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I saw a cat that was taller and thinner than a bobcat. It had spots and a tiny head. It was in Oxford ct. I've seen Bobcats here and this was not a bobcat. I wonder if it's some kind of other wildcat

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Dear Mike

Thank you for your question. I also wish to thank the authors of the websites I used.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mammals_of_Connecticut#Cats_.28Order_Carniv says that the only species of wild cat definitely living in Connecticut is the bobcat, although the puma is a remote possibility and the Canadian lynx may have lived in the state. Puma cubs have spotted coats, but are shorter than bobcats and don't have particularly small heads. Cheetahs and servals have small heads and are taller and thinner than bobcats, but unless the cat you saw had escaped from captivity, it is very unlikely to have been a cheetah or serval.

I think you probably saw a feral or domestic cat. Some cats have small heads compared to their bodies (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyKodHZbFyI). Some people suggest that different body parts grow at different rates and that a kitten with a small head may grow up to be an adult with a normal-sized head. Please note that there are quite a few spoof websites concerning cats with tiny heads.

I'm sorry I couldn't help more.

All the best

Jonathan  

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I can answer questions about wild mammals and other animals, as well as extinct animals and zoos. I am not an expert about every animal species. I can look up information from books and the internet, but can't verify if all the information is true. Please don't ask questions about: 1. Pets. I am not a vet. Please contact a vet if your pet is ill. You may need to spend some money if you want your pet to live. Don't get a pet if you don't know how to look after it and if you can't provide it with the space, food and possible companions that will help it live a healthy life. Don't take animals from the wild, unless they are ill and/or injured and you can protect them until a wildlife charity can help. It is cruel to take animals from their parents, especially if the parents will look for the babies, while putting their other babies at risk. You may be breaking the law by keeping wild animals or you may need a licence to look after some species. Please check with a local wildlife group. 2. Eggs: Please don't remove eggs from nests. The mother birds provide the right temperature for the eggs and won't sit on them if the temperature is warm enough for them to develop naturally. It is illegal to remove eggs of some species and, unless you have an incubator or a broody hen, the egg may not develop. If you are allowed to touch the eggs, you can candle them to see if they are fertile. If theys aren't fertile, they won't hatch. 3. Fights: Please don't ask about fights between different animals. These questions assume that individuals of two species fight each time they meet and that one species will always be victorious over another. This is untrue. There are cases where a live mouse has been fed to a venomous snake, bitten the snake leading to the snake's demise. 4: Diseases: Please ask doctors or other medical experts about diseases that you may catch from animals. I can't advise on how to deal with viruses, bacteria etc.

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I have a zoology degree and have been interested in animals since I was two. I am a zoo volunteer at London Zoo. I have appeared on a BBC Radio Quiz, 'Wildbrain'.

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WWF. ZSL. Natural History Museum. RSPB. London Bat Group.

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Newsletters of London Zoo volunteers and the London Bat Group

Education/Credentials
BSC degree in Zoology. 'A' level in Zoology. 'O' Level in Biology.

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