Saturday, July 08, 2006

Fishing Cats of Big Cat Rescue

Pisces came from a broker as an unsaleable pet. Brokers breed, buy and sell exotic animals to the highest bidders. Often they do not know how to care for the animals or they refuse to spend the money necessary to keep them healthy because it cuts into profits.

Pisces was just barely alive when he was saved by Big Cat Rescue. He was emaciated; just a handful of bones and sticky, matted fur. With the right nutrition and care he has blossomed into a happy, healthy Fishing Cat.

The Fishing Cat is native to India, Indochina and Indonesia.

Wetland destruction is the greatest threat facing the Fishing Cat. A survey showed that more than 50% of Asian wetlands are faced with moderate to high degrees of threat and are disappearing at alarming rates. These threats include settlement, draining for agriculture, pollution, and excessive hunting, woodcutting and fishing.

The bulk of this cats diet is made up of fish, which they will not only swim and dive after, but they try and scoop them out with their paws as well. They are also believed to take other aquatic prey such as crustaceans, mollusks, frogs and snakes.

The Fishing Cat will also prey on terrestrial mammals such as rodents, civets, young fawns, wild pigs, and even domestic animals such as goats, dogs, calves and poultry. They have also been known to scavenge off of tiger kills.