Wildcat – Felis silvestris

Wildcat – Felis silvestris

Wildcat – Felis silvestris

The wild cat covers much of Europe. It lives in Eastern European forests, Scotland to Turkey.

It is larger than the African cat or housecat. Its thick fur and size are used to distinguish. For now, it is a protected species.

They are extremely shy. They avoid approaching humans and live alone in an area of ​​about 3 km² each. They have become very rare in Europe. Despite being protected animals. It marks its territory by using its claws on tree trunks or standing or lying shrubs. Usually selects trees in the fibrous bark. It is important that its claws are sharp and cutting, so the outer part of the horny envelope exfoliates. 

It is forbidden to destroy, mutilate, capture or remove, intentionally disrupt or naturalize, alter or degrade their environment. Whether alive or dead.

The European wildcat hunts small mammals, voles, mice, shrews, rabbits, birds, sparrows, chickadees, robins and jays.

The female has a four litter rarely five. She is breastfeeding them for about six months and then weaned kittens begin an independent life.