Physical Characteristics
Jungle Cat Physical Characteristics
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Jungle Cat Facial Characteristics
Jungle Cat Facial Characteristics
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Jungle Cat Facial Characteristics

HEAD The pointed face of the Jungle Cat has a white muzzle and white lines around the eyes.

The rounded ears are reddish brown on the back and are tipped with small tufts of black hairs.

The nose is pink with a black outline.

 

AGE In the wild - up to 14 years. In captivity - up to 20 years.


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