The wildcat (Felis silvestris) is a small cat. It is widely distributed and therefore is listed as Least Concern. They are very silent animals and the wildcat is highly parasitised by Helminths. Their fur is similar to a striped tabby cat. They are a small species but are larger than the housecat. They are divided into 3 species: the forest wild cat, the steppe wild cats and the bay wild cats.
•The Wild Cat is an icon of the Scottish wilderness.
•The housecat was domesticated from the Wild Cat about 9000 years ago
• They have a gestation period of 65 days.
• They are often mistaken for domestic cats
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Wild Cats are found throughout Africa, Asia and Europe. They hunt for rodents, such as mice, rats and voles, as well as birds, insects and hares. They can eat large quantities of bone without becoming ill, unlike the housecat. They have only a few predators because they prefer to live in dense forests and thick woodlands, so they are well-hidden. They enjoy bird and reptile eggs from time to time and are responsible for destroying many nests.