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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Carnivora
Family:Felidae
Genus:Felis
Genus species:Felis sylvestris lybica

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:55-65 cm
Weight:5-6 kg
Identification:The kaffir cat has long legs and a medium brown coat with black stripes.
Habitat:Varies widely
Diet:Carnivore: rodents, small mammals, birds
Reproduction:Females build their dens in caves, hollow trees, or fox holes. There, they give birth to 3-6 cubs after gestating for 68 days. At five months of age, the cubs leave their mother.
Like most wild cats, kaffir cats lead solitary lives.
Behavior:Hunting is done at night and usually on the ground.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The kaffir cat is one ancestor of the domestic cat.

Other Information

Geographic:Sub-Saharan Africa
East Africa
Central Africa
Southern Europe
Middle East
Date:1958-1988 Subjects:feline
Kaffir cat
African wild cat
European wild cat
Wildcat
Felis
Felidae
Carnivora
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata
Predatory animals