Baby bobcat

This female bobcat serves as a surrogate mother for rescued baby bobcats at the Tucson Wildlife Center.

Desert Duets: Bobcat Kittens Web Page

Bobcats' diets change as they grow from kittens to adults. Like other mammals, bobcat kittens drink their mother's milk. Mother bobcats nurse their kittens until they are three months old. Then she brings them dead animals to eat.

By the time they are six months old, she brings them live animals. The kittens learn to hunt by watching their mother. They practice pouncing with the animals she brings. They stay with their mothers until they are about nine months old when they are ready to hunt on their own. Bobcats are ready to begin families of their own when they are one year old.

Bobcat kittens can be prey for owls and foxes. Mountain lions eat both young and adult bobcats. People are the greatest danger to bobcats. Some farmers and ranchers hunt bobcats because they believe bobcats kill their livestock. For the most part, bobcats hunt rabbits, birds, and mice that harm farmers' crops. Bobcats' beautiful fur also makes them a target for hunters.

The Tucson Wildlife Center has charming photographs of bobcat kittens. Link to bobcats on their slideshow page.

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Launched: February 2008
Updated: 17 July 2011