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SMALL CATS - KEY FACTS
Although most have never been properly studied, the 29 species of "small cats" are generally known to be similar in anatomy, morphology, biology and behavior to the better known "big cats."

The distinguishing features of the small cats include: a u-shaped bone in the vocal apparatus which prevents them from roaring; claws that can be withdrawn (except in the Flat-headed cat) into sheaths which are longer on the outer side (of equal length in big cats); and a hairless strip along the front of the nose (furred on big cats). When resting, small cats tuck their paws beneath their body by bending them at the wrist joint, and the tail is wrapped around their body; big cats, however, place their paws in front of their bodies and extend their tails straight out behind them. And finally, small cats feed while in a crouched position, and big cats lie down to feed.
 
SMALL CAT SPECIES
AFRICAN GOLDEN CAT JAGUARUNDI PALLAS'S CAT
ASIAN GOLDEN CAT JUNGLE CAT PAMPAS CAT
BAY CAT KODKOD PUMA
BLACK-FOOTED CAT LEOPARD CAT RUSTY-SPOTTED CAT
BOBCAT LYNX, CANADIAN SAND CAT
CARACAL LYNX, EURASIAN SERVAL
CHINESE DESERT CAT LYNX, IBERIAN TIGER CAT
FISHING CAT MARBLED CAT WILD CAT
FLAT-HEADED CAT MARGAY CAT  
GEOFFROY'S CAT MOUNTAIN CAT  
IRIOMOTE CAT * OCELOT  
* indicates a subspecies
 
 
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