General Description

Long tail (approximately 30 cm long) and prominent whiskers around a short muzzle. Sharp retractable claws. Fur colour can be solid, striped (known as 'tabby') and mottled; colours include black, brown, red-brown, orange (ginger), white or grey. Vocalisations include purring, growling, hissing and meowing. Body up to 74 cm long.


Cats are solitary hunters that feed on small mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates. They are skilled climbers and are commonly active at night, aided by good hearing, night vision and sense of smell. They are often kept as domesticated pets but also occur wild in Australia as feral animals.


Worldwide. Australia.


Most areas, including forest, desert and urban areas.

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