The wild cat (Felis silvestris), sometimes "wildcat" or "wild-cat" especially when distinguishing from other wild species of felines, is a small predator native to Europe, the western part of Asia, and Africa.
It is a hunter of small mammals, birds, and other creatures of a similar size.
There are several subspecies which occur in different world regions, including also the ubiquitous domestic cat (Felis silvestris catus), which has been introduced to every habitable continent and most of the world's larger islands, and has become feral in many of those environments.
In its native environment, the wild cat is adaptable to a variety of habitat types: savanna, open forest, and steppe.
Although domesticated breeds show a great variety of shapes and colours, wild individuals are medium-brown with black stripes, between 50 and 80 cm (20-32 inches) in length, and weigh between 3 and 6 kilograms (6–13 pounds).
The African subspecies tends to be a little smaller and a lighter brown in colour.
Wild cats are extremely timid.
They avoid coming too close to human settlements.
They live solitarily.