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Which species of cat is the smallest?

Rusty-spotted Cat

Explanation

The Rusty-spotted Cat (Prionailurus rubiginosus) is the smallest cat at a maximum of about 1.6 kg (3.5 lbs).

The Black-footed Cat (Felis nigripes) comes in second at up to about 2.1 kg (4.6 lbs).

The Kodkod (Oncifelis guigna) and the Oncilla (Leopardus tigrinus) are just slightly larger, maxing out at about 2.2 kg (4.8 lbs).

In fifth place is the Flat-headed Cat (Prionailurus planiceps) at 2.5 kg (5.5 lbs).

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