Definition of fishing cat in English:

fishing cat


  • A small wild cat found in wetland habitats in India and SE Asia, having a light brown coat with dark spots, a ringed tail, and slightly webbed paws.

    Felis viverrina, family Felidae

    • ‘Next door is the Night Safari where, between 7.30 pm and midnight, you can watch buffalo, deer, tigers and fishing cats as they come out to feed.’
    • ‘At night, civets and fishing cats take over the action.’
    • ‘The Asian leopard cat lineage consisted of the Asian leopard cat, flat-headed cat, fishing cat (P. viverrina), and rusty-spotted cat (P. rubiginosa).’