Jungle Cats

Just for Kids

Day in the Life of a Jungle Cat

A jungle cat hunting its prey.

The jungle cat searches out its natural prey, a rodent. Image courtesy of Yoram Shpirer

Jamie the jungle cat woke and began her day by diving for breakfast. She left her home, which was an old fox den. Then Jamie ate a few fish. She was careful to keep an eye out for crocodiles. Crocodiles love eating jungle cats for breakfast! Jamie wasn’t afraid, though. She knew that if she saw a crocodile or any other predator, she should start vocalizing to alert other jungle cats. Then, she could attack.

Living in the wetland means that Jamie can get to a lot of rodents, which is nice because they make a great snack. If she’s feeling energetic, she likes to chase after birds, too. Jamie isn’t usually too energetic, though. She doesn’t like moving around too much. Lots of jungle cats are the same way.

Because Jamie has the same sized claws in both her front and back legs, it is easier for her to climb up and down trees. She was climbing a tree when she saw Jeffrey, another jungle cat. She jumped down to go say hi. They communicated by rubbing cheeks. This let Jeffrey know that Jamie likes him. Jamie and Jeffrey have been together for a while, and Jamie wants kittens.

Two months later, Jamie is the mom of six kittens! Within the year, they will grow up and become mature enough to go live on their own.

Jamie now spends her days exploring the wetland. She’s older, now, so she mostly spends her time reflecting on the time she spent with her kittens and wondering how they are doing with their own families.

Truth or Myth?

Scroll underneath the numbers to see the answers!

  1. Jungle cats live in the jungle. Myth! Jungle cats actually live in the wetlands
  2. Jungle cats are natural pest killers. True! Jungle cats eat rodents, which is very helpful for some!
  3. Jungle cats are quiet. Myth! Jungle cats scream purr, growl, chirp and gurgle.
A jungle cat catching some sun on a rock. A jungle cat stalks its prey in the night.