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Did you know that most wild cat species are small and that lions, tigers, and other large cats are the exception? That adult bobcats, clouded leopards, and other small wild cats are completely asocial? And that they fight only as a last resort? This entertaining and informative book reveals these and hundreds of other facts about the behavior, biology, and conservation of the more than thirty small wild cat species. From bobcats to servals, small cats are spread across the globe. They range in size from the rusty-spotted cat and African black-footed cat, each of which weighs around five pounds when fully grown, to the Eurasian lynx, which can reach an adult weight of 60 pounds. These felids are elusive, some are nocturnal, others are arboreal, and all are rare and secretive, making them especially difficult to study. James G. Sanderson, the world’s leading field expert on small wild cats, and naturalist and wildlife artist Patrick Watson provide informative and entertaining answers to common and unexpected questions about these animals. The authors explain why some small cats live on the ground while others inhabit trees, discuss the form and function of their coat types and colors, offer scientifically sound information on human–small wild cat interactions, and even review the role small that wild cats have played in literature, religion, and mythology. The world of cats is as fascinating as it is diverse. Small Wild Cats: The Animal Answer Guide shows just how important and interesting the littlest of the non-domesticated feline family are.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vi-ix
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xiii-xv
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  1. 1. Introducing Small Cats
  2. pp. 1-19
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  1. 2. Form and Function of Small Cats
  2. pp. 20-39
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  1. 3. Small Cat Colors
  2. pp. 40-49
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  1. 4. Small Cat Behavior
  2. pp. 50-54
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  1. 5. Small Cat Ecology
  2. pp. 55-65
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  1. 6. Reproduction and Development of Small Cats
  2. pp. 66-74
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  1. 7. Foods and Feeding of Small Cats
  2. pp. 75-83
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  1. 8. Small Cats and Humans
  2. pp. 84-89
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  1. 9. Small Cat Problems (from a human viewpoint)
  2. pp. 90-93
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  1. 10. Human Problems (from a small cat's viewpoint)
  2. pp. 94-102
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  1. 11. Small Cats in Stories and Literature
  2. pp. 103-120
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  1. 12. "Small Catology"
  2. pp. 121-127
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  1. Appendix: Small Cats of the World
  2. p. 129
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 131-138
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 139-144
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421402727
Print ISBN
9780801898853
MARC Record
OCLC
798295749
Pages
184
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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