People who love cats know that there are many different subspecies of them. They range from small house cats to huge jungle and Savanna cats. When people are asked who are the most deadly cats – which cats catch the most prey and are the most effective hunters, people often point to the big cats. However, the most effective hunter, amongst the cats, is actually a species of cats who are rather small. Very small, in fact. So, without further ado, let’s get to discussing the Deadliest Cat in the World: Most Successful Hunter.
The subspecies of these cats is called “Felis nigripes” or “The African black-footed cat”. Here’s a fun fact about these cats – they are the smallest wild cats in Africa.
African black-footed cats are 20 to 25 centimetres or 8 to 10 inches tall and weigh about 1 to 2 kilograms or 2.4 to 4.2 pounds. They are literally weigh about 200 times less than an average lion.
These cats tend to hunt at night and they can travel up to 32 kilometers or 20 miles. Another “fun fact”, one of these adult cats catch more prey in a single night hunt than a leopard does in 6 months, on average. That’s how good they are.
African black-footed cats have great eyesight and amazing night vision, along with tremendous hearing and phenomenal sense of smell. Plus their speed, reflexes, jump height and small size, which makes them good at sneaking, – all of this makes them the deadliest cats on planet Earth.
In fact, these cats strategically use tall grass to hide and ambush their prey and so, their small size essentialyl makes them a lot dangerous than a lot of big cats. More dangerous to small animals that they can hunt, by the way, because they don’t hunt large animals like zebras and antilopes, like lions do.
These cats also have an incredibly fast metabolism and need to eat a lot, constantly. They actually eat 10 to 14 rodents or birds every single night. They have a 60% success rate when it comes to hunting, which is about three times higher than the rate for lions.
Currently, African black-footed cats only live in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. They aren’t considered endangered, but they are considered to be at risk of being endangered in the near future.
The African black-footed cats might be very small and cute, but they are very deadly and proficient hunters. Probably not the type of cats you’d expect to be so deadly. But these cute fur balls are indeed the most prolific serial killers in the cat kingdom. They have incredibly fast metabolisms that help them to move very quickly on one hand, but also make them hunt and eat a lot on the other hand. And that concludes this segment about the Deadliest Cat in the World: Most Successful Hunter.
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