Ocelot Cat Behaviour and Abilities

ocelot cat

What do you know about ocelots? They are a type of wild cat that lives in Central America and South America. The ocelot is the smallest species of wild feline in North America. The Ocelot Cat has been around for thousands of years with its origins dating back to the Pleistocene era. It’s a nocturnal animal which means it hunts mainly at night, but they can be seen during daylight hours as well before they return to their den site or shelter for sleep. Their diet consists largely of rodents, small mammals like mice and rabbits, birds, reptiles (frogs), and amphibians (toads).

are one of the most beautiful cat breeds around. They have a variety of colors and patterns that make them unique in their own way, but all ocelots share a few traits. Ocelots are easily mistaken for small leopards due to their spotted coats, long tails, and large ears. Despite this, they are actually quite different from leopards because they do not roar or growl as big cats do. Ocelots also have spots instead of stripes on their backside and belly which can add more contrast to their coat’s coloration.

Ocelots weigh around 12 pounds on average, which is twice as much as house cats. The ocelot has a gorgeous spotted coat that varies from gold to dark brown depending on location or light.

Ocelot Behaviour

Hunting Abilities

Ocelots hunt during nighttime hours, using their keen sight and hearing abilities to track down prey like rabbits, rodents, iguanas, fish, and frogs for food. Unlike many other cats they do not avoid water – ocelots can swim well! They also take advantage of trees by stalking monkeys or birds while remaining out of reach.

ocelot Hunting Abilities


In the wild: ocelot cats can adapt to human habitats but prefer living under leafy rain forest canopies or brushland habitat; may be found as far north as Texas. A typical day for an Ocelot Cat would include hunting birds on wing with other Ocelots up to 12 per group called clans sharing prey when they live together; mainly active at night often nocturnal hunter so depends largely on sight and hearing – has very good eyesight­- uses its sense of smell too.

Ocelots typically mate from November through January after which females will give birth between April to June. The female will usually give birth to two or three kittens in each litter; it may be up to five if there are more than one mating with her during that time. Ocelots tend not to mate until they reach sexual maturity at around 15 months old, but do so as often as every other day when sexually active.

Ocelot kittens

Ocelot kittens are born with their eyes open, and they will start to walk within a day or two. Ocelots have relatively short tails that taper into an upward curl at the end, which is used as a handle when carrying them by their mothers. Ocelot kittens follow their mothers closely until about 18 months old when it’s time for them to strike out on their own. This means moving from mom’s home range (which averages 35 square miles) to her mating

Difference between Ocelot cat and serval cats

People usually can’t tell the difference between the Ocelot cat and serval cat because they’re both very large cats but, if you look closely there are a few differences.

The serval is about twice as big and has longer legs than an ocelot. It also has much more noticeable spots on its fur. Servals have a white underbelly and a black tail while ocelots have all-black fur, including their tails.

Ocelots tend to be less aggressive around people since they live in captivity whereas servals are often wilder because of their natural habitat.

Serval cats are a type of wild cat that can be found in Africa. The serval is the world’s tallest domestic cat, with males averaging 2.2 feet and females averaging 1.8 feet tall at the shoulder.

Ocelots, on the other hand, are a small species of wild cat from South America and Mexico – they average about 30 inches long including their tail but range anywhere from 18 to 36 inches long excluding its tail length.

Servals have been bred in captivity for many years now (though it remains illegal to keep them as pets) which means that you may encounter one if you visit some zoos or wildlife parks- though they’re not often spotted in the wild anymore because humans hunted them extensively until populations were reduced.