The African Wildcat

Scientific Name: Felis silvestris
IUCN Status: Vulnerable
Weight: 7-18 pounds

Wildcat Portrait


The wild cat’s appearance is very similar to the domestic cat, though wild cats are generally slightly larger and longer-legged. Today’s domestic cat is biologically still the same species as the wild cat and the two readily interbreed producing fertile kittens. The genetic distinctions between them are minor, though domestic carry a slightly different genetic signature, sufficient enough to separate them as a subspecies.


The wild cat diet is dominated by a combination of small rodents depending on relative availability. Reptiles and snakes, including venomous snakes, are included in the wild cat diet.


African wildcats can breed year round and produce up to four litters a year. Gestation lasts 56-68 days. Litter size is typically 2-4 kittens.