Top 10 Smallest Cats

The infamous “grumpy wildcat” is known for its facial expressions and being fierce yet fluffy at the same time. It is shy and rarely seen among the rough montane grasslands and shrublands of Asia.

A rare small wild species that are outnumbered by other wild cats on its native island of Borneo, which is divided into Malaysia, Brunei, and Indonesia.

Margay (Leopardus wiedii): This native to Central and South America is one of the most acrobatic species out there, equipped with a very long tail for balancing on branches.

The leopard cat turns out to be a separate species from the Sunda Leopard Cat on Borneo and Sumatra.

A very shy and mysterious small wild animal, the sand cat is the only species that lives in the true desert — namely, those in North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia.

The Oncilla has a habitat range spanning from Costa Rica and Panama in Central America to southern Brazil. Compared to other small wild species, it hunts small mammals, birds, and reptiles.

Prionailurus planiceps: species owes its strange appearance due to physical adaptations for its semi-aquatic lifestyle, with a flattened forehead, partially webbed feet, and very long, sharp teeth.

Guiña or Kodkod (Leopardus guigna): This is the smallest species in the Americas, with a habitat range of Central and Southern Chile, plus bordering areas of Argentina.

Black-footed or Small Spotted Cat (Felis nigripes): This native to South Africa is the smallest of its kind in the entire continent. Known for having the highest hunting success rate among all cats.

The rusty-spotted cat competes with the black-footed one in tiny size, and it wins the prize. It’s about the size of an 8 week-old kitten. 

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