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  1. When I said a wild cat is a domestic cat gone wild, I really do mean wild, and virtually indistinguishable from a true wildcat. It does however remain a Felis silvesris Catus, and it’s kittens would easily be tamed if separated from it’s mother at an early age unlike some species of wildcat. The Manul, Felis Silvestris Silvestris The European Forest cat or Scottish wildcat, the Felis Negripes, and the Manul are not tamable under any circumstances.
    We are talking about feline behaviour here which is a separate subject from whether anybody loves them or not.

  2. ^Thanks Michael for a great article. To clarify (or add to the confusion)the terms wildcat and wild cat. A wild cat is a domestic cat gone wild or feral. Wildcat refers to the truly wild and undomesticated species that freely roam in certain parts of the world. Such as the Felis s Lybica, Manul, Felis Negripes, etc.
    I might suggest that the free-roaming Anatolian cat which includes the legitimate Turkish Angora and so-called Turkish Van are in the twilight between wild cat and wildcat since in their country of origin the great majority of them never see the inside of a house but are in contact with people to a greater or lesser degree.
    My gut feeling is that the Anatolian long-haired cat owes more to the Felis sylvestris Caucasica than many people care to admit.

    • Thanks Harvey. The terminology can be confusing. When I write about this subject I realise how simple it could be but how complicated it becomes. All the complications are human generated.

    • the free-roaming Anatolian cat which includes the legitimate Turkish Angora and so-called Turkish Van are in the twilight between wild cat

      I agree that they are. They are “domesticated” or are meant to be so they look like domestic cats because the coat colour and patterns evolved as domestic cats but they revert to their roots. The domestic cat can revert back to the wild. Get rid of people and cat domestication would go into reverse.

    • Thanks, Harvey. I understand better now. So, the majority of my colony ferals are wild cats? You know, I don’t think I like that description. I, usually, think in terms of “disadvantaged”, “unloved”, “undomesticated”. I’m a softy about them.

    • Yes, Marc. you are right. There are some true “purebred” wildcats but we don’t know where they are or what they look like. A lot of wildcats have mated with domestic cats. The offspring look like their parents with small differences. Add to that differences of opinion on classification itself and what should be simple gets harder. One thing for sure “breed” and “species” are completely different.

      I tried to make this simple and in my mind it was but as I wrote it I realised it is a bit complicated. There are complications.

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