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Reblogged from Moggiepurrs
Our cute little fluff balls at home are descendants of the African Wildcat. It’s neat to think we are living with a wild animal in our homes, but we really are not. The “jungle wildness” has been bred out of them, now that they are domesticated. Some people confuse the term “feral” with wild, but feral cats are not wild cats. They are just cats that choose not to live with humans and have to fight for their food every day. Many of these cats are fearful of humans, but if you are lucky you can slowly work to get them to come up to you. Building trust takes a long time. Don’t make this mistake with a truly wild cat. Leave them alone.
The African Wildcat (scientific name: Felis silvestris lybica) and its many subspecies often look similar to the tabby cat, but with sandy- or grey-colored fur. They have a reddish color on the back of their ears and they are bigger than a
domesticated cat. They have longer legs and a fluffier tail. The African Wildcat skull is bigger than a domestic cat, too, and they have even better sight and smell than a house cat. Like the cats in our homes, these cats also eat rodents, birds and bugs, but it’s also not unusual to see them chomping on a deer carcass that some other wild animal felled.
These beautiful animals are in danger of extinction. Alley Cat Rescue has a program aimed at helping the species survive. Whether by accident or design they are breeding with domestic stock and becoming a hybridization of the two. This mixing means that some day they might not be able to survive in the wild with huge animals hanging around looking at them like they’re dinner. The wild species will become extinct.
I am happy to let the African Wildcat live in the wild. My cat acts wild enough for me when she races around the house fleeing imaginary predators, or hissing at a neighbor cat who appears at the window. House cats may be considered tame, but they still know how to get their point across if you are in their way.