Small Exotic Cats That Can Be Kept as Pets

1. Servals

Scientific name: Leptailurus serval.Their natural home is in Sub-Saharan Africa, usually near wetlands and savannahs.Shoulder width: 21–24 inches. 26 to 29 inches long. Can weigh between 20–40 pounds.Diet: It mostly eats small animals.Ten years in the wild and twenty years in a zoo.

2. Bobcats

Scientific name: Lynx rufus.Its native home is all over North America, from the south of Canada to the middle of Mexico.Shoulder size: 12–24 inches. 18 to 49 inches long. The average weight for men is 21 pounds and for women it is 15 pounds.Diet: Varies depending on the region. Mice, birds, and fish are examples of smaller prey. 

3. Caracal Cats

Scientific name: Caracal caracal.It comes from Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, and India. Usually likes dry places.Shoulder width: 16–21 inches. between 29 and 31 inches long. Males can weigh 26–40 pounds, and females can weigh 19–29 pounds.Diet: Usually eats birds, rodents, and small mammals. 

4. Canadian and Siberian Lynxes

The thick-furred Canadian lynx lives across northern North America (Canada, Alaska, and some parts of mainland US.)
Lynx canadensis.Habitat: Canada, northern US.19–22 shoulder inches. 31–39 in. 11–40 pounds.Diet: Mostly snowshoe hares.14-year captive lifespan.

5. Ocelots

Leopardus pardalis. Latin America. Length: 22–39". Males weigh 15–34 pounds, females 15–25.Food: Small mammals, birds, fish, insects, and reptiles. Captivity lifespan: 20 years.

6. Fishing Cats

Scientific name: Prionailurus viverrinus.Natural habitat: South and Southeast Asia.Size: 22–31 inches in length. 11–35 pounds.Diet: Mostly fish.Captivity lifespan: 10 years.

7. Geoffroy's Cats

Leopardus geoffroyi is its scientific name.South and central South America is where animals live.Length is about 24 inches. weighs between 4.4 and 11 pounds most of the time.Diet: It eats insects and small animals like mice and lizards.The one that lived the longest was held captive for 20 years.

8. Jungle Cats

Felis chaus is its scientific name. The Middle East, South, and Southeast Asia, and southern China are all places where they live naturally. The shoulder width is 14 inches. 23 to 30 inches long. Up to 35 pounds in weight. Diet: Mostly eats rodents and hares, which are small mammals. In captivity, they live for 15–20 years.

9. Asian Leopard Cats

Prionailurus bengalensis is its scientific name.It lives in South, Southeast, and East Asia, which is its natural home.Size: It's about the size of a house cat.Diet: Mostly eats rodents and other small animals.In captivity, they can live for up to 13 years.

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