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European Wildcat (Felis silvestris silvestris)
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Subfamily: Felinae
Genus: Felis
Species: F. silvestris
Binomial name
Felis silvestris
Johann von Schreber, 1775

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The wildcat is Felis silvestris, a member of the small cat sub-family Felinae. It is native to Eurasia. It is so-called because it is almost impossible to tame. Our domestic cat has a different origin.

The name 'wildcat' is sometimes used as a general term for feral domestic cats and for any of the smaller wild species of the cat family.