A clowder of wildcats
"Of all God's creatures, there is only one that cannot be made slave of the lash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat." ~Mark Twain
The Aloof and Unconventional Wildcat
Wildcat personalities do not differ substantially from their domestic cousins and exhibit the aloof behavior that is common to all felines. With their well-deserved reputations as creatures of comfort, wildcats jealously guard their independence while indulging in the finer things in life. Attractive, solitary, creative and curious, these individuals are quite happy to observe the world from a distance.
The wildcat would never take a conventional route and prefers to explore life from off the beaten track, relying heavily on its instincts and powers of observation to guide it safely through the jungle. Its air of indifference and need for privacy keeps it on the outskirts of society, but its love for comfort always brings it back.
Exceptional personal hygiene is a hallmark of the wildcat personality, and from their hair to their fingernails they are immaculately groomed. Shopping for clothing or personal-care items spices up long, dreary days.
When someone wrongs a wildcat, they make it their business to even the score. Displaying superb patience, wildcats will even wait years for the right moment. When the occasion comes to strike, they gather all their force and attack. In the face of a ferocious display of hissing and blustering, their surprised victim has little chance of escape.
The Wildcat's Social Life
The wildcat differs from the lion personality in its approach to its social structure. With an aversion to the complex family organization of the lion, the wildcat finds freedom and self-indulgence to be far more compelling. As a natural explorer it disdains staying in one place for long, preferring the freedom of solitary roaming in exotic locales. This wanderlust makes it ideal for a career as a travel agent, explorer, mountain climber, researcher or writer.
Although wildcats are uncomfortable performing in front of large groups, their grace and lithe bodies make them natural dancers or gymnasts.
Wildcats in the Wild
The term wildcat covers a number of distinct species, including the lynx and the American bobcat. Wildcats move through life with noiseless stealth on padded feet that make no sound. The distinctive tufts of hair on the tips of their ears enhance the animal's extremely sensitive hearing. Its retractable claws make short shrift of its favorite prey-—mice, cottontails, and woodchucks.
The term wildcat has quite a range of meanings. Rather than denoting ferocity, it typically conveys an element of unpredictability. Commonly used in the oil-drilling industry to describe an oil field uncertain to produce results, its origin probably springs from the picture of a bobcat that appeared on money issued by a midwestern bank in the early 1800s. The notes were produced with limited financial backing and became synonymous with risk and uncertainty.