Sometimes I like to jump up to the top of my Cat Power Tower and survey the land. Other times, I like to sneak inside my Kat Kabin and watch from down low. I like having both options available to me at all times in my habitat. When the sun room doors are closed and I can’t get access to my tower, I resort to jumping up behind the sofa and watching the front yard birds from the bay window. Because of my love of both high and low places, I think I might be part leopard.
Leopards are Both Tree and Cave Dwellers
The leopard uses trees as observation posts, and has been observed dragging prey several times its own weight up into a tree to cache the carcass for later meals. The leopards’ scapula is uniquely attached to its muscles allowing the spotted cat to be proficient at climbing and has a locking wrist enabling the cats superior tree climbing ability.
Even though I am not as good a climber as my big cat cousin, I like to think of myself as a leopard when I am sunning myself while napping on top of my tower. There are times that I prefer to observe from the ground and our leopard cousins also prefer lower level living at times.
While leopards are able to haul their prey up into a tree, perhaps a more preferred method is one in which gravity works in the cats favor, and that would be dragging the carcass down into a cave. There have been references made in scientific literature about leopards using caves, including specific descriptions of caves that are leopards lairs. According to Charles Brain, author of the book The Hunters or the Hunted? An Introduction to African Cave Taphonomy, leopards use caves as retreats, feeding places, and breeding lairs.
I Feel Like a Bobcat in my Kat Kabin
Even though leopards also lurk about the ground, when I decide to curl up inside my Scratch Kabin I imagine that I am a bobcat out in the wild.
Our bobcat cousins likes to build their dens in hollow logs or at the the base of the roots of a fallen tree. Bobcats like to see but not be seen and that is exactly how I feel when I am surveying my habitats activities from under the end table beside the sofa.
Do you think your cat is a tree or bush dweller?