World of Cats – Fishing Cat

Water Cats in Vietnam

Petit Hanoian

Cats are afraid of the water. However, in Vietnam, there is a cat species which is good cat swimming and fishing …

Fishing Cat (scientific name – Prionailurus viverrinus) is a medium-sized wild cat. It lives in South and Southeast Asia, includes mangrove forests in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam.

Regarding the shape, Fishing cat is very similar with the wildcat but it is bigger. Like keen swimmers, rather than hunting terrestrial prey such as other species of cat, fishing cats search for food under water, especially fish. They can grab their prey from above, also can dive deeply to the bottom of the water to chase fish. Kittens are familiar with the water when they are very small.

Currently, due to excessive hunting for meat, fur or pet and destruction of wetland habitats make this unique cat species at risk of extinction if they are not protected well.

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