The European wildcat (Felis silvestris) is so-called because it is almost impossible to tame. A largely solitary animal, the wildcat has pointed ears, which are moderate in length and broad at the base. Its eyes are large, with vertical pupils and yellowish-green irises. The coat is usually boldly marked with stripes that run along the neck and down the flanks, just like a domestic striped tabby, but with fewer more widely spaced stripes. Wildcat species are larger than the domestic cat.