The jungle cat (Felis chaus), also called the swamp lynx (although not related to the lynxes), is a small cat with a rather short tail. Dependent on the subspecies the color of the fur is yellowish-grey to reddish-brown. While vertical bars are visible on the fur of kittens, these bars disappear in adult cats. Due to the pointed ears and the long legs this cat resembles a small lynx.
This cat is distributed over Egypt, West Asia, India, Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia. It inhabits various habitats. These habitats include savannas, tropical dry forests and the reed along rivers and lakes. It is not found in rainforests. In some areas the jungle cat comes close to villages and may even live in deserted houses. The jungle cat lives in heights up to 8,202 ft (2500 m), but is more common in the lowlands.
Jungle cats hunt in the daytime for rodents, frogs and birds. Those cats living close to bodies of water are able to swim and dive in order to catch fish.
This species has been hybridized with the Domestic Cat, producing the “Chausie” breed.
During mating season, the male “barks”, sounding like a large dog. In captivity, males have been observed to be very protective of their offspring. They are more protective than the females.