July 27, by Lisa Montalto. While it has always been acceptable for men to date far younger women, if a woman dated a younger man it was frowned upon. The new millennium brought about a new attitude and soon more and more couples popped up with the woman much more senior than the man. The women in this type of relationship adopted the name of Cougar while the men they dated became their cubs. The Cougar is an older women usually 40 and older, who takes care of herself and still looks great for her age. She may be recently divorced or have been focused on her career with not much time to date in her thirties.
Despite its size - it is the fourth-largest of the cats - the Puma is actually more closely related to smaller felines such as the domestic cat. It has a round head with erect ears and a fur coat that is typically tawny, but can range from silvery-grey to reddish depending on the individual; it is interesting to note that cubs are born with spots but lose them as they grow up.
The Cheetah shares a common ancestor within the Puma lineage although it is in a separate genus known as Acinonyx. It's classified as being the fastest land animal, the fastest mammal and the fastest of the felines.
Unlike most felines, the Cheetah only possesses semi-retractable claws. The Cheetah has a deep chest with a narrow waist and large nostrils; adaptations that aid in its ability to run so quickly. The Cheetah also has a pattern that looks like black tears that extend downward from the corner of its eyes along the sides of the nose to its mouth. It's fur is coarse and tan colored with numerous black spots all over. The Lynx and the Bobcat are both members of the genus with which the former also claims as its name and lineage; Lynx.
The comparisons between the two cats are rather minimal and can only be noticed when doing a close examination. The bottom pictures should help to highlight the differences. A panther is a melanic big cat, usually a leopard, though the term is also used for black jaguars and black cougars.
It is not a species in its own right and it's like black cats versus all other colours. Puma and cougar are different names for the same species. This one species differs from the other two you've mentioned in being more closely related to domestic cats than big cats. It meows, while big cats roar.
The jaguar is a big cat found throughout Latin America and in a few isolated locations in the US along the Mexican border. A leopard is a big cat found in many parts of Africa and Asia. Of all big cats, it's the one most likely to become a maneater. It is most closely related to lions, tigers, snow leopards, clouded leopards and jaguars, plus the fairly recently identified Sunda clouded leopard.
Meet the rhino, the male cougar
The cheetah is a large cat of the subfamily Felinae that occurs in Southern , North and East Africa , and a few localities in Iran. The species is IUCN Red Listed as vulnerable , as it suffered a substantial decline in its historic range in the 20th century due to habitat loss , poaching , illegal pet trade , and conflict with humans.
By , the global cheetah population has been estimated at approximately 7, individuals in the wild. Several African countries have taken steps to improve cheetah conservation measures. Pleistocene — Holocene , 1. Former range Low density Medium density High density. It is the fastest land animal. The only extant member of the genus Acinonyx , the cheetah was formally described by Johann Christian Daniel von Schreber in The cheetah is characterised by a slender body, deep chest, spotted coat , small rounded head, black tear-like streaks on the face, long thin legs and long spotted tail.
Its lightly built, slender form is in sharp contrast with the robust build of the big cats , making it more similar to the cougar. The cheetah reaches 70 to 90 cm 28 to 35 in at the shoulder, and weighs 21—72 kg 46— lb. Although taller than the leopard , it is notably smaller than the lion. Typically yellowish tan or rufous to greyish white, the coat is uniformly covered with nearly 2, solid black spots.
Cheetahs are active mainly during the day, with hunting their major activity. Adult males are sociable despite their territoriality , forming groups called coalitions. Females are not territorial; they may be solitary or live with their offspring in home ranges. Carnivores , cheetah mainly prey upon antelopes and gazelles.
They will stalk their prey to within — m — ft , charge towards it and kill it by tripping it during the chase and biting its throat to suffocate it to death. Cheetahs are induced ovulators , breeding throughout the year. Gestation is nearly three months long, resulting in a litter of typically three to five cubs the number can vary from one to eight. Weaning occurs at six months; siblings tend to stay together for some time.
Cheetah cubs face higher mortality than most other mammals, especially in the Serengeti region. Cheetahs inhabit a variety of habitats — dry forests, scrub forests and savannahs. Because of its prowess at hunting, the cheetah was tamed and used to kill game at hunts in the past.
The animal has been widely depicted in art, literature, advertising and animation. The cougar , also commonly known as the puma , mountain lion , panther or catamount , is a large felid of the subfamily Felinae native to the Americas.
Its range , from the Canadian Yukon to the southern Andes of South America, is the widest of any large wild terrestrial mammal in the Western Hemisphere. An adaptable, generalist species, the cougar is found in most American habitat types. It is the biggest cat in North America , and the second-heaviest cat in the New World after the jaguar. Secretive and largely solitary by nature, the cougar is properly considered both nocturnal and crepuscular , although daytime sightings do occur.
The cougar is more closely related to smaller felines, including the domestic cat subfamily Felinae , than to any species of subfamily Pantherinae , of which only the jaguar is native to the Americas. Middle Pleistocene — Holocene. The cougar is an ambush predator that pursues a wide variety of prey.
Primary food sources are ungulates , particularly deer. It also hunts species as small as insects and rodents. This cat prefers habitats with dense underbrush and rocky areas for stalking, but can also live in open areas. The cougar is territorial and survives at low population densities. Individual territory sizes depend on terrain, vegetation, and abundance of prey.
While large, it is not always the apex predator in its range, yielding to the jaguar, gray wolf , American black bear , and grizzly bear. It is reclusive and mostly avoids people.
Fatal attacks on humans are rare, but have recently been increasing in North America as more people enter cougar territories. Intensive hunting following European colonization of the Americas and the ongoing human development of cougar habitat has caused populations to drop in most parts of its historical range. In particular, the North American cougar was extirpated in eastern North America in the beginning of the 20th century, except for an isolated Florida panther subpopulation.
Transient males have been verified in Minnesota , Missouri , Iowa, Michigan, Indiana , and Illinois where a cougar was shot in the city limits of Chicago , and in at least one instance, observed as far east as coastal Connecticut.
Reports of eastern cougars P. The jaguar Panthera onca is a wild cat species and the only extant member of the genus Panthera native to the Americas.
Though there are single cats now living within the western United States, the species has largely been extirpated from the United States since the early 20th century. Threats include loss and fragmentation of habitat. Middle Pleistocene — Recent. Current range Bright pink: Overall, the jaguar is the largest native cat species of the New World and the third largest in the world.
This spotted cat closely resembles the leopard , but is usually larger and sturdier. It ranges across a variety of forested and open terrains, but its preferred habitat is tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forest , swamps and wooded regions.
The jaguar enjoys swimming and is largely a solitary , opportunistic, stalk-and-ambush predator at the top of the food chain. As a keystone species it plays an important role in stabilizing ecosystems and regulating prey populations. While international trade in jaguars or their body parts is prohibited, the cat is still frequently killed, particularly in conflicts with ranchers and farmers in South America. Although reduced, its range remains large. Given its historical distribution, the jaguar has featured prominently in the mythology of numerous indigenous American cultures , including those of the Maya and Aztec.
The leopard Panthera pardus is one of the five species in the genus Panthera , a member of the Felidae. The leopard occurs in a wide range in sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia. Leopards are listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List because leopard populations are threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation, and are declining in large parts of the global range.
Leopards are hunted illegally, and their body parts are smuggled in the wildlife trade for medicinal practices and decoration. Late Pliocene or Early Pleistocene to recent. Range of the leopard: Compared to other wild cats, the leopard has relatively short legs and a long body with a large skull. It is similar in appearance to the jaguar , but generally has a smaller, lighter physique.
Its fur is marked with rosettes similar to those of the jaguar, but the leopard's rosettes are generally smaller, more densely packed and without central spots. Both leopards and jaguars that are melanistic are known as black panthers. The leopard is distinguished by its well-camouflaged fur, opportunistic hunting behaviour, broad diet, and strength which it uses to move heavy carcasses into trees , as well as its ability to adapt to various habitats ranging from rainforest to steppe, including arid and montane areas, and its ability to run at speeds of up to 58 kilometres per hour 36 mph.
Fossil parts dating to the Late Pleistocene were excavated in Europe and Japan. Black Panther is a term used for leopards, jaguars and cougars who caught melanism. Cougar, mountain lion and Puma are the same thing. A lynx is any of the four species Canada lynx , Iberian lynx , Eurasian lynx , Bobcat within the medium-sized wild cat genus Lynx. Two other cats that are sometimes called lynxes, the caracal desert lynx and the jungle cat jungle lynx , are not members of the genus Lynx.Cougars and Florida Panthers
The bobcat is a North American cat that appeared during the Irvingtonian stage of around 1. Containing 2 recognized subspecies , it ranges from southern Canada to central Mexico , including most of the contiguous United States. The bobcat is an adaptable predator that inhabits wooded areas, as well as semidesert, urban edge, forest edge, and swampland environments. It remains in some of its original range, but populations are vulnerable to local extinction "extirpation" by coyotes and domestic animals.
With a gray to brown coat, whiskered face, and black-tufted ears, the bobcat resembles the other species of the midsized genus Lynx. It is smaller on average than the Canada lynx , with which it shares parts of its range, but is about twice as large as the domestic cat. It has distinctive black bars on its forelegs and a black-tipped, stubby or "bobbed" tail, from which it derives its name. Though the bobcat prefers rabbits and hares , it hunts insects , chickens , geese and other birds , small rodents , and deer.
Prey selection depends on location and habitat , season, and abundance.
Panther vs cougar dating
Like most cats, the bobcat is territorial and largely solitary, although with some overlap in home ranges. It uses several methods to mark its territorial boundaries , including claw marks and deposits of urine or feces. The bobcat breeds from winter into spring and has a gestation period of about two months. Although bobcats have been hunted extensively by humans, both for sport and fur, their population has proven resilient though declining in some areas.
The elusive predator features in Native American mythology and the folklore of European settlers. Leopards and jaguars, Tigers andlions are Panthera sp. Main biological differece is the hyoid bone, the felidae can purr. Puma and Cougar are the same thing, Cougar is Puma concolor. This species is also called Panther, as in Florida Panther highly endangered. Panther is erroneously used for the black phase of the Leopard, due to Kipling's "Jungle Book.
Leopard is Panthera pardus.
The Cougar is an older women usually 40 and older, who takes care of herself and still looks great for her age. She may be recently divorced or have been focused on her career with not much time to date in her thirties. She attracts younger men because of her looks and attitude and she is drawn to the youth and energy of the younger man. Recapturing their own youth by embarking on a journey with a younger man is very appealing to the baby boomer generation. The pairing of a younger man with an older woman may at first seem unlikely.
Women seem to be more mature than their same age men, so it might seem that with a younger man that there would not be much in common. However, there is much more synergy there than one might think. The younger man and older women are both in their sexual prime. They both comfortable with their bodies, have a high libido and are not looking for too much of a commitment or marriage and kids right away.
An older women may already have been married or may have children. She is not in ay rush get married or have more children if she is even able and the younger man is usually not ready for marriage or children.
The pairing is very smooth and satisfying. They each fulfill a fantasy for the other. As young boys, most men fantasize about a pretty teacher or friend of an older sister.
The older woman might dream of a young stud to whisk her away on sexy rendezvous. As for the sex, younger women are just learning about their bodies and their own sexuality. They tend to be self conscious and not as assertive in the bedroom.
Younger are more inhibited and shy away from some sexual fantasies that a young man might have. On the other hand, the older woman knows her body and what she likes. She is eager to please and knows just what to do.
No request shocks her and she treats her younger man like a champion. Most men love the opportunity to have someone else take control, teach them a few new tricks and to be able to be open about their fetishes, fantasies and their desire to explore. The Cougar has been mainstream for a while now, but the new older woman is the Panther. The Panther is a younger version of the Cougar, offering the same benefits with a twist.
She is the perfect blend of physical and mental perfection. Her body is still hot and in great shape, while she has experience behind her.
She is wiser than twenty year old girls, she is more independent and more comfortable with who she is. At the same time, she is still young at heart and can relate mentally to the younger guys. The advantage the Panther has over the Cougar is a closer age gap with the ability for a much more long term relationship.
The Panther generally can still have children, still might like to marry and has less baggage from previous relationships or marriage.
The younger man is drawn to her confidence and status as well as her looks that are still comparable to the twenty year olds that he is accustomed to dating. The younger man, older woman relationship with the Panther at the helm is a close match to our newly emerged society where sometimes the woman is the primary provider.
But as with any type of relationship, care should be taken to make sure both parties are having their needs met and their mental state is secure.