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WildCat's Prey IndexBy: C.M.Shorter
The following is a listing of prey for our Wild
Cats of the World throughout the world. All Wild Cats are Carnivorous and
prey consists of a wide variety of animals, although some Wild
Cats will eat grasses, fallen fruit and other vegetable matter
to obtain its moisture content.
A natural symbiotic relationship exists
between Predator & Prey.
One cannot exist in healthy conditions without the other in order
to establish the fine balance nature intended for both species
|WILD CATS OF AFRICA
|African Golden Cat
||Rodents, monkeys, small ungulates: duiker, hyrax, & birds
|Black Footed Cat
||Rodents such as mice and gerbils, birds, insects (i.e.
spiders, locusts), reptiles & eggs). Also known to
||Small mammals and especially birds and owls of all
sizes. Also, the young of the hooved ungulates, especially
the fawn of the impala, bush buck and other antelopes
like the kudu. Caracals are also known to eat hedgehogs,
lizards, mongoose, rodents, snakes and even vegetable
matter and insects.
||Cheetahs main diet is small hooved mammals (ungulates),
primarily the smaller of the many antelope species such
as the Thompson's gazelle and impalas. When Cheetahs
hunt in groups, they are capable of taking down the larger
wildebeest and zebra species. Cheetahs also hunt hares,
small mammals and birds.
||Roe & Sika Deer, hares, badgers, monkeys, rodents,
reptiles, amphibians, birds, fish, wild pigs and ungulates.Animal
Trivia Fact: Leopards are the only predator besides man
known to kill for sport.
||Lion prey consists mostly of large hoofed animals (ungulates)
such as wildebeest, zebra, waterbuck, kudu, giraffe,
hyena, jackal, buffalo and other large mammals.
||Small mammals including gerbils, sand voles, hares,
birds, reptiles, spiders, insects and domestic poultry.
Snake Prey - Very proficient at hunting both horned & sand
||Birds, rodents, snakes, reptiles, frogs and fish.
||Variety of rodents - Mice, rats, voles and gerbils.
Rabbits, young wild boar, reptiles, frogs, fish and insects & lizards.
CATS OF ASIA
|Asian Golden Cat
||Rodents, birds, reptiles, hares,
muntjacs and water buffalo calves. Known scavenge other
|Bornean Bay Cat
||Carnivorous. Range data deficient
by study - likely small mammals and reptiles.
|Chinese Mountain Cat
||Primarily Pika and other small
rodents, vole, and birds (particularly pheasants).
||Jungle prey includes monkeys,
young orangutans, wild boar, small deer, civets, porcupines,
squirrels, birds, fish and domestic livestock.
||Fish! Frogs, toads, crustaceans,
snails, small birds, reptiles, snakes and domestic
|Flat Headed Cat
||Semi-Aquatic Carnivore. Fish,
frogs, toads, crustaceans, snails, small birds, reptiles.
||Small rodents, bats including
bats, and birds such as heron, quail, pigeons
and doves, fish (including mudskippers), frogs, reptiles,
insects and crabs.
||Prey varies by region and includes
waterfowl, voles, fish & frogs to hares, gerbils,
rodents, birds, snakes and lizards. Nile River delta
may hunt waterfowl, voles, fish & frogs while those
in drier habitats hunt hares, gerbils, rodents, birds,
snakes, lizards. Along populated areas they are known
to make a target of domestic poultry.
||Hares, rodents, small deer, birds,
reptiles, snakes and fish.
||Arboreal: Squirrels, fruit bats,
birds. Terrestrial: Rodents: Mice and rats, fish, reptiles,
frogs and insects.
||Small mammals - pika, voles, marmots
and ground squirrels. Birds - larks, sand grouse and
|Rusty Spotted Cat
||Small birds and mammals, reptiles,
frogs, tortoises, insects, and domestic poultry.
||Blue Sheep is one of their favorites,
also goats & yak and more rarely horses and even
Tiger Prey: Sambar
deer and wild cattle. They will however hunt and consume
a wide variety of hooved mammals (ungulates) including
deer, antelope, wild boar, wild pigs etc. Indochinese
tiger's prey consists mostly of antelope, wild boar,
wild pigs, and a variety of other hooved mammals indigenous
to their territory areas. Siberian
Tiger Prey: Siberian
Tiger prey consists of ungulates (large and small hooved
animals) such as antelope, deer, elk, wild boar and
wild pigs. South
China Tiger: deer,
antelope, wild boar, wild pigs and other hooved mammals
native to this region. Sumatran
Tiger prey consists
mostly of the smaller muntjak deer, antelope, wild
boar and wild pigs and a variety of other smaller mammals.
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