The flat-headed cat, a member of the feline family, is often regarded as the most unconventional species. Its physical characteristics can be easily confused with those of martens or small rodents.
The flat-headed cat (Prionailurus planiceps) is an unusual member of the feline family, found in the Malay Peninsula, Borneo and Sumatra. Its facial structure sets it apart from other cats. This image is courtesy of the Rainforest Action Network.
The flat-headed cat is considered one of the tiniest species of wild cats. It typically measures around 41-50 cm in length from head to body, and weighs between 1.5-2.5 kg. Its tail is also relatively short, measuring only 13-15 cm.
The flat-headed cat is easily recognizable because of its unique physical feature – a flattened skull that widens on either side from the nose to the end of its snout. An image by Flabbergast! showcases this remarkable trait.
The flat-headed cat has a slender body and long, thin limbs. Their heads are longer than domestic cats, with a relatively large distance between their eyes and ears.
The color pattern of their fur consists of a reddish-brown shade on the head’s top, dark brown on the body, and white spots on the belly’s underside. The face is relatively lighter than the rest of the body, with a white nose and chin. Additionally, two white stripes can be observed between the eyes running parallel on both sides of the nose.
The shape of the flat-headed cat’s ears is round. Their teeth have developed to effectively catch slick prey, and their jaws are quite sturdy. These traits help them to thrive in hunting for prey underwater.
The flat-headed cat, a member of the cat family, stands out as the most unique species due to its distinctive characteristics. This feline’s physical appearance can be easily confused with that of martens or even rodents.
The flat-headed cat is a nocturnal hunter that prowls around riverbanks and streams. They mainly feed on fish, but they also eat frogs, crustaceans, rodents, and birds.
The breeding habits of flat-headed cats are still not fully understood. Female cats have a gestation period of around 56 days, but there is much more to learn about their reproductive behavior. Interestingly, some flat-headed cats in captivity have been found to have a lifespan of up to 14 years.
The flat-headed cat is among the rarest and most endangered species of wild cats in the world, with a population of less than 2,500 in the wild.
The flat-headed cat faces a significant risk of extinction due to the depletion of their wetland habitats. This cat is classified as an endangered species on the IUCN Red List.