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Similar to a tabby domestic cat but with a bushy blackringed tail with a dull black tip; coat pattern not rich in contrast but washed out. With its winter coat it gives the impression of being a lot stockier and stronger than a domestic cat.

SIZE

About the size of a domestic cat

 

WEIGHT

Female cat arround 4kg; tomcat about 5 kg

 

OFFSPRING

2-4 (max.6) kittens per litter, born between March an September, most litters in April, second litter in autumn, normally only in cases where the first one is lost

 

FOOD

In Central Europe mostly mice, rarely and depending on availability: wild rabbits, lizards, frogs, insects, small birds, carrion as an exception; hardly any vegetarian food

TRACKS

Paw print like a domestic cat: round outline, pad and 4 toes, but no claws in the print (of the 5 front toes the thumb does not appear in the print, the hind paws only have four toes)

 

GESTATION PERIOD

63-69 days

 

AGE

7-10 years, in captivity more than 15 years

 

DISTRIBUTION

Approx. 3,000-5,000 animals in Germany, dispersed in small population (see map p.7). German Red List of Threatened Species, Category 2 (critically endangered)