Marbled Cat

The marbled cat (Pardofelis marmorata) is similar in size to the domestic cat. It has a longer, more thickly furred tail. This tail is used for counterbalance, which is an indicator of a tree living lifestyle. Its pattern is blotched and banded like a marble, usually compared to the markings of the much larger clouded leopard. In color, the base fur ranges from pale yellow through to brownish grey with lighter under parts being a lighter variation.

The range of the marbled cat extends from Assam in northeast India, with a subspecies, Pardofelis marmoratus charltoni, in Nepal. It is found through Southeast Asia including Borneo and Sumatra, which have been linked to the mainland of Asia during the Pleistocene ice ages. It is probable that the forest canopies provide the marbled cat with much of its prey. Their prey includes birds, squirrels and rodents and reptiles. There are reports that the cat also hunts on the ground in parts of its range. It is rarely sighted in its densely forested habitat, and little studied or understood. Its population is unknown. Its forested habitats have been shrinking, accounting for its vulnerable listing in IUCN.

No marbled cats are known to be in captivity.