Cover

pdf iconDownload PDF
 

Title Page, Copyright

pdf iconDownload PDF
 

Contents

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. vi-ix

read more

Acknowledgments

pdf iconDownload PDF

p. xi

Many friends and colleagues share our enthusiasm for small wild cats. Our interest has been brought about by an increase in our understanding of small cats worldwide. As our knowledge expands, concern regarding the future of small cats is justified. The number of people interested in the conservation of small cats has likewise grown and will continue to grow as...

read more

Introduction

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. xiii-xv

Whether pondering the family pet or reading of one in its natural state, people have always had a fascination with cats. Large or small, all cats are members of the Great Family of Cats, the Felidae. Of the 37 known species of cats that inhabit the planet, most are referred to as the "small cats." These small cats include the familiar domestic variety, which scientists...

read more

1. Introducing Small Cats

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 1-19

Small cats are one of the most widely known and recognized mammals on earth, inhabiting every continent including Antarctica. One member of the group, the domestic cat, even makes its home in our own home and is a familiar member of the family. Cats are so familiar to humans that with even a brief glance everyone recognizes them. Often, however, only an...

read more

2. Form and Function of Small Cats

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 20-39

Although this appears to be a simple question, the answer shows otherwise. Just as in humans, body weights of individuals in each species of small cats vary. Generally, male small cats are larger than female cats. The difference in body weight can be as much as 30%. The weight of individuals within a species varies by habitat, elevation, distance from the equator...

read more

3. Small Cat Colors

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 40-49

A cat's fur color and pattern vary greatly, even among littermates. Domestic cats can be white, black, and many colors in between, even in the same litter. Small cats born in the same litter can be normally spotted and also all black. All black guignas are known to occur throughout their geographic range in Chile and Argentina. Indeed, when JGS studied guignas...

read more

4. Small Cat Behavior

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 50-54

As far as is known, the social systems of all 30 small wild cat species are completely asocial. If those few small cat species that have been studied in the wild serve as a guide, all adult individuals of every small cat species likely live a solitary existence except during the short mating season. Outside the breeding season, interactions between same sex individuals of the...

read more

5. Small Cat Ecology

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 55-65

All small cats seek shelter to rest and sleep. This is in contrast to lions that sleep under open sky on the African savanna. However, lions are social and so sleep in groups that act as a form of protection. All small cats are solitary, and most have natural predators, so it's important for them to rest or sleep in a protected or easily defended place. Small cats don't dig so do...

read more

6. Reproduction and Development of Small Cats

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 66-74

All adult small cats live solitary lives, except during the brief mating season. In most species, the resident male is attracted to an estrous female by different cues, including her behavior, scent markings, and vocalizations. The male constantly checks the breeding condition of the females within his territory during this time. He also patrols his territorial border to prevent...

read more

7. Foods and Feeding of Small Cats

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 75-83

Many small cats are generalist predators that prey upon whatever they can catch. Other small cats are specialist predators whose diet mostly consists of a single prey species. The diet of a few small cats remains largely unknown. Knowing what a small cat eats is vital to conservation efforts. In the absence of this fundamental knowledge, the best planned conservation...

read more

8. Small Cats and Humans

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 84-89

A good pet is one that understands who the boss is, obeys its master, and is not destructive. If you want a pet that can shred a perfectly good sofa to small pieces scattered about the living room, destroy curtains at a single bound, and scratch deep furrows in otherwise lovely table legs and banisters, then a small cat is the perfect pet. Domestic cats make fine house...

read more

9. Small Cat Problems (from a human viewpoint)

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 90-93

They can be. A wild animal is generally considered a pest to humans when it damages human property. Such property is typically food that humans grow to eat or raise for profit. For instance, an elephant is considered a pest when it tramples or consumes a person's garden plants. Small cats are considered pests when they raid a rural...

read more

10. Human Problems (from a small cat's viewpoint)

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 94-102

Some small cats are and some are not endangered. In its common use the word "endangered" is a catchall term that refers to the conservation status of a species. Some take the term to mean that a species is "threatened with extinction" while others mean that a species' population is declining. To those of us charged with assigning the conservation status of...

read more

11. Small Cats in Stories and Literature

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 103-120

Small cats have played a big role in religion and mythology. Throughout most of human history, humans were hunter-gatherers. Around 15,000 years ago, at a place now referred to as the Fertile Crescent in Middle East, humans slowly began changing their basic way of securing food. Traditional hunter-gatherers hunted animals and harvested wild vegetables...

read more

12. "Small Catology"

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 121-127

It's important to appreciate the differences between a specialist's understanding of small cats and the general public's understanding of small cats. Even specialists find small cat identification confounding. These differences highlight the difficulties faced by conservation biologists in the global battle to save small cat species from extinction. First, let's consider...

Appendix: Small Cats of the World

pdf iconDownload PDF

p. 129

Bibliography

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 131-138

Index

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 139-144