They hold the distinction and legend of being the one cat that cannot be tamed, even when bred and born in captivity.
The Scottish wildcat survived the human persecution that killed off the British Wolf, and lived thousands more years than the Roman Empire, whose men they also terrorised.
Today, this same wildcat has earned the respect and a place in history of the Highland farmers and gamekeepers, who will tell stories of its fearlessness.
The Scottish Wildcat Association says that the differences are “The gait is more like that of a big cat and the face and jaw are wider and more heavy set than the domestic. Most apparent is the beautiful tail; thick and ringed with perfect bands of black and brown ending in a blunt black tip.
The Scottish form is the largest in the wildcat family with males typically between 6-9kg (13-17lb) and females 5-7kg (11-15lb), around 50% larger than the average domestic cat. Fossil examples measuring 4 feet from nose to tail have been found; such a cat would have weighed around 14kg (30lb).”
The Scottish wildcat has razor sharp claws, and wrists which will rotate for gripping and climbing, with very powerful thigh muscles and an amazing ability to sprint at about 30 MPH, and can fall from a tree, twist around and truly land on its feed.
Their coats are thick, with two layers, an outer and an inner for insulation and warmth, and the cat religiously cleans himself in much the same way a domestic cat will do.