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Black-footed Cats

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Emily Liew

on 14 March 2013

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Breeding Black-footed have live births, with the gestation period ranging from 63 to 68 days. A litter usually consists of two kittens, but may vary from one to three kittens. Females may have up to two litters during the spring, summer, and autumn. Kittens usually become independent in about five months. Diet Black-footed seem to be at the top of their food chain, however they only prey on small species such as rodents and small birds, due to their small size. They may even go for insects, arachnids, and reptiles, although this makes up less than 1% of their diet. Description The scientific name for the black-footed cat is Felis nigripes. They are mammals, and one of the smallest known cat species. They have very large eyes. Despite it's name, only the pads and underparts of black-footed cats' feet are black. Their fur ranges from a cinnamon color to tawny and is patterned with black or brown spots. Habitat Black-footed cats are located in the regions of Africa- South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and southern Angola. There are historical records of them living in Botswana, however there are no current records. They live in the dry, open savanna, grassland, and semi-desert biome with shrubs and tree cover at altitudes of up to 2,000 meters.

Black-footed cats are not migratory nor do they hibernate. They are nocturnal creatures and lie in burrows or in termite-mound ventilation shafts during the day. Problems -Black-footed cats face the problem of habitat deterioration through the loss of their grassland biomes. This is due to overgrazing by livestock.

-Farmers also set out steel-jaw traps and poisoned bait for the African wildcat, which can also harm the black-footed cat.

-The poisoning of locusts, which is a source of food of the Black-footed cat is also a problem.

-Most Black-footed cats die of kidney failure, but the reason is still not clear. Solutions -CITES lists the Black-footed cats in Appendix I and they are considered endangered by the Endangered Species Act.

-Environment agencies are also trying to stop farmers from overgrazing and stopping farmers from doing that through laws and regulations.

-No hunting is allowed in any of their range states.

-Research is also going on determine the cause of kidney failure in Black-footed cats. By: Lauren Murphy & Emily Nguyen Black-footed Cats Works Cited h h "Black-footed Cat." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 03 May 2013. Web. 11 Mar. 2013. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black-footed_cat>.

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