What Type of Cat is Unique for America?

This describes and shows Ocelot type of cat.

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This type of cat is a very unique cat of America. The ocelot is a medium-size animal of the cat family. It is known as the leopard cat or tiger cat of America. It is three and half to four feet long including the tail, which is fifteen inches long. The ocelot stands between sixteen and eighteen inches high at the shoulder. It is one of the most beautiful of the four foot animals. The ocelot lives in southern Texas and some in southern Arizona to Ecuador and north part of eastern Argentina in South America. It spends most of its life on the ground but often hunts in the forest trees and is an agile climber. The ocelot hunts for food at night. It avoids the bright sunlight during the day by sleeping in caves or heavy thicket. It principal food is mice, wood rats, rabbits, snakes, lizards, birds, young deer and monkeys. In the tropics a favorite food is agoutis. If taken young the ocelot can be tamed and almost domesticated. Some South American Indians keep ocelots as pets.

The ground tint of ocelot fir varies greatly in different animals from reddish yellow to smoky pearl. Black spots develop from mere dots on the legs and feet to large shells shaped spots on other parts of the body. The nose is pink and the eyes are large and translucent. The ornamental coloring is never quite the same in any two animals. Often an individual cat will have different patterns for its two sides. Although beautiful and unusual the skin is thinly furred. Its market value is only about six dollars for a good raw pelt.

The ocelot belongs to the family Felidae. It class as Felis pardalis.

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3 Responses to “What Type of Cat is Unique for America?”
  1. youthinksokiddo Says...

    On February 22, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    so elegant, I can’t imagine how people could hunt such a pretty animal.

  2. Thewoodlandelf Says...

    On February 22, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    It’s a shame some people can’t just love these animals for what they are, instead of how much money can be made from their pelts.

  3. Snooky Says...

    On February 22, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    This is very nice & a beautiful picture of a beautiful American citizen

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