8 animals that have a lot to do with cats - but they're not!

There are many animals that, while not very much like cats at first glance, have surprisingly much in common with them. Meet some of them!

  • Interesting facts about cats

Carnivore, or carnivorous mammals of the order of terrestrial and aquatic placental mammals from the subgroup of viviparous subgroups, are divided into two sub-orders: Caniformia - dog-like and Feliformia - cat-shaped. Each suborder includes subsequent groups in its systematics. Caniformia are dogs, of course, but also, for example, skunks, mustelids, raccoons and bears. Feliformia are felines, as well as mongooses, hyenas, nandinas, wyvernaceae and falanrukowate. Many of the animals in these families carry feline genes, although they do not seem cat-like at all. Have a look!

1. Fossa

Fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox) is the largest predatory mammal found in Madagascar. It belongs to the Łaszowatych family. It is related to the mongoose, but more like a cat - it is also compared to the baby cougar. It is characterized by a slender body, short legs and no retractable claws. The species was considered endangered. Unfortunately, some natives consider this animal a pest because of its propensity to hunt chickens and small livestock. The character of the fossa appears in the popular animation "Madagascar" from 2005. He is presented there mainly as a villain. In fact, however, not so mean!

2. Falanouc

Falanouc (Eupleres goudotii) also lives in Madagascar and belongs to the same family as Fossa, but much more like a mongoose than its cousin. Its teeth differ from most taxonomically close relatives as it eats mainly insects, snails and earthworms. The flat canines and premolars are curved backwards. It is a very rare endemic mammal. It is extremely difficult to find in nature. He is a territorial loner, but it is not clear whether he prefers a night or day lifestyle. He is relatively small and shy, and does not attack in self-defense. He definitely prefers to dodge a threat.

3. African civet

There are over a dozen species of civet in Africa and Asia. They belong to the Wyveridae family. What they have in common is having a musk gland near the anus, which they use to mark territory and attract partners. It is a species from which perfumers cruelly obtain musk. Fortunately, recently, fortunately, synthetic cybet (musky substance) has also been used, although its quality is much worse - that's why the musk industry is still flourishing. The civet has masked facial markings like a raccoon. It looks like a cat with an elongated body of an otter or weasel. It weighs 7-20 kg. It has a yellowish gray color with numerous dark spots. It has a longer mane on the dorsal side. Unfortunately, this pet's fur is the target of poachers.

4. Mongoose

The name mongoose refers to about 40 different species of cat-like animals that live in southern Europe, southern Asia and Africa. This tiny (weighing less than 3 kg, dwarf specimens are only 30 cm long), a charming creature with an upturned nose is considered one of the bravest in the world. The mongoose is famous for its ability to fight snakes. It has special receptors that reject neurotoxins from snake venom, so it is resistant to it (it is not only resistant to snake venom). The manga's fighting great poisonous snakes is legendary, as is the agility and cunning of these little animals.

5. Linzang

It is a mammal of the Linzang subfamily of the Wyveridae family. It is one of the closest living relatives of felids (the evolutionary lines were separated about 33.3 million years ago). There are four species of linzanga, two in Africa and two in Asia. It is a slender, beige, striped or spotted animal with a small head and a pointed muzzle and a long tail equal to the length of the rest of the body. It resembles a weasel or ferret, with a longer tail and more cat-like teeth. It lives in forests, is active at night, eats small vertebrates, larvae and insects. This mammal is a loner, it lives mainly in trees. He has very well-developed senses of sight and hearing, which allow him to hunt in the dark.

6. Binturong

It is a species of predatory mammal from the Wyveridae family, the only representative of the binturong genus. Binturong and his closest relative - Grace - are among the most relic of the living cat-shaped representatives. Occurs in Southeast Asia. It is also called a cat bear because it moves like a little bear. Although it is a predator and carnivore, it definitely prefers fruit. Its "fifth foot", which is an extremely grippy tail and 180-degree turning knuckles, allow for impressive wood stunts. Binturong's saliva has disinfecting properties, even to humans. However, this animal can spray the irritating substance like a skunk.

7. Żeneta

This is probably the animal most often mistaken for a cat. However, Żeneta is closely related to the mongoose and also belongs to the Wyveridae family. It lives in North Africa, it can also be found in Europe - on the Iberian Peninsula, where it was brought from Morocco about 1000-1500 years ago as a pet. Runaway specimens are found in the wild to this day in France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands. It reaches 1 to 3 kg and has a very long tail. Its thick and silky fur is striped or spotted. Today it can also be bred as it tames itself relatively easily. This animal is considered to be the most cat-like, although beware: it gives off an intense smell. It feeds on small animals, fruits, fish and insects.

8. Meerkat

Would you ever think that a meerkat has something to do with felines? This cute animal belongs to the mongoose and is perhaps the best known of all of the above. She became famous thanks to the habit of standing on her hind legs and searching the horizon for fear of being threatened - as if she posed for the camera - and thanks to the lovable character of Timon from Disney's fairy tale. What distinguishes her from solitary cats is her tendency to live in clans of 20 to 50 individuals and widely developed social behavior. Meerkats are sociable and loyal to the group, they often look after their companions' children and warn each other about dangers. Do you think they are cat-like?

As you can see, the cat's family is really big. There are many animals that, while not very much like a cat, have a lot in common genetically. We have just mentioned a few interesting examples. Others are, for example: hyena, phalanruk, galidia, mungo, jellyfish, protel, nandinia, wyvern, or grace. We also encourage you to get to know these wonderful and interesting animals!

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