Pallas's Cat

Basic Information:

Scientific Name: Otocolobus manul

Habitat: Pallas’s cats can be found throughout the cold, arid, high elevation steppes and grasslands of central Asia. 

Diet: While Pallas’s cats are known to eat small mammals, insects, birds, reptiles, and carion, their preferred prey are Daurian pikas. 

Size: 1 to 1.2 feet tall / 1.5 to 2.2 feet long 

Weight: 6.7 pounds

Lifespan: 11 to 12 years

Distribution Map:

I.U.C.N. Distribution Map:

What does this mean?

Near Threatened – a species that is determined by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (I.U.C.N.) to be declining in population and may meet the criteria for a threatened status in the near future.

Our Pallas's Cat:

Tate (Male) – Born March 28, 2017

Tate is Competing in March Madness 2022

About Pallas's Cats:

Named after naturalist Peter Pallas, Pallas’s Cats are found in the Eurasian grassy steppes living everywhere from the Mongolian deserts to the Himalayas. Called the most expressive cats in the world because of their snaggily teeth, the main reason is their pupils. Unlike other species of small cat, Pallas cats don’t have vertical slits for pupils and instead have round ones just like us. Unfortunately, their populations have been declining due to human expansion shrinking their habitats and limiting their food supply.

Did You Know?!

  • Pallas’s cat fur is the densest fur of any cat in the world! Their fur coats help to keep them warm in the extreme temperatures that they live in.
  • Like most wild felines, Pallas’s cats are solitary and only come together for breeding. Kittens will stay with the mother for about 6 months and then they are ready to go out on their own.
  • Unlike other cats, Pallas’s cats’ pupils contract into small circles as opposed to slits. 
  • Since Pallas’s cats are short and stocky in build, they are terrible runners. Because of this, Pallas’s cats take cover on boulders or in crevasses when threatened. Likewise, when hunting Pallas’s cats use an ambush method; they wait at the entrances of their prey’s burrows and then pounce once they emerge. 
  • Pallas’s cats can make a variety of sounds including yelps and growls (like a dog) and even purring.