Similar to domestic tabby cat but larger with longer limbs and distinctive bushy tail with blunt black tip and thicker tail stripes. Darker, thicker body stripes with no white patches.
Confined to Scotland, north of Glasgow and Edinburgh. Absent from Scottish islands. (Maps are based on expert advice, as of 2007. Some species ranges may have changed in the time since. We are currently in the process of updating the maps.)
Carnivorous, feeds on small rodents, rabbits, hares and birds. Will also take amphibians, reptiles, insects and some grass and bracken.
10-12 years on average.
Domestic tabby cat
Domestic cat has a tapering tail, whilst the wildcat has a cylindrical tail with a blunt dark tip. Dark stripes on the body and tail are usually wider and more obvious in wildcat. Domestic cat is slightly smaller than the wildcat.