The Smallest Feline in the World – A Rusty Spotted Cat
He may look like a kitten or even fit in the palm of your hand, but this little male is nearly fully grown. What he lacks in size he makes up for endearing. Young cats are born curious. It is how they learn about their world, even if it gets them into trouble. His eyes are six times more powerful than humans. His senses are sensitive to the slightest of movements and today from Review Tales, I wish to discuss “The rusty-spotted cat” and hope that you enjoy reading it.
Even though they are to be unique in being small, not much is known about their ecology or behavior in the wild. These cats feed on rodents and birds. They also hunt lizards, frogs, and insects.
They can be located in India and Sri Lanka. How rare are they? Studies show that there are only 36 of them worldwide.
Nineteenth-century British physician and zoologist Thomas C. Jerdon kept a number of rusty-spotted cats in his home for research, and according to Wild Cats of the World by Swiss naturalist and writer Charles Albert Walter Guggisberg, he said of them, “I had a kitten brought to me when very young in 1846, and it became quite tame and was the delight and admiration of all who saw it. Its activity was quite marvelous and it was very playful and elegant in its motions.”
That’s it for now. What do you think of this little-spotted friend of ours? It must feel pretty lonely to know that there are such few of them around.
Written by Jeyran Main
Some information was obtained from IUCN Wild Cats Book.
“I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.” – Jean Cocteau
I believe his name is Pablo
not just for the artist
but also the poet
the one whose silvery
tongue, slides in and out
of my dreams
le petit chat noir
curled up in
my palm creating
his own corner
only three weeks old
the eyes still dark like
the gloss of his fur
too soon yet
to bring him home
it’s been a decade
since i’ve lived
with a cat
my youngest son took
his – when he parted
caché à mon coeur
arms open, waiting
longing to stroke
his silky black fur
hypnotic opus whispers
allowing me to adore you
prompting my behaviors
putting me in my place
oh passionate one
chez moi est chez toi
The human, Léa
I’m Laura – the currently-in-Japan kitty correspondent. 🙂 Welcome to my first post – all about my first visit to Café RonRon!
It’s hidden on the second floor, up a tiny staircase in the Okaido shopping arcade here in Matsuyama – but once you make it up, you’re presented with a small area in which to take off your shoes and get your indoor slippers on!
My Japanese is awful, but together we managed. ^^
Once you get inside, a staff member will explain the rules to you, then you can order your drink (hot or cold) and proceed through to the cat room.
The door is glass, so you can see whether or not you will run someone over with it as you enter. It also makes for an amusing sight when the kitties are all waiting at the door because it’s snack time!
I ordered a hot cafe au lait, and went in!! Drinks are delivered through a hatch to the kitchen – no snacks in this cat cafe but you really don’t need them!
All in all, I had a wonderful time at Café RonRon!
The cats are healthy and happy, and have plenty of places to escape should they get fed up of humans. There’s also a nice view over the shopping arcade, and all the cat climbing trees are in the window!! 🙂 The staff asked me if I had a nice time, and if I liked the cats! Yes yes and yes!! They also asked what I was doing in Matsuyama, and in my best Japanese, I answered “しごと！” (job) and received a hearty “ああ！がんばれ！！” (aa! Go for it!) in return. 😀 They also gave me a cute badge which I think I will put on my backpack. ^^
Price for 1 hour + drink = 900¥
Website here: http://ameblo.jp/catcaferonron33/