Flat-headed cat

Known to wash their food before eating it to remove any unwanted debris

Jim Sanderson

They are called flat-headed cats due to their long, narrow head and flattened foreheads. This cat has thick, long, and soft fur that is dark roan brown on the body, reddish-brown on top of the head, and mottled white on the underside. Their ears and paws are rounded.

Their diet primarily includes fish, but they also prey on frogs, crustaceans, rats, and chickens. They hunt fish with their head fully submerged in the water, and their teeth are specialized to grip slippery prey.

Currently, they are listed as Endangered primarily due to lowland and wetland forest degradation and destruction. Overfishing might also be a significant threat as their primary prey becomes scarce.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Brunei
2016
Indonesia
2016
Sumatera, Kalimantan
Malaysia
2016
Sarawak, Sabah, Peninsular Malaysia
Thailand
2016
Possibly Extinct

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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