Wildcat

wild cat Wildcats (Felis silvestris) are found throughout Europe, Southwestern Asia and in the savannahs of Africa. Domestic cats are thought to be descended from a subspecies of the Wildcat, the African wild cat (Felis silvestris lybica). Wildcats have camouflaged, grey-brown striped fur with bushy tails. Their fur is sof and short. They have five toes on their forefeet and four on their hind feed and their nails are retractable.

Interesting fact: In contrast to the domestic cat, wild cats will breed only once a year, the period depending on the local climate. The domestic cat, unhindered by local climate or nutrition can breed as much as 3 times a year.

Image of the wildcat by Martin Steiger, licensed under GFDL

The Wild cat, wildcat is listed as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Namings for the wild cat
A young / baby of a wild cat is called a 'kitten'. The females are called 'queen' and males 'tom '. A wild cat group is called a 'clowder, clutter, pounce, kindle (young), embarrassment (young),'.
Some facts about the
Wild cat

Adult weight : 5.5 kg (12.1 lbs)

Maximum longevity : 19 years

Female maturity :304 days

Male maturity : 304 days

Gestation : 64 days

Weaning : 87 days

Litter size : 4

Litters per year : 2

Interval between litters : 114 days

Weight at birth : 0.1 kg (0.22 lbs)

Weight at weaning : 0.643 kg (1.4146 lbs)

Source: AnAge, licensed under CC

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Links
Cat not eating - The domestic cat (Felis silvestris catus) is basically the feral wild cat. This site covers their health issues, one particular good article is about when your cat is not eating, this may be caused by stress, or a conflict with another cat...
Ailurophobia - the fear of cats - Can you believe some people have a natural fear of cats? I was amazed by this site.

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