Wild cat

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Wild cat (Felis silvestris)

The wild cat is a small predator of the Cat family. It is a bit larger than the domestic cat which has descended from it.

The wild cat is spread in Europe, Eastern and Central Asia, and Africa. Its body is strong and stocky, covered with thick fur. Its length is from 45 to 80 cm, its height - up to 43 cm, its tail - 29-34 cm, its weight - from 3 to 8 kg. It lives in rocky or wooded areas and eats small mammals, such as rodents and rabbits. Attacks on younger roe deer and goats are also known. The wild cat prefers to hunt at night and avoids meetings with people; therefore, the cases of its direct presence in nature are very rare.

The wild cat is a territorial animal and, like most of its relatives in the Cat family, avoids the company of its own kind beyond the breeding season, which is twice a year (spring and autumn). After about two months of pregnancy, the female secludes itself in a hidden tree hollow and gives birth to three to six cubs, which suckle about four months. The kittens are born blind and helpless, just like the domestic cat. Nowadays, the wild cat has become a rare animal, as domestic cats and humans displace it from the habitat where it traditionally lives.