Yellowish gray, with longitudinal and transverse bars of black : tail annu-lated with black; of equal thickness throughout.
F. Catus, Desm. Mammal, p. 232. Flem. Brit. An. p. 15. Wild Gat, Penn. Brit. Zool. vol. i. p. 80.
Length of the head and body (male) twenty-seven inches nine lines, (female) twenty-one inches three lines; of the tail (male) thirteen inches six lines, (female) twelve inches four lines.
Hair long and bushy; gray or brownish gray above, more or less tinged with yellow; beneath paler: a longitudinal black line down the middle of the back, with transverse bars of the same colour branching out laterally in parallel waves and extending over the flanks, shoulders, and thighs; several narrow parallel black lines on the top of the head between the ears: lips black: feet yellowish; the soles black: tail an-nulated with black; the tip entirely of that colour; of equal thickness throughout its whole length, and as it were truncated at the extremity.
Confined entirely to the northern parts of the island. Resides in woods; and climbs trees with great facility. Preys on birds and small quadrupeds. Goes with young fifty-six days, and produces from four to five at a birth.