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Kidadl Team

AUGUST 12, 2021

Purrrfect Facts About The Asian Golden Cat

Find Asian golden cat facts about this cat that often lives in the forest or in a national park.

Are you interested in finding out more about the fascinating feline known as the Asian, or Asiatic golden cat? Whether you are curious to learn its body length, its status as an endangered species, details about its reproduction or its habitat, or what a typical Asian golden cat diet is like, we have got the answers for you!

The Asiatic golden cat, or Catopuma temminckii, is a medium-sized feline found in many areas of Southeast Asia such as Thailand, Sikkim, India, and other tropical or evergreen forests. It is nearly an endangered species and is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN red list, due to hunting and deforestation. The Asiatic golden cat is mostly diurnal and crepuscular and is recognizable due to its impressive length, long tail, golden fur, and dark and white flecks on its head. Its carnivorous diet consists of rodents, birds, and other small animals.

So, read on to learn all about the Asian golden cat, including Asian golden cat size facts, Asian golden cat habitat facts, Asian golden cat behavior facts, and more. To learn more about other felines, why not check out our guides to the Balinese cat and the cheetah too?

Asian Golden Cat Interesting Facts

What type of animal is an Asian golden cat?

An Asian golden cat is a feline.

What class of animal does an Asian golden cat belong to?

The Asian golden cat belongs to the class of mammals.

How many Asian golden cats are there in the world?

Although it is hard to know exactly how many Asian golden cats currently live around the world, there are about 20 living in captivity. The total number of members of the species is thought to be low, as these felines are victims of hunting and deforestation. Sadly, the number of Asian golden cats in the world is constantly decreasing.

Where does an Asian golden cat live?

Asian golden cats live in the woods, or in a savanna habitat.

What is an Asian golden cat's habitat?

Asian golden cats have been located in temperate forests such as subalpine and evergreen forests. They have also been spotted in more rocky areas and mountainous regions, at altitudes as high as 8,250 ft. (2,515 m) The Asiatic golden cat will also roam grasslands and hills. The Asiatic golden cat can often be found in regions such as the Malay Peninsula, Thailand, Sikkim, India, and other areas in Southeast Asia that might be preserved as a national park. It is native to Southeast Asia, southern China and the northeastern Indian subcontinent.

Who do Asian golden cats live with?

Asian golden cats are solitary creatures, they do not tend to live in groups or packs.

How long does an Asian golden cat live?

When in captivity, for example in a zoo, the Asiatic golden cat has been known to live for as long as 20 years.

How do they reproduce?

Although Asiatic golden cat reproduction is understudied, we know some reproduction patterns from the observation of this species in captivity and in the wild. Asian golden cats are mammals, so a male and a female reproduce by mating. Females tend to reach sexual maturity between 18 and 24 months and males at 24 months. Around mating time, females increase their scent marking and start to interact with males who might be able to mate. Prior to mating, the male will bite the female on the back. The gestation period of a pregnant female is about 80 days, after which she gives birth to her litter of kittens. An Asiatic golden cat litter generally includes between one and three kittens, which are all hairless. The mother will look after the kittens when they are young, feeding them milk until they are six months old, and sometimes, the Asiatic golden cat keeps her cubs in hollowed-out tree trunks. By 12 months, the kittens are generally independent.

What is their conservation status?

Asian golden cats are classified as Near Threatened. Most of their species is protected around the world now as the number is rapidly declining due to hunting and deforestation of their natural habitat. The Asiatic golden cat is on the IUCN Red List for endangered animals. The feline is hunted for its fur by fur hunters as well as for its meat.

Asian Golden Cat Fun Facts

What do Asian golden cats look like?

Asian golden cats are medium-sized felines. They vary in color but their fur is dense and often gold, red, or brown, with dark brown spots and flecks and white lines on their head and flank. The fur on the Asian golden cat's belly is white, as well as on its paws. Some specimens have been recorded with gray fur instead of the more common golden brown.

The Asian golden cat's tail is bigger in length than that of its African counterpart. Their eyes are generally a mix between green, gray, and brown. The Asiatic golden cat also has small, round, black ears which are white in the middle.

The Asiatic golden cat has dense, golden brown fur with dark and white flecks.
* Please note that this is an image of a cat, not an Asian golden cat specifically. If you have an image of an Asian golden cat, please let us know at [email protected]

How cute are they?

As they are essentially a big species of cat with soft, silky fur. Asian golden cats can be considered very cute, however, it is worth remembering that an Asiatic golden cat is a wild animal, so you should not attempt to befriend it!

How do they communicate?

Asian golden cats communicate by scent marking, which means they urinate in certain places to indicate their presence. They can also mark territory by scratching tree trunks with their sharp claws or rubbing their body against objects to leave their scent. Asian golden cats can also make their presence known by hissing, meowing, purring, or spitting.

How big is an Asian golden cat?

Amongst different species of wild cats, Asian golden cats are considered to be medium-sized. They are the second biggest Asiatic felines, as they have quite an impressive body length. They are generally between 26-41 in (66-105 cm) long, with an extra 16-22 in (40-57 cm) for their tail, about the same length as a deer! These felines are also quite tall and have especially high shoulders; they can measure up to 22 in (56 cm) in height.

How fast can an Asian golden cat run?

Although it is hard to find out the exact speed they can run at, like many species of felines, Asian golden cats are rapid creatures.

How much does an Asian golden cat weigh?

Most Asian golden cats weigh between 20-35 lb (9-16 kg), which is between two and three times the weight of an average domestic cat. The female is generally slightly smaller and lighter than the male.

What are their male and female names of the species?

There are no separate names to refer to a male or a female Asian golden cat.

What would you call a baby Asian golden cat?

An Asian golden cat cub is called a kitten.

What do they eat?

Asian golden cats are carnivores and predators. In the wild, they mostly feed on birds, rodents, reptiles, small mammals such as hares, and larger animals like young sambar deer and buffalos. The size of their prey depends on their age and ability. An adult Asian golden cat would have no difficulty hunting a wild pig, for example. Asian golden cats are also sometimes known to eat livestock such as sheep and poultry, causing some local farmers to kill them to protect their flocks. Interestingly, Asian golden cats are known to pluck some of the birds that they catch before eating them.

Are they dangerous?

Asian golden cats are predators, they are large wild felines and known to catch prey larger than themselves. As such, they can be dangerous to humans if they feel threatened or attacked. In a zoo, Asian golden cats are generally quite solitary and docile. In general, it is best to steer clear of them if they are spotted in the wild.

Would they make a good pet?

For the same reasons as above, an Asian gold cat would definitely not make a good pet. They are used to living in vast expanses, forests, and grasslands, and they are born hunters and carnivores. While some live in captivity, they are hosted in large enclosures which replicate their natural habitat.

Did you know...

Asian golden cats were long thought to be nocturnal, but in fact, they are most active at noon, dusk, and at dawn. As such, they can be said to be diurnal and crepuscular.

Asian golden cats can climb trees if they need to hunt birds, reptiles, and other animals living in them! They can also conquer prey much bigger than themselves such as sambar deer.

Asian golden cats are severely threatened by hunting in the illegal wildlife trade. Many hunters are after their beautiful fur and the Asian golden cat is also threatened by habitat destruction. Deforestation causes the cat's natural habitat to be destroyed, leaving it to look for a new home in unfamiliar territories.

What is the average temperature for the Asian golden cat?

The Asiatic golden cat has a very dense coat of fur, meaning it can thrive in colder temperatures such as in the mountains or other higher, rocky areas.

What are the other names of the Asian golden cat?

The Asian golden cat is sometimes known as the Asiatic golden cat or as Temminck's cat, after Coenraad Jacob Temminck. Temminck was a Dutch zoologist who first described this cat breed in 1827. Its Latin name, Catopuma temminckii, also honors the Dutch scientist and essentially means 'Temminck's cat'.

In China, the Asian golden cat is classified as a leopard and is sometimes called rock cat, inky leopard, yellow leopard, or sesame leopard. In some areas of Thailand, the Asian golden cat is referred to as a 'fire tiger' due to a legend that says that burning the Asian golden cat's fur can drive tigers away from a village.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other mammals including the liger or lion.

You can even occupy yourself at home by drawing one on our asian golden cat coloring pages.

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