The wild cat ( Felis silvestris Schreber , 1777 )
The European wildcat is on average bigger and stouter than the domestic cat, has longer fur and a The European wildcat is on average bigger and stouter than the domestic cat, has longer fur and a shorter non-tapering bushy tail, it has a striped fur and a dark dorsal band. Males average a weight of 5 kg (11 lb) up to 8 kg (18 lb), and females 3.5 kg (7.7 lb). Their weight fluctuates seasonally up to 2.5 kg (5.5 lb).
They also have a less diffuse stripe pattern, proportionally larger teeth, and feed more often on rabbits than the wildcats north of the Douro-Ebro, which are more dependent on small rodents.
Since European wildcats and domestic cats interbreed, it is difficult to distinguish European wildcats and striped hybrids correctly on the basis of only morphological characters.