Wildcat Identification

Wildcat Identification

DOWNLOAD THIS PDF which provides valuable visual identification guidance.

The diagram below indicates differences between Scottish wildcat (left) and domestic tabby cat (right).

Wildcat Identification

Extensive research from cat skin analysis revealed that there are seven key coat characteristics that distinguish wildcats from domestics.

  1. Dorsal stripe on lower back always stops at the root of the tail.
  2. Tip of tail blunt and black
  3. Distinct aligned tail bands.
  4. Unbroken flank stripes.
  5. No spots on rump; stripes may be broken, but distinct
  6. Four nape stripes broad, wavy and unfused.
  7. Two shoulder stripes.

Reproduced with kind permission of Dr. Andrew Kitchener, National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh.

 
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