These cats are good swimmers and will even dive underwater in search of fish.
Fishing cats live for an average of 12 years.
Body length: 57-86cm, Tail length: 20-33cm, Shoulder height: 38-41cm, Weight: male: 11-12kg, female: 6-7kg.
Fishing cats have a short body with stocky legs and a large broad head. They have grey/brown fur with dark brown or black spots and black lines running up the forehead and over the crown of the head. Their short tails are ringed with black. Fishing cats have partially webbed front feet. Their claw sheaths are short so that when the claws are retracted they are not completely covered.
Fishing cats range from Northern India to Sri Lanka, Burma and across the Thai peninsular to Java and Sumatra.
They live by water, including riversides, marshland, swamps.
Fishing cats mainly hunt fish but will also prey on crustaceans, molluscs, rodents, young deer, small wild pigs, frogs and snakes. They have also been reported to take domestic goats, calves, dogs and poultry.
Fishing cats are good swimmers and catch fish by grabbing their prey from the water with their paws or by diving into the water. Little is known about their social activity. They are probably solitary but they are tolerant of each other when kept together in captivity.
Females give birth to 1-4 kittens after a gestation period of 63-65 days. The kittens weigh 170g at birth.
Fishing cats are listed as Lower Risk on the IUCN Red List, and are on CITES: Appendix II. They are threatened due to loss of wetland habitat, water pollution and pesticide poisoning. They are occasionally hunted for fur.