It is a relaxing day for me, Jacey, and Marley. You can see me and Jacey relaxing on the couch here. And while being a diabetic cat has its challenges, I know that I have a home where I am safe and protected. This is not the case for many of my wild relatives, and there are many endangered cats.
Many of you know about how some of my larger cousins are endangered cats, but even though some of them are at risk of going extinct, there are some cats that are in even more danger. Catster put together a list of the five most endangered cats. It is likely that you did not know that some of these felines existed!
- Bornean bay cat. This feline cousin of mine lives in the rain forests of Borneo. There are less than 2,500 of them left in the wild. Humans are encroaching on their habitat, and they are losing their homes because of this.
- Flat headed cat. A cat with a flat head? Are you humans sure this is a cat? Okay, if you say so. This endangered cat lives in the tropical rainforests of southeast Asia. I think Jacey and Marley are small, but this feline is tiny. It is only three to six pounds. Humans are encroaching on its habitat, and it is losing access to the fish it eats.
- Snow leopard. Sometimes, before I swat some sense into him, the human thinks he could keep this beautiful big cat as a pet. He says that it’s smaller than him, so he could control it. Then I swat him with my paw to remind him what a much smaller feline can do and he changes his mind. The snow leopard lives in the highlands of central Asia and should not live in human homes. Because poachers hunt it for its gorgeous coat, and humans are encroaching on its habitat, it has joined too many of my cousins on the list of endangered cats.
- Andean mountain cat. This feline is about the same size as me. It is so rarely seen that the area where it lives can only be guessed! Researchers think that it lives in the high Andes of South America. It is an endangered cat because of loss of habitat due to mining and water extraction as well as human encroachment and unsustainable farming.
- Iberian lynx. This is the most endangered cat. It once was found all over Spain, but its habitat has shrunk to only two small pockets in the southern part of that country. This feline cousin is critically endangered because it has adapted to eat rabbits pretty much exclusively, and multiple outbreaks of diseases among rabbits have decimated the rabbit population.
These endangered cats need your help. Many of you have helped my fellow special needs cats. But please keep my wild cousins in mind. Some of them need a lot more help than we do!