Asian golden cat

One of the least studied cats in tropical Asia, there is still a lot to discover

Marie Hale

Thailand serves as one of the top destination choices for this cat species. It looks remarkably similar (physically) to the African golden cat, but research shows that both are distant relatives. The Asian golden cat spends most of its time on the ground rather than in trees.

They are shy of humans and other species and prefer solitude. Scientists are trying to learn their mysterious behavioral patterns through species living in wildlife sanctuaries. Research shows that they are carnivorous, diurnal, and crepuscular. The litter size is usually limited to one kitten, which gets good care from its mother. Locals have reported that they’ve witnessed this cat nesting in tree hollows – interesting, isn’t it?

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Bangladesh
2014
Bhutan
2014
Cambodia
2014
China
2014
India
2014
Indonesia
2014
Sumatera
Laos
2014
Malaysia
2014
Myanmar
2014
Nepal
2014
Thailand
2014
Vietnam
2014

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No