The Asiatic Wildcat (Felis silvestris ornata) can be found in many parts of Asia, from the Caspian Sea to Mongolia, to India, to Kaszakhstan and western China. Its range is so wide that it's also known as the Asian Steppe Wildcat and the Indian Desert Cat.

The coloring of the Asiatic Wildcat varies slightly depending on where it's found. In India and Pakistan, their base coat color is a sandy yellow. In Central Asia, their coats have more of a grayish or reddish hue. Their coats are spotted, although the spots are so close together that they can appear to be striped. Asiatic Wildcats are small, with the males weighing only 3 to 4 Kg and females averaging 2 to 3 Kg.

Though the Asiatic Wildcat's range borders that of the European Wildcat, the dividing line between the two subspecies is considered to be the Caucasus. Because they are such hardy cats, they are able to specialize their survival in deserts, forests, plains and mountains.


Female Asiatic Wildcats will give birth to a litter of about three kittens on average (although they have been known to have litters as large as six kittens) after a 58 - 62 day gestation period. Female Wildcats have also been known to mate with male domestic cats, so hybrids tend to be found when the Wildcat range borders that of human settlements. Their diet is as diversified as their habitat, and can include rodents, hares, birds, bird eggs, reptiles, fish, insects and arachnids.

No information is available on the overall population of the Asiatic Wildcat, but populations in specific regions have been observed to be on the decline. At present the IUCN has it currently listed as Least Concern.