Pallas cat (by stumayhew)


Pallas Cat (Sue Conwell)


Hunter by Natalia Nazarova

Pallas’ Cat (by kellinahandbasket)

Pallas’ Cat kitten at the Cincinnati Zoo nursery.

Pallas’ Cat at Port Lympne (by Sophie L. Miller)

Also known as the manul, the Pallas’s cat are roughly the size of domestic cats but have long and dense fur that makes them appear stouter and heavier than they are. They are common in cold grassland and rocky steppe climates, often at high elevations up to 16000 feet.
The Pallas’s have long been hunted for their warm and luxurious pelts. Their isolated existence has left them with underdeveloped immune systems unable to fight off common infections they may be exposed to in a zoo environment.

Pallas Cat 2 (by jmknapp)

Agrunias funny face by Tambako The Jaguar on Flickr.


The Pallas’s cat/Manul is about the size of a domestic cat, and is native to the steppe regions of Central Asia. The combination of its stocky posture and long, dense fur makes it appear stout and plush. Pallas’s cats are solitary. Both males and females scent mark their territory. They spend the day in caves, rock crevices, or marmot burrows, and emerge in the late afternoon to begin hunting. They are not fast runners, and hunt primarily by ambush or stalking, using low vegetation and rocky terrain for cover.

Pallas’s cats give birth to a litter of around two to six kittens, typically in April or May. Such large litters may compensate for a high rate of infant mortality in the harsh environment. The young are born in sheltered dens, lined with dried vegetation, feathers, and fur.

Pallas’s cats have been reported to live up to 11 years in captivity. Keeping Pallas’s cats healthy in captivity is difficult. They breed well, but survival rates are low owing to infections, which are attributed to an underdeveloped immune system. In their natural high-altitude habitat, they would normally not be exposed to viruses causing infection.

(Summarization from Wikipedia)

Quite frankly, this is the scariest feline ever. Their pinhole pupils make them look like insane, fluffy versions of housecats. How does something with so much fur manage to look this nightmarish? I googled pictures, and not even the kittens look anything less than murderous for the majority of the time. Back off, kitty. Your fluffy softness does not fool me.


guys i googled baby pallas cats and now i’m dead
look at his li’l fluffy face

Pallas cat looking dumb! by Tambako The Jaguar on Flickr.


I’m starting to think I resemble a Pallas Cat somewhat.

photos by nimble.lynx