We live rural and we have a fence around our back property. Recently my pit bull cornered a cat type animal in our back property. Now we have known feral cats nearby but this looked bigger than your normal house cat. It also scaled a tree quicker than a coon. I've never seen a feral cat do that but I dont know. I was tempted at first to grab my .22 revolver loaded with rat shot just to scare it off but I ended up just going out with my light and grabbing my dog. But for the future I'd like to know the differences between a small wild cat verses ferals. If we do indeed have small wild cats around I will dispatch them accordingly as to not possibly incur any damage to my dog. I know there are folks more experienced in identifying wild cats than I here so I wait for your input.