'Cats': their points and characteristics, with Curiosities of cat life, and a chapter on feline ailments. Author: Gordon Stables. Publisher: Dean & son, 1876. Original from: Oxford University. Digitized: Sep 11, 2006. LONDON: DEAN & SON, ST. DUNSTAN'S BUILDINGS, 160A, FLEET STREET, B.C.
Wild Cats. These animals are still to be found in some of the most solitary regions of Skye and Sutherland: and, I am told, they are sometimes seen in the mountainous parts of Connemara. Like the brown Tabby of domesticity, they vary considerably in their markings; but they can never be mistaken for any other. As a rule, the ground colour is yellowish grey, with dark stripes—the markings being at times, as even and beautiful as those of the Bengal tiger. The tail is shorter, and more bushy than that of the domestic cat; and the head, if once seen, or the voice, if once heard, can never be forgotten.
The prey of the Wild Cat is principally rabbits, and game of different sorts, it being the habit of the wild-cat to lie perdu all day, coming out only at night to hunt their quarry, or at early morning.
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