Although the numbers of feral cats are increasing in the UK, you'd be very lucky to see a true Wildcat. Less than a hundred years ago Wildcats could be found in many parts of the U.K. Today, the last few hundred individuals are confined to the highlands of Scotland, and even they're at risk.
These feline beasties have been described as the 'British Tiger', and although there are numerous sightings of other escaped big cats in Britain, these are our last remaining native wild felines. Sadly, many true Wildcats have interbred with feral domestic cats, producing hybrid kittens. If they continue breeding in this way, true Scottish Wildcats as we know them today could become extinct.
The majority of Wildcat kittens will be born this month. There can be up to five kittens in a litter. They're blind at birth, but have a full coat of fur, and at one week old they're able to hiss and spit at anything which upsets them.