Habitat of the black-footed cat
Habitat of the black-footed cat
 
 
Close-up of a black-footed cat
Close-up of a black-footed cat
 
 
A black-footed cat has black feet.
A black-footed cat has black feet.
 
 
Hiding
Hiding
 
 
Resting on the sandy bottom
Resting on the sandy bottom
 
 
Ready to hunt
Ready to hunt
 
Black-footed Cat
Topic(s):   Cats (Wild), Endangered Animals, Savanna Animals
Quick Facts
Type of Animal mammal
Habitat savanna
Diet small rodents, birds, insects, spiders, frogs
Male male
Female female
Baby kitten
Group no name
Predators jackals, caracals
Endangered yes; loss of habitat

The black-footed cat is one of the smallest wild cats in the world. It has a small round head. It also has large ears on top of its head. The catís fur ranges from light brown to light red in color. It has black spots on its body and black rings on its legs. How do you think the black-footed cat got its name? That is right. The bottoms of its feet are black.

The black-footed cat can be found in South Africa, Botswana, and Namibia. It lives in the savanna. A savanna is a hot grassy plain. It has enough rain to grow grass but not trees. This wild cat does not need to drink a lot of water. It gets enough water from eating its prey and from licking the dew from the grass.

This cat likes to travel alone. It does not live in a group. The only time these cats get together is to breed. A female cat has one to three kittens at a time.

The black-footed cat is active at night. This means it is a nocturnal animal. Nighttime is when it goes looking for food. It can travel up to five miles in one night looking for a meal.

Resource information

BBC: Science & Nature. (2008, July). Wildfacts - Black-footed cat, small-spotted cat. Retrieved December 13, 2011 from http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/wildfacts/factfiles/25.shtml

Chambers, Kevin. (2012). Black-footed Cat. Retrieved December 13, 2011 from http://www.felineconservation.org/feline_species/black-footed_cat.htm

Smithsonian National Zoological Park. (2011). Black-footed Cat Fact Sheet. Retrieved December 13, 2011 from http://nationalzoo.si.edu/scbi/AZA/FelidTAG/Species/Factsheets/black-footed-cat.cfm

Wild Cat Organization. (2011, June). Black-footed Cat Working Group. Retrieved December 13, 2011 from http://black-footed-cat.wild-cat.org/

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