I have seen a ring tailed cat on my Southern California
mountain acreage (3400 ft elev.). Where do I find information about this
cat and what can I feed it to keep it around?
i can see you are an animal lover as i am too...
See...the animal called "ring tailed cat" actually is related with the
raccoon, and in US they live by desert Southwest and mostly in
Southern Colorado. They are seen also along the foothills of the
Front Range and along the major canyons of the Western Slope.
Typical habitat is canyon and mesa country, they try to be always
near water, even they have quite good kidneys and may not need
to drink, but for the babies.
Usually they are born in May or June (3-4 litter) almost blind and
naked. But their development is very fast and the young are
weaned after 5 weeks after birth.
Their coat is yellowish gray on their back, and gray below, with a
prominent white eye ring (so their name). The tail is tipped with black.
The adults are about 28 inches long, beeing half of that size their
tail. Their weight is about 2 pounds.
Ring tails are very agile climbers and their quite large tail helps them
to balance. Their ankles can rotate to let them go head first down
a cliff or a tree. They look for food only by night feedind on mice,
birds and insects. They usually live in couples (or pairs) or as a
family and they like to hunt together.
So...my advice would be to look around to find if he is really alone
or belong to a group or family.. If he has companions leave
them alone, they will follow nature and will survive.
But if the critter is alone, he probably got lost or the members
of the group died for some reason. Could you possible trap
him to let it free in the wilderness where it could find companions?
Otherwise, since he would be looking for prey to eat, are there
any rats around? If not and if you are kind enough to not let
it to starve,...maybe some small pieces of meat... Sorry, i digress...
but i love so much the children of nature...
Good luck! and thanks to ask NEWTON!!
(Dr. Mabel Rodrigues)
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